Make This: Bloody Good Halloween Bark

Bloody Good Halloween Bark Recipe | Sweet Enough to Die For

Everyone's talking about costume parties and thriller flicks, but even as an adult I know Halloween is all about the candy. I wanted to make a spooky treat that was different than the usual mix of fun candies and white chocolate – I wanted something… darker. With bloody red candy melts and dark chocolate chips, this Halloween bark is sure to hit the darkest of spots. 

Materials

What you'll need to make this devilishly dark Halloween bark

 

Step

Bloody Tasty Halloween Bark | Step 1

Begin by lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper. Continue Reading

Why You May Want to Learn to Love Your Popcorn Ceiling (And How to Lessen Their Visual Effect)

created at: 03/26/2012

Recently, I had the opportunity to bend the ears of two professional drywall installers. Our conversation included a discussion about the pitfalls of removing popcorn ceilings, either by a DIYer or a pro. For the sake of this post, I’m not going to go into the whole asbestos discussion. Nope, for this post we’re going to talk about paint, because if your popcorn ceilings are painted–according to the pros–you will not be able to remove them. Continue Reading

Recipe: 2 Extra-Special Valentine Treats Made with Popcorn

 created at: 02/07/2012

Flea Market Find guru Matthew Mead helps us get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with two darling treats made with, of all things, Angie’s Kettle Corn.

First, Honey Caramel Kettle Corn Balls (pictured above).

  • 10 cups Angie’s Caramel Kettle Corn (click here to find a retailer near you)
  • 3/4 cups butter, cut into chunks, plus more for your hands 
  • 3/4  cups honey 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • wooden sticks of the popsicle variety
  • stickers, cutouts, etc for embellishments
  • cellophane, optional 
  1.  Preheat oven to 325°.
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Make Popcorn Cupcakes!

Popcorn? On CUPCAKES?? Well…yes and no. It just LOOKS like popcorn. Can you guess what it really is? The sweet concoctions come to us from Stephanie Lynn, who shows us how to make marshmallows (yes, marshmallows!) look like popcorn. Seriously, what kid wouldn’t love diving into one of these babies?? Here’s what you need to make some:

  • cupcakes, any recipe of your choosing 
  • white icing, any type you like
  • miniature marshmallows
  • a knife and cutting board
  • yellow food coloring
  • water
  • a small, clean paintbrush
  • red and white striped scrapbook paper, scissors & tape

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Curbly Recession Busters: Throwing a Popcorn Tasting Party

Last night we had a popcorn tasting. This came about because I was sampling recipes for take-alongs, which are in full bloom these days. As I was shaking my pot and minding the popper, I thought, what a cool idea for a party! Why? Well, popcorn is super cheap. I bought a 4 pound bag of kernels for about 3 bucks. Five pounds of un-popped popcorn makes….well, have you every seen the movie Real Genius? Okay, not that much, but still. Continue Reading

How to remove a popcorn ceiling.

Of the few things I don’t like about my house, the popcorn ceilings are at the bottom of the list. And, after watching this video on DIY Network that explains the process, I think I just might remove them from the list altogether. (Sanding overhead? Yeah, that’s fun.) But, for you intrepid souls who just can’t stand the bumps, the process seems fairly straightforward. According to DIY Network, you might need some or all of the following supplies:

Safety glasses
Rubber gloves
Garden sprayer
Cordless drill
Rubber spatula
Ceiling texture scraper
Sanding sponge
Compound miter saw
Wood chisel
Coping saw
Utility knife
Putty knife
Nail gun
Paint stripper
Drywall compound
Plastic sheeting
Tape
Reclaimed crown molding
Drop cloth with waterproof backing
Prybar
Hammer
Clamps
Tape measure

For written instructions, head on over to DIY Network. Continue Reading

DIY Microwave Popcorn.

Store-bought microwave popcorn is kinda nasty: it tastes processed, gritty, and generally nothing like popcorn. Plus, when you can make your own, it becomes overpriced, and unnecessary. When one doesn’t have the time during a commercial break to stand in front of the stove shaking for seven or eight minutes, DIY microwave popcorn is a totally usable alternative that puts that toxic, yellow sludge-covered stuff to shame.

Ingredients:
A brown paper lunch bag
1/4 cup popcorn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Microwave
Serving bowl

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