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Solar Oven Outside S’mores

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S’mores right out of the oven.

My daughter had a school project where she had to cook S’mores using a solar energy oven made by herself. Also as part of her project she had to make the same recipe in the regular oven. How fun! 🙂

Here are some pictures of her process for both outside and inside S’mores.

She made her solar oven using a pizza carton, foil paper, black construction paper, food wrapping paper and masking tape.

Here are the S’mores in her solar energy self-made oven.

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S’mores in solar oven.

Her solar oven at work!

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She had to check the solar oven temperature often so here is her thermometer:

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S’mores in the regular oven.

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They all came out great! Really beautiful and delicious! What a treat! 🙂IMG_4407

The recipe is simple:

Ingredients: Marshmallows, Graham crackers, Chocolate Candy Bars

Recipe: Stack 1 cracker, 1 piece of candy and finally a marshmallow on top.

Regular oven cooking time instructions: Pre bake oven at 400 degrees. Place S’mores in the oven for 3-5 minutes (3 minutes worked great for us.)

We all enjoyed watching her as she went through this ‘delicious’ experiment. 😉

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“All About Chocolate”, a book and chocolate

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My 3rd grader somehow managed to take me into his reading class and into “All About Chocolate”, the book. The task: Complete the book review and bring a chocolate treat to share. 🙂

Last week was my busiest week, but somehow my kid kept reminding me to make sure we had something with chocolate for his class. He already knew he wanted to bring chocolate strawberries. We went to the store and got a very simple couple of ingredients: Strawberries and melting chocolate. Probably everyone knows this recipe already. However, I was amazed at how little time this recipe took as I was able to put it all together in 5 minutes. Our goal was to have 14 strawberries ready to go by 7:55am, and we did it! When it was all done, three thoughts occupied my mind…

  • 1) I should NOT panic when it comes to being a part of my kids’ school activities. (Somehow there is also time to have some fun together!)
  • 2) How expensive valentine chocolate strawberries are!
  • 3) When it comes to putting together a nice and quick chocolate recipe, I should listen to my kids more often.

Recipe

  • Ingredients: Chocolate, hard chocolate to microwave (store-bought, of course)
  • Instructions: Clean the strawberries. The leaves may be handy for hand-picking. Dry them with a paper towel. Follow the hard chocolate directions for melting the chocolate. When melted, immerse the strawberries half way through into the container of chocolate dip.

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Chocolate Nutmeg Cookies

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It has been years since my home-made cookie dough days. Store-bought cookie dough is extremely tempting for me. No demons of laziness here. Just busy. Time has an effect on cooking and baking. Strangely, time also reappears to connect our taste buds to memories every time. Inevitably, fresh batches of home-made warm cookies kept popping out of my head. If not for taste and aroma, then for health. Lack of chemicals and additives in home-made dough will surely please health conscious friends.

Taking it a bit further, home-made cookie dough can feed our imagination and creativity. For example, this is my original recipe. It’s a simple, surprising improvement over good old chocolate chip cookies. The original ingredient: Nutmeg!

Cycling back to taste buds and memories, my Dad was absolutely crazy about nutmeg. He wanted his home-made fruit juices topped with freshly ground nutmeg.  (At the time Cartagena food stores only carried whole nutmeg.) He wanted my Mom to add nutmeg to every home-made cake she made. This small, powerful ingredient can surely turn a boring drink, cake or ice cream into a whimsical event!

Recipe

Ingredients: 1 cup oil; 3/4 cup brown sugar; 3/4 cup white sugar; 2 eggs; 2-1/4 cups sifted flour; 1/2 tsp baking soda; 1 tsp salt; 1 tsp vanilla; 1 (1-oz) square baking semi-sweet chocolate (shaved); 1 tsp ground nutmeg

Mix all the above ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to combine and mix well.

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Form spoonfuls and place them on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake them at 400(F) degrees , for 10 minutes.

Watch them bake and rise…

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Take them out, let them cool and..

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Enjoy! 🙂

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