Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fun summer day, jello jigglers, and a craft!

Wow, off to a busy day already! This morning we decided to use our beloved cricut machine. If you don't have one, it's a must for a Christmas list! No more hand cutting shapes for projects! LOL I love mine and so do the girls. Today we went with a star theme for 4th of July and I let the kids work out their designs.

They are always excited watching what it's cutting out.

Stars to create with! :-0
They decided to make mobiles with them to hang for decorations. Great job girls!
Next we spent some time in our little pool, just big enough to cool off in on these simmering days!

This is Patches, he wanted to join us in the pool but we have a small fence around it so him and Skippy can't bite holes in it LOL
This is Skippy (our little rescue terror, LOL; he's come a long way)
This is Sally, our 11 year old Lab, who was smart enough to know it is way cooler up under the tree! LOL I love this dog, she has been through my side through so much. I love the others also of course, but Sally has the history that the other two are too young yet.

We also made our favorite jello jigglers.

Here's the recipe in case you haven't tried them out. The kids love them and we use cookie cutters to make all kinds of shapes for all the holidays and seasons.

These we layered colors and put cool whip between them. Yummy!!

Two packages (4 serving size) or one package (8 serving size) any flavor red gelatin
Two packages (4 serving size) or one one package (8 serving size) blue gelatin
Cool whip
2 1/2 cups boiling water
Mixing bowls
Measuring cups
rubber scraper (or large spoon is fine)
butter knife (or plastic if kids would like to help)
Two 9x9 inch pans (or if you only have one do one flavor at a time in it)
Star shaped cookie cutters
Large platter/tray
Cherries (optional)

1) Pour one flavor of gelatin into mixing bowl. Add 1 1/4 cups of the boiling water and use rubber scraper to stir until all of gelatin is completely dissolved (about 2 mins or so)
Pour into pan and repeat with the other color in the other pan
2) Put pans in refrigerator (Make sure there is enough room first, LOL I many a time forget that little piece of info.) Let chill for at least 3 hours or more.
3)Put an inch of hot water into the sink. Dip just the bottom of the pan (don't let water come over the sides) into the water for just a few seconds (not too long or jello will liquefy)
4) Use star shaped cutters to make the shapes, then lift out carefully with your fingers, repeat with both the colors.
5) Put a layer onto the tray then add the cool whip then put opposite color star on top. Can stack as high as you like! If you prefer top it off with a cherry! The girls love the wiggles and giggles that come from making these!


Later I will be posting another recipes/ dinner ideas from tonight's meal. Have a great afternoon!

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