Thursday, January 31, 2008

Play Dough

I know, I know, everyone has play dough. And you might even have a recipe. But in case you don't, here is my favorite and there's just something about the kids waiting at the table for a fresh batch of dough. Mine love it.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
food coloring

Mix dry ingredients in med. sauce pan. Add water and oil: mix. Stir in food coloring. Stir constantly over medium heat until ball forms. Knead a couple times and voila, play dough!
Ours stays moist for a very long time in the fridge.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Book Making

It seems that my four year old and I have something in common (actually we have lots of things in common, but this is one of them). We are enjoying the art of book making (not sure if that is the technical term). He has been working all day on books. It began when I helped him make a book about whales, because that is what we were reading about this morning. He has since taken off with the idea and has created a book of Bible stories, which he gave to my dad when he stopped by. I suggested that he could make one for us to look at at night and he got right to it. Series of pictures, very elaborate in detail. I have to mention that he is obsessed with Bible stories. We read the Bible every night and he also listens to stories on CD's and he loves them. At the moment, he is at the table, making a book about African animals. I can see that it will be difficult to drag him off to bed. And I hate to make him stop, because I know that feeling, when you are so caught up in your work, that you just cannot imagine putting it down. 

Well, I mentioned that we have this book making thing in common. Actually, it is a newfound pleasure of mine as well. I have discovered and all the possibilities it offers. I created an ABC book and a book about my boys and right now I am working on a recipe book at Shutterfly, because they gave me a free book credit with my order. Of course our mediums are very different. But the feeling of creating something is so much the same. To be shared with others. To be looked at over and over again. And it helps that we both love books. 

Someday (soon, I hope) I will began adding pictures to my humble little blog here. But first I have to finish that recipe book. . . 

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Preachy Mom

Alright, I know I just posted, but I read it over and realized that I sound like that highly competitive, preachy mom who thinks she knows everything and her kids are geniuses. . . Well, I'm really not. Sure, I have opinions about food and toys and crafts and all of that. But when I'm at story hour and the craft at hand is insanely annoying to me, I smile and go with it. The other moms I'm around don't always know how I feel about these things. But that's the beauty of the blog. I would actually prefer that very few people who know me read it. Because I can just go off about whatever without them rolling their eyes. I'd like someone to read it though. So, hopefully if that someone is you, you don't find me completely annoying an preachy. Because I really am a pleasant play date. 

Still Life

I was just looking at this drawing that my four year old did. It is part of a series that he made - still life drawings using his Playmobil sets. No prompting from me. No blatant exposure to "still life" art complete with explanation. Just his own little brain at work. I try hard to expose my kids to lots of open ended art. I'm the mom who cringes at the identical paper plate creations on display in preschool classrooms. But sometimes I wonder if it's working, you know? Apparently it is. I love these moments. (One confession: I have allowed coloring books to enter our home - the horror:)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Goji Berries

So, my kids' newest food obsession is apparently also a new super food adored by surfers - who knew? Chock full of cancer fighting antioxidants. What is this wonder food?  Goji berries. Tiny red berries imported from Asia.  I think they are mostly bitter with a hint of sweetness. And my boys adore them. (Ahhh, what discriminating palettes. . . OK, they love P&J too). 

Whenever I get to my favorite health and natural food store I always try to pick something new and interesting up. Dried fruits and veggies are always a great car food. Our favorite (besides the new Goji berry addition) is organic dried peas ( for info.). Much better than a happy meal. (Although it's nice to know that you can at least get some apple slices from a McDonald's drive thru in a pinch:)  

I'm a believer in simple food. Good food. Goji berry food. And while I used to feel alone as the "crunchy granola" type, what I feed myself and my family is becoming mainstream. I wonder if all of us parents whose friends and relatives are succumbing to cancer (my husband's uncle passed away this week), are trying to offer our kids something better. I hope so.