Quick and cool treats are popular around this time of year. Here are two ways we've fixed our gelatin this summer:
Lime Jell-O with watermelon juice!
Boil the recommended amount of hot water and mix with the gelatin powder. When it is time to add the cold water, replace that with (equal amounts of) the juice you're always left with after you cut up a watermelon. Let set.
Pineapple Jell-O with Mandarin Oranges
Make the pineapple flavored gelatin as directed on the box. Let chill for about 2 hours, until it starts to get gloppy. Plunk in some mandarin oranges (I used them from a can, drained). Let set.
Nice and refreshing. And don't forget gelatin always tastes better with whipped cream!
Oh, and Monday we used a box of Peach gelatin to make up a fresh batch of play dough. I did add a bit of orange food coloring because the peach jello seemed a bit too pale. Smells great, though!
Here are the kids playing with it again on Tuesday:
We found this recipe on the web (on three different sites). One website estimated the making time to be about 8 minutes.
1 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
2 Tbs. cream of tartar
2 Tbs. oil (we used canola)
1 c. warm water
1 (3oz) box gelatin (whatever flavor you want for color and scent)
Mix all together in a medium-sized sauce pan. Heat over medium-low heat. Stir until it's thickened and and forms a ball. Dump out onto table and knead until smooth. (I've seen some recipes say to store this in the fridge but I never have....we just keep it in a baggie with the air squeezed out. The kids play with that batch until I figure it is getting too old to play with. I decide it is too old when it either gets too sticky OR gets too dried out.)