Thursday, April 30, 2009
1 cup of flour
all of a crocodiles blood
all of the crocodiles skin
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 gallon milk
Mix all the dry ingredients together and stir until smooth.
Add milk and water and stir for 1 hour (at most) or until it all blends nicely.
Add blood and bake at 400* for 3 hours.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Lakewood Leaflet 2
You can tell so much about what a child thinks of the world when you look at projects like this. Obviously, I work with food a lot. lol... Because in her world, that is the only job mothers do... oh wait, I forgot that I can collect wildflowers for the dinner table while waiting for food to cook. Kids are such a riot! And how horses are designated to different people by color. And hunting chickens... can't forget that. Oh gosh... so cute!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups crisped crispy rice cereal
20-25 gummy worms
1-2 box fruit leather
Grease a 12x17" baking sheet.
Melt butter in a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat.
Add marshmallows and stir until smooth.
Remove mixture from heat and stir in rice cereal until it is evenly coated.
Turn the baking sheet so that the shorter ends are at the top and bottom (I covered with parchment paper so that it wouldn't stick at all).
Then press the marshmallow mixture onto the sheet, distributing it evenly.
Starting at one side an inch up from the lower edge, place gummy worms atop the mixture end to end in a horizontal line.
Gently roll the lower edge of the marshmallow mixture over the gummy worms (this is where the parchment paper came in really handy. I rolled it just in the paper just like I would us a bamboo roller with real sushi).
Then stop and cut the log away from the rest of the mixture.
Use the same method to form 3-4 more logs.
Wrap the sushi rolls in a fruit leather and then slice each log into 1 inch thick"sushi" rolls using a very sharp knife (do not press down much or you will squish them).
The only thing that I could say to improve this is if you are not going to eat them right away, don't cut them until you are just about to eat them. The cut gummies get hard really fast (like hours) and are hard to eat.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I made a chart that said "Food Name", "Where was it grown?" and "Miles". We haven't gotten to the miles part yet... that is tomorrow. But we were able to get all the info for the rest of the chart via the grocery.
This is Cyan and Alex with their friend Jacob and Autumn, filling out their charts. You notice the two 'almost readers' put the stickers from the fruit onto their charts. It worked GREAT! So if they couldn't read the label correctly, the label was right next to their words and I was able to help really easily. One of my better ideas for sure. :)
The great thing about having a large grocery near you is that you can have two kids find the exact same item (in our case, onions) and have them be from two totally different places! (In our case, Texas, and then grown right here in Washington) It really brought the importance of reading labels home to my kiddos.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Stems. In botany we are studying stems. This experiment was about water pulling up stems and how the water goes to the tips of each of the petals. It took about 24 hours for this dye to really show.... but when it did, they really got the point.
A white rose in green dye.
White daisy in blue.
White daisy in pink.
Amazing contrast huh? This is just after 24 hours. They will get darker as they are left in the water, and pretty soon each of the flowers will be an unnatural hue. This experiment really hits home how important water is to plants. And it shows the water cycle very well too... because if you leave one of these plants in the sun and the water gets warm enough to evaporate, the flower dies.
I found that celery is the very best stem to study. If you cut it in half and put each end in a different color of water, you will see that the celery leaves will change differently depending on which side of the stem is feeding it. We tried that with a daisy stem, but it really didn't work we as well. So I think that we are going to add celery to the stem experiment in the next couple days and I will let you know how it turns out.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Today Muffin Tin Monday went AWOL. We took ours to the zoo. It was a nice, warm, beautiful day. We were there for hours... enjoying the beauty of the sun. Before that, we took a jog down at Chamber's Bay... that was nearly as interesting (and photo-worthy) as the zoo. Make sure to turn the captions on.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
1 cup spelt flour
1 tea sea salt
1 1/2 tea Spike seasoning
2/3 cup of milk or enough to make the batter kind of runny.
Mix it all together in a large bowl.
Wash and spin dry the dandelion flowers.
Dip in the batter, and fry in hot oil (we used coconut oil)
Allow to cool on paper towels, and eat away.
The kids absolutely loved them! They didn't last until dinner. Weeds... who would've thunk?
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I also split the sets. I put the birds in order by size, making the Hummingbird that comes to our sugar feeder in the beginning of the Small Backyard Bird book, all the way through the Peregrine Falcon at the end of the Big Backyard Bird Book. This way, when they see a bird, they can guess how big it is, and have a good idea where to find what it is called.
They are going in the kids Easter basket tomorrow, along with Logan's fishy game, a homemade charm bracelet for Cyan, the movie Mary Poppins, a treasure box for Alex, and a few books and sweet treats.
Friday, April 10, 2009
In my garage, I have boxes for each season. When looking in this box for their Easter baskets, I found an ANCIENT box of PAAS egg dye. It must have been 10 years old. The pink dye pill was smashed, the edges of the box were old and faded... but I was pretty sure that with some white vinegar we could make them work fine. And we did! Cyan was SO crazy excited she was beside herself. She got out all the eggs we got to boil and dye, and set the eggs to cooking all by herself. (I was around, but doing secret things which I will show later.)
Cyan pulling the eggs out of the water after they were done cooking.
I measured out the vinegar and let the dye dissolve, and then Cyan poured in the 1/2 cup of water in each one.
Then came the fun part, of course! Picking which eggs to put where.
We colored some with a white wax crayon first, so they would have those cool little designs on them.
He was our professional egg turner. He did pretty good too.
By the time we were done we had 2 dozen beautifully colored Easter eggs for our hunt on Sunday morning!
Logan was happy to help us clean up.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
(I have to find a trick to get the wax out of my measuring cup next.)
Carefully place a wick in each egg. It doesn't really matter if they stay up strait. The wax helps with that once it is in the egg shell.
Once the beeswax is melted, using something you can throw away (in our case, cardstock and tape) make a funnel.
Put the funnel in the egg shell next to the wick and pour a VERY small amount of wax in the bottom of the egg to close up the hole. Let that cool for at least an hour so it is good and hard before you pour the rest of the wax in (we did a botany lesson and then came back to it).
Allow to cool naturally. If you put them in the fridge, they will crack (ask me how I know). When you are done, you should be able to peel the egg shell away rather easily, and you have an egg shapped beezwax candle!
It's so cute!
Next up, egg shell candles are cooling right now. They may not have turned out too well, but we will see later this afternoon.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Both of my children took the drawing portion seriously, although very differently. Cyan drew what the radish would look like under the soil, and Alex drew exactly what was in front of him. I thought it was pretty neat that they were both right, but had such different ideas. It was easy to see where the roots connect the radish to the ground on the actual radish and in Cyan's picture. And Alex's shows the leaves and how they are connected to the bulb of radish perfectly! So interesting to have two accurate and completely different pictures of the same plant.