Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, Carissa, Alli, and Rylar. Tonight we went with a Valentine theme and everything was hand dipped. We made chocolate covered marshmallow pops and chocolate covered strawberries.
Ethan and Carissa were the first to arrive so they were my sou chefs. While I finished the supper prep, they prepared the marshmallow pops by dipping the stick in a little melted chocolate and then inserting the stick into the marshmallow.
We had milk chocolate, red chocolate (candy melts) and pink chocolate as well as a variety of decorative sprinkles.
From my perch at the sink (with my back to the kids momentarily), I heard these words coming from Rylar. "I think I'm done."
Yep. That's a fair assessment.
Ethan made a few of his marshmallow pops into a replica of a molecule. (He loves science). When he was dipping each marshmallow in the melted chocolate, I saw he had dipped one in brown and one in pink. I said, "Do you need the red now?" With a look of confusion on his face he said, "Uhh, no. I'm making H2O. I need brown next." (Of course, where was my head?)
Now for the dipping of the strawberries. As you can see, it takes a fair amount of concentration.
We took a brief intermission between our many projects tonight and read from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. Emily read lesson number 3 for us. This lesson was titled "We see God's Works", which led into a lively discussion about how we can know there is a God who created us by the world we see around us. We also read Psalm 19:1, which tells us the same thing. "The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork."
To complete our projects, we wrapped each marshmallow pop in a small cellophane bag and secured it with a twist tie. We then inserted the completed pops into a block of florist foam we had wrapped in aluminum foil (thank you Ethan and Carissa). The foil wrapped block allowed for easy display and carrying.
The finished products.
It was a busy Cookie Baking Night tonight. We used every minute of time in activity. As usual, a fun time was had by all.