Rainbows!

So I am seeing tons and tons of rainbow crafts and recipes on blogs these days—St. Patrick’s Day, leprecauns, rainbows, you get the connection. 
I decided that the Jello rainbow would be really cute and that the boys would LOVE it—and they did!
  This really is a cute idea and the kids love the visual.  This time I made it in a large Corel dish but I think the visual would be even better if I made it in individual glass dishes or clear plastic cups. It is hard to serve the Jello and maintain the rainbow-yness (I’m pretty sure this is a word).  All the boys (Mr. G included) loved it–and of course I had to top it with some Cool Whip.  Because Cool Whip makes everything even better!  The only draw back to this is that it takes alot of time.  Because you have to wait for each layer to set before adding the next.  I got the ROY  layers done last night (red, orange, yellow) and then got the GBV done this morning (green, blue, violet/purple)  Evan was really excited about it so I wanted it done in time for lunch.  I will note that once you have a couple of layers done, each following layer sets up faster.  It was about 45 minutes in between layers this morning. 

Next, I think we are going to make these.

I saw these on Amanda’s Cookin  How stinkin’ cute are these?  And they seem to be totally kid assistant friendly.  So, I am thinking that I am going to mix up the dough and then let the boys, the neice and the nephew get to rolling.  We missed grandma’s birthday this past weekend and I think she will love these, especially when they are made by the grandkids.  And, as luck woul have it.  I happen to have a package of sticks that I bought to make a cookie bouquet and then never used—I think that makes this recipe a must do!
If you want to make some too, here’s the recipe…

Valentine Play Dough Cookie Pops

adapted from All Recipes
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
assorted colors of paste food coloring

24 lollipop sticks

In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough according to however many colors you plan to use. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 3-4 different colored balls together to make 1 large ball. Roll it just enough to form a rough ball, then shape into a 12 inch long roll (like a snake).
Starting at one end, coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies.
For hearts, follow the instructions above. After inserting the stick, use your fingers to squeeze the dough at the bottom of the circle and combine at the stick, then use a separate lollipop stick or a butter knife to create an indent in the top and shape the heart.
Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container.

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