Thursday, June 04, 2015

Growing food

I have a real live garden, this year! I only have a few plants right now, but I hope to get more. Two years ago I tried to start a garden. I wasn't very good at remembering to water and I had the pots in a not so sunny spot.
The strawberries started producing last week. I have to keep them safe from Vera, though. She doesn't mind eating the green ones. 
I have some zucchini, carrot and dill plants that are in the little pots. I'm just waiting for them to sprout up.

Zucchini
A few seedlings

Strawberries!

Yum :)

Peas


Friday, May 01, 2015

Foxes Having A Picnic | A Short Story

Foxes Having A Picnic 

by Elena Howell 
        Once upon a time, there was a fox in the hidden woods named Axie. Axie had a lot of fox friends. There was also a cloud. The cloud did not like the foxes to leave their home. Every time they left their beds and home, the cloud would make a storm. 
One day the foxes planned a picnic. They went outside with the picnic basket and blanket. The cloud saw them and stopped making the storm come. She wanted to be nice to them. They ate their food. After their picnic it was getting dark. So they went home and went to their beds. 
The End

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mango Blueberry Cobbler | A Recipe

Friday is "use up forgotten food day" at our house. This time around I had a couple mangoes that were looking a little sad. I didn't have enough to make it just a mango cobbler, so I added some blueberries that I had in the freezer.
I think I'm always going to make a two-fruit cobbler. It's just fun and makes the dessert more colorful!


Fruit Filling:
2 cups mango, sliced or cubed
2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup flour
1 T lemon juice
1/4 t salt

Topping:
1 cup flour
2 T honey
1/4 t salt
4 T cold butter, cut into cubes (or grated)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup buttermilk

After baking:
Toasted coconut
Whipped cream

1) Preheat your oven to 400F. Mix the fruit filling ingredients together into a large bowl. Transfer into a prepared 9 inch baking dish. I used a cast iron skillet. Bake for 15 minutes.

2) While the fruit is cooking, mix the topping ingredients. Add the butter to the flour and salt. I just recently learned to grate my butter for biscuits. That works really well for someone (like me) who doesn't have a pastry cutter. You want to just mix in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Then mix in the wet ingredients until the whole mixture is just combined. Don't over-mix.

3) Remove the fruit from the oven. Dollop 8 or 9 spoonfuls of the batter evenly spaced over your fruit. Bake the cobbler for another 25 minutes or until the topping is a golden brown.

I happened to have some toasted coconut that I added. Just sprinkle about 1/4 cup over the top. Serve warm with whipped cream.

YUM!



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kids' Room Update

 It has been a busy week! I actually got this done at the beginning of last week. Their room is much easier to keep picked up now that there is a spot for everything. We got rid of 2 large garbage bags full of stuffed animals and two paper bags of other random toys. Right now they have barbies, princesses and my little pony toys under Elena's bed. There are two more boxes of toys in the closet to rotate.

I'm making the girls do a 5-minute pickup before bed. To motivate them... I use a timer and say whatever is left on the floor goes in a bag for the week. These pictures were taken this morning, so you can see we've been keeping it clean for at least a week. ;)
I think I will go through their books next. We have quite a few board books and some books that are torn up. I also want to add string lights under Elena's bed. We have yet to buy some, though.

Room to play

Dress up and baby dolls

Kitchen play

Under Elena's bed. Toys, books and doll houses.

Vera's bed and stuffed animals