Monday, July 13, 2015

Five Wins and a Fail

Our science fail from last week needed to be redeemed. We used corn starch today and it worked perfectly to illustrate a non-Newtonian liquid. Win.

Next we explored the freezing point of juice....and made sorbet! We were supposed to shake the bags for 15 minutes, but we decided it was fine to eat at 5 min. I will do this in the future in the ice-cream maker and make sorbet. Win.
A lot of shaking....

We were happy to share with Arielle &
Arielle was happy to have yummy soft food
 Next we talked about gas and how we can't see it, but it fills the space around us. We put a paper in a cup, turned it upside down...
  Submerged the cup in water and the paper stayed in place - and dry.  Win.

This was supposed to be simple - blow a bubble  - watch it expand....but the kids can't blow bubbles. Fail. 
Checking out gas - which turned to liquid when it hit the cold mirror. Win.

Our last experiment took some work! I had checked 3 grocery stores last week and no one had pop rocks. I was going to order them online, but I didn't want a huge box of pop rocks. I asked on Facebook and gas stations were suggested. I check 3 without finding pop rocks. I was even told that  they "weren't allowed in CA." I came home to order them, and several suggested a dollar store. We ran up to Dollar General. The saleswoman told me they didn't carry them, but as I picked up some supplies for another experiment, I spotted them. After dinner, we were finally able to use the pop rocks.  The gas expanded and filled the ballots.

Five wins and one fail....It will be fun to have Michael around for these - I suspect we'll have much fewer fails. ::grin::

Cookie Dough Butter (Vegan)

Who doesn't love cookie dough? I had never heard of Trader Joe's Cookie Butter and now that I have - I don't think this is the same thing. This is not made with broken up cookies - but it's good.  After seeing a post for Cookie Dough Butter - it dawned on me - if I put the yumminess of dough in a jar - leaving out the egg - it would be a great snack. Here's the original recipe - which is gluten free, low carb (?) and primal. 

It was simple to make it vegan - though it is certainly not "sugar free" with honey, agave nectar or Rapadura added in.

I just throw it in a bowl until it tastes good - but here's the general idea:

1 C nut butter (I use almond but cashew, peanut butter etc)
1/2 C Earth Balance (butter if you aren't worried about being vegan/cholesterol - TASTES better)
3 T whole wheat flour (or coconut for gluten free)
3 T Agave Nectar (honey or Rapadura)A dash of nutmeg (optional)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp vanilla (I used more)
3 T mini chips (chocolate chunks, vanilla chips, peanut butter chips etc)

I simply mixed mine all together and stored it in a jar.  For finer directions check the link above.

How have we used it? Dip animal crackers in it, frost graham crackers, on pancakes, dip apples in it, on top of rice cakes (don't judge), frost breakfast oatmeal muffins,  and BY THE SPOONFUL.

I don't mind if the kid snack on this.