Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mummy Oreo Pops

Want to see some of our treats from our Africa unit?  We ended up doing a lot of Egyptian stuff, because there's really only so much you can do with elephants, savannahs, and soccer.  I looked forEVER for molds I could use to make rice krispy treat pyramids and finally resorted to pressing them into a pan to make 3D triangles instead.  We sprayed them gold with Duff cake spray and placed them on a tray of crumbled graham crackers and added a couple of camels.


The real hit was the mummy Oreo pops. We have made these for years so they're nothing new, but so fun for Halloween.

Here are some other things we did: visited the zoo and graphed savannah animals we saw, read about mummies/preserving processes and the kids wrapped each other with toilet paper, read about savannahs and wrote about what we learned, read about pyramids and constructed our own out of marshmallows and toothpicks, made a papyrus out of a brown paper bag and glue and wrote the kids names in hieroglyphics, watched some videos of African music and dancing on YouTube, made a model of the nile and "flooded" it periodically to see how the grass seed we planted would grow even if there was no rain. We also tasted some African food and made some African jewelry to practice patterning.

Chase has started preschool back up so we're slowing down on these extraneous units but he loves them so much I'm going to try to do them when we have time.  Here is my littlest pretending to be a dead mummy for his big brother: 
It's hard to be the smallest!
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Homemade Chewy Caramel Sauce

We all know that a food blog isn't really any good without pictures.  But I've made this sauce at least 4 times in the last 3 weeks and it never sticks around long enough for me to get a picture of it.  I will try to work on that this week.  In the meantime, I couldn't keep this recipe to myself.

Are you a burner of caramel? 

I have made homemade caramel sauce using the dry method and burned it every time on my electric stove.  This caramel sauce uses the wet method and I have NEVER managed to burned this.  What I'm saying is- You can do this. I promise. It only takes about 10 minutes or so to make and it tastes SO much better than store-bought sauces.  It's also so versatile.  I have used this on trifles, ice cream, cakes, cupcakes.  It's no wonder it never lasts.

This caramel is thin and pourable when warm, but turns into a soft solid in the fridge.  To return it to pouring consistency you can just pop your jar of caramel in the microwave.  This is awesome over ice cream because when the hot caramel hits the cold ice cream it turns a little chewy. 


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