How to transform animal crackers into simple works of edible art; alebrijes!
A few months back on a shopping trip to a bulk store to pick up milk, I came across a giant tub of Animal Crackers. I thought my tot would love them, but alas, the tub sat basically untouched for months. I began researching how I could incorporate them into something else, like crushing them and making a crust for pie or cheesecake, or toddler trail mix.
After the 3,000th viewing of Disney’s Coco in our home, a lightbulb exploded in my head. The animal crackers could totally look like those adorable alebrijes in the movie! If you are unfamiliar with the animated film, alebrijes are depicted as spirit animals that guide the dead to the afterlife. However, alebrijes are actually not part of a traditional Day of the Dead celebration.
A fun pumpkin truffle recipe inspired by the artwork of Yayoi Kusama.
This is the second recipe I created after being inspired by a memorable visit to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama‘s traveling exhibit “Infinity Mirrors”, when it was at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC. So what do Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles have to do with contemporary art?
Well, reflecting (har-har) back to the time I took my little spawn nugget to see the polka dot displays made famous by Kusama, I remembered the walk-in exhibit “All the Eternal Love I Have For the Pumpkins.” Created with LED lit pumpkins reflected for eternity in a black glass lined room, the sea of polka dotted gourds glowed for as far as the eye could see. My baby was so taken by this display, I watched her head sway left to right as she gazed at the illuminating yellow light emitted below her.
A fun recipe for candy s’mores bark inspired by marbled art.
Check out these lazy bears swimming in a groovy swirly sea of pink, turquoise, and lavender. I want to jump in right now! Or are those bears sunbathing on Unicorn Beach on Planet Pretty in a galaxy far far away? Oh, it’s white chocolate bark! I’ll just go ahead and it eat it now then, thanks.
The idea for this candy treat came about when I found some of my toddler’s snacks scattered in an art supply drawer. Thanks to that sneaky girl, I was inspired to create a swirly pastel dessert topped with sprinkles, marshmallows, and the culprit from the art bin- Teddy Grahams. Continue reading “Edible Art: How to Make Magical S’mores Bark”