Make colored sand art by stirring a chalk stick in a bowl of salt. it changes the color. Stir less for light color and more for dark richer color. (I used to do this with salt and food coloring. but the chalk stick idea is brilliant!
individual mini apple pies : Looks like they'd be TOTALLY yummy ! I love to bake and have done plenty of it, but never thought of using a muffin tin and making individual apple pies. You could do this for ANY kind of pie !