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!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Easy Doughnut Snacks AKA "Poppos"

My oldest son is taking "cooking classes" this summer from me. Not that I am a super chef or anything, he simply asked me if I could teach him how to cook some of his favorites and to know the basics, such as how to proof yeast. He had the treat for family home evening yesterday (a weekly meeting we have with our family, that includes a topic of discussion, we discuss family concerns and things for the week, and we also enjoy a treat and a game). He told me "mom, I want to make doughnuts." So I assisted him very little, especially with the frying part, and he did the rest by himself. This is a recipe we got a white ago and I do not know from where, but I have tweaked it to make it my own. I prefer cake doughnuts, these are more like fried scones, but they are still good.

Isn't he so HANDSOME! great guy, good looking AND he can out girls!

Here you have another little "peak" of my kitchen. I should show you guys the reveal I just need to finish some other things for the pictures. Love the subway tile!!! 
Ok, back to the recipe.
This recipe yields about 15 small doughnuts or a whole bunch of snacks. My son calls his recipe POPPOS. I do not know why but he does.
  • 3/4 cup of warm milk
  • 3 tsp of active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • canola oil for frying
  • cinnamon sugar
In the bowl of the mixer, put the warm milk and the yeast. let proof for 5 minutes. Then add all the rest of the ingredients, flour being the last ingredient. Using the dough hook, mix and knead for a little. cover and let rise for about 45 minutes. Flour the counter, take the dough out of the bowl and cut in half. Roll out (not too thin) and cut using a little round cookie cutter, or any shape really. It would be so much fun to do this for the holidays with Christmas shapes! Heat the oil up to 350 degrees, fry the Poppos until they are golden (not dark brown) and they cook very quickly. In a lunch bag, put the cinnamon sugar. As soon as the Poppos are cooked, let them rest for a minute on paper towels and then put them in the sugar bag, close it and shake so they can be coated with he sugar mixture (only a few at a time).


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