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Thursday, August 22, 2013

This Weeks Projects/Soap, Jam, Donuts,Gummies and a Muller Monster!

muller monster
Muller Monster
We did some fun projects around the house this week. We are studying recycling and care taking with I Heart God's Green Earth (Available in my Amazon Store at the bottom of my homepage). My son made this awesome monster puppet with a Muller Yogurt container!
fabric softener
Homemade Softener
We are also working our way through Apologia Botany and we came up with this fantastic homemade lavender fabric softener recipe. You can check it out over at Considering frugal. We are so excited to find a homemade liquid softener that smells good. Apologia curriculum has a great soap making project listed at the end of chapter one, but we have already done it so we moved on to liquid soaps! Apologia Botany is also available in my Amazon Store!
Donuts from a Can
 We made homemade Donuts! Cheap canned biscuits fried in oil.
 Raspberry Hibiscus Tea Jam
A Plastic Egg Carton Makes a Great Mold!
And finally, and I do mean finally, my son earned his Jello badge! This is actually a picture of homemade gummy candy. This is how he earned his badge. I use Jello to teach the principle of dissolving a solid into a liquid to make a solution. He has been trying to pass this test for a while now. By making gummy candy he was able to sample the un dissolved solid... and bingo when we were finished he proved that he got it by finally making a successful batch of Jello. I actually gave him a sticker as a badge.

Raspberry Hibiscus Jam

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Raspberry Hibiscus Tea Jam
Tea jam is an excellent way to stretch your produce dollar. We experimented with making tea jam today with some mixed reviews. The experimental part was the thickener. We used a controversial ingredient...cornstarch. I looked all over the web to see if it would work and most places said no. The trick is that you have to cook the liquid long enough for the cornstarch to bind to the liquid.

Raspberry Hibiscus Jam
9-10 tbsp. Cornstarch
3c Sugar
3c Raspberries
2c Steeped Raspberry Hibiscus Tea
6 tsp Citric Acid
4c Water
Mix cornstarch, sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a bowl and set aside. Bring water, tea and citric acid to a boil, add raspberries and cornstarch mixture. Mixture will be cloudy and you will need to cook it forevvveerrr. The good news is that you will have milestones along the way. The first milestone is when the mixture goes from cloudy to transparent, the next milestone will be a coated spoon and finally you will have a think mixture. The thing is, just like with any jam are jelly, you can't be afraid to mess it up, because it is kind of 'no fail' so to speak. If it doesn't thicken enough, you can use it as a syrup. Pour it into jars and process in a water bath for 15 minutes. Yum!

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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