Monday, July 23, 2012

Pinterest Project #10 - Melted Crayon Art

Of Course - Did you really think I wouldn't get around to this one?!
Choosing a 102 degree day was probably not the best idea -but it worked out well and the melting was fast!

Here's the finished project -

I decided to try something a bit different than just melting the crayons. I wanted to incorporate text into the design so I cut out letters in duct tape and stuck them onto the canvas. My thought is that I would melt the crayons over and around the tape and then pull it off when the wax was hardened.

I picked out the crayons I wanted and hot glued them in place.

Then out to the back deck with the blow dryer (in 102 degree sun) and let the melting begin. I really wasn't sure how the wax would react. I figured it would drip down as I turned the canvas. I was surprised by the splattering the happened. Luckily I put a piece of brown paper down as I melted, but it didn't all stay there...could be a bit of color on the deck and even possibly the house (oops).

After the wax was hard, I peeled the tape letters off. I was expecting the caves to be white under the tape but some of the color must have seeped under. I liked the look, however the word was a bit hard to read so I went over the edge of the letters with a black sharpie.

Molly gives her sniff of approval!

If you want some other melted crayon ideas - visit my Pinterest board "Crayon Projects"

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Lemon Poppy Seed Yumminess!

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with lemon glaze
It has been awhile since I used my cupcake pans...just haven't been baking much lately. So it was time! Chuck seemed quite pleased when I mentioned thinking about making lemon poppy seed muffins today while we were at the store - he quickly added, "with the lemon glaze!"  The recipe I normally would have used for this would have been my sister-in-law's recipe in a wonderful family cookbook she gave us one year. Unfortunately that calls for a box mix and pudding that are not gluten-free. =(  But I went on the hunt for a from-scratch recipe that I could adjust to make it GF as well as a bit less of the unhealthy sugar that Chuck and I try to avoid when we bake things.

I have not yet tasted one...too full after the best ever sesame chicken...but he has had at least two and declare them to be great. So Success!!

The final adjusted recipe can be found on the following page of this blog - Gluten-Free Cupcake & Muffin Recipes