Monday, July 28, 2014

Peanut Butter Blossoms

My oldest son is continuing with his cooking classes. This time he wanted to try one of his favorite cookies, so easy to make and super fun! He even requested the help of his little brother and they had a good time together!


Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 TBSP of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Hershey's kisses
Preheat the oven to 350.  Beat peanut butter and shortening until well mixed. Add the sugars, beat well. Add egg, milk and vanilla and beat until fluffy. In another bowl, add the flour, baking soda and the salt and add the the butter mixture gradually. Shape into 1/2 inch balls, roll in cinnamon sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Insert a kiss on top and push it in a little bit. Let cool.




Friday, July 18, 2014

Easy Science Experiment for Kids

This science experiment keeps the kiddos entertained for a long time. It is very similar to the volcanoes, but much easier. You simply need LOTS of baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, 2 containers for the baking soda, spoons and little containers for the vinegar (got mine at the dollar store).
First, sprinkle the baking soda in a big container, like a Pyrex 13 x 9. Then, mix the vinegar with food coloring. The number of containers depends on the number of colors you will make.


Using different spoons for each color and making sure the spoons do not touch the baking soda, add a teaspoon of the vinegar mixture to the baking soda.


It will make an explosion!



They had fun mixing colors as well!



Easy, cheap and fun! Try this at home when you hear the "mom, I'm bored!" We had to clean everything and do it over and over again three times!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Coconut Macaroons

These are the simplest cookies we have ever made. My youngest son loves coconut and he has been wanting to cook these for Family Home Evening. There are several ways of making them. Sometimes we use sweetened condensed milk, but this time we used egg whites and they turned out great too.
First, beat 4 egg whites


Then, add 4 1/2 cups of coconut, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla and mix well into a dough. You can also add almond flavor.


Scoop the dough into a parchment paper lined baking sheet



My son chose to sprinkle them with funfetti. Bake them at a 325 oven for 25 minutes or until golden. Let cool completely.




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Giant Homemade Bubbles


Are you having a good summer?
We sure are! We have been having fun in our pool, enjoying "homemade" water parks and are excited to go see the Green Bay area and northern Michigan in a couple of weeks! We have been doing our experiments and science activities and we have a whole bunch to show you. My kids love this. We recently tried a version of the ginormous bubbles and they worked! This is how we did it.
First you are going to need dowels. I purchased the stuff for this at Hobby Lobby. Then you are going to need rope. We used some from the home improvement store, the white kind. Cut two pieces of the rope, one longer than the other. Tie the longer piece at the end of each dowel. Then, tie the smaller piece at the top of those two, kind of making a "circle" with the rope and the dowels on the side. It is very important that is has the shape of a circle, or a "U with a lid" like my kids said, and that the top one is smaller than the other if you want big sized bubbles!
Now for the bubble solution. You will need:
  • 6 cups of distilled water
  • 1/2 cup of Dawn ultra
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 TBSP of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 TBSP of glycerin 
Mix all the ingredients into a bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes or so. Dip the rope into the solution and have fun! My kids loved loved loved this especially my little girl, she was so good at it!








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