Showing posts from January, 2019

Encouraging Hearts and Home- 3rd Week of January

I hope this week is treating you well.  We have been busy tackling lots of science projects trying to finish up our 100 Days of Science Challenge.  I always forget just how long it takes us to complete these challenges but I am determined to get the next 45 projects/ experiments done soon (even if might take me longer to get around to blogging them all).

What have you been up to?
Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home!

The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light! ***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board.

The most clicked post from last week's Blog Hop:Why AudioBooks Totally Count…

100 Days of Science #54-- Fluoride and Calcium Experiment

We have soaked an egg in vinegar before to make a "bouncing" egg like many Pinterest photos show but I was intrigued with the idea of taking the experiment one step further.  
We read that if you coat one egg in a fluoride toothpaste first that the fluoride will protect the shell for the acidic vinegar and keep it from breaking down as fast. 

We thought it sounded like the perfect experiment to try!.  We got out two eggs, two small mason jars (with lids) and a tube of toothpaste. 
First we smeared toothpaste all over one egg and then set it aside to dry on the counter for 24 hours. 

The next morning we rinsed off the toothpaste egg as best we could and with both eggs ready we poured 1/2 cup of vinegar into each mason jar.  We put the lids on and labeled the jar with the toothpaste egg so we'd know which egg was which.

Then we set them on the counter and observed them for the next two days.

We didn't see much difference in our observations at all.

After two days we u…

January Pinterest Challenge-- Making Homemade Marshmallows

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

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

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…