Here’s a tutorial on how to make these amazing-looking cookies using a rubber stamp. It takes food coloring, rubber stamps, a felt stamp pad, and iced cookies. Just make sure everything is clean and food grade before you try it.
Here’s an interesting project: make glass tile from a wine bottle. Using a glass cutter, you can apparently cut out convex tiles that you can reuse in other projects.
This looks like it would be a little frustrating, but at the cost of glass tile, it might be worth the trouble.
Here’s another clever product for a baby: the Baby Bathwater Dam.
It takes a lot of water to fill the bathtub enough for the baby to take a bath, but not with this handy dam! Put it in the bathtub and you only have to fill it up halfway, saving on time and the water bill at the same time.
This is a great baby shower gift. It seems to be only available in the UK, but you can get it on Amazon UK.
How To Braid The Garlic. My garlic harvest wasn’t big enough to do this this year, but maybe next year.
ETA: Shawn Powers asks why you would braid garlic.
This is a old method (i.e. before refrigerators) of storing the garlic harvest in one neat braid so it can hang together and dry at the same rate.
In short, a braid is an organized, nice-looking way to hang your garlic without having to freeze or can it. Here’s another picture from the above-mentioned post:
Here’s a cool fall decorating idea: Paint Dipped Pinecones. Dip in paint, let them dry, and they come out looking like this:
These chocolate zucchini muffins, adapted from a family recipe, are rich and chocolatey, especially if you add the optional chocolate chips. But they also have zucchini in them, so hey, healthy, right?
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
(Makes 16-18 muffins)
2 1/2 c flour
1/2 c cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 c butter
2 c sugar
2 c zucchini, grated
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c milk
12 oz chocolate chip (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grate the zucchini and squeeze out extra water.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside.
In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time, besting in between.
Stir in the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk, and starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
Add the chocolate chips, if using.
Pour the batter into a greased muffin tin. Bake 20-25 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center muffin comes out clean. Cool before serving. Enjoy!
Now here’s a handy gadget: It’s a bottle nipple that adapts to a regular water bottle. Screw it into any water bottle to turn it into a baby bottle. $3.95.
I could have really used one of these this summer.
It’s blackberry season! Here are some blackberry recipes to consider:
Here’s a post on DIY Dip Chairs. Looks like an easy and stylish way to add pizazz to a boring chair or table. Check out the post to see how to do it.