Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Expanding Soap Experiment (4th Grade Science Fair)


Well we wrap up the science fair with a fun experiment! Even though it drives my kids nuts I have them do something that is not the normal for science fair time. Caden actually was pretty excited with this one and his face was priceless when he pulled the winning soap out of the microwave. This experiment took the least amount of time of all the ones we've done over the years but was so much fun!!


 
What you Need:
Different types of Soap
Plate
Knife
Microwave
Tri Board
Card Stock (Whatever colors you like)
Pen and/or Cricut to cut out the letters
Glue Stick
 
For the board we took my cricut to cut out circles and added a little black outline on each one. Caden cut out the letters and then glued them on to the board. Sorry I didn't get a picture with the words, graph and photos on it. He took it to school before I could snap a pic! 
 
For the soap we cut each bar into pieces (4 slices) and placed on a dinner plate. My microwave took 2 minutes to see the change, check your microwave to see what works best. Most puffed up only one became a big pile of gooey mess that we had to wait until it hardened to get off the plate. We put each soap after into a clear bag so he could display at the science fair. 
 

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Other Science Fair Projects we've done:
 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pool Themed Cookies Swim Trunk (Royal Icing)

The second part for my faithful customer 80 cookie order for her son's party. She picked starfish and swim trunk cookies. Yesterday I showed you the starfish, today I show the swim trunks from the order.
If you're in need or cookies for a party or just to eat, shoot me a msg at SweetPea Cookie Therapy. Thank you!

What you Need:
Swim Trunks Cookie Cutter (I bought mine on Ebay)
Royal Icing - Blue, Green and Uncolored White (see recipe below) 
Pipping Bag (w/ white royal icing) 

I used the dipping method with my royal icing. This speeds up my decorating time. You can pipe each cookie which is a little cleaner but I find the dipping method to be the best. You get your royal icing to the outline consistency and put into a pie dish (I find this is not too deep). BEFORE the cookies dry you add the details. I used a pipping bag of white to add a little details on the shorts. I made a drawstring on the top of the cookies and add some dots to give them character. The party colors was green and blue so I made these in those colors, it can be done in any color.

 Here are both cookie shapes made:

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INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.


Pool Themed Cookies ... Starfish (Royal Icing)

My amazing and faithful customer asked me to make 80 cookies for her son's party. She picked starfish and swim trunk cookies. I'm starting with the Starfish since I became a bit obsessed with how they turned out! I just loved them!! I actually have a new order for a few weeks out that would like them for an underwater themed party!
 
If you're in need or cookies for a party or just to eat, shoot me a msg at SweetPea Cookie Therapy. Thank you!

 
What you Need:
Star Cookie Cutter
Royal Icing - Blue, Green and Uncolored White (see recipe below)

Pipping Bag (w/ white royal icing) 

For the starfish I took my star cookie cutter and moved the legs to look like a starfish. Once baked they stayed in this great shape. I used the dipping method with my royal icing. This speeds up my decorating time. You can pipe each cookie which is a little cleaner but I find the dipping method to be the best. You get your royal icing to the outline consistency and put into a pie dish (I find this is not too deep). BEFORE the cookies dry you add the details. I used a pipping bag of white to add a little detail on the starfish. A big circle in the middle and then smaller circles on each leg. The party colors was green and blue so I made these in those colors, it can be done in any color.

 Here are both cookie shapes made:

Click HERE to see who I link with.
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.


 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Green Egg Cookies Featured

I was so excited to see my Green Egg Cookies featured on Dare to Share Saturday's post of Dr. Seuss Birthday celebration. A Big THANK you to Kimberly to posting and featuring my post.
 
 
Have a GREAT weekend!!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lego Head Cookies Made (Royal Icing) Birthday Dreams Charity

Another fun cupcake delivery for my favorite charity that brings birthday's to homeless kids in shelters around Washington State. If you ever have extra party supplies or toys please think of Birthday Dreams, we can all make a child's special day be just that special! I haven't done a Lego theme for them lately, but I wanted to do something different then what I've done in the past. I've done the Modeling Chocolate Lego Men and Bricks and wanted to try my hand at Lego Heads.

What you Need:
Lego Head Cookie Cutter (I ordered one on Ebay)
Royal Icing - Yellow & Uncolored White (see recipe below)
Black Edible Pen
Pipping Bag (w/ white royal icing)

I used the dipping method with my royal icing. This speeds up my decorating time. You can pipe each cookie which is a little cleaner but I find the dipping method to be the best. You get your royal icing to the outline consistency and put into a pie dish (I find this is not too deep). AFTER the cookies dry you add the details. I used a edible pen in black to add the mouths and eyes and eyebrows. I used a pipping bag of white to add a little detail for the open mouth heads.


Click HERE to see who I link with.
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Shamrock Cookies Made (Royal Icing)

I'm trying to be on the ahead side this time and not be a crazy woman running around the night before. I wanted to make treats for the boys to take to school, PLUS to share with the girls in my dance class to share my new cookie business. I have now successfully mailed to MA and TN, taking orders now if you would like some! Check me out on Facebook SweetPea Cookie Therapy (my nickname from my daddy). 

I found these super cute Shamrocks on Tastes of Lizzy T, she did really cute design using regular frosting. I took this idea and ran with my new royal icing skills. I think they turned out so flipping cute and can't wait to promote my business with them!
 

What you Need:
1 Shamrock Cookie Cutter
Royal Icing - Green (see recipe below)
Candy Eyes
Heart Decorations (Red and Pink)
Black Edible Pen

I used the dipping method with my royal icing. This speeds up my decorating time. You can pipe each cookie which is a little cleaner but I find the dipping method to be the best. You get your royal icing to the outline consistency and put into a pie dish (I find this is not too deep). BEFORE the cookies dry, add the candy eyes and if you want to make a boy add bowtie and girl hear bow. AFTER the cookies dry you add the details. I used a edible pen in black to add the mouths and some eyelashes for the girls.


Click HERE to see who I link with.
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.

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