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Are you old enough to remember the Kool Aid Man commercials? Oh Yeah!
I've done a lot with Kool Aid over the years besides drink it the regular way. I've made slushies for my kids with it. I have made play dough with it. I've seen people dye their hair with it, though I haven't done that. But, today for Fun Friday I am going to share a couple of "new to me" ideas using this versatile powdered beverage, plus I am throwing in a free printable, too!
Kool Aid Candy Dots
When I was a kid growing up, getting those little wax paper sheets of colorful candy dots was a fun treat for us. When I recently began to see recipes for them on Pinterest, I was intrigued. The recipes I saw all called for egg whites or meringue powder. I wanted to make my dots vegan, so I used corn syrup instead. You can make your Candy Dots any flavor you would like and they only take 4 ingredients! Here is how I made them:
Kool Aid Candy Dots
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 package kool aid unsweetened mix, any flavor
2 T. corn syrup
1 T. almond milk
Mix the ingredients together until a stiff yet flowing dough forms.
Put into a piping bag and using a small round tip, pipe onto waxed paper strips.
(Just make small dots, the dots will spread.)
I made two batches, one of orange and one lime. This recipe made LOADS of dots!
Allow the dots to dry over night.
My candy dots stayed a little soft inside, not totally crunchy. The Kool Aid really gives them a burst of flavor and bright color!
After they dried, I cut my waxed paper strips between the dots into 4x6 inch rectangles and slipped them into plastic cookie bags. I think these would make a sweet, fun party favor!
To print, use the Avery 8160 labels. Do not check "fit to page."
I used lime and orange flavors, but the possibilities are only limited by the flavors of Kool Aid available. I love how bright and sunny these colors are and I think they would be great at a swimming party, (along with some Kool Aid Slushes!)
Kool Aid Sherbet or Ice Cream
Believe it or not, I think this sherbet was even easier than the candy dots and of course, much cooler!
Since it only took 1/2 a package of Kool Aid to make the Candy Dots, I used the same flavors to make this ice cream, or sherbet, whichever you want to call it, and it only took 3 ingredients! Not only that, I made one of the flavors vegan for Maddy's sake and it is so good! I will give you the recipe for both the vegan and the non-vegan versions.
"Put the Lime in the Coconut" Vegan Kool Aid Sherbet
1-15 oz can coconut cream or coconut milk
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 package lime Kool Aid
"Put the lime in the coconut and mix it all together!" (I couldn't resist!) Mix all of the ingredients together very well. Pour them into a regular sized loaf pan. Put in the freezer for about 2 hours.
After 2 hours, the sherbet should be partially set. Use the hand held electric beaters and beat the mixture to create a more creamy texture and smooth back into shape in the loaf pan. Place back in the freezer.
I left it in the freezer until the next day and then scooped it out to serve! It is really delicious!
Creamy Orange Kool Aid Ice Cream
1 and 1/2 c. heavy cream
1/2 package orange Kool Aid
3/4 c. granulated sugar
Mix all the ingredients together and prepare just like the lime recipe. It is so yummy!
Hope you have some good summer fun this weekend and maybe give one or both of these recipes a try! Let me know what you think and if you have any other off the wall Kool Aid ideas!
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Today is the annual Worldwide Day of Prayer. In our house, and in our family, everyday is a day of prayer. We have seen the affects of prayer in our lives in many ways. And while we may not need a special day to remind us to pray to our Father in Heaven, this is a good day to reflect on the power of prayer in our lives. So, today for Friday Faves, I asked some of the people in our family to tell me what their favorite scripture about prayer is. I took those results and made them into printables that can be used around the house to remind us to stay in contact with our Maker and to be partakers of the blessings that come into our lives through prayer.
Click on the buttons under each image to get the pdf file for these prints. They print on a regular 8.5 x 11 page. You may have to trim them for a frame. I have and love this small Cricut Portable Trimmer. It is highly rated and a very reasonable price.
If you haven't experienced the blessing that prayer can be in your life, it is never too late to find out, and today, the Worldwide Day of Prayer is as good of a day as any to find out. There is great power to be had in simply and humbly calling on God when we need him.
I recently read a story about Jimmy Stewart and he was telling his story in his own words to Richard H. Schneider in 1987 and it was later published in Guideposts in 2014. (Click those links for my sources.) It is the story of his experience in the film, "It's a Wonderful Life." This story illustrates what I mean about the power that can be felt when we call upon our Father in Heaven.
"Good as the script was, there was still something else about the movie that made it different. It's hard to explain. I, for one, had things happen to me during the filming that never happened in any other picture I've made.
In one scene, for example, George Bailey is faced with unjust criminal charges and, not knowing where to turn, ends up in a little roadside restaurant. He is unaware that most of the people in town are arduously praying for him.
In this scene, at the lowest point in George Bailey's life, Frank Capra was shooting a long shot of me slumped in despair.
In agony I raise my eyes and, following the script, plead, "God... God...dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me, show me the way. I'm at the end of my rope. Show me the way, God..."
As I said those words, I felt the loneliness, the hopelessness of people who had nowhere to turn, and my eyes filled with tears. I broke down sobbing. This was not planned at all, but the power of that prayer, the realization that our Father in heaven is there to help the hopeless, had reduced me to tears."
I do remember that scene. It has always felt very powerful, and now I know why.
I just want to leave you with one more scripture that is a favorite of mine from the Book of Mormon. My Thessalonians scripture is a shorter version of this, but this one is detailed and so beautiful. It is found in Alma 34:17-27:
17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
21 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
23 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.
These are our feelings about prayer. Thanks for reading them!
Richard Schneider, who wrote about his experience with Jimmy Stewart, wrote some books. You can find them here.
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A few years ago, my Sisters-in-law and others in our family decided to have a family craft day in December. We had crafts for kids and crafts for adults and food, and it was a lot of fun. We decided that we should do it every year, but unfortunately, it hasn't happened. December is just so busy and full of activities for everyone that we could never make that fun day happen again.
This year, Alicia mentioned to me that we should do a Christmas in July and wouldn't it be great to do it when she was in town with her kids so that she could see her aunts and cousins as well! So, we began planning our Christmas in July with crafts, food and swimming! You may remember that I shared the invitation I came up with on this post. (The invitation for Christmas in July is available on our subscribers only page that you will have access to if you opt into follow us!) Lindsey said that we could have the party at her house where we could all swim, as well as eat and do crafts. We came up with some simple crafts for kids and adults, we also made some super cute decorations and we made the food potluck and asked for a holiday twist if possible. It was mostly fun just being able to get together and enjoy each other's company without feeling rushed. Here are some of the simple things that we did:
Some of the things we had to eat were pasta salad, pizza and fresh fruits and veggies. Look how we made some of them fit the Christmas theme.
Watermelon Stars and Santa Hat Strawberries! The Strawberries were filled with coconut cream whipped cream so that they were vegan for Maddy to enjoy with us all.
A Christmas tree made out of fresh veggies. We served them with hummus, pretzels and ranch dip.
We also had Root Beer Floats and Christmas Cookies that Lindsey made for the kids to decorate!
We kept the decorations simple, but gave some cute ideas that people could recreate later. We even printed up instructions on how they could make some of the items on their own. (We have them available for you as well)! We also covered the craft tables with Christmas wrap for a festive flair, plus...
We knew that on a hot summer day in Phoenix, swimming was going to be a popular activity at our party, so we wanted to keep our crafts simple and something that could be completed quickly in order to give everyone time to swim! Of course, the garland and the stars could have totally been part of the crafts, but we just gave everyone the directions instead. Here are the things we came up with to actually make at the party!
We used stencils and fabric markers to make designs on flour sack towels. We purchased our markers at Walmart, but those linked on Amazon are less expensive. Here is a another brand. This was a great craft for children through adults! A sweet kitchen towel from a child would be a gift any mother would love and be able to use! We all enjoyed honing our pointillism techniques creating these towels. Plus, the flour sack towels were inexpensive to provide.
Chalkboard ornaments or magnets. The chalk marker really added pizzazz to these. If you are uncomfortable coming up with your own designs, there are a couple of websites where you can download and print some designs to decoupage:
The Cottage Market and LDS Lane had designs I loved.
We provided basic sugar and salt scrub bases that people were allowed to add extra ingredients to themselves. Plus, we had supplies available to decorate their jars! The recipes are available in our booklet.
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You don't have to plan your early Christmas party for July, there are a few months left to get one planned and done before the holiday rush begins! Or, begin planning your Christmas in July for next year now and make it a big blow-out! This was our first one and we kept it relatively simple, which was perfect for our family this year. But, I already have some fun ideas for next year that I can't wait to try out!
Now, this is a great opportunity to show you how some of my grandchildren enjoyed the party! Please don't mind my post swimming look!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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