Easy Cast Iron Skillet Reconditioning

Cast iron is amazing. I got a cast iron dutch oven for my birthday last year and I love cooking with it! These pans distribute heat evenly and, if taken care of, can last forever! My mom always told me that the tempered, well loved ones were the best. Well loved is just another way of saying well used. But even the most ‘loved’ pans need help and reconditioning every once in a while. They can rust easily and using soap and metal utensils has a negative effect on these wonderful pans.

One of the many myths about cast iron is that once it is damaged it’s time to throw it out. Black Iron Blog has an amazing step by step tutorial on how to recondition it, making it just like new! I’m so excited to try this! If he can take a nasty antique skillet and make it beautiful then I can fix my slightly damaged one! Here are some other restoration projects I know you will find helpful…

Here’s the link to Black Iron Blog’s full article…

Black Iron Blog: Easy Cast Iron Skillet Reconditioning

3 Minute Microwave Meringues

What is a meringue? Most people think it’s a topping for pies like ‘lemon meringue.’ They aren’t wrong but that is only one kind of meringue. There are also bakes versions.These baked treats are supposed to be hard outside and smooth inside. Think of a cloud. Now think of meringue. If done right, the meringue should melt in your mouth like a cloud.

These sweets are made from egg whites and sugar. Easy, right? Wrong! They can be a little temperamental to master. I have failed so many times but here is a microwavable way to make them and I am curious to try it. You need the same ingredients but instead of whisking you will be kneading. Wouldn’t it be great to have delicious airy cookies in only 3 minutes?! I might separate the egg whites differently but other than…it looks fun! Looking for more meringue ideas? Check out these cookies from the Food Network here

Here is the awesome video…Enjoy!

Spiderman Candy Apples

I love that these are ‘candy apples’ and not caramel apples. Not everyone is on the caramel bandwagon and these are a great substitute. Maybe they will be a little gentler on my fillings? This video has such a detailed tutorial with measured out ingredients making it so easy to understand and duplicate! I think I would need a separate how-to for the webbing. Free hand? Now that is scary! They turned out a gorgeous red color but any color could be substituted to change the hero. Those marshmallows could be trimmed in different shapes too. Some black and yellow with a bat. Or maybe some red, blue, and yellow with an ‘S.’ So many possibilities!

Instead of Spiderman, I think I would make a poison apple like the one from Snow White (with the creepy laughing skull face). That just screams Halloween to me. Every child I know seemed to dress up as a Ninja Turtle or a character from Frozen this year and I’d like to see some of those apples. (Like the ones here.) I know they would be just as amazing!

Here’s the link to the YouTube video tutorial: Rosanna Pasino-YouTube: Spiderman Candy Apples

These Cakes Are Too Amazing To Eat

How can people be so creative?! I am green with envy at the talent these people possess. I might have this skill level someday but not yet. I tip my hat to you if you are one of these fabulous master bakers. I would pay good money for someone to make one of these cakes for me (probably the library one). Maybe my guests won’t know I didn’t make it!

The planet Earth or Saturn cakes would be perfect for a kiddos geography or science class. If my kids and I worked together I think we could pull it off. But the snake cake is a no go for me! So scary and real looking. It is absolutely terrifying and I wouldn’t be able to eat it, let alone make it. Check out these other cakes from webneel. They will blow your mind!

Here’s the link to Awesome Inventions’ full roundup…

Awesome Inventions: These Cakes Are Too Amazing To Eat

eggs in microwave

I have to admit that I have never ever even thought of microwaving eggs until I saw this video. At first thought this seems just wrong but then I realized how much we use the microwave for all other sorts of foods. So why not eggs as well!

After some digging, I also discovered there’s literally hundreds of recipes just for the microwave. If you haven’t tried brownies in a mug… don’t miss it!

Additional Resources: Looking for more awesome microwave hacks?
Don’t miss this article by Viral Nova (20 Things You Had No Idea Your Microwave Could Do) and also this one from First We Feast (15 Microwave Tricks And Recipes).

watermelon carving

You gotta check out this video tutorial that shows you how to create some pretty incredible watermelon carvings. I have never even thought to carve a watermelon before but now it makes so much sense. It looks like it is even easier to work with than a pumpkin so I am excited to try.

The problem with pumpkins is that I am always afraid I will cut myself because of how tough the skin is. This should be much easier!

Watch the full video here…

Additional Resources: Looking for more watermelon carving ideas?
Don’t miss this article by Buzz Feed and also this one from Instructables.

27 Fun Snacks For A Halloween Party

Aren’t these snacks festive?! Just because they look gross doesn’t mean that they don’t taste delicious! My tummy is kind of sensitive so the ‘worms in dirt’ might do me in but all the rest look pretty safe. I love how Halloween brings out the creative Martha Stewart in us all.

There are so many variety of cheese balls and they all look brilliant! Look out party people! My spread is going to be a good one this year! It’s definitely the season to eat, drink, and be scary.

Here’s the link to BuzzFeed’s full article: BuzzFeed: 27 Fun Snacks For A Halloween Party

Halloween is a great time of the year for both kids and adults. You can make the time even more memorable by preparing some tasty Halloween appetizer ideas. This guide will look at several fun snacks for Halloween parties. These treats will go down a storm with children and grownups.

Some tasty treats for Halloween:

– Egg Eye Balls
– Sick Pumpkin
– Mummified Sausage Rolls
– Cheese Witches Brooms

Egg Eye Balls

For this recipe you will need:
– Eggs
– Mayonnaise
– Vinegar
– Black Olive
– Red Food coloring
– Toothpick
– Salt
– Mustard

Start by making deviled eggs by hard boiling eggs, shelling and then cutting in half. Put the cooked yolks into a bowl and mash with a fork until they are broken into crumbs. Then mix with mayonnaise, eggs, vinegar, salt and mustard. Then spoon this mixture into the egg whites.

With the deviled eggs prepared then add a slice of black olive onto the centre of the yolk to form the pupil. Then use a toothpick with some red food coloring to streak veins on the surface of the white eyeball.

Sick Pumpkin

A very fitting way to serve guacamole at Halloween is to have it thrown up from a pumpkin, this is also something that’s very easy to do. You will need:

– Large Plate
– Pumpkin
– Knife
– Guacamole
– Chips

Start by carving the pumpkin however you want. It’s works best if the mouth is quite large and low down. Wash the inside of the pumpkin out to remove all seeds. Then put the pumpkin onto a plate surrounded by the chips. In the middle spoon the guacamole inside the mouth of the pumpkin and out onto the plate. This makes it look like the pumpkin is being sick onto the plate.

Mummified Sausage Rolls

Mummified sausage rolls are the ideal finger snack at a Halloween party and they are adorable. You will need the following:

– Hot Dogs or Sausages or Veggie Dogs
– Biscuit Dough – either home made or store bought
– Mustard

Start by rolling out the biscuit dough so that it’s a large flat sheet. Then cut up into strips which are about 1 inch in width. Take your hot dogs and wrap the dough around them. Bake for around 12 minutes in a preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then all that’s left to do is add two dots of mustard for eyes. The same idea can be done using veggie dogs for a vegetarian option.

Cheese Witches Brooms

Cheese witches brooms are extremely easy to make and look amazing. They are one of my personal favorite snacks for Halloween parties because they look so cool. To make these you will need:

– Stringy Cheese, or a cheese which won’t break
– Thin bread stick
– String

To make these you need to use either a cheese which doesn’t crumble when it’s bent, or a cheese string. Cheese strings are perfect because they can be cut into strips which resemble the bristles of a broom.

Once you have done this wrap the cheese around a thin bread stick which forms the handle of the broom. Secure the cheese onto the bread stick by using a piece of thin string. This is the most difficult part of the recipe, but all your hard work will be worth it in the end.

Additional Resources: Looking for more Halloween snack ideas?
Don’t miss this article by allrecipes.com and also this one from Martha Stewart.

Cream Puff Chocolate eclair Cake

Lately I can’t get enough sugar; it is all I crave. I was exploring the internet in search of the best sugary recipes when I found this awesome one from Amanda’s Cookin’. It is a winner! Cream puff + eclair + cake = WOW! Sometimes bigger is better.

This is like one giant delicious eclair. How have I missed this recipe my whole life?! Check out this great tutorial, great pictures, and a great all around idea.

Grab the recipe here… Amanda’s Cookin’ – Cream Puff Chocolate eclair Cake

Additional Resources: Looking for more cream puff cake recipes?
Don’t miss this one by Cast Sugar and also this post by All Recipes.

The Best 20 Mug Cake Recipes

Let them eat cake! Marie Antoinette had it right, cake it the best. Sure, that’s not really what she meant but it doesn’t change the fact that cake is delicious! Mug cakes are the best of all; they are speedy to make, single serve, and awesome for portion control. These look so yummy!

The double lemon sounds refreshing and zesty and I think I’ll try it first. The raspberry sour cream, cinnamon roll, chocolate lava, caramel apple, and all the rest of them are to die for and need to be made asap. This really is a the “best of” list!

See all 20 recipes here… DIY Candy – 20 Mug Cake Recipes: The “Best Of” List

mug cake

Chocolate Cinnamon Mug Cake

My favorite from the roundup that I most definitely want to try is the chocolate and cinnamon recipe by A Zezty Bite. That combo sounds just perfect on these cooling fall days!

Additional Resources: Looking for more mug cake recipes?
Don’t miss the roundup by Daily Burn and also this post by Table For Two.