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ER Cookie and Jell-O® mold:
OK, I won't be receiving any invitations to Stockholm to receive a Nobel Prize for this creation, but think of the joy this mold could give to die-hard ER fans! Or imagine giving an ER cookie to the ER nurse who took such good care of you.
In addition to its obvious ER adornments (the ER text and the heart shape), this mold sports an EKG tracing (mine, in case you're curious!). I molded it out of high density polyethylene, which is the same plastic used in milk jugs. (In fact, that's what I use—after washing it, of course!) Cookies made from this mold have raised letters and an indented EKG tracing. This gives you all sorts of possibilities to decorate these cookies. For example, you could brush red food coloring on the ER letters, and sprinkle colored sugar granules in the EKG tracing. Or use your imagination and make Martha Stewart jealous!
Obviously, you don't bake the cookies in the mold. Coat the inside of the mold with vegetable oil or spray on a non-stick cooking spray such as Pam®. Wipe off most of the oil, then dust the inside of the mold with flour and tap it with its concave side down on your countertop to remove excess flour. Then press cookie dough into place to mold the cookie. You will need to apply more flour before molding each subsequent cookie, but you won't need to oil it again for that batch.
Here is one way to make an unusual Jell-O creation: Use an eyedropper to put Jell-O of one color into just the depressions for the ER text (since that text is raised in the final products, it is recessed in the mold). Cool that until solidified, then put in another color of Jell-O and refrigerate again. When you pop the Jell-O from the mold, the raised letters will really stand out because of the color difference. You needn't use two boxes of Jell-O; just add a bit of food dye to a small amount of Jell-O that you sequester for filling in the text.
Milk jug plastic is sort of like Teflon in that not much sticks to it, but cookie dough and Jell-O don't always release very easily. You must therefore line the mold with Saran Wrap, which can be easily peeled off after removing the food from the mold.
I discuss this mold in a blog article, Another lost American freedom.
Glow-in-the-dark chest x-ray
During the day, this chest x-ray appears very similar to a real chest x-ray except that it is printed on smaller clear film (8½" x 11") and there is a very faint light green color visible in the whitish areas. That's the glow-in-the-dark (phosphorescent) coating on the back. At night, these areas will glow for a short time: long enough to entertain you, but not long enough to prevent you from sleeping.
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