Science: Melting Ice Experiment

I was in a random mood in the beginning of March, so thanks to pinterest, I was inspired to do a random Science Experiment.

We decided to see what household substance would melt ice the fastest.

Our first step was to fill 5 cups (left over from Barbie’s Quinceanera) a quarter of the way with water.

023 024 025Eyes decided he had to make sure they were all even. ūüėČ



Then we put them all in the freezer and let them sit over the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).


Our ingredients to check the rate of melting were: hot water, apple cider vinegar, salt, baking soda, and sugar.  Our Experiment was to see which ingredient when applied to the ice would melt the ice fastest.



The most dramatic visually was the apple cider vinegar, so I decided to post those pictures.163 168This is after just a few minutes.

172The end result was that the salt actually melted the ice the fastest, faster even then the hot water. ¬†When the experiment was done, they poured all of the ingredients out of the cups and into the pan ….just to see it foam.

It was a fun experiment – and a good way for them to practice their “Scientific Method”. ¬†So I judge it an unqualified success. ūüôā

What’s for Breakfast? Cinnamon Flop

No, Cinnamon Flop isn’t a cow patty….ugh…i just said that?!?!? ¬†But seriously, that is something people ask me on a regular basis. ¬†Cinnamon WHAT?????


I discovered this recipe a few years ago. ¬†I love the Amish. ¬†I’m fascinated by them. ¬†It’s a running joke around the house that one day someone will show up at the house and instead of a SUV, I’ll have a horse and buggy. ¬†So I bought an Amish cookbook. ¬†And I use it….way too often for Latin boy Papi!!!!

Taken from the Best of Amish Cooking by Phyllis Pellman Good  and doubled to feed my large horde!!!!!
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp melted butter
2 cup milk
brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter for top.
Stir sugar, flour, and baking powder together. Add butter and milk and stir until well blended. I literally beat it until it looks like frosting.
I put the whole big thing….PLOP…..into a lasagne style pan. ¬†I spread it out, then¬†sprinkle the top with brown sugar, then cinnamon. Push chunks of butter into the dough randomly. This makes holes and gets gooey as it bakes. Bake at 350 for about an hour. ¬†If you are halving it, put into two 9 in pie tins, and only bake for 1/2 hour.
Cut into wedges and serve warm.