Posts tagged ‘recipes’

Food, A creative Outlet – Dough Boys

If you’ve never made Dough Boys, you have to try it! It’s really fun for the kids from start to finish. Warning: This will involve knives & fire so of course, please supervise and do what’s right for your comfort level as a parent.

First, you will need a branch around 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter and shave the bark off of one end. After a little instruction, I let my son whittle his own branch when he was 6 1/2 and he did really well. It was awesome how accomplished he felt!

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Next you need to gather your ingredients and get started…
Averyboo Arts(1) We made these while camping so I pre-packaged some cheese & sauce to make pizza dough boys for dinner…
(2) Then made marshmallow, chocolate dough boys for dessert. You can fill them with anything you like – be creative! You will need refrigerated biscuit dough to create the pocket.
(3) Take a single biscuit & stretch it out.
(4) Then wrap it around your stick, making sure it’s sealed all around. We find that it cooks more evenly throughout if the dough is stretched a bit thin.

Averyboo Arts(5) Oh yeah, and you will need a fire 🙂 This is great camp food! We’ve also made these over our BBQ in the backyard.
(6) Hold the dough boys over the flames, turning constantly. You want the biscuit to start puffing up first so that you know the inside is cooking. Then you can hold it closer to the flame to make it nice and golden.
(7) Let it cool down for a minute before removing from the stick, then fill it with your favorite ingredients. Hold the opening together to help keep the heat inside & melt your goodies.
(8) ENJOY!

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Oooey Gooey chocolate with vegan marshmallows. Yum!

July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Custom Birthday : Dino Egg Party Favors

I made these Dinosaur Eggs for one of our custom Birthday Parties at Averyboo Arts. The kids loved ’em!

If you want to try this yourself, keep in mind that the drying time is about 5-7 days. You want to keep them a little moist inside so that the kids are able to break them apart.

Dirt Clay

Mix together 1 1/4c dirt, 1 1/4c flour, 3/4c salt and 1/2c sand. Slowly add water until you have a clay-like consistency.

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Gather your dinos!

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Cover dinos in clay & shape like a potato.

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Let dry in the sun for several days. I turned mine & reshaped a little bit each day so that one side didn’t become too flat. Drying times will depend on your weather.

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Help the little dinos hatch….

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And there you go! Have Fun 🙂

Our parties start at $250 and may be customized for your child.
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September 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Food – A Creative Outlet


I don’t do a lot of my own art anymore, so I often enjoy doing things a little more over-the-top because it’s a way for me to be creative. I haven’t had the motivation to cook much lately, but when hubby’s birthday came along, I wanted to make something nice for his 40th!

Smörgåstårta (Sandwich Cake)
I am half Swedish and the smörgåstårta is a special dish made for celebrations. My mom showed me pics from my uncle’s birthday last year & thought it was disgusting (filled with fish, hardboiled eggs, caviar, dill, etc). But as husband’s birthday approached, I thought about making a not-so-gross version…. You can basically fill it with whatever suits your taste; make a peanut butter, jelly & banana sandwich if you like 🙂



May 9, 2011 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Coffee Dye Recipe

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The original fabric is underneath the aged pumpkin.

This is the recipe I used to age the fabrics for our Primitive Pumpkin Workshop. You can use this mixture to add an aged appearance to cloth dolls, paper, wood, or anything else that is porous.

Coffee Dye Recipe
– 1/2 cup hot water
– 3 tbs instant coffee (for darker dye use 5 tbs)
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 tbs cinnamon

Instructions for Fabric:
Prewash your fabric before dying…Combine ingredients to make a liquidy sludge. Dip fabric & squeeze off excess (the more liquid remains, the darker & crusty it will become). You can also use a sponge or spray bottle to apply where you want aging to occur.

Bake fabric in a 250 degree (F) oven until dry (about 5-10 mins). Set a timer so you don’t forget the fabric is in the oven; else you may start a fire (like I almost did with burlap – oops!). If you want to avoid the oven, set your pieces out in the sun to dry.

(1) I discovered that if you place the fabric on top of foil before baking, the foil can create additional texture in your fabric. If the foil is a little wrinkled, it will create a wrinkly pattern on the fabric. I’m guessing that the points where the foil touch the fabric get hotter in the oven & browns the dye further.

(2) You can add more grunge after your project is sewn together by sanding the fabric,  dabbing/spraying more mixture, and dusting with cinnamon.

October 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Impasto Painting

During painting class, I taught the kids about Impasto (thick paint).

First we learned a little bit about Vincent Van Gogh and how he used “thick paint” to create movement, emotion and texture in his work.

Next, I showed them how to mix their own paints so that they can inexpensively duplicate the technique on their own. For this lesson, I gave them tempera paints mixed with cornstarch, soap shavings, and sand (one ingredient per color).

We learned how to create different effects using a variety of tools; then they went to work. Each student received a canvas board to paint on & were asked to keep their image “abstract”. I didn’t want the kids to get wrapped up in creating a picture, rather I wanted them to focus on using the paint.

The art looks really cool! The cornstarch paint was my personal favorite. It dried all crackly 🙂

impasto example

This is the wet paint mixed with cornstarch.

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Dried painting.

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The bits that look like pebbles were created with the soapy paint.

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the end.

July 15, 2010 at 4:46 am 1 comment

make your own watercolors

DIY Watercolors

I had the kiddos make their own watercolors in painting class, which they thought was fun & interesting. This is a great activity for toddlers & preschoolers also.

Here’s the recipe I used:

3 Tbs. baking soda
3 Tbs. corn starch
3 Tbs. white vinegar
1-1/2 tsp. light corn syrup
food coloring

1. Mix vinegar, baking soda, corn starch and corn syrup together in a small bowl.

2. Divide the mixture into little bottle caps or lids.

3. Add six to eight drops of food coloring to each bowl & mix (neon food coloring is fun too).

Side note: For younger kids you can use this opportunity to learn about color mixing. Instead of initially dividing mixture into lids, divide into 3 small bowls and make a batch of primary colors (r, b, y). Let the kids mix secondary colors (o, g, p) and when you’re all finished playing with color, pour into small bottle caps or lids.

5. Use watercolors as they are or let them dry into hard cakes of paint. If you use them while they’re dry, be sure to wet the paintbrush before painting.

Use paste food coloring if you want especially vivid colors and lots of color choices. Some oil based food coloring will not stir in well, but it will blend perfectly by the time it’s dry.

July 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

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