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January Pinterest Challenge-- Making Homemade Marshmallows

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Welcome to the January Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!




The boys and I had making homemade marshmallows on our winter bucket list and decided to use this pin/ recipe to help us.



Now I will fully admit that I do NOT like marshmallows at all.  The taste is just fine but I can not get past the texture and so maybe I'm a bit biased when I sat they were very time consuming and I'm not sure they were worth the work.


We assembled all our ingredients:

3 Tablespoons gelatin (unflavored)
1/3 cup cold water
3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup powdered sugar


First we dissolved the gelatin in the 1/3 cup cold water and then set it aside for 10 full minutes.


Then we combined the rest of the water and all of the granulated sugar in a pan on the stove over low heat stir…

100 Days of Science #53-- Iodine and Starch Experiments

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We still had lots of iodine left after our color changing experiment and decided to test our foods for starch.  
Iodine will react with the starches in foods and turn black. 


First we decided on a few foods to test.  We used cooked ride, a small red potato, some lettuce, granulated sugar, bread, and an apple. 
We cut/ diced our foods and made sure to keep them separate from one another.  We also cleaned the knife between foods so we didn't cross contaminate. 

Then one by one we began dropping just a few drops of iodine on each of our food samples.


The lettuce, apple, and sugar had no reactions.






While the potato, rice, and bread did.




My boys immediately began brainstorming ideas about what other foods we could use in this experiment!

I just love quick and easy science experiments like this.

Others in this series: 1.  Bernoulli's Principle 2.  Field Trip to the Ecotarium 
3.  Learning About Air Molecules
4.  Kitchen Science; Baking cupcakes 5.  Corn Maze Field Trip  6.  Birds of Flori…

How to Make Fabric Stencils with the Cricut

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I really wanted to try painting on fabric using my Cricut as a stencil.  Often if I'm working with fabric I just use heat transfer vinyl (HTV) but I knew that if I was going to give kitchen towels as a gift the vinyl would get in the way of the towels absorbing anything where the vinyl was. 
I made some really cute Punny kitchen towels using my Cricut and it was so easy! 


I found these plain white towels on Amazon and I made sure to wash all the sizing off before starting.  I also ironed them to make sure they were nice and flat and smooth for the image to adhere to.
Using a few of my Cricut cartridges (mostly In the Kitchen!) I designed some fun kitchen towel sayings/ images in Cricut design space.  I made sure to measure my towels so I knew what size to make my images.  

Then I cut them out and reverse weeded them so I removed the words and larger parts of the image; making myself a nice large stencil.


Once I had all 6 images cut out and weeded I gathered the rest of my materia…

Orange Creamsicle Cake

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Alec made us a delicious cake for New Year's day.  We were having some family over a ham dinner and wanted something sweet to serve.  He really had his heart set on making a cake, decorating it, and using orange flavored frosting.

Originally he wanted to try making a chocolate cake but we had so few ingredients in the house since it was a spur of the moment thing that we had to alter his plans...a  few times!

We ended up coming up with a pretty tasty cake we called Orange Creamsicle.



We made his favorite vanilla cake recipe (that he found somewhere on-line and wrote down-- if this is your recipe please claim it so I can give credit where credit is due!), and whipped up some yummy frosting; flavoring part of it orange using an actual orange and some fresh squeezed juice.

Cake ingredients: Classic Yellow Cake
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cup milk

Filling ingredien…