Apr 27, 2012

Edible Playdough and Rainbow Cookie Pops

I wanted to make rainbow cookie pops for Small Fry's rainbow birthday party.  I found this recipe for edible playdough and this great idea for making it into rainbows-I just had to try it.  A note or two about the recipe: it is called edible playdough because it is meant to eat but the recipe does call for an egg.  I was not thinking while making the cookie dough about the egg and so we made it and ate a hardy amount of it unbaked with the raw egg in it.  No one got sick so we were okay but if I made it again I would substitute egg powder or egg replacer for the actual egg and then it is safely "edible".  I thought that one recipe of dough would not be enough and almost doubled it but it actually was enough to make 16 rainbow cookies and a pan of cookies made by my girls.  The dough has to be refridgerated so plan ahead.  It is very easy to mold and the taste (both baked and unbaked) is wonderful. To get the dough colored I made the basic recipe then broke it into as many different balls as I needed colors and then I kneaded a few drops of food coloring into each ball.  My hands ended up slightly colored but it was easier then putting each through a mixer but you can do it however you wish.
 These are the cookies my girls made.
 These are mine (unbaked).  After forming them I slid a stick in the middle carefully. 
 Here are the girls cookies baked (they were very proud)
 Here are mine.  I baked them just a touch longer then recommened to make sure they would not break when held by the stick.
I love this idea.  I am planning on doing it again when I can just make crazy cookies with my girls.
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Apr 21, 2012

Small Fry's 4th Birthday-Rainbow Style

I don't know if anyone even reads this any more but I keep doing fun things and thinking, "man I have to blog about this" and then I remember I am taking a break from blogging.  But I just couldn't hold out any longer.  I had to share something.  What better to share then Small Fry's rainbow birthday party. 
 The rainbow shirt was made by me.
 She isn't into really one thing in particular so we chose rainbows because they are springy and fun and perfect for our beautiful weather we have been having (except on the actual day of the party when it was cold and so windy that we had to have the party indoors). 
Here is the table (minus the punch but it is pictured below).  I had rainbow cookie pops, rainbow cupcakes in a jar, rainbow cake pops made by my amazing brother, a mini rainbow cake for the b-day girl to blow candles on, and treat bags that contained rainbow gum balls (forgot to get a picture but I do have a link to share) and rainbow glow wands.
 These are the rainbow cookie pops.  You can find the directions and recipe here.  The recipe is for edible playdough.  I have a post coming about the whole experience-which was fun and yummy (a big hit with mom and kiddos alike).
 You can find paint chip everything these days.  I wanted to make a few garlands for the party and my eye just couldn't get over the paint chips at our local hardware store.  Aren't they perfect for a rainbow party.  You would pay a bunch to make this from cardstock.
 Utensils wrapped in napkins with rainbow napkin rings (made from cardstock).  Little utensil pockets made from paint chips would be cute too.
 I made another garland out of these kind of paint chips (I just cut them in small triangles).
 In all my preparations I forgot to make an actual little cake for the candles to go on so my aunt and I ran to the store and bought this mini carrot cake.  I scraped the frosting carrots off the top and sprinkled colored sugar to make my rainbow on top.  It was perfect and easy.  I think I would do it that way again on purpose.
 These are cupcakes in a jar.  I think they are my new favorite thing.  I didn't take the time to make them perfectly layered as a rainbow but they still turned out beautiful.  The cake was so moist and because they nearly filled the jar there wasn't much room for frosting so they weren't sickening sweet.  They were a big hit with old and young at the party. 
 Rainbow cake pops made by brother who is working hard to become a famous pastry chef.  My husband said he could have eaten 40 of these.
 Rainbow juice (the cheap cheaters method).  I wanted to have a rainbow assortment of juice for the party but I had 2 set backs.  #1.  I couldn't find all the colors of the rainbow in juice containers and #2 the ones I did find were too expensive.  So I bought clear koolaid mix (it is flavored but not colored).  I made 2 batches and then poured it into my cups.  Then I added a tiny drop of food coloring to each cup, stirred and TADA!!! You could make it in 6 colored batches as well but I didn't have enough juice holding containers to do that.  It was fun because the kids were dead certain some tasted different than others.

All the printables I got from here
And this is the link to the gumball ideas as well.  Mine said, "I hope you had a ball at my party.  Thanks for coming."
Isn't it such a fun party idea.  I didn't even touch unicorns but think of what you could do with rainbows and unicorns for a little girls party. 

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