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  1. Thursday, October 24

    How to Make Spooky JELL-O JIGGLERS (It’s really easy!)

    Making JELL-O JIGGLERS with my mom as a kid is a very clear and happy memory for me. I can picture the kitchen and the JELL-O like it was yesterday. For some reason making those JIGGLERS was super, duper exciting. I mean, what kid doesn’t like JELL-O, but JELL-O that you can make into shapes and then eat with your hands? For a six-year-old, that is living the dream.

    Fun and Easy! How to make spooky JELL-O JIGGLERS | from @janemaynard at thisweekfordinner.com

    Even though it’s such a fond memory from my own childhood, I have never made JIGGLERS with my own kids…until yesterday! I finally got my act together and we jiggled it up Halloween style. I told the girls the day before that we would be making Halloween JELL-O JIGGLERS and they talked about it non-stop for over a day. It made me so happy that the charm hasn’t worn off from generation to generation.

    Fun and Easy! How to make spooky JELL-O JIGGLERS | from @janemaynard at thisweekfordinner.com

    JELL-O has some fun recipes and projects you can make, so I went browsing the site for inspiration. I liked the idea of just making our own shapes, like these hands, but I loved the color of these creepy crawly JIGGLERS. I decided to make a sheet of the “black” JELL-O and was going to have the kids design shapes for the cutouts. When we actually started making the JIGGLERS, however, we decided to just use our Halloween cookie cutters. It was a lot easier and just as fun!

    Fun and Easy! How to make spooky JELL-O JIGGLERS | from @janemaynard at thisweekfordinner.com

    Fun and Easy! How to make spooky JELL-O JIGGLERS | from @janemaynard at thisweekfordinner.com

    So, we grabbed our tin of spooky cutters and got to work. The girls divided up the cookie cutters between them and did a great job taking turns. Fitting all the shapes into our square pan was kind of like doing a puzzle. The girls were so happy the entire time we worked on the project, it did my heart good.

    Fun and Easy! How to make spooky JELL-O JIGGLERS | from @janemaynard at thisweekfordinner.com

    I hope this ends up being a lasting memory for the girls – I know it will be for me! The only thing more fun than being a kid is to be the parent watching the kid.

    Spooky JELL-O JIGGLERS
     
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • 1⅓ cup boiling water
    • 1 package (3 ounces) JELL-O Grape Flavor Gelatin
    • 3 tablespoons JELL-O Lime Flavor Gelatin
    • 8×8-inch pan
    • Halloween cookie cutters
    Instructions
    1. Mix grape and lime gelatin in a bowl. Add boiling water and mix for 2 minutes, until sugar is completely dissolved. Poor directly into pan and refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.
    2. Press Halloween cookie cutters into JELL-O, making sure to push all the way through to the bottom of the pan. Carefully remove cookie cutter – the JELL-O shapes should come out easiliy with the cookie cutter. Pop out onto a white serving platter (for high impact with the dark JIGGLERS!) and eat with ghoulish intent!

     

    Fun and Easy! How to make spooky JELL-O JIGGLERS | from @janemaynard at thisweekfordinner.comThe girls aren’t very ghoulish, but they sure are cute!


    This post brought to you by JELL-O, making Halloween more wiggly for everyone. Check out more Halloween recipes here: JELLO.com/recipes. This post was sponsored as part of the DailyBuzz Brand Ambassador Program.


  2. Tuesday, June 11

    Colorful Toast, by Anna Maynard

    Today’s recipe comes from my 5-year-old Anna! She loves cooking and is very proud that her recipe is going on the blog this morning. So cute!

    colorful toast

    Yesterday in the car Anna kept telling me she wanted to make colorful toast. I honestly thought she was just making it up, but this morning I had her explain the process to me and discovered it was something she had done at preschool. Even though I was a little doubtful about how it would come out, I decided to just go with it and let her teach me something new.

    anna and her colorful toast

    The toast came out VERY colorful and it was actually pretty good! The top doesn’t get very crispy, but it still tasted good and kids are NOT going to notice or care as they bite into their favorite-colored toast! I wouldn’t recommend serving this colorful toast at your next brunch party for fancy adults, but it is definitely something fun to do with the kids on a summer morning!

    Colorful Toast, by Anna Maynard
     
    Author:
    Recipe type: Breakfast
    Ingredients
    • White bread (it’s more colorful that way!)
    • Food coloring
    • Milk
    • Brush of any kind (pastry brush makes for broad coverage, smaller brushes allow for some design work)
    Instructions
    1. Mix a bit of food coloring with a bit of milk. Next you brush the milk on the bread “very delicately” (those are Anna’s instructions and she’s right on the money – don’t get too heavy handed with the milk or the bread will get too soggy).
    2. Toast, butter and eat!
    3. The top doesn’t get crispy, but the bottom does and there is actually a sweetness that is left behind as the milk evaporates. Very fun!

    colorful toast mlik | thisweekfordinner.com

    colorful toast supplies | thisweekfordinner.com
    painting the toast | colorful toast | thisweekfordinner.com

    colorful toast final product | thisweekfordinner.com

    The final product!

    colorful toast leftover milk | thisweekfordinner.com

    Add milk, a bit of powdered sugar and a swig of vanilla to the leftover colored milk for a nice drink to go with the toast!