Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Dressed for the day. Had to match, so they both had skirts.
We went to Lissa and Jesse's for a lasagna lunch. Group reading, with Tiger paint.
Mitch and Betty came for lunch too, and to see Mom. After lunch we took the kids to a pottery painting place where M. was attending a birthday party.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Top two by M., bottom two by W.
M. and W. have been using Prismacolors to color in the wonderful Garth Williams illustrations in their personal copies of the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. M.'s friend Ann gave her the idea. M. asked me if it was OK to do, and they were "off" as soon as they got permission. They note that the shading is already done in Williams's illustrations. And so they have found a new way to enjoy their Little House books. If you do not want to "write in your books", used copies can often be found in thrift shops.
We had a spirited game of charades. Teams were "The Youngsters" (Uncle M., Piper, and W.) against the "Good Looking." (Myself, L, and M)
On Fri. Piper went to co-op classes with W.
Friday, March 25, 2011
My 5/6th grade class did these butterflies a couple of weeks ago. I finally got them framed and mounted and displayed at co-op today.
Daughter M.'s-great colors and beautiful wing designs
Mrs. S's-big and colorful (Why are the teacher's never as charming as the student's?)
Ann's-nature-inspired details, creative and delicate
Joe's-very cool, unique design
Adrian's-striking colors-great shapes
They all did a great job, and this makes a really fun take-home project. See earlier post here for the process.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
We had some leftover gravy and carrots from Sunday's roast, so I made a quick stew out of it yesterday for dinner (lunch.) The girls made these classic baking powder biscuits to go with the stew. This is a very old recipe that has never failed me. It is from the Bethany Cookbook that my maternal grandmother used. It is so old that it assumes "small" details will be known by the cook, such as the temperature you bake them at! I have expounded a bit where needed in the recipe below to help the less experienced cook. (Yes, the biscuits above are pink. It was just for fun.)
Baking Powder Biscuits
2 c flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. shortening (margarine, butter, lard, Crisco)
2/3 c milk
Sift all dry ingredients. Add shortening. Blend until like cornmeal. (Use a dough blender, large fork or two knives in a scissor fashion.) Add milk and egg. Stir just until blended. (Too much stirring can make your biscuits tough.) Roll (on flour dusted board or table/counter) to 1/2 inch thick. Cut (with flour dipped biscuit cutter or glass) and bake at 450 degrees (on ungreased cookie sheet or stone bake ware) 10-12 minutes until golden.
These can be made as dropped biscuits. We never roll and cut them. Just drop them (scrape a blob off with another spoon) from a large spoon onto your baking pan or stone. You can slightly flatten or shape them after dropping with a flour dipped utensil if you want to. Or not. (No need to grease pan.)
Monday, March 21, 2011