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Edible Rocks Recipe: Sedimentary Rocks

Edible Rocks Recipe: Sedimentary Rocks

This is a fun hands-on project and snack for a unit on rocks! I'll add an actual photo next time I make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups crushed flake cereal
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup chocolate or butterscotch chips
  • 1-1/4 cups coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)

Directions:

1. Melt the margarine.
2. Mix with the cereal and the sugar to make cereal layer.
3. Press into an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan.
4. Sprinkle the chips over cereal layer.
5. Sprinkle the coconut over chips.
6. Sprinkle the nuts over coconut.
7. Pour condensed milk over the layers.
8. Bake for 25 minutes at 325 degrees. 

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Edible Rocks Recipe: Metamorphic Rocks

Edible Rocks Recipe: Metamorphic Rocks

This is a fun hands-on project and snack for a unit on rocks! I'll add an actual photo next time I make it. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shortening or margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup well-drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Cream the shortening and the sugar.

Add the beaten egg and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients and mix.

Stir in the fruit and the nuts.

Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet.

Bake for 7 minutes at 375 degrees.

Note: Chocolate chips, coconut, wheat germ, etc. can also be added for more layers!

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Edible Rocks Recipe: Igneous Rocks

Edible Rocks Recipe: Igneous Rocks

This is a fun hands-on project and snack for a unit on rocks! I'll add an actual photo next time I make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can evaporated milk (6 oz.)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1-1/4 cups tiny marshmallows
  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Grease an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch pan.

Combine evaporated milk with sugar and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring for 5 - 9 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently.

Pour into prepared pan. Let cool. (Refrigerate) 

1 pan (8 x 8) makes 30, 1-inch squares. 

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Edible Spiders

Edible Spiders

Ingredients:

  • Sandwich Bread (Pumpernickle bread makes a nice "black" spider, but you can use any variety.)
  • Cream Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pretzel Sticks (thin)
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Circle Cookie Cutter

Directions:

Cut sandwich bread into circles. Spread cream cheese or peanut butter between two circles. Insert eight, short pretzel sticks into filling. Top with chocolate chips for eyes.  

Perfect hands-on project and snack for a unit on insects or spiders!

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Gummy Worms

Gummy Worm Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 small pkg. unflavored gelatin
  • 2 small pkgs jello (with or without sugar)
  • 1 pkg Kool-aid (sweet or not)
  • 1 cup boiling water

Directions:

Mix all in bowl. Pour into pans about 1/2" deep. Refrigerate until set. Cut into strips to make "gummy worms." If you use a scalloped edge rotary cutter, you can get "ridges" in your worms.

Make several batches in different colors for a variety of colors and flavors.

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Ants on a Log

Here's a yummy science project for an insect unit:

Ants on a Log

Ingredients:

  • Celery
  • Cream Cheese or Peanut Butter
  • Raisins

Directions:

Cut celery into "logs." Spread cream cheese or peanut butter down each log. Place raisins along the "log" to create ants on a log!

Lots of fun and yummy!

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Recipes for Learning: Depression Casserole

Recipes for Learning: The Great Depression

The Great Depression was a time of high unemployment and shortages. Although I grew up after the depression, I still felt the effects from my parents. I remember collecting "wintercress" in the field for dinner and my mom making her own "yellow" butter by adding dye to it. Our diet wasn't exactly healthy either either as we ate a lot of lard and butter! But we did have a huge garden and enjoyed all the wonderful food it produced. 

When studying the Great Depression, it is fun to cook a few recipes that were popular during that era. Here is a casserole that you might actually enjoy!

Depression Casserole

Ingredients:

  • Sliced potatoes
  • Sliced onions
  • Sausage
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can tomatoes,
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