Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dyed Flowers: A Fun Summer Science Experiment

Science…we love it. Many times when we have gone past the floral area at the grocery store and smell the sweet scent of roses and dainty daisies the girls have been fascinated with the array of colors and speculate if it is a "true" color or a "dyed" color. 

The scientists that they are...they love to create an experiment. 

Our flower dying experiment was over a course of several days. We started out using older daisies that we had purchased later the week before. We trimmed the bottom of the flower stems and placed them in the colored water glasses. The older flowers did not dye as well as we had hoped, but we knew that might be the case going into the experiment. A few days later we purchased new flowers and this time they did much better and the color was obvious and vibrant. 


One question the girls had asked was how soon do you think we will see the color in the petals? Within two hours, it was amazing to see the colors showing in the white petals. By dinner time, the flowers were fully dyed and in a brilliant shades of yellow, blue, red and green.


We even wondered if certain colors would dye the petals quicker than others. It seemed to us, the blue and the green food coloring dyed the white petals the fastest. I know in the printing world, that when you print with blue ink, it takes longer to dry than any other color just due to the pigment. I know it doesn't relate to the experiment but it is an interesting fact that makes you wonder about inks/coloring in general.


What kind of flowers can you use?
  • White carnations
  • White daisies
  • White roses 
  • White carnations 
  • White mums
The Experiment!
  • First place water in the bottom of your jars or glasses. Fill them so that they do not tip over. A nice solid glass. 
  • Next drop in food coloring until you get a nice, rich color. You can even add to the experiment by color mixing your primary colors, or even other colors that are in the food coloring box. Then mix your desired coloring in the jar so that it has dissolved. 
  • Take your flowers and at the bottom of the stem, cut at an angle. 
  • Remove the leaves that are near the bottom to keep them from sitting in your water.
  • Place your flowers in the jars.
Remember, the longer you keep your flowers in the dye the darker they will become.






Friday, January 19, 2018

Families in the Kitchen: Keylime Cheesecake

Whenever we travel to Florida for vacation, one of the most sought after desserts for our family is to split a slice of key lime pie. Then at each restaurant we visit, we will get a slice of pie...split it...then at the end of the trip we will decide which slice of pie we liked the best.

Not too long ago, our family each brought one of our favorite dishes. Our daughters love to cook and are always watching different cooking videos, reading different magazines and cookbooks, glancing through Instagram for different ideas to bake, make and create. So the girls decided they wanted to make key lime cheesecake. It threw me for a minute because they said cheesecake rather than pie...but my oh my this recipe was very good. 

Below please find one of our family favorites!

Keylime Cheesecake
1 1/4 pounds cream cheese, softened (2 ½ package – 8oz)
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 eggs
3/4 cup key lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Make your favorite graham cracker crust in a springform pan.

In a large mixer bowl, add cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth, beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sour cream, flour, key lime juice and vanilla. Mix the batter until it is smooth and no lumps.

Pour the filling over the crust. Bake the cheesecake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, reduce the temperature to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) and bake for 50 - 55 minutes longer, or until center is barely set.

Let the cheesecake cool on a rack, then chill, overnight. Remove the cheesecake from the pan and transfer it to a cake stand. You can add a thin slice of lime and whip cream to the top of each cheesecake slice, or even sliced mango. 

Happy cooking!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Families in the Kitchen - Share Your Favorite Recipe.

We are going to be starting a series for 2018 of "Families in the Kitchen". Where families can share their favorite recipes and tips. Many times, children fix their own after-school snacks, and/or help pack their school lunches, or better yet surprise their parents with a special evening meal. After all, children are in the kitchen and what better way than families sharing their favorite recipes and cooking together. 

Children learn a lot from their parents when they are cooking. You talk about how is the best way for example, to peel a cucumber...to sautéing onions and other items that are included within a dish. It is a way for parents to share special recipes that are near and dear to their families traditions and hearts.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions please email michelle@himamma.com. Please include your recipe, a photograph in a jpeg format and any additional information that you would like to include. 

We look forward to launching "Families in the Kitchen".

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks

We wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 

We are going to be starting a series for 2018 of "Families in the Kitchen". Where families can share their favorite recipes and tips. More details will be coming soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to share one of our family favorites...Oatmeal Raisin with White Chocolate Chunks. 



Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
2 cups rolled oats
1¼ cups raisins
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1½ cups light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
11 ounces white chocolate, cut into small chunks (you can also use small morsels)
*if desired, you can also add walnuts, almonds and/or pecans

Preheat the oven to 350° F. 

In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ground nutmeg and cinnamon until well combined. Next stir in the oatmeal and raisins.

In the mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one-at-a-time, beating well after each addition.

Add the vanilla and beat to combine.

On low speed, gradually add the flour and oatmeal mixture; then add the white chocolate chunks.

Proportion out the cookies onto your baking tray and keep them about 1 inch apart from each other. The batter tends to spread out a little. 

Bake the cookies for 18 to 22 minutes. Have them sit on your baking tray, once they are out of the oven, for about 5 minutes. Then remove the cookies from the baking pan to the wire rack.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Do You Love to Color...Paint...Draw? Then You Need to Join Us in a Volunteer Effort

Help us in reaching the goal of drawing/coloring 500 pictures for Partners with Ethiopia. It is a great way to spend time with your children, grandchildren and friends. Many of the children who receive these coloring pages place them in their room to remind them that others care. 

What you can create is really up to you. You can color a picture, draw, watercolor, paint…anything you want on an 8.50 X 11 paper. 

On the front or even on the back write a message…something as simple as “we love you”, “we believe it you”. It can be a verse, a poem…something to let the children know that you care. We ask that everyone write only their first name on the artwork.

Partners With Ethiopia, works with a partner organization in Ethiopia, called FOVC (Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children). They do all the fundraising and deliver the services such as a hot meal, tutoring, hygiene training, medical care, etc. Currently they have sponsorship programs in two different villages about four hours apart.

The kids that are going to be receiving the little surprises do not necessarily live in orphanages but could be living with a relative, some have lost one parent and are with the living parent, and some actually live with both parents, but the situation is so dire that they need help. 

Help us in reaching the goal of drawing 500 pictures! 

Join in on the fun and learn to learn more please click on 2 Sisters with a Mission Facebook page @2Sisterswithamission

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Month of Yummy Pie!

February is Pie Month. Whether you are in the mood for a fruit pie with a flaky, golden crust or a sweet crème pie with crunchy cookie crust we would love to hear from you, of recipes that you and your family enjoy. 

Interested in sharing a pie recipe? Please email handmademakings@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great Grandmother's Pumpkin Bread


My recipe collection can be categorized quite simply. I possess only three types of recipes. With endless adjectives, most folk break their collections down from breads to soups and everything in between.  

I have only these: 
  • Recipes from 1-3 generations back 
  • Recipes I have collected in every town I’ve visited 
  • Recipes for my animals

See, I absolutely adore talking with people. I love to watch the reactions on their faces to my life long project. It’s a study on human kindness. Recipes give me the perfect equation to document my soul’s delight, watching people smile. 

My son and I enjoy baking and then sharing our baked goods with friends, family and neighbors. I have found that to get and absolute honest smile from anyone, baking and sharing have to be done for no reason. Giving, with no strings attached, continues to baffle folk. This practice used to be common and now, it is my personal mission to bake, share and relentlessly cause random smiles.

Today, I will share with you, my Great Grandmother’s recipe for pumpkin bread. It’s simple to make and we use cupcake tins with baking cups. It’s easier to share and takes a quarter of the time to bake, compared to a loaf pan.

Pumpkin Bread
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin
½ cup corn oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs


Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, vanilla and corn oil, then fold into dry ingredients. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. If using muffin tin, bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Enjoy!
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