Cook with Books: A Rainbow of My Own

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Cook with Books: A Rainbow of My Own (Homeschool Share Blog)

Spring has sprung and hopefully with it will come lovely showers and lots of rainbows!

This month we have a fun snack to go along with A Rainbow of My Own, by Don Freeman.  In this story, a boy sees a rainbow and tries to find where it ends, but when he gets there, it’s gone.  He imagines all the things he could do with a rainbow of his very own!

A Rainbow of My OwnFor this story we made Rainbow Jello!  This recipe is so simple to make, but it does take a little time.  It is always a huge hit at parties and family reunions and my kids love it!

JelloTo make Rainbow Jello you need jello in every color and either sour cream or cool whip.  I’ve used both and it doesn’t seem to make much difference in the taste whichever one you use.

stirYou will mix each color of jello with boiling water.

mixedThe you’ll take part of the jello and mix in the sour cream or cool whip.  If you let the sour cream set out a little and warm up it will mix in better and you won’t have little white spots.  I used a whisk to make sure it was well mixed!

pourYou’ll chill each layer–for me, one of the hardest parts is trying to make enough space in the fridge for the dish!  Once a layer is set, you pour on a new one.

rainbow jelloIsn’t this a beautiful snack?!

Here’s the full recipe:


  • small boxes of jello in each color
  • 24 oz. container of sour cream (or you can use cool whip)
  • water


  1. Spray your dishes with baking spray.  With this recipe I was able to make an 8 x 8 pan and two small dessert dishes like the one pictured above.
  2. Start with purple and stir the package of jello into one cup of boiling water.
  3. Take 2/3 cup of the purple jello mixture and pour it into your dish.  Set it in your fridge for about 15 to 20 minutes to get firm.
  4. Add enough sour cream to the remaining purple jello to make 2/3 cup and mix it together well.
  5. Once the first purple layer is firm, pour the second layer on top.  I have found that if the jello you’re pouring is still warm it’s best to pour it into a spoon and let it run down on top of the firm layer gently or you may get a hole in your layers in the pan!
  6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 with the remaining colors of jello.

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Cook with Books: The Borrowers

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This month we’ve got a fun cooking activity that would be a great go-along if you’re reading The Borrowers!  If you’ve never read it, The Borrowers is a book about the Clock family, who are tiny people that live in the walls of a house.  They’re called Borrowers because they borrow what they need to survive from the big people who live in the house.  There are actually four sequels to The Borrowers, so you can read all about their adventures!

CupcakesThis month’s activity is tiny cupcakes–just the right size for a Borrower!


We made our cupcakes in condiment cups, but you can use a mini muffin pan, too.  Make sure you use baking spray inside the cups so the cupcakes will come out in one piece.  I sprayed some on a plate and then we used paintbrushes to make sure the insides were covered.

CookingThen it’s time to get cooking!  You can use your favorite recipe, or you can try the one we used!

FillingFill your condiment cups with the cake batter.  As you can see, it may be difficult for small hands to do this neatly, but the point is to have some fun and not worry about it looking like a Pinterest project!

DecoratedAfter they’re done, it’s time to decorate!  We pulled out all of our sprinkles and had a great time!

Here’s the recipe we used for our cupcakes!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg


  1. Spray your condiment cups with baking spray or use cupcake liners in a mini muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Then add the milk, shortening, and vanilla and beat with a mixer until everything is combined.
  4. Add the egg and beat again.
  5. Fill condiment cups about half full with batter.
  6. Bake at 350 F for about half an hour.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool and then frost and decorate!


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