Homemade Lego Candle Holders for a Birthday Cake

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Sep 302014

homemade lego candle holder cake

My son is absolutely obsessed with Legos, so for his fifth birthday I wanted to add a little lego touch to his cake. His favorite cake – the one he always asks for – is my Raspberry Lime pound cake, which has just a simple sugar glaze. This cake doesn’t lend itself to fluffy frosting decorations, so I knew I’d have to do something with the candles instead. We’ve used lego brick-shaped candles before, but I was hoping to come up with something different. Then, playing with legos one day about a week ago I had an epiphany – I could use minifigures to make homemade lego candle holders for his cake.

Off to the giant lego bin I went, to play around with different pieces and see what I could come up with. I wanted to have four different figures, and I mixed and matched several to make them a bit more unusual and fancy. Next I added a stick to each one’s hand, and a square at the end of the stick (I used the small squares with just one stud in the middle). Finally I melted the bottom of regular birthday cake candles and stuck them onto the squares.

In order to hold the lego candle holders onto the cake, I cut bamboo skewers into about 3 inch lengths, stuck them into the cake and then pushed each minifigure onto a skewer through the hole in the bottom of its leg. I think that they would stand up just fine in a denser frosting. These minifigures were a hit – my son loved them, the other kids loved them, and they even kept the melted wax off the cake, which was a nice bonus.

homemade lego candle holder Collage

Ooodles of Zoodles!

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Sep 152014
zoodles are zucchini squash sliced into thin noodles

Zoodles are zucchini sliced into thin noodles

Have you heard of zoodles? They’re thinly sliced zucchini strips that can mimic noodles in pasta recipes and I just can’t get enough of them. They’re simple to make if you’ve got the right equipment – lots of people I know use spiralizers and love them, but I get good results using a mandolin that I happen to already have. Since I don’t have a ton of kitchen storage I try to make do with what I’ve got, and the mandolin with a julienne blade works just fine for me.

The technique is super simple. Use a large zucchini (the larger the squash, the longer the zoodles will be) and either with the spiralizer or mandolin slice it into long skinny strips. These are your zoodles! Now you don’t want to overcook them, so you can either boil them in salted water for just a few minutes (3 minutes tops!) or else add them to sauce that is simmering and again, don’t overcook them. We like to eat them with our favorite pasta sauces (they’re excellent with pesto and we love them with meatballs and red sauce), as a base for stir fries instead of rice, and they also work great as a side dish just lightly dressed with olive oil, butter or soy sauce.

Zoodles are so light and refreshing – they can turn a heavy meal into a really healthy one, and it’s very satisfying to see your children gobble up a big pile of zucchini. We still love our pasta, but zoodles are a winner in our house now!

zoodles tofu stirfry

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