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Kool Aid Scarfs

What you’ll need:
Plain white playsilks
Kool Aid in a variety of flavors & colors (See the Kool Aid Dye Colors guide below)
⦁ Glass bowls, one per color
⦁ Distilled white vinegar
⦁ A microwave
⦁ 12 undyed ⦁ Habotai 30″ silk scarves from Dharma Trading Co.

I bought about 20 packets of Kool-Aid and felt a little funny taking them up to the register. Kool-Aid was not a part of my childhood. We frequented the “health nut” coop before it was remotely popular and ate things like carob chips and home-ground flour. I always wanted to be “normal,” but alas, it turns out that buying Kool-Aid does not a normal person make you.
We thought we’d dye two scarves at a time in each color, but it turned out that there was just room for one at a time. And the color from the Kool-Aid was gone from the water after one silk was dyed so we couldn’t reuse it. I had to make another run to the grocery store and repeat my Kool-Aid buying experience.
Dyeing with Kool Aid :: The How To

First soak all undyed silks in hot water with a dash of vinegar (we used distilled white vinegar) for half an hour.

Then, for each silk, mix the following in a glass bowl ::
⦁ 2 cups water
⦁ 1/2 cup vinegar
⦁ 3 packets of Kool-Aid
The kids loved helping with this part.
Then add the playsilk, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for three minutes.
You’re supposed to let it sit for three minutes, stir, then repeat the microwaving and sitting three times total for each silk. Others had commented on how dark the silks get and I wanted to try for a lighter playsilk, so I just did the whole process once for my silks. Rachel wanted to try two rounds of microwaving for hers, although I don’t think the color was appreciably different.

After the microwaving process, the silks are supposed to be hung to dry. Then washed in cold water (I put them in the sink with dish soap one at a time–the red bled a little bit) and dried again. For the second drying, I put them in the dryer with a couple of towels for a very short short, cool cycle.
The tutorial also calls for ironing them, which I haven’t done yet. I like the wrinkled look (and don’t like to iron). However, I wonder if it’s part of the color-setting process.
Update: Our kool aid dyed playsilks have lasted 6 years now with little fading.

Kool Aid Dye Colors
Here are the flavors of my playsilks from left to right (if I remember correctly):
⦁ Lemonade Kool Aid = Yellow
⦁ Orange Kool Aid = Orange
⦁ Pink Lemonade Kool Aid = Pink
⦁ Cherry Kool Aid = Red
⦁ Lemon Lime Kool Aid = Apple Green
⦁ Grape Kool Aid = Purple
We tried for a blue playsilk with a blue Kool Aid packet of tropical punch but ended up with another red. And black cherry looked like it might be purple but turned out to be a dark red with a purple tinge. (I owe Rachel a trade for one of her three reds)

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Smoothie – Tastic

Ingredients:

1 chopped banana

3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/4 cup plain yogurt

3/4 cup almond or whole milk

1 tsp. raw honey

A pinch of cinnamon (1/8 tsp.)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

Recipe by – Abigail Iona     

I hope you enjoy this healthy smoothie. This is my favorite homemade smoothie to make and the smoothie color is purple!

 

My YouTube Channel Story!

I’ve been watching YouTube videos for years! One day I just decided to make my on YouTube channel and post random videos. I posted videos like, piano tutorials, my different hats, how to make a slam book, I’m cutting my hair. I was doing alright with those videos as far as views and likes but everything changed when I made a video called, “How To Get Something Out Of Your Eye!” a day went by and I had over 100 views. Months went by and I had hundreds of views and tons of comments. My goal was to get 100k views on that video and sure enough, that video as of right now has 113k views and climbing! Ever sense I put that video up I’ve gotten 159 subscribers. A lot of people asked for a Q&A video and I uploaded that on my channel Sunday night. That’s my YouTube Channel Story and if you wanna check out my YouTube channel it’s: Whatscooking Homeslice. I make random videos sometimes to help people or just to make someone smile or laugh. Subscribe to my channel or follow me here on wordpress and become a part of the Peep family. God bless you and I hope you have a great day!

The Real Me

Is it weird for a girl like me
to have her hair up in pigtails
just like a kid would have it be?

Girls my age would say it looks weird on me
But I would say,
sorry i’m just being Me!

I’m just being me
The way I like my hair to be
Cuz that’s the way God created me

He created me to be free
And not what people want to see
Just me
The Real Me

By Abigail Evans

Triple Chocolate Cookies!

This is my favorite Duncan Hines Cookie recipe!!!

Ingredients

1 package Duncan Hines Signature Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 large egg

1/2 cup EACH semi sweet, milk chocolate and white chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans* (Optional)

 

Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Combine cake mix, butter and egg in large bowl with wooden spoon until blended. Stir in chips and nuts.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool cookies 1 minute on pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Baking Tip: Use a 1 to 1-1/4-inch scoop to form dough into balls. For best results, bake one baking sheet at a time. If baking two sheets together, rotate pans halfway through baking.

Servings: 48 Cookies

Hands-On Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Thank you Duncan Hines!!!

Ireland Beauty

When ever I’m down or feeling hopeless I look at all of these beautiful pictures taken in Ireland. Something about Ireland gives me Peace, Hope, and Joy. One day very soon I’m going to Ireland. Though it may seem impossible right now, I have faith and I know I’m going to be able to go there. Nothing’s impossible with God! Until then my beautiful Ireland, I’ll be praying for you every day. Always and forever!

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Colcannon

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish often served at Halloween. In some families, the cook will hide lucky charms or coins in the mixture–these are said to bring the recipients good luck or fortune. This version uses cabbage and scallions, but you can use kale and leaks instead if you prefer.

Ingredients

4 floury potatoes, such as russets or Yukon gold, cut into chunks

4 tablespoons lightly salted butter

2/3 cup light cream

1/2 small green or white cabbage

6 scallions, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 15-20 minutes. Drain well and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper, add the butter and cream, and stir well. The mashed potato should be soft. Keep the potato warm while you cook the cabbage.
  2. Cut the cabbage into quarters, remove the tough core in the middle, and shred the leaves finely. Cook the cabbage in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 1-2 minutes, until soft. Drain thoroughly.
  3. Mix the potato and cabbage together and stir in the scallions. Season well with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve in individual warm bowls. Serves 4                                                                                        I hope you enjoy this recipe! God bless you. ❤