Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's birthday!  It is fitting that she was born on Valentine's Day because she is the sweetest person I know.  Here is a picture of her and my Dad on their 50th wedding anniversary this past November.
Can you believe she is celebrating her 70th birthday?!  Obviously 70 is the new 50.  Hope it runs in the family!
Happy Birthday Mom!  Hope you had an awesome day. 
We love you!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Homemade Valentine's Day Gumdrops

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and decided to make it for my kids.  They were easy to make but next time I will make it with them because they would have fun cutting out the shapes.  They ate them all up in one day.  Don't judge.  It happens.
Valentine's Day Gum Drops
2 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups applesauce (no sugar added --- healthy right?)
6 oz package of Jello - I used strawberry
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (.25 oz each)
1 tsp lemon juice (can be bottled)
Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and place in the refrigerator.  Combine 2 C sugar, applesauce, jello, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice in a large saucepan.  Let stand for 1 minute.  It will look like this:
Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.  Boil for 1 minute.  By now it will look like this:
Anyone else see a smiley face in the above pic?  After boiling for one minute immediately pour into the cold 9 x 13 pan.  It will have the white foaming looking stuff on top which is fine.  Refrigerate until firm (2-3 hours).
Now comes the only tricky part.  You need to invert this onto a cutting board or wax paper that is covered with sugar.  It will not just pop out of the pan so I peeled it up by hand and plopped it on the cutting board upside down.  It's really sticky and didn't fall apart or tear during this step.  Couldn't take a pic of this process because I don't have three arms so this is the after picture.
Now comes the kid friendly part.  Cut out the gumdrops with cookie cutters.  Place the cut out gumdrops on a piece of wax paper that has been covered in sugar.  You want sugar on both sides so place the side down that did not get sugar from the cutting board. 
Let dry for 8 hours or until slightly sticky.  My experience was that they were exactly the same 8 hours later.  If the kids make these with you they will not want to wait 8 hours so let them eat them right away!  Any leftovers store in an airtight container.

Since I gave my kids such a sugary, gonna pay for this later in dental bills, treat I decided to give them this little gift.
I give you once guess which gift they liked best.  Have a great Valentine's Day everyone!