I am not typically a crafty mom. Rex has never been kid that is into crafty projects. He much prefers to be throwing, kicking or catching any type of ball then sitting down to do a project. I've been on a cooking jag lately. I've always enjoyed cooking but I've tried a ton of new recipes and found a few new blogs that focus on cooking. My current favorite is Our Best Bites. It is written by two Mormon moms that have cooking in common. I'm not sure that being Mormon has anything to do with it but they have a cute sense of humour and a TON of great recipes. Well they also have very tempting pictures and the directions always make things seem so simple. I was tempted by these pictures of home made marshmallows and decided they would make super cute valentine treats for the boys teachers. So Friday evening after dinner, which included taco chicken from the same site, I started in to make marshmallows with the boys. I quickly discovered that I forgot that I would need a candy thermometer and had to send Justin to the store. So we approned up and started mixing.
Riley cooks at school. The Washington State University 4-H extension program sends the "cooking ladies" every other Thursday and they cook with the kids and learn about nutrition. We've discovered one of the "cooking ladies" was Rex's Sunday school teacher last year so she knew all about Hurricane Riley. Riley LOVES to cook. He is very interested in mixing in ingredients and stirring. We have to do this more often with recipes that require more help from Riley. Honestly both boys had a ton of fun helping.
|Mixing up the corn starch and powdered sugar so we could dust the pan|
We if anyone has ever made marshmallows before you know it takes a while and not exactly a project that you should start at 8pm. We mixed our ingredients and start to wait for them to boil. We waited and waited and waited some more for them to reach 240 degrees on our candy thermometer. We had to fill the time so we made silly faces and danced and took pictures.
|Mommy and her little man|
|Is it ever going to be time to stir???|
|Even dad put on an apron and joined in the fun!|
|Rex wasn't quite done dancing when we started mixing!|
|Riley watched and watched as the mixture transformed into fluff!|
We finally had it fluffy enough to pour into the pan and let it sit over night. I'm not sure if it was because we were all tired and goofy or exactly why this project turned out so well. We had a ton of fun and I may just do our next craft late at night to see if it works again???
|Look at that concentration.|
We'll be sure to bring you more from the Kibbe Kitchen but for now we are signing out!