S’more Cookies

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To celebrate the last day of school, I let my children decide on a dessert. Here is our “concoction.” It turned out delicious and I may have eaten too many myself! The boys first decided they wanted s’mores but, they asked if we could make marshmallows. I try to stay away from corn starch since the corn used can be a GMO, so we used gelatin. The marshmallows were fun to make, and surprising easy! I want to note that the caramel color is because we used coconut sugar instead of white sugar. The taste is slightly different and gives the marshmallows a toasted taste,  that we all loved. If you only have white sugar you can substitute it 1:1 for the coconut sugar.

The boys picked gingersnap cookies for the sandwich part of the dessert and we had to add sprinkle! They are hard to see and by all means not necessary.  But if it gets my kids in the kitchen and participating in making the foods they than eat its a win in my book! I think it is so important for children to grow up helping in the kitchen. They need to see how their food is prepared and where it comes from.

Homemade Marshmallows

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 T Gelatin
  • 2 C Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 C Cold Water
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 2 t Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 C Powdered Sugar for dusting

Directions

  1. Dust a square glass dish with powdered sugar to prevent sticking.
  2. In a sauce pan, heat coconut sugar and water on medium until sugar has melted completely.
  3. When sugar is melted add the gelatin and stir constantly and bring to a boil for one minute.
  4. Turn off the heat and let stand for 10 minutes until the mixture has cooled.
  5. Add the salt and vanilla to the sauce pan and using a spatula scrap the entire mixture into the bowl of  the stand mixer.
  6. With the whip tool, whip the mixture on medium for about 10 minutes or until it doubles in size.
  7. Add your contents to your prepared dish and let cool completely before cutting.

As for the Gingersnap cookies, we followed the “Joy of Cooking” recipe below (adapting slightly). We make most of our cookies from this cook book, amending the sugar. I usually half the sugar that it calls for and we use coconut sugar.

If gingersnap cookies are not your thing, try these chocolate chip cookies. They are so good and would make a great sandwich for your s’more as well!

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Gingersnaps

Ingredients

  • 3/4 C Butter, softened
  • 1 C Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 C Molasses
  • 2 t white vinegar
  • 3 3/4 C All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 t Baking Soda
  • 2 t Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 t Ground Cinnamon

Directions

1.  Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Mix ingredients until blended. Form dough into 3/4 inch balls. Bake on a cookie sheet for about 12 minutes.
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Traveling with Kids: Part 2

Last week I shared tips on how to make traveling with kids just a little bit easier. If you missed it you can read it here.  This week, I wanted to share a couple ideas of keepsakes we do for our daughter as we travel.  We don’t buy a lot of souvenirs on trips, but always make sure we take plenty of photos and grab a postcard wherever we go.  I will show you a couple ways we utilize them below!  Continue reading “Traveling with Kids: Part 2”

5 Quotes for #mondaymotivation

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Hi Y’all- Welcome to a new week and a fresh start! I had a busy weekend with sports, swimming, and family time. My family and I had our first of many lazy afternoons on the water complete with crabs and beer. Although it was raining, it was still the perfect way to spend our Sunday. As I come off of the weekend high, I thought I would share a few of my favorite quotes to give you the burst of inspiration this week.

Quotes give you the courage, confidence and spirit you need…and they’ll remind you of the wonder and the joy of life- John Cook Book of Positive Quotations

These pearls of wisdom can give you the motivation you need to succeed and remind you of what is truly important in life.  I hope they give you as much encouragement as they have given me.

5 Motivational Quotes:

  • If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having- Henry Miller
  • There is nothing so bitter that a patient mind cannot find some solace for it- Marcus Annaeus Seneca
  • Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing- Oscar Wilde
  • Learn how to feel Joy- Seneca
  • Not only is there a right to be happy, there is a duty to be happy, so much sadness exists in the World that we are all under obligation to contribute as much joy as lies within our powers. – John Sutherland Bonnell

 

Top 5 Friday Fun

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Happy Friday! I can’t believe school is out and Summer time is here. My children (and myself) are ready for some relaxation and schedule free days. We are going to make s’mores and hang out by the pool next week. What is your favorite thing to do during the summer?

I so excited to say that we have been blogging for over 4 months now! Now we would love to hear from you. What do you love about the blog? What would you love us to blog about next? While you are planning your fun summer activities check out these fun links and let us know what you think about Eclecticallykandl.com:

  1. I am always looking for a new moisturizer and Root and Revel has one that you can make yourself! Check it out
  2. Its no secret that I love plants. I came across this website on Pinterest and fell in love with Crystal’s work. She even turns old radios and “throw away items” into planter masterpieces.
  3. Speaking of plants….its gardening season. Here are three reason from Mamavation to get out there and get your hands dirt!
  4. Yoga for sleep!? Sounds perfect. Tonight before bed, try this routine for a peaceful nights sleep. Bonus: relaxation in only 3 steps
  5. This is an old post from blogger Jen Hatmaker but, I thought with the beginning of Summer break it is much needed. Jen outlines the perfect Summer Survival guide and has great tips on keeping your sanity. (maybe even bookmark this for reference…in case everyone is loosing it on a month)

 

 

Apple, cheese, and chive salad

Apple, Cheese, and Chive Salad

Do you ever have a dish at a restaurant and think about how great it would be to have it whenever you want it?  This is how I felt the first time I had the apple salad at Cafe Lurcat in Minneapolis.  After our small wedding ceremony here, we had a nice dinner with our families here and everyone fell in love with that salad.  Between my aunt, sister, and I, we managed to replicate it as best as we could.  My husband and I recently went back to celebrate our anniversary and of course had to get the salad. While it was still quite tasty, I prefer our version better.  The combination of tart apples, cheese, and lemon dressing make it the perfect light side dish for summer! Keep on Reading!

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

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I am a true believer in aromatherapy and using essential oils. They can be used for: relaxation, headaches, muscle aches, common colds, sleep enhancement, bug repellent and more.  I have diffusers throughout the house and I keep little roller bottles in my purse for when I am feeling anxious or tired. They are a great pick me up and I feel comfortable because they are all natural and made without synthetic ingredients. Keep on Reading!

Summer Journal: Creative Writing

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Children have great imaginations and I wanted to take the opportunity to explore that this Summer with a creative writing activity. I decided to get composition books for my boys to decorate and use while on Summer break. Each day, they can take about 10 minutes to write down what they loved about the day (day before) or a story they have made up. My younger son needs practice writing his name, so he will be able to do that too! Keep on Reading!

Traveling with kids: Part 1

With the start of summer right around the corner, more and more families will be thinking of packing up and heading out on an adventure.  Whether it is by car or plane, it is so fun to bring kids along and expose them to new places and experiences.

I often get asked how we travel with our daughter, especially on road trips.  Today I am sharing some tips to make those trips  a little easier and more enjoyable for everyone! Keep on Reading

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Top 5 Friday Fun

Did you all have a nice short week after Memorial Weekend?  I spent my week up at the North Shore in Minnesota.  We are up in Minnesota to celebrate the lives of my grandma and grandpa and will be having a memorial service later today for them.  My grandmother loved the North Shore so it seemed fitting to honor her memory by spending a few days up there.  Much like Grandma, the North Shore is one of my favorite places.  We listened to the waves crashing, climbed on the rocky shore, went to the Naniboujou Lodge, and watched a thunderstorm storm roll in.  It was a perfect getaway!

Here are some fun links we found to get you ready for the weekend!  Enjoy! Keep on Reading!