Coconut Meringue Cookies

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I love sweets. I especially love homemade sweets and sweets from the bakery. I really do not like processed sweets other than the occasional candy bar. Now that my love of sweets is out of the way I present to you the easiest, most delicious cookie ever. If you like coconut that is. If not, this recipe is not for you.  It really is very simple and I think kids would like it if they like coconuts. It’s definitely not healthy, but at least you can pronounce all of the ingredients.

I usually double up this recipe, but the original is fine if it’s just for a couple of people. I cannot find the original website where I found this with the exact measurements. If you know, please let me know so I can link to it and give credit.

You will need eggs, sugar, vanilla (I made my vanilla using this recipe), salt, sweetened flaked coconut, and sugar. I would recommend a stand mixer if you have it, but a hand mixer will work fine. If you use a hand mixer you can count that as part of your daily exercise. Just make sure you switch hands so you don’t have one Hulk arm. Moving on.

Obligatory picture of ingredients

Obligatory picture of ingredients

First you will beat together 4 egg whites, 1tsp vanilla, and 1/4 tsp salt until it forms soft peaks. Slowly add 1 1/3 c sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in 2 cups flaked coconut. The recipe calls for a bit more, but I like it to have more of a meringue cookie consistency.

This isn't a stiff enough peak, but I don't have the patience for that and it's still delicious. So feel free to have a sort of stiff peak.

This isn’t a stiff enough peak, but I don’t have the patience for that and it’s still delicious. So feel free to have a sort of stiff peak.

Like a baking sheet with parchment paper. This will keep the bottoms from getting too brown. Use an ice cream scoop to plop the mixture onto the parchment paper. The recipe doubled makes 10 large cookies and 9 medium size. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 F.

Time for baking!

Time for baking!

They should be slightly brown. I usually do 20-25 minutes on my oven. They turn out a little gooey, but firm up by the next day. You can let them bake a little longer if you don’t want them gooey, but it might change the taste. I think they’re better the next day anyway.

Yummy!

Yummy!

These cookies do have a tendency to fall apart, but no one will care. Enjoy!

 

This recipe has the original measurements.

Coconut Meringue Cookies

2 egg whites

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/8 tsp. salt

1 2/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut

2/3 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.

Beat together egg whites, vanilla, and salt until it forms soft peaks. Slowly add the sugar, then beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the coconut.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop mixture onto the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Watercolor Paints

I used frozen blueberries since that's what we had and it's much cheaper than fresh.

Little ones seem to love to paint, but many paints on the market aren’t safe for kids that want to put everything in their mouth. I  remembered seeing some websites around Easter using food to make dyes for eggs. I thought I would try something similar to come up with some watercolor paint that Buddy could use to paint. I used red onion skins, lemon zest, and blueberries. I didn’t have all these at the same time so I made them as I could, poured it into ice cube trays, and then froze them until we had (what I thought) three colors. I don’t have measurements, but I think the color intensity will be better if you have more food than water. I will show you pictures of the blueberries. Simply put blueberries in boiling water!

I used frozen blueberries since that's what we had and it's much cheaper than fresh.

I used frozen blueberries since that’s what we had and it’s much cheaper than fresh.

Once the water was boiling I used a fork to mash the blueberries against the side. This helped to release the juice and darken the water. I let it boil for about 10 minutes. For the red onion skins, I boiled until they started to become transluscent. The lemon zest didn’t get too dark. I just boiled until it was a faint yellow. I strained the water to try and get the blueberry bits out, and let it sit until cooled. It made a beautiful dark purple color.

blueberry paintOnce we were ready to paint a couple of weeks later, I put a cube of blueberry water in a ramekin and microwaved it.

diy watercolor paint

The bottom one is the red onion skin. The color is identical to the blueberry paint.

If you have a surface that you don’t want to get dirty or will stain easy, make sure you put some paper down. The blueberry will definitely stain. I just put some tissue paper over Buddy’s high chair tray. You can see that the red onion skin paint is the same color as the blueberry, but when you put it on the paper it will be brown, then turn to yellow as it dries. Kind of neat.  It ended up being the same color as the lemon paint. The blueberry paint made a really pretty slate blue color.

buddy with diy watercolor paintThe colors are pretty faint here, but darken up as it dries. The paper did tear in the middle, but he didn’t care. After a few minutes he wanted me to paint with him and here are the final results.

final diy watercolor pictures

Buddy’s masterpiece is on the left.

The yellow is a bit more lime in real life. The colors were really pretty together. They did fade a bit over the next few days, but still look good. I would like to try this with strawberries or cherries in the future. I wonder if pomegranate would make a pretty color, although that would be expensive to try. Buddy really enjoyed this activity and actually painted longer than he does with finger paints. We will definitely do this one again in the future.

When Life Hands You Lemons

juicers

Make lemonade. Or if not, go to the grocery, buy a bag and make it anyway. Buddy has lost interest in his almond milk and either wants water or juice. I only give him juice once a day because of the sugar(and the fact that it really isn’t good), but I figured he was probably getting tired of just having water all the time. I remembered a lemonade recipe I had and thought I would try that. I made it regularly in the past and remembered it being really good. All you need is a juicer, water, sugar, and lemons. It does use a good bit of sugar and I know that will discourage people from trying this. I figured it was still much better than the other junk that is marketed as a healthy drink for kids. I’m looking at you juice.

I have two different kinds of juicer. A hand-held and a cup with the juicer on top. Sorry, I don’t know the technical names for these. I tend to just make up names for things. Usually I just call it a “thingy”. So I prefer the juicer on top thingy. The hand held one is pretty hard to squeeze and doesn’t get out as much juice as the other.

juicers

I like to roll the lemons before cutting to soften them up and make them easier to juice. I also rinse them to get any dirt off so it doesn’t go into the juice. The recipe calls for 2/3 cup of lemon juice, but I usually double the recipe. One bag of lemons doesn’t make quite double the recipe, but I like the way it turns out. You can always add more lemon juice if you like it a little more tart. If you hand pick the lemons it’s usually easier to work with ones that are softer. After juicing I pour the lemon juice into a measuring cup with a strainer on top so I can get out any small seeds and thick pulp. I don’t like pulp in any juice so you can skip this step if you do and can get all the seeds out. I take the back of spoon and press on the pulp to make sure I get as much juice as possible.

pulp

I set aside the juice once I have as much as I need. You’ll take one cup of sugar and one cup of water and bring to a boil. This makes a simple syrup. Once it is ready it will be clear. Let cool.

The sugar water mixture will be clear when it is ready.

The sugar water mixture will be clear when it is ready.

Once it is cool combine your juice, simple syrup, and 3 cups of water. You’re done! It is sooo good, doesn’t taste artificial, and is extremely easy!

jug

Simple Lemonade

1cup sugar

4 cups water

2/3 cup lemon

Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Let cool. Juice lemons. Add sugar water mixture, lemon juice, and remaining 3 cups water. Enjoy!