Friday, February 12, 2010

Celebrating the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics!

Well, February has been a busy month already! We have a lot to celebrate, and it's not even Valentines' Day as yet.

The Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics are today, and our tweens are getting into the Team U.S.A. spirit by making confetti Jell-O stars. This treat is SO EASY and a great recipe to make on a snow day (which here in Washington is going on now for our 5th straight day - can we say "cabin fever"?).

Basically, all one needs is:
  • One box of red Jell-O
  • One box of blue Jell-O
  • One can of sweetened condensed milk, and 
  • Two packets of unflavored gelatin (Knox is the brand I've seen most; we also use this for making homemade marshmallows)
  • Two 8' square pans (disposable foil brownie or loaf pans work great for this)
  • One 9"x13" pan
Here's how:
  • Dissolve each of the boxes of Jell-O in one cup of boiling water and pour them into the 8" square pans; chill for about 3 hours
  • After the red and blue Jell-O's have set, cut them up into small pieces (any shape or size, really) and scatter them in the 9"x13" pan. Chill the entire pan.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, soften the unflavored gelatin packets with a half cup of cold water. Then pour in one and a half cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Then mix in the can of condensed milk. When this mixture has cooled, pour it over the red and blue Jell-O cubes in the large pan.
  • Chill the entire pan until set (about 3 hours), and cut into squares or into shapes using cookie cutters.
This fun idea for confetti Jell-O comes from the Food Librarian. She has many more ideas on how to work with Jell-O - I definitely recommend her blog.

Go Team U.S.A.!

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