Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tie-dye Party

Twisted Tie With Dunking Dye

100-percent-cotton T-shirt
Rubber bands
Buckets or dish tubs (4-quart minimum)
2 or more colors of fabric dye
Salt (1 cup per dye bath)
Rubber bands and marbles and/or coins
Spray bottles and plastic squeeze bottles
Sealable plastic bags
Latex gloves

Tie It
Lay the shirt on a flat surface and decide where you want your design center to be. Pinch this up and fasten it tightly with a rubber band one inch from the top.
Continue fastening the shirt with rubber bands in 2- to 3-inch sections.
Dye It
Fill 4-quart buckets with your prepared dye baths. If you want to use just one color, dunk your whole shirt into that bucket and let it soak for 5 minutes. If you want a multicolored design, dunk the chosen sections of the shirt in the dye and hold it there for 3 to 5 minutes. The longer it soaks, the more vibrant the results.

Tie-dye Ice Cream

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
4 boxes powdered gelatin (3 ounces each) in different flavors (we used berry blue, strawberry banana, lime, and lemon flavors)

Let the ice cream set out at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes to soften.

Next, scatter 3 tablespoons of any flavor of powdered gelatin over the bottom of a sealable, medium-size square or rectangular container. Layer one quarter of the softened ice cream over the gelatin. Don't worry if the layer of ice cream is lumpy - it will look better that way.

Scatter 3 tablespoons of a second flavor of gelatin over the first layer of ice cream. Repeat this process, alternating layers of ice cream and flavors of gelatin, until you've used up the ice cream.

Top it off with a layer of gelatin, cover the container, and return it to the freezer for 2 to 3 hours to harden before serving.

To serve the ice cream, transfer the whole block from the container to a plate. To do this, run warm water over the outside of the container or set it in a sink filled with a few inches of warm water for 1 minute, then turn it upside down onto a plate.

To get a nice spiraled serving, scrape an ice-cream scoop or large spoon along the side of the block. Makes 16 servings

Rainbow Cupcakes

White cake mix (we used an 18-1/4-ounce box)
Food coloring (red, blue, green, and yellow)
Baking cups
Whipped cream (optional)

Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color.

Purple 9 red and 6 blue drops
Blue 12 drops
Green 12 drops
Yellow 12 drops
Orange 12 yellow and 4 red drops
Red 18 drops

Line 16 muffin pan wells with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, and so on, following the order shown. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath.

Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions. Before serving, remove the paper wrapping, and if you like, top each cupcake with a whipped-cream cloud.

All these recipes are from Family Fun

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