How to Make Bubbles for Kids: 7 of the Best Homemade Bubble Recipes!

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The warm weather has reminded me that I’ve been wanting to share how to make bubbles!

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There are plenty of homemade bubble recipes to try out once you know how to make bubbles. Some are really simple with ingredients I’m 99.9% sure you have in your home. Other instructions and recipes for how to make bubbles have ingredients that are a bit more obscure.

The most straightforward homemade bubble recipes consist of just liquid soap and water. But there are a few bubble recipes that have some additions you might not expect. Here’s a quick FAQ to answer some questions you might have about how to make the bubble recipes below:

How to Make Homemade Bubbles FAQ:

Where Can I buy glycerin?
Glycerin can be found in the cake decorating area of most craft stores. If you’re near a Michael’s, you can find it with the rest of the Wilton cake and candy-making supplies. If you want to order it online you can find several options on Amazon:

Why would there be sugar in a recipe for homemade bubbles?
I just learned how to make bubbles, but it seems that the answer is simply in the stickiness of pure sugar. Sugar simply makes the bubbles “stick” and last longer.

Why would a recipe for bubbles include corn syrup?
Corn syrup works the same way sugar does, so it helps make your bubbles last longer.

What’s the best dishwashing detergent to use for making homemade bubbles?
An extensive Google search revealed that almost everyone stood behind Dawn Original dish soap as the best dish soap for bubbles.

Are there any dish soaps that shouldn’t be used for making homemade bubbles?
Yes. Generic soaps that are usually found at dollar stores and the like are generally too watered down to produce quality bubbles.

Can I use these homemade bubble recipes to blow bubbles indoors? 
The Basic homemade bubbles recipe shouldn’t cause any problems indoors. It’s just diluted soap! Take care with the bubble solutions containing sugar and corn syrup, as they may leave a  sticky residue on surfaces. Finally, the Beautiful Bubbles and Jello Bubbles recipes contain a small amount of food coloring and dye, so it’s probably best to save those solutions for outdoor use.

How should I store my homemade bubbles?
Store all homemade bubble solutions in an airtight, labeled container. A clean glass spaghetti sauce or jelly jar works perfectly for storing bubbles.

How long can I store my homemade bubble solution? 
Many bubbles actually get better with age. If the mixture has sat for more than a few weeks, give the container a gentle swirl to combine the ingredients that may have separated. Don’t shake the container; you want to save those suds for your bubbles!

How to Make Bubbles

 

Basic Homemade Bubbles Recipe:
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon dishwashing liquid.

How to make bubbles: Combine the water and dishwashing liquid in a cup, bottle or dish. Stir gently and thoroughly to combine. Dip your bubble wand and get started!

Deluxe Bubbles Recipe
1 quart (4 cups) warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dishwashing liquid

How to make bubbles: Combine the sugar and the warm water. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Add the dishwashing liquid and stir again. Store in an airtight container.

Crazy Deluxe Bubbles Recipe
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons liquid dish or laundry detergent
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 teaspoon white sugar

How to make bubbles: Gently stir all ingredients together and store in a airtight container. These bubbles have staying power! Given the right conditions you might lose sight of your bubbles before they pop!

Jello Bubbles
1 part dishwashing liquid
1 part Jello brand (or generic) powder, any flavor/color
8 to 10 parts warm water

How to make bubbles: Gently combine all three ingredients. Avoid creating suds by mixing too vigorously. Suds will affect the “bubbliness” of your bubbles.

Tear-Free Bubbles
1/4 cup tear-free baby shampoo
3/4 cup water
3 Tablespoons light corn syrup

How to make bubbles: Mix all ingredients, then wait for the bubbles to settle before using.

Beautiful Bubbles {with food coloring}
1/3 cup dishwashing liquid
1 1/4 cups water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 drop food coloring

How to make bubbles:  Combine all ingredients together in a jar or other resealable container. Use outside to avoid staining any indoor fixtures, carpet or upholstery.

Non-Toxic, Natural Bubbles
1/4 cup natural, biodegradable dish detergent (Like Seventh Generation Free and Clear)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon glycerin

How to make bubbles: Mix up all ingredients in a resealable container. Let stand overnight for best results.

How to make bubbles

Did you already know how to make homemade bubbles? What’s your favorite homemade bubble recipe?

how to make bubble solutionWant to know how to make bubble solution for huge bubbles? It’s really easy!

 

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Easy Apple Pie Filling Recipe: Canning Made Simple

Easy Apple Pie Filling

Canning. The thought of preserving fruits and vegetables in a way that doesn’t take up freezer real estate truly makes me happy. Canning also keeps me on my toes! Knowing I have to be extra-diligent and follow a detailed process when canning amplifies the sense of accomplishment once I’m all done.

I’ve been canning for about 6 years, but I’ve limited myself to time-tested and well-instructed recipes for salsa, grape jelly, strawberry jam and, after I was presented with a big box of apples from a neighbor’s tree and a highly-recommended recipe for apple pie filling several years ago, apple pie filling.

Most people start preserving with simple stuff like jam or tomatoes. I have a surprise for you: there’s such a thing as easy apple pie filling. It’s the first thing I ever canned, and I’ve followed the same process over and over again, always with fantastic results!

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I love this recipe because it makes so much more than apple pie! Here’s how I use it:

  • 1 jar of easy apple pie filling is enough to make one apple pie.
  • 2 quarts of apple pie filling will make a 9×13 pan of apple crisp. 1 quart will make a 9×9 pan of apple crisp.
  • Open 1 quart, warm it up and serve over pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, ice cream or even pork chops.
  • Make a yellow cake mix and stir in a quart of pie filling. Bake in a bundt pan according to directions on the box.
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How to Make a Homemade Mocha with Brewed Coffee {Cross Country Cafe Review}

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I mentioned in my How to Make Marshmallow Fluff post that since I’ve learned how to make a homemade mocha I’ve had one almost every morning.

I love that I learned how to make a homemade mocha that doesn’t require espresso. It actually starts with a cup of brewed coffee. Since I connected with Cross Country Cafe for my K-cups, I’ve been stocked up with plenty of coffee available for my homemade mochas!

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How to Make Marshmallow Fluff

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Figuring out how to make marshmallow fluff has been on my mind for a while.

One of my friends makes lovely homemade marshmallows, and she claims that they’re easy and fun to make. Because of that, I figured that learning how to make marshmallow fluff at home had to be at least a little easier than actual marshmallows!

Why marshmallow fluff? I’ve only recently become accustomed to having a homemade mocha in the morning. It may be unhealthy, but it’s the perfect blend of sugar and caffeine that gets my day off to the right start. One of the ingredients that makes my particular mocha recipe so delicious is the addition of marshmallow fluff.

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One morning I was craving a hot, sweet coffee drink and I was all out of my store-bought fluff. I tried to skip it, tried adding a little extra milk, and I even tried adding actual marshmallows, but it wasn’t the same. Then I searched for how to make marshmallow fluff and found several articles that helped me come up with my own special marshmallow fluff recipe!

The thing I like most is that I came up with a marshmallow fluff recipe without raw egg whites. Using Just Egg Whites powdered egg whites is far safer than using egg whites straight from the fridge. I like that these are actually pasteurized and “salmonella negative.”

Note: since powdered egg whites are useful for far more than learning how to make marshmallow fluff, you might want to consider buying a larger volume. It’s cheaper to buy an 8-ounce bag of powdered egg whites than the 3 ounce can. Just remember to store the extra in the freezer to prolong the freshness.
how to make marshmallow fluff

How to Make Marshmallow Fluff

 

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons Just Egg Whites powder
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions for how to make marshmallow fluff

  1. In a large bowl, gently stir the egg white powder into the warm water with a fork for a minute or two until smooth and fully combined.
  2. Add corn syrup and salt to egg white mixture. Beat on high speed for 10 minutes. This is when it starts to get really fluffy and white!
  3. Add the confectioner’s sugar and mix in on low speed for two minutes or until blended.
  4. Stir in the vanilla.

This makes just under three cups of marshmallow fluff. Store the extra in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for a week, or in a sealed container in the freezer for up to two months.

If you do choose to freeze your homemade marshmallow fluff, it doesn’t freeze solid so you don’t need to worry about a long thawing time. Just stir it well before using it.

 Finally, you’ll see that you’ll need to beat the egg white powder, water, corn syrup and salt for 10 minutes straight on high speed. It’s recipes like these that really make me appreciate my KitchenAid mixer! Being able to walk away while it does the work is a huge advantage.

Cake Batter Dip Recipe: A Fast, 5-Ingredient Treat!

Cake Batter Dip
It’s my birthday today! I’m not usually one to pay much attention to the day, but I couldn’t think of better time to share this super-festive Cake Batter Dip recipe!

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Really, I don’t have too much to say about it. It’s delicious (hello-there’s cake mix in it!), it’s easy and it’s a fun treat to serve at a party.

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LEGO Cake Ideas: Over 15 Seriously Easy LEGO Birthday Cakes!

LEGO Cake Ideas

You know how sometimes you’re searching online for craft or baking ideas, like LEGO cake ideas, and you come across such a  perfect specimen of what you’re searching for that immediately get discouraged?

Lego cake ideas…like this professional LEGO cake idea that I could never, ever pull off?!? (Credit: Cake It via CakesDecor)

Out of all the LEGO cake ideas I’ve seen online, that cake amazes me the most. But there’s no possible way I could pull that off, and I only know one or two people who could even come close to making a LEGO cake like that. But I’m not going to feel bad about it, and neither should you. You don’t need to be a professional cake decorator to make an amazing LEGO birthday cake! The key idea to remember is that kids want CAKE first; they want a cake with a fun design second.

To me, this means: do your best to make the cake your child wants, but don’t sweat it. If the cake and frosting taste good, that’s really all that matters to everyone attending the birthday party!

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I’m all about saving time, and these easy LEGO cake ideas are definitely a big step in that direction. Depending on the complexity of the design, some will obviously take longer than others. But I’m positive that all of these LEGO birthday cakes are easier to do than that crazy creation from Cake It!

LEGO Cake Ideas

1.  These LEGO cupcakes look positively lovely when frosted with pale yellow frosting and topped with strategically arranged LEGO candy blocks.

2.  Mom Vs. The Boys has another variation on adorable cupcakes decorated with candy bricks. Tinting the cupcake batter before baking is a nice touch!

3.  These LEGO cookies are super clever!

4.  It looks like this LEGO cake idea used LEGO Duplos or Mega Bloks, but the idea can definitely be applied using traditional LEGOs. Just press the bricks into a sheet cake in the shape of a number for the age of the birthday boy or girl! You can even use a store-bought cake if you’d rather not bake. PS: How cute would this Duplo Number Train be on top of a cake?

5.  Surviving the Stores has a fantastic article on How to Have a LEGO Party for Under $100. Check out how the author made amazing homemade LEGO cupcakes with buttercream frosting, then made her own LEGOs out of fondant!

6.  If you have any experience working with fondant this LEGO Nijago cake is visually impressive but doesn’t look all that complicated to make.

7.  Make or buy any cake you want, then create a LEGO Minifigure cake topper with a handmade banner!

8.  These LEGO cake pops are adorable! I love that they use yellow candy melts to streamline the process. Make them even easier by making LEGO head marshmallow pops instead of cake pops!

9.  These are fantastic step-by-step directions for making your own LEGO brick cake with Oreo cookies.

10.  There’s more LEGO cake pops on Spotgirl’s LEGO Party blog post, but keep scrolling down to see the little LEGO minifigure with a LEGO cup in his hand. A birthday candle is in the little cup, and the end result is insanely cute!

11.  This building blocks cake features different sizes and styles of bricks for a fun twist on the LEGO cake idea. Be sure to use gel paste food coloring to get those vibrant colors.

12.  Don’t miss how this mom wrapped the birthday gifts in an adorable LEGO style while you’re checking out her amazing homemade LEGO cake topper made with a combination of plastic bricks and candy bricks!

13.  So many LEGO cake ideas can come from this basic idea: Use a plain cake from a store then decorate it with fondant in primary colors (or Wilton Sugar Sheets?). Save money on cake decorating tools, too!

14.  Use Reese Peanut Buter Cups to make the dots on the top of cakes in the shape of LEGO bricks!

15.  This chocolate LEGO cake has homemade LEGO brick candies made from this building bricks candy mold. Use different Wilton melts for easy variety!

16.  I kind of love how easy and silly this 2-layer Lego head cake is!

17.  This is an excellent way to decorate and personalize a cake if you don’t have confidence in your own skills with frosting, fondant or other cake decorating materials!

18.  There’s no real tutorial, but this LEGO cake involved a homemade cake and pieces from one or two LEGO Duplo sets placed over the top. It looks like the baker from this photo incorporated pieces from the Duplo Number Train and the Duplo My First Garden.

19.  This is an adorable LEGO cake idea using the famous giant cupcake pan, homemade candy LEGO minifigures and M&Ms.

Lego CakeBe sure to check out my first list of 10 Easy LEGO Birthday Cakes and Ideas! Every one of those LEGO cake ideas is different than those listed above.

Which of these LEGO cake ideas is your favorite?