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Bubble Art with Kids. The hidden talents of a highlighter. As part of my research on making things look glowingly magical in an upcoming music video I’m being asked to direct, I was told that highlighters have the hidden ability to glow in the dark when graced with the presence of a blacklight .

The hidden talents of a highlighter

Curious to test things out (and also happening to have a blacklight hidden in one of my closets) I invited Alliebee Henna to come over and doodle all over my body with a highlighter and see what we could create. This pattern took a surprisingly long 4 hours to create (with a couple fails in between) and a total of 3 highlighter . Jell-O Cookies. Jello Cookies…Lemon, Orange, Lime and Raspberry.

Jell-O Cookies

Rolled in sugar and then sprinkled with more chunky, colored sugar before baking. These are the sugariest of sugar cookies. Tangy, sweet, soft and yummy. Beautifully colorful and delightfully different from my usual favorites…anything with chocolate chips. Frozen Yogurt Dots. Here it is…another installment of Jillee’s Favorite Frozen Treats!

Frozen Yogurt Dots

Everytime I see an idea for a new frozen treat idea…I can hardly WAIT to try it! This one was NO exception! Saw this on Pinterest and knew it was MADE JUST FOR ME! Drumsticks. Blue Velvet Cupcakes. I made these cupcakes for a friend's birthday.

Blue Velvet Cupcakes

She is a huge University of Kentucky fan and I thought these would be perfect for her. Same as a red velvet cake, these cupcakes have a fine, delicate crumb and a nice tang from the buttermilk. I'll definitely make these again, but maybe in a different color, as in, orange! :) Blue Velvet Cupcakesrecipe from Sprinkle Bakes and One Particular Kitchen 2 C sugar 2 sticks butter, at room temperature 2 eggs 1 T cocoa powder 1 T Wilton royal blue gel food coloring 1 small dab of Wilton violet gel food coloring 2½ C cake flour 1 tsp salt 1 C buttermilk 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp baking soda 1 T vinegar Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, mix until light and fluffy. Pour batter into cupcake papers. For the cream cheese frosting, I used my old standby recipe. Almond Cream Cheese Frosting 1 8oz. cream cheese, softened 1/2 stick of butter, softened 1/2 tsp. almond extract 1 box powdered sugar. Cinco de Mayo piñata cookies. Video how-to: Pinata Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup sugar1 cup powdered sugar1 cup butter1 cup vegetable oil2 eggs1 teaspoon cream of tartar1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon almond extract1 teaspoon baking soda5 cups flour1 tablespoon vanillaMini M&M candies1/2 cup powdered sugar (frosting)2 teaspoons milk (frosting) Directions to make piñata sugar cookies: Cream sugars with butter.

Cinco de Mayo piñata cookies

Peanut Butter Sushi. [Photographs: Peanut Butter & Co] You Will Need Your favorite breadPeanut butterSliced fruits and veggiesJam (optional)Mini marshmallows and crispy rice (also optional)Honey (again, optional) Peanut butter and raw fish—two things that sound like they should never go together.

Peanut Butter Sushi

Maybe I'll challenge that notion someday, but for now, here are some fun ways to eat peanut butter inspired by the Japanese art of maki rolls, minus the actual fish. How to Create Emergency Kits for your Average Workday. People create emergency kits for car problems and bad weather, but few create kits to deal with more common but less urgent situations.

How to Create Emergency Kits for your Average Workday

In particular, misplacing a wallet or forgetting a work laptop at home can play havoc with a person’s workday. With a little bit of planning, you can create emergency kits that will let you deal with these types of situations in a calm and productive manner. Creating a backup kit for your wallet Besides your keys, your wallet is probably your most important daily companion. Without it, you lack identification, money or the ability to access any of your financial services. No money, means you are unable to buy the essential products that gets you through a workday, like gas, lunch or even a coffee. Luckily, there are so many prepaid cards options available today that creating a wallet backup kit is an easy task. Options MasterCard and Visa both make prepaid cards that are accepted anywhere normal credit cards are accepted.

Other Options. Play Dough. Homemade playdough – If ever there was a quintessential DIY this is it!

Play Dough

Parents and children have been happily cooking up this stuff at home for decades. Today our newest contributor Kaley is sharing her favorite play dough recipe using another kid classic: Jell-O (because it just wouldn’t be an MPMK post without some sort of twist). I think you’re going to love this recipe. Kaley promises it comes out silky smooth and I could practically smell the fruity scents wafting form my computer as I read her post. What kid doesn’t love play dough? It’s super easy, inexpensive, and a perfect project for the kids to help with. 3D Hand Drawings. This art project is fun and simple yet creates a neat 3D effect that looks complex.

3D Hand Drawings

Step 1: First place your hand on the paper at an angle, then trace lightly with a pencil. Step 2: With a black crayon or marker (fine point markers work best) freehand draw straight lines across the paper, except when you get to a pencil line “bump” the line until the next pencil line and then continue going straight. Step 3: Keep drawing straight {or curved} lines until you have filled up your paper, making sure you “bump” every time you get to a pencil line. The closer the lines are to each other the better the illusion. See more 3D hand illusions here.

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