The little monsters and I cooked up some hauntingly delicious treats this week. We started with butter cookies....best cookies ever......they are egg free so you can eat all the raw dough you want.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
We visited the Fall Fest today and had a blast! This place had it all: Corn mazes, giant slides, tractor races, soybean pit, hay bale castle, pumpkin painting and duck races. Whew! What a great way to spend the afternoon. Days like today make me realize how blessed I am, with cuties like these what more could I ask for? My point was so eloquently posted on a chalkboard today in the ladies restroom "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years" -Abe Lincoln.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
We have a birthday party to attend in the near future and I have been "practicing" making the gifts. This is my trial run for the holidays. I plan on attempting to handmake everyone's gifts this year. It's my simple way of reining in the out of control consumer train our family is riding on. With the exception of one or two gifts, I don't expect to "buy" anything for the children. I hope my extended family won't mind their lovingly handmade gifts...it will be quite a deviation from the usually! We are short on funds and the world is short on resources....most of my materials will come from repurposed items and thrift store finds. Wish me luck it's sure to be an adventure. This cupcake is so cute and calorie free! Directions can be found here at Rachael Rabbit.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Well, my second adventure in sewing did not go as smoothly......Many of the projects flat out failed and the completed ones were quite"wonky". However I'm fairly certain my 5 month old will not judge me to harshly. I know it will take time and practice to be able to sew at the caliber I desire....but I'm so impatient. Here are two of the imperfectly adorable projects I attempted. First up a scrappy earthworm who has been bequeathed with the name Sherman the worman.
Next my attempt at a tag blanket...not a "Taggie" blanket because that would be copyright infringement:) The seams are terrible but E still loves it!
While I've have been practicing my skills so has miss O. I took all my felt scraps and cut small slits into the middles. Next I gave O one of my large embroidery needles and had her string them together. Once completed I basted them on to a strip of 1/2 elastic and.......Viola a rocking wrist cuff!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This weekend fall was in the air and I had to have something warm and spicy immediately...luckily I have the perfect dairy free pumpkin muffin recipe....25 minutes later I was one happy woman.
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1/3 cup of water
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 3/4 cup of AP flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a 12 cup muffin tin. In a medium size bowl combine the wet ingredients plus the sugar and mix until evenly distributed. In a large bowl whisk together the remaining dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients and quickly mix until just incorporated, do not over mix. Dish into muffin tin and bake 25 min or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center of muffin.
For the dairy eating part of the fam I whipped up my world famous scones...this version was chocolate chip. Personally, I prefer blueberry lemon scones but shock and awe....my children wanted the chocolate ones.....HmmmmmI am an avid baker and having to go dairy free is really putting a damper on things for me..oh well my thighs aren't complaining:) I wonder if I can find a dairy free pumpkin cheesecake recipe for Thanksgiving...I can't skip this tradition, the family might revolt.
Friday, October 23, 2009
It has been a busy week here at the academy for wayward children:) The kiddos have a yucky virus so we were unable to do our weekly nature walk....but we were able to keep up with the rest of our studies. Here are a few of our projects.
Well, little E is 5 months old today...hard to believe. Someone once told me "the days are long but the years are short" so true. E is such a calm, contented, joy of a child...he must get that from me:) Seriously though he really is such a sweet soul....
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
After our mighty oak nature walk we had a few...er thousand leaves and acorns to dispose of. So we decided to get crafty.
Here are our water colored oak leaves. First we traced them onto coffee filters, then we cut them out and painted them. They look so beautiful in the playroom window.
Next up is O's acorn fairy. She collected all of the embellishments from our yard. She was very pleased with herself. Mama helped with the hot glue:)
Finally our acorn pumpkins. The kids loved this one. O helped me paint all the acorns and Tyler helped me decorate them.
This is just the best of the bunch...you can bet with the "crafty" girl I've got there are a ton of glittered acorns adorning my home!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Cheese...cheese how I love thee. E is apparently intolerant to dairy so I have performed the ultimate sacrifice and given up my beloved cheese for going on 7 weeks. I have dreams of gooey greasy pizza...the kind that you have to fold in half to contain it's goodness.... I can almost taste it. To honor my departed I have compiled an ABC of cheese. Hopefully this will help quell my cravings.....
Please...please go eat some cheese for me.....
Posted by sarah at 10:58 PM
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
"A generation which ignores history has no past and no future." Robert Heinlein
Monday, October 12, 2009
Outdoor Hour Challenge Autumn Series-Oaks and Acorns
This week for our outdoor hour challenge the children and I studied Oaks and acorns. There are a variety of Oaks growing in our neighborhood and 2 Oak trees in our own backyard. We were able to identify the Oaks in our backyard as Eastern White Oak trees, we also found Scarlett Oaks and a suspected Northern Red Oak. We did a bark rubbings of the Eastern Oaks in the back yard.
Here is a picture of O holding her collection of Scarlet Oak leaves.
The children are really enjoying this fall nature series and it is wonderful to see them be able to identify trees on their own with no prompting from me. We are going to do a variety of craft projects with our leaves and acorns I will post our masterpieces later.