Rainy Day Lunch

imageIt has been raining here for days! Last night, we all had to get up at 6am and hide in the basement because a tornado warning had come up and the wind was getting so hard. We stayed down there for two hours, until the warning went away. We woke up and checked the yard for damage from the wind, and thank goodness we had no major problems. The basketball hoop fell over, the shutters came off the little boys room windows, and one of the chicken coop doors got ripped off the shed in the night. They were fine luckily for us! A little shaken up, but everyone is alright. Yesterday, we decided to have a super yummy, healthy lunch. Here is what we ate!

imageMomma was very excited because she made some cream cheese, and it tastes sooooo amazing! It’s creamy and very easy to spread, the flavor is incredible, and we all loved it. Not to mention how beautiful it looks!!! We sprinkled some olive oil over it for a extra touch, and it couldn’t have been better. She needs to make it again!

imageOf course, with a creamy spread, you need something to spread it on! We made some delicious flat bread with our tortilla press. They tasted perfect with the cream cheese spread; to die for!!!

imageNext, we had a cherry tomato and olive salad, sprinkled with an olive oil-balsamic vinegar dressing we made. It was so refreshing and yummy! We love cherry tomatoes 😀

imageOn the side, we also had plain cantaloupe.  This was the best part for some of us! Mateo definitely loved them, and he kept on eating more from the bowl! imageimage

8aWe were really happy because after everyone had enough, we still had about half of the cream cheese left for later! We have been snacking on it with crackers, and it just tastes so good! ❤

Lets hope that we don’t get hit by too much more rain, and no more tornadoes!!! 😀

Experiment: Making Gummy Bears!

10.jpgOkay, so we kinda lied… Were actually making gummy Legos! A few years ago, Momma threw a lego-themed birthday party for Jp, and we made lego shaped crayons. Fast forward about 6 years and we still have the molds we used! They are so cute and super fun. Sometimes the little ones would use the molds to make lego ice cubes 😀 😀 😀 So today were making lego gummies out of gelatin!

1.jpgTo make these, you will need: 1/2 cup cold water, 2 tbsp unflavored gelatin, 1 packet of  regular jello mix, a small pot and glass measuring cup for pouring, a whisk, and any molds you want to use. Lets get started!

34First, Olivia poured the water into the pot. We added the 2 tbsp of unflavored gelatin and started mixing. (Tip! The unflavored gelatin is the most important part! Without it, you would be making regular jello and it wouldn’t be firm enough to hold!) Move the pot to the stove, but DON’T TURN IT ON YET!

56Add the flavored jello and keep whisking. Turn the stove on to medium-low, grab a book or magazine, and sit tight! Keep mixing for 10-15 minutes, or until the powder is fully dissolved. It should be much smoother than when you first added the powders at about 10 minutes. Transfer the mix to your glass measuring cup.
Olivia: “We should open a candy shop! We could sell gummies and cookies and cupcakes and…”

78Oops!9.jpgPour the mixture into the molds until you have no more jello mix left. You want to pour very slowly; the mix goes a lot faster than you’d think! Olivia filled a few and kinda went overboard on one, but it was okay! Pop them in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to let them set.
Olivia: “I just wanna eat themmmmmmmm!”
Erica: “But they aren’t finished yet.”
Olivia: “I know, but still!”

Once they’re cool, pop them out of the molds and you’re done! These are so easy to make, and the look so adorable that we almost did’nt want to eat them! (allllllllmost ;D )101112Olivia: “Could I throw it on the floor to see if it bounces like a bouncy ball? I bet it would…”13Everyone loved these! We have to buy more jello mix in different flavors so we have different colors too. We are so happy these turned out to be a success!

Olivia long after we finished: “Are you SURE I can’t see if its like a bouncy ball???”

Have you ever made gummies? How did they come out? Let us know in the comments!