June 28, 2012

Ice Cream in a Bag


     I saw this idea last summer in the Disney Family Fun magazine, wrote it on a little notecard, an finally pulled it out!  It has been soooo hot here, and the girls love ice cream, so I figured it would be fun to make our own.


Ingredients

1 C 1/2 and 1/2
 2 T sugar
1/2 t vanilla

1/4 C salt (we used rock salt, but I think other types may work)
ice

First mix your 1/2 and 1/2, sugar, and vanilla in a small ziploc bag.


Fill a gallon size ziploc 1/2 full of ice and add salt and small ziploc bag.



Seal and shake for 5 minutes.  This was the hardest part because the bag gets really cold and little girls get tired of shaking.  So we wrapped the bags in towels and jumped up and down.  They probably only shook them for a minute and a half, and I shook them for a little while. They still worked even with inconsistent shaking.



             Eat and enjoy!


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June 26, 2012

Pop Rocks Science: Capturing Carbon Dioxide

     We were at Pizza Hut when Bria started staring at the bubbles in my cup.  I tried to explain to her that pop has bubbles because it has a gas (carbon dioxide) in it. I don't know that she really understood, but it did give me an idea.


     We had some Pop Rocks here, and they, like pop, are made with carbon dioxide (Pop Rocks FAQ).  I know Bria has had Pop Rocks before, but she didn't seem to remember them. First I let her and Nadia each eat some (of course).



     Then I had them put some in a dish of water to see what would happen.  They could see that as the Pop Rocks dissolved in the water gas was released in the form of bubbles. They could also hear the crackling of the gas breaking out of the candy.



     Next to actually show them the gas I decided to combine Pop Rocks and Pepsi to blow up a balloon.  I did one with baking soda and vinegar as well for comparison.  I started by putting baking soda in one balloon and Pop Rocks in another.  I added vinegar to one bottle and Pepsi to another.  I didn't use any exact amounts, but you definitely don't need much vinegar and baking soda!  Here is a site with more exact amounts for your vinegar and baking soda (Balloon Blow Up).


     I put each balloon on the top of their respective bottle and had each girl hold the end of a balloon. When we were ready I had them both hold the balloon up straight to dump the contents into the bottle.


                                                 


 Both balloons inflated although you can see the Pop Rocks balloon didn't get nearly as big as the baking soda balloon.



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June 22, 2012

Pretzel Rolls

     These rolls are awesome!  I came across these a while back on pinterest and have made them a couple times since.  The original blog post is from Une Bonne Vie, but they are so yummy I had to a share!  The first time I made them I am pretty sure I had at least 3 at dinner because they are quite addicting.  Nathan has decided they are better then soft pretzels and should be eaten with cheese sauce; the girls wanted butter on theirs. Eli and I were happy with them just as they were.


     Before I get into the recipe let me just say I do not claim to be a baker, but I always end up needing more flour. Maybe my kitchen is too warm or maybe I just don't know what I am doing, but they are still really tasty. I can only imagine how great they would be if made by someone who knows what they are doing.  

Ingredients

Dough

6-7 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1 t salt
3 T canola oil
2 t active dry yeast
2 1/2 C milk, slightly warn
1 C water, slightly warm
Sea salt for sprinkling

Bath 

7 C water
1 T salt
4 T baking soda

Start by mixing the yeast and warm milk (I had mine between 110 and 115). Set that aside for 10 minutes to rest.

Whisk 5 3/4 C flour and salt in a large bowl.

Add canola oil and warm water to yeast mixture. Pour into bowl with flour and salt. Knead in bowl until the dough is mostly soft. Only add enough flour so dough is easily handled. Dough will be somewhat stiff.  Cover and allow to rise 1 hour.

Punch down and knead 1 minute. Cut in 15 pieces (or however many it takes to get the size rolls you want) and form into balls.  Place on greased surface and let rise 15 minutes. In the meantime prepare bath by bringing water, salt, and baking soda to a rolling boil and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place 3 rolls in the bath and poach for 1 minute. Place on well greased baking sheet and cut 2-3 lines across the top of poached rolls. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 20-25 minutes.

 

These are best the day they are made (but still very tasty the day after)! Enjoy!





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