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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Edible Stained Glass

The other day on THIS post a "fan" said something along the lines "that it would be cool if the candy melted to make edible stained glass".  YES- that would be cool.  :-)  So we tried it.  We melted the gummies we used that day and had ONE BIG GOOEY MESS!!  That was fun.... NOT.  
When we were kids we used to make homemade lollipops.  I knew there would be a recipe out there where you could make your own.  After searching I came across THIS Very cool... but I wanted something that would be a little bit more hands on for the girls.  With a little more searching I learned you can melt hard candy down and have it reform.... Uh duh!!  Why didn't I think of that the first time around.  :-P  So here is our Round 2 go at it....


I bought 2 different kinds of hard candy.  Jolly Ranchers and Life Savers.  I knew the Life Savers would crush easily if we wanted to break pieces up.  

My 29M old was apart of this whole process.  Setting up the invitation was actually her favorite part!  So much fun learning going on as well.  :-)  Color recognition... sorting.... fine motor...


Taking the wrappers off. 


My 29M old was all over the crushing part. 


Again, true to form... my oldest (3.5) hard at work making her masterpieces.  We placed the pieces inside of cookie cutters and also canning lids (what I had on hand).  We also did a few free form.... these were my favorite!  


"I crushed it all up, Mommy!!!"  


Filling in the circles.  


This was as far as my 29M old got....


Design and Drill was much more appealing. 


My oldest's pre-oven.  She decided to do one more free from because "we needed to have 3 for each of them."  We baked these at 325 for about 5-6 minutes.  


Waiting.....


Finished!  


I placed the cookie sheet on top of a towel.  Before they harden you can use a toothpick to make swirls in your designs (we did this as kids... so much fun!).  


You can also make a hole to hang them.  You have to pop them out of the cookie cutters, etc before they harder all the way, while they are still warm or they will crack.  Oh... we also sprayed the parchment paper with cooking spray.  Next time we will spray the cookie cutters as well.  


After we saw how cool the free form ones came out my oldest asked to make more.  She asked if we could make a flower.  We did this one together.  


Heart


We made a couple lollipops as well.  Just place a stick in your design while it is still warm.  


Canning lid with toothpick swirls.  


Our flower turned into "it looks like a cloud... that's a pretty cool cloud."

"It feels so warm and cozy."  


She chose to hang this one up.  

Materials:

Cookie cutters/canning lids (or do them free form)
Hard candies
Parchment paper
Cooking spray
Cookie sheet

Place parchment paper on your cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray.  Place candies within the cookie cutters or make designs free form.  Pop in the oven at 325 for 5-6 minutes.  Let cool a little bit.  You an also make designs during this time or put holes in them to hang.  Pop them out while they are still warm to the touch.  Let harden.  

RL  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Edible Art Frames

The other day my oldest was "cleaning out the car".  She found a candy cane and got all excited.  Yes - we still had a candy cane in the console from Christmas.   LOL  (AK... slow down your breathing).  Every year at Christmas we make Candy Cane Bark.  She asked me if we could make it.  Of course the answer was yes... we just went a different route.  :-)  



The Invitation.

Cookie Sheet
Wax Paper
Various candies and sprinkles.
Pretzels put together to make a frame.
White Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips

You can use whatever chocolate you want.  I know Baker's makes baking chips.  I just LOVE Ghirardelli chocolate.  

You also don't have to use candy.  You can pretty much put in whatever you want.  Some other suggestions:

Crushed nuts
Dried fruit
Pretzels
Sprinkles
Marshmallows
Crumbled cookies
Graham Crackers
Raisins
Coconut
Popcorn


AK and her son stopped by.  :-)  


Whoa!!!  LOL  


As you can clearly see my 29M old and AK's son could care less about the art part of this. 


Look it's a flag


A couple of the girls friends stopped over so I set this up for all of them.  I originally bought 2 bags of chips... one for each of my older girls.  This one was just half a bag.  It was a little too thin so it cracked.  


My oldest way playing with her friend on the first round of these and came down to the invitation after they left.  We did this with one whole bag of chips.  

To melt the chips just pour the bag into a microwave safe dish and microwave.  Ours took around 3 minutes... stopping to stir after each minute.  

After melting, spread it out on the wax paper in the shape of a square.  Add your pretzels around the outside to make a frame.  


Decorating her frame.  (3.5 years)

My oldest had no desire to eat the candy during this process.  She was more interested in the art... totally true to form for her.  



She loved this.  :-)  




Finished!  Ours took about 20 minutes to cool and set.  

I used a spatula to pick it up off the cookie sheet and then peeled off the wax paper.

It was sturdy enough to handle!  


Proud girl/  


"Can I eat some?"


Enjoying some of her masterpiece.  

You could do this on a smaller scale as well. 

It would be cute with smaller pretzel rods, pop in a ziploc, and give away as gifts.  :-) 

RL 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cooking 101



Here is an activity totally inspired by a fan - thank you, Megan McRae (Im pretty sure you were the original source).

You always know when the weather is bad because you will likely see more "invitation type" posts from us.  Today I set this one up for my son.  It was a huge hit.  I believe my son's sense of choice is smell - LOL - he smells everything and was constantly commenting on the smell of the cinnamon and how it smelled "hot".  I thought that was a perfect adjective for it.  He told me that he was making me some "stinky, hot soup".  Simple and fun - the pics speak for themselves.















- AK (MESE, MECD)


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Easter Bread

EASTER BREAD

2 CUPS SUGAR
½ CUP CRISCO
½ CUP MARGERINE
2 CUPS MILK (EVAPORATED MILK)
3 PACKAGES DRY YEAST
1 ½ DOZEN LARGE EGGS
½ TEASPOON SALT
5 LBS FLOUR
1 TEASPOON ANISE SEED OR LIQUID
1 TEASPOON VANILLA

PUT MILK IN BOWL.  PUT IN MICROWAVE (2 MIN) UNTIL IT BUBBLES AROUND THE EDGE.  ADD BUTTER AND CRISCO TO MILK AND LET MELT.  ADD SUGAR.  MAKE YEAST (FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ON PACKAGE).  PUT EGGS IN BOWL AND BEAT UNTIL LIGHT AND FLUFFY.  ADD SUGAR, CRISCO MIXTURE AND EGGS TOGETHER.  ADD YEAST.  START ADDING FLOUR A LITTLE AT A TIME. KNEAD UNTIL ITS NOT STICKY.  COVER AND LET RISE UNTIL IT DOUBLES (WARM PLACE). 

AFTER RISES TAKE 3 HANDFULS OF DOUGH AND ROLL THEM OUT INTO THREE STRINGS.  BRAID TOGETHER.  PUT ON GREASED COOKIE SHEETS.  LET THE LOAVES RISE AGAIN FOR 30 MINUTES.

BAKE AT 350 DEGREES FOR 20 MINUTES.  BOTTOM OF LOAVES SHOULD BE BROWN. (THIS MAY NEED TO BE ALTERED AS THIS IS AN OLD RECIPE) 

***MY OVEN 325 DEGRESS FOR 12-15 MINUTES.  



Sunday, December 4, 2011

Chocolate Clouds

For me, a "Christmas cookie" doesn't have to be green or red or shaped like something "Christmasy"....it just has to be made with love.....and be delicious!  These cookies are sooooooo good.  My son and I made two batches today and each batch made around 35 cookies.  Not only are they good....they are so easy to make (which comes in handy when you have culinary challenges like me!).

Im not sure where the recipe is from....I know I got it from somewhere a few years ago, I just dont remember where.



  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a mixing bowl bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and vanilla and continue beating until soft peaks hold, sugar is dissolved, and mixture is glossy. Sift cocoa into the bowl and gently fold until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.  Use a spoon to drop plops of mixture onto sprayed cookie sheets. Bake at 300 for 35-40 minutes or just until dry. Carefully peel off paper, cool completely.  (We baked our 30 minutes)


 using the mixer to beat the eggs


 licking the beaters is a must



 YUM!



 hee hee
(Im not sure what inspired the headband wearing but he's had it on for two days!  LOL LOL)

 ready to go in the oven



This is our second batch cooling....the first batch didnt crack like this, but no worries - the cookies were still intact and tasted just as good.
- AK

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Sweet Thank You

Yesterday we were invited to RLs house for Thanksgiving dinner and we are very grateful.  

 My son and RLs girls....ready to eat!

In an effort to show our gratitude I asked my son if he would like to make something for their family to say THANK YOU.  He suggested making some "Chocolate Fish".  Unfortunately we didn't have the ingredients to make them so I suggested something we call "White Trash".  This stuff is soooooooo good and makes a great treat to give at Christmas.


 Things you need - Golden Grahams, 1 box raisins, 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, powdered sugar (we used half the bag), peanut butter (we used half the jar), and 1 stick of butter (not pictured here)





 Put 1 stick of butter into pot and melt


 Pour in bag of chocolate chips



 add peanut butter....stir all until melted and smooth



 Pour Golden Grahams into a separate (LARGE) bowl


 pour in raisins



 Pour powdered sugar into a CLEAN trash bag



 pour melted mixture into bowl  and mix until cereal and raisins are coated



 make sure you blow on the powdered sugar and watch it fly around in the air....LOL



 pour cereal into trash bag, tie bag closed, and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE



 pour into bowl and try it to make sure its not poisoned.  LOL

RL - Get ready, yall have some White Trash coming your way!!
YUM!!

- AK
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