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Nov 08, 2010

How To: Unbelievable Pizza from Scratch and at Home

created at: 11/08/2010

Everyone should learn how to make pizza at home. It's versatile, healthy, delicious, and relatively easy. You may never turn out anything as good as the pizzaiolos in Naples or New York, but making pizza that will delight your family and friends is within the reach of anyone with a few basic ingredients and a cooking scale. 

I've been experimenting with different dough recipes and cooking techniques for about nine months now, and while I don't consider myself an expert, I've learned a few tricks and can now produce thin-crust, spongy-cornicione, nicely-charred pizzas. 

What follows is my typical pizza process (I make this… read more

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Nov 08, 2010

How To: Make a Stirling Engine from Soda Cans

created at: 11/08/2010

Guess what! You can make a super efficient Stirling engine from two soda cans!

"Awesome," you'll no doubt say. And then...

(beat.)

"What's a Stirling engine?"

Turns out, it's a super-efficient type of engine that converts heat into energy using cyclic compression, meaning it continually feeds itself energy by "compressing cool gas, heating the gas, expanding the hot gas, and finally cooling the gas before repeating the cycle."

Like this:

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Nov 05, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Pop Up Cards

created at: 11/05/2010

created at: 11/05/2010

Illustrator, author, and artist Robert Sabuda provides these free, downloadable pop-up card templates and how-tos that'd be great for the upcoming holiday season. We especially like the new pirate ship design and all sorts of Star Wars models, including R2-D2 and a totally excellent Millennium Falcon.

created at: 11/05/2010

We also love the "Pop-Up Basics" that show you how to create your own, custom designs.

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Nov 03, 2010

How To: Make a Snakebite, Your New Favorite Fall Beverage

created at: 11/03/2010

Having mastered homemade hard apple cider, I've been excited to try it in cooking and mixed into a cocktail. The best, by far, is the classic Snakebite, a blend of lager and cider with a dash of blackcurrant cordial. … read more

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Nov 01, 2010

How To: Make a Camera from a Pumpkin

created at: 11/01/2010

Each year, a UCC congregation in my neighborhood hosts a massive pumpkin sale to help send children to camp. While their urban parking lot may not be as festive as an out-in-the-sticks Pick Your Own patch, the charitableness and convenience can't be beat. Yesterday, post-Trick-or-Treat, I noted the sign had changed to "Free Pumpkins!" I snatched up four of the remaining 100 or so, and made quick work of cleaning them out and trying more of this year's favorite roasted pumpkin seed recipes.

Looks like I'm headed back there today, cause I just figured out how to turn one into a camera.

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Oct 28, 2010

How To: Make Needle Felted Eyeballs

created at: 09/21/2010

created at: 10/28/2010

Sometimes, folks can get a little carried away with the gross realism of Halloween, and we need a softer, yet not cute, tongue-in-cheekly frightful craft project to do while drinking cider and watching It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

These needle-felted eyeballs fit the bill perfectly. Scary (cause they're eyeballs), fun (cause they're made of felt), and awesome (cause you did it yourself).

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Oct 27, 2010

Make a DIY Colored Pencil Shelf

created at: 10/27/2010
I've always enjoy the ambitious experiments of designer Dominic Wilcox, who, lately, has taken on a thirty-day speed creating challenge that has resulted in some fun projects: thread-wrapped grapes, onion ring fabric, and inflatable socks

But I'm particularly loving the practicality (?!) of this colored pencil shelf. Dominic says, "I made a shelf from coloured pencils by glueing them together. I was suprised at how strong it was using two layers of pencils....The shelf brackets are made by cutting a single pencil case into two parts and glueing together. The sliding doors hide the screws." 

created at: 10/27/2010

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Oct 27, 2010

How To: Make Mini Pizza Pops

created at: 10/27/2010

We've said it before, and are proud to say it again: we love mini things, and we want them on sticks!

Add pizza to the equation, and we're completely done-for.

Super food crafter Meaghan Mountford shows you how to create tiny pizza pops, mounted on sticks and ready to go for a party, a trip, or just a very fun-filled Dexter marathon. Heck, if those creepy people hadn't freaked everyone out and it were legit to give away homemade food for Trick-or-Treat, we'd be whipping these up by the dozens for this weekend.

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Oct 26, 2010

How To: Make Totally Awesome and Scary Candy Apples

 

created at: 10/26/2010

Sometimes, it's that one little bit of extra effort or inspiration that turns an ordinary project into something unbelievably awesome. In this case, two thoughtful additions - natural sticks and a bit of black food coloring, turn the fall classic-y candy apples into something straight terrifying.

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Oct 26, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

created at: 10/26/2010

Some bloggers and stylists have called out chalkboard paint as being a fad that's overdone and now out-of-date. But we think the objection here isn't a re-writable surface, but big gray walls in interiors where they don't really work.

So, it's totally awesome to find this tutorial, which allows you to make DIY chalkboard paint in any color you wish.    … read more

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Oct 22, 2010

Experiments in Homemade Hard Apple Cider (How-to Included)

created at: 10/22/2010

A few weeks ago, I posted about my research into brewing hard apple cider at home and on the cheap. I continued to look into it, and promptly made a batch that just finished maturing. I tried the first bottle earlier this week...and, it's really good.

I used champagne yeast, which cost 74¢ and a $4.50 gallon of local, preservative-free apple cider, for which I got nearly a gallon of homemade hard cider. Lowballing it, I got 110oz for $5.25. Compare that to $8.99 (on sale) for a six-pack of Woodchuck (72 oz total) at my local grocery store.

created at: 10/22/2010  

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Oct 21, 2010

How To: Make Edible Eyeballs for Halloween

Sure, when we were kids, the peeled grapes in a bowl with a blindfold was enough, but as grown up, we need visuals! We need wiggliness! And we need them en masse...good thing one batch of this recipe yields about 110 of 'em.

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Oct 20, 2010

Quick Tip: Lessen Your Dusty Drill Spill with a Post-It

created at: 10/20/2010

As a how-to maker and writer, I regularly drill holes in walls to set up photos to try to make things look their best. And it regularly creates lots of dust and a huge mess. So, when I saw this photo make the blog rounds yesterday, I thought I'd give it a try.

The idea is obvious: the post-it note captures the dust at the source (more or less), before it goes everywhichway. The walls along the perimeter of my house are concrete, and the internal walls are gypsum (drywall), so I gave it a full run-through.… read more

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Oct 19, 2010

How To: Make Edible Jell-O Blood Worms

 

created at: 10/19/2010

If Halloween is for anything, it's for putting stuff in your mouth you wouldn't go near the other eleven months of the year. I say this, of course, cause I totally wanna make some of these worms...like, tonight.

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Oct 18, 2010

How To: Make a Hand-Tooled Leather CD Case

created at: 10/18/2010

We love the idea of putting something cool and digital, like a CD, inside a rustic, hand-hewn leather home. As the designer and author Elizabeth says, " This is an instance when my excessive love for prettiness wins out over practicality, utility, and common sense. I already had a CD case - a perfectly good one I'd had since high school. But its cover was nylon and plastic and - well, not hand-tooled leather. This is a makeover, and an impractical one at that - not a made-from-scratch project - but it sure is nicer to reach for a 'How to speak Italian' CD in the car now." 

created at: 10/18/2010   

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