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Homemade Marshmallows aka Pseudo Peeps

12 Jul

I got asked why I made homemade marshmallows, was there dairy in the store bought kind?

“no, not that I know of… it just sounded like fun!”

So here’s the thing, there are a ton of recipes on the internet already, nothing new there, but they require you do super crazy things like use a candy thermometer.  Which is all fine and dandy, except that mine broke a couple of months ago…

So here’s what I created, sans a candy thermometer, and was was described to me as having a smooth texture and tasting like Peeps…

What you need:

4 envelopes gelatin

1 C. water

2 C. sugar (I just used regular old sugar)

1/3 teaspoon salt

2 large egg whites

1 Tablespoon vanilla

What you do ::

Generously grease a 9 x13 pan.  Set aside

Put you gelatin in with your cold water.  If you have a stand-up mixture put it in the bowl you use for it.  Set aside.

Heat sugar, corn syrup, and water over a medium heat, stirring constantly.  Once your mixture starts to boil set your timer for 9 minutes.  Keep stirring so your sugar doesn’t burn.

While your mixture is boiling whip the egg whites and vanilla until peaks form.

After your sugar mixture has bubbled for 9 minutes add to the bowl with the gelatin and water and beat for 6 – 10 minutes.  Gently fold in egg white mixture and pour in to greased 9×13 pan.

Let set in your refrigerator for at least 3 hours, up to overnight. to set up.

Here is the fun part my kids got in to ::

Run a spatula along the rim of the marshmallows until the whole thing is loosened from the pan.  Flip on to greased surface.  Cut in to 1 inch squares.

This is where it gets fun for the kiddos – pour an combination of colored sugar and sprinkles in to a bowl and let them roll the marshmallows around until the well covered.  You cannot skip this step, the marshmallows are just too sticky otherwise!  It was the colored sugar that we used that gave them the Peep style flavor.

They can last up to two weeks in an airtight container.

Did you make them?  Leave me a comment or pin it on your pinterest!  I LOVE seeing what you’re doing!!!


Snowball Fight in July

6 Jul

Who doesn’t love a good snowball fight?  The ball, the aim, the hit.  The laughter afterwards.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Too bad it is July and 100 degrees out.

That’s okay – we headed out in our shorts, and still had one heck of a fight!

What you need:

Mini Marshmallows (or regular, keep reading…)

I started out by simply dividing the marshmallows in to five equal baggies (we have two friends spending the night tonight) and then laid out the ground rules :: no intentionally hitting in the face, no eating, no sticking up anyone’s noses.

And we had at it.  The soldier and I stayed up on the deck, unannounced to the children that we had a bag of marshmallows of our own…

Eventually our marshmallows ran out and we were being ganged up on…. so I went inside and raided the pantry for regular sized marshmallows!

We laughed so hard.  Sure the dog ate a few but eventually he grew tired of that.  The game lasted for over an hour!  If that isn’t entertainment, I don’t know what is!  Next week I’ll share the other craft we did once it got dark!

Thursday Fun – Crystal Shapes

5 Jul

My kids love to play pipe-cleaners.  And who can blame them?  They’re so, they’re bendy, they’re fun!  So we decided to take it to the next level and crystalize our pipe-cleaners.

This was super fun and easy.  I think you could print out shapes and let the kids copy those but for today we just “free-styled”.

What you need:

Borax (powdered, in your laundry aisle)


boiling water

wide-mouth jars

To Make ::

Have your children make whatever they want out of the pipe-cleaners, I told mine to do whatever, just make sure it would fit in the jar.

Put 1/2 cup Borax in each jar that your are using and then fill with boiling water.  Still until completely dissolved.  I allowed the olders to do this, for the younger I did it for her, didn’t want any burns!

Tie a string to one end of your design and to a pen or pencil at the other.  It only needs to be long enough so that your child’s creation can hang in the water/borax mix.

Then simply put in and let sit over night.  When you pull it out the next morning it will be a pretty, sparkly design!

I think this would be fun to do themed to holidays – pumpkins in the fall, stars and gingerbread men in the winter, etc.  What would you and your child make?



Thursday Fun – Ivory Soap

28 Jun

Are you a pinterest junkie?  I totally am.  I love to find ideas to do with my kids, things to cook, things to make, ways that I will never actually decorate my house but in pretend Ule-Land I want to…. If you’re in to it like I am, lets be pinterest friends!  Find me here!!!

So when I saw this idea I had to pin it for later.  This comes from Our Best Bites and truly is genius.  Sticking Ivory Soap in the microwave?  Genius!  And I love this idea because it it on the cheap and the kids had a BLAST.

It is simple to do.

You need ::

Ivory Soap

A microwave

Wax paper

Put a piece of wax paper in the microwave and stick your unwrapped bar of Ivory soap on in there.  Set your microwave for a few minutes on high power and watch you soap poof up.  You don’t have to do the full 2 minutes, just until your bar is how you want it.

Now my microwave was waaaaaaaaay too dirty to take a picture of.  But here are my sweet babes faces watching it puff up.

And then we took it outside to play, because it is super crumbly and I didn’t want it all over my house.  (I promise SW is happy, I think the sun was just in his eyes…)

Then they decided they wanted to see what happened when you put water on it and this happened…. I don’t blame them.

Have you tried this?  What fun things did you do with it?  Leave a comment below!

Simple Thank You Presents

9 Jun

For the last year my boys have attended Royal Rangers at our church every Tuesday evening.  It was an hour and a half of wicked fun, Christ-centered goodness.  They learned Bible verses, first aid, knot tying, made derby cars (both boys ranked respectively first and second for the turtle award – we may have to google designs next year!)  and so much other rockin fun!

This week was their awards banquet so I wanted to make sure to say an extra big thank you to the men that volunteered their time week after week to our sweet guys.

The boys agreed that they wanted their thank you to be camping themed and after explaining that mommy’s budget couldn’t afford to buy them all tents (sorry guys!) we settled on s’mores kits and flashlights. Now this isn’t dairy free but still totally cute.

What you need:

Large Mouth Mason Jars (have I mentioned just how much I love mason jars?  Seriously, buy me a dozen, I will love you for-eva!)

s’mores makings (graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate)

snack sized baggies

small flashlights (I found these in the dollar section of the local craft store)

ribbon and fabric if you’re so inclined

Simply put your s’mores making goodies in the baggies and layer in your jar.  Cut a piece of fabric in to a square large enough to be screwed between the flat lid and the ring.  And then I cute the string (or ribbon) long enough to go around the rim of the jar twice, threaded the flashlight through it and we were done.

Now here is just how cheesy I am (you may never read my blog again after reading this), and note that the fabric had bees on it…  We attached a card, that both the boys signed, with this written on it:

“thank you for bee-ing the light to help me fall s’more in love with Jesus this year”

Yup, groan away.

Thursday Fun

7 Jun

I love summer.  I love having all three kids home with me, I love doing fun things with them, I just love being a part of their life!

I try to be intentional about ours days, not necessarily over scheduling anything or having every moment planned.  But absolutely making sure that we are doing fun things that keep them engaged and keep the t.v. and electronics to a minimum!

Today we made sidewalk chalk paint.  It is wicked easy to do and you can find recipes all over the internet and pinterest.  This one came from Domestic Charm and thanks for her tip to use bright dyes!  I picked up Duff cake dye from our local craft and hobby store and they worked amazing!























1 Cup Flour

1 Cup Cornstarch

Food dye

:: I doubled this recipe for three kids to have four colors each ::

We started out painting but quickly discovered that pouring the paint out on to the driveway and walking through it was way more fun.