Saturday, April 15, 2017

monster factory easter eggs!

hi! my internet at home has been eaten by squirrels. like, literally. there is a squirrel nest in the box that connects me to the outside world. so i am beach bloggin this. THANK YOU FOR THE FREE WIFI CITY OF CHICAGO!!

anyway, that is a long way of saying that i am going to have to keep this post short. and i will start that shortness by saying that monster factory has kept me sane this year. THANK YOU MCELROYS

have some some of my favorite monster factory monsters as easter eggs!

dino lansubury. sssshhhhh, don't give her away!



turbovicki. vicki is short for victorious.


the thing about borth sampson is that he looks just like bart! toe to tip, this is a bart!


sadly, i didn't have enough eggs to make totino's but, just like the boy mayor of second life, i think dogs should vote.


and finally, my beloved final pam.


here they are as a family!


and here is an outtake photo of two sisters in tupperware.


see you once i get my wifi back! it is very sandy and windy here rn and wow just see you once the squirrels are gone. bye!

Friday, April 14, 2017

miffy slice and bake cookies

lately, i've been watching a lot of tutorials on youtube about how to make slice and bake cookies (here my favorite one! 💕) and i thought, what with easter being just around the corner, why not try my hand at making some miffy cookies.

i mean, she is of a very simple design


so it wasn't too difficult to cut a bunch of miffy heads out of dough


and then glue them together with some egg white.


i did start to wonder what i'd gotten myself into when i attached the second layer of dough, however.


an additional layer of green dough and about an hour's worth of freezer time and, hey! it's a log of miffy slice and bake cookies! not bad for a first attempt! (apologies for the change in lighting. there was a really bad thunderstorm happening when this photo was taken.)


here are miffy slices before i painted on their faces with chocolate.


and after.



10 min at 400 f and then it's time to cool.


ha, lighting change again due to another storm. sorry! still! i think these turned out quite well!


i certainly heart them.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

unnatural egg dye just in time for easter

the natural egg dye from earlier this week was fun and all, but what is this holiday unless you feel like you're holding?


yes, that's right! someone got some dye tablets! the eggs can't really tell a difference


but can we? let's find out.


this picture just to illustrate that there was some sun after those massive storms rollin' off the lake.


five minutes in the dye and we get


compare/contrast to the natural ones from the other day under the same light.


part of me loves the manufactured dyed eggs more even though they're not really subtle. the beet pink just doesn't do it for me the way the tablet pink does, you know?

oh! what's this?? it looks like they're trying to tell us something!


speaking of being unsubtle and unnaturally hued.


needs more orange.*pukes*

coming up-- slice and bake cookies

Monday, April 10, 2017

natural egg dye just in time for easter

hi hey hello! i'm back just in time for eggs! (that link has last year's eggs+ a master list of eggs past at the bottom of the entry)

believe it or not, i had never used natural dyes for eggs before. if you haven't either, just know that you can use beets


red cabbage,


onion skins,


and turmeric


to make some cool hues.

the recipe for all the veg:  2 cups of veg boiled for 20 min in 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar added.

turmeric is only different in that it's 2 tablespoons of turmeric  boiled for 20 min in 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar added.

easy peasy. your eggs will wait patiently while you boil.


be forewarned though-- it's kinda smelly, so ventilate well unless you enjoy boiled cabbage smell permeating everything forever and ever until the end of time.

here are my eggs being all dramatic. omg, i'm dying. (*groan*)


times in the dye vary depending on how dark you want your eggs to be. i think most of these took about 30 min minimum. just, you know, rotate your eggs periodically and check their progress. remove from dye when you're happy with them.

anyway, finished results! here's turmeric.


turmeric and beet.


turmeric, beet and onion skin.


and turmeric, beet, onion skin and red cabbage. yes! boiled red cabbage makes blue dye!


here's the group shot under a warmer light source.


coming up later this week:  more fun with other dyes! and, if i can find the time, some slice and bake cookies.