Since it's always great if we can get the girls involved in cooking projects, we thought we'd make some good old fashioned hand-pulled taffy. Food you can play with! What could be more fun than that?!! After-all, it's not every day that mom lets you play with your food! The girls had a blast helping pull the taffy but soon got tired of pulling.
We'd never made taffy before. It's hard work!! Although it didn't turn out as well as we'd have liked, it certainly was fun. It was a bit soft and didn't hold it's shape well, although it had really great flavor! It was only a handful of ingredients including water, sugar, vinegar and vanilla. We tried to stay away from recipes that had ingredients we have a difficult time getting here such as corn syrup. If you have a good taffy recipe to share, we'd love to have you share it with us! Perhaps it just wasn't a very good recipe. We also wondered if our candy thermometer was accurate too. Whatever the reason for it being too soft, we surely enjoyed it anyway, but would love to make some more sometime with a different recipe!
We are the Rippee family! We manage and are house parents in a home for older orphaned girls in China. It's called the Forever Home, and it is a project of New Day Foster Home. Like all foreign workers at NDFH, we receive no salary for our work, so if you would like to support our family's living expenses, please click the button below to donate through PayPal. Donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about the Forever Home and ways you can directly support this work, please visit New Day Foster Home's website.
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Elise was adopted at the age of 3 years old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Elise is home- schooled and really loves music, cooking, arts and crafts, and enjoys being the big, older sister to the Forever Home girls.
Shawna was adopted at the age of 1 year old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Shawna is home-schooled and is good at piano, arts and crafts, and thoroughly enjoys playing with the Forever Home girls.
Elizabeth was adopted at the age of 10 years old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Elizabeth is home-schooled and loves the outdoors, computers, bike riding, and crafts.
THE FOREVER HOME GIRLS
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