This week, I am on vacation with my family in Vermont. I can’t wait to tell you all about everything we do, and mainly about what we eat (I am predicting lots of Ben & Jerry’s). If you want to keep up with my tasty travels in real time, keep an eye on Instagram and Facebook. But while I am away, I am leaving you in the hands of a few lovely ladies who all have different and delicious recipes to share with you. Today’s guest blogger is Patricia, who writes a blog wither her friend, Jodi, called Two Girls Cooking. Patricia got in touch with me after she made my Lucky Charms Cupcakes after seeing them on Yahoo. I have to say, I am so happy she let me know she made the cupcakes because she made me realize an error in the instructions. Oh boy, was I embarrassed. But it is now corrected. And now that we have been introduced, I get to check out their fun and kid-friendly recipes. Besides checking out their blog, you can also find them on Facebook, as well as both Patricia and Jodi on Twitter. So stop by, and tell them I sent you. And enjoy this super-fun recipe. Patricia sent me a couple of recipes to choose from, and with 4th of July coming next week, I could resist one. Now you know that I try to make as much from scratch as possible, but when you are cooking with kids, sometimes a little help from the store makes things easier and more fun. And that is the case here. A little Jell-O and Cool Whip equals a simple, fun, and delicious experience for everyone.
Hi! I’m Patricia from Two Girls Cooking. Jodi is a wonderful baker that has taken on increasing her cooking skills since starting this site. Her family is growing, and she recently welcomed her first child, my son Sam. She also has two cute Beagle puppies named Zelda and Gidget. If they are lucky, something nummy may just fall on the floor for them to sample! I love to cook. I’ve learned to go outside the box and tried some light baking since starting this site as well. But cooking is my passion…being able to throw things in a dish and make it my own as well. I also have two puppies. Clyde is now 2 year yellow lab and Coco is a 4 year old Shih Tzu. And these two will eat just about anything. If the baking has gone bad, they are there to eat up the mistakes for sure. I have 2 grandchildren (that live with me – a total of 5 all together) ages 8 and 7 that love to get in the kitchen and help out too. It’s believed they like to help when baking so they can lick the bowl, but they do a pretty good job. Stay in touch with us if you’re looking for quick, easy, inexpensive and fun recipes to make meals and desserts. We aren’t afraid to try it all and will share with you our success and failures as well. Jodi introduced me to a pretty cool app for our iPads called “Big Fork Little Fork.” Since I have little ones that I love helping me in the kitchen I decided to give it a try. I LOVE IT. First of all this app gives you options when clicking on each recipe to email it, send it to Facebook, print it or save it to my iCal. Since I make my weekly meal plan on a Numbers program, I thought this was the coolest thing. It saves to what day of the week I plan on making it. It saves to that day, gives the ingredients and the directions. I LOVE IT. The recipes on there are very kid friendly!! When I saw these Rocket Pops, I knew we’d have fun with these! I remember being a kid and waiting for the ice cream truck to come by so I could get a “bomb pop”, which is what these remind me of! I can’t say that I’ve made homemade frozen treats like this before and I’m not sure I’ll be able to wait over night to see how they turned out! The weather is just starting to get warm outside, so these cool treats are just in time for the kids to have (and the big ones too!!).
Rocket Pops - A Guest Post from Patricia of Two Girls Cooking!
- 1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Cherry Flavor Gelatin
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 2 cups boiling water, divided
- ice cubes
- 2 cups cold water, divided
- 1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin
- 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
- Combine dry cherry gelatin mix and ½ cup of the sugar in medium bowl. Add 1 cup of the boiling water; stir at least 2 min. until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add enough ice cubes to 1 cup of the cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted. Pour evenly into 16 (5-oz.) paper or plastic cups, adding about ¼ cup of the gelatin to each cup. Freeze 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, combine dry blue gelatin mix and remaining ½ cup sugar in medium bowl. Add remaining 1 cup boiling water; stir at least 2 min. until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add enough ice cubes to remaining 1 cup cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted. Refrigerate 1 hour.
- Spoon about 3 Tbsp. of the whipped topping over red gelatin in each cup; top evenly with blue gelatin, adding about ¼ cup of the gelatin to each cup. Freeze 1 hour or until almost firm. Insert wooden pop stick or plastic spoon into center of each cup for handle. Freeze an additional 4 hours or overnight. To remove pops from cups, place bottoms of cups under warm running water for 15 sec. Press firmly on bottoms of cups to release pops. (Do not twist or pull pop sticks.) Store leftover pops in freezer.