Friday, April 25, 2008

Field Trip

Today Jasmine's class went to a zoo.

This little lady lost her mate and is 40 years old. She wouldn't do anything but lay on the ground and cover her head with a blanket. They got her a kitten for a companion (they didn't think they'd get her another mate at her age) and that made all the difference in the world.

The kitten all grown up. They are best friends.
Close up.

Jasmine gets a lift from Dad.
Jasmine with her teacher.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

April Food

We decided that April would be dessert month. Every one's main food was a dessert. Each child (of the ones who did it, one was stubborn) made something simple to go with the dessert such as soup or salad. All desserts were made from scratch.
I forgot to take pictures of Ty's food : ( He made chess pie, salad and clam chowder.

Chocolate Chess Pie
2 eggs beaten 1 T cocoa unbaked pie shell
1 1/2 c sugar 1 tsp vanilla
½ stick melted butter 5 oz can evaporated milk

Mix sugar and cocoa. Add beaten eggs, milk, butter and vanilla. Beat well. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 325F for 50-60 minutes.

Jasmine made peanut butter chocolate chip brownies. She made ramen noodles and added mixed veggies make it healthier.
Peanut Butter Brownies
1 c flour 1/2 c solid Crisco
1/2 tsp baking powder 3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c sugar 6 oz chocolate chips
1/2 c peanut butter

Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Cream sugar,
peanut butter, shortening, eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat
in flour mixture. Mix until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
Spread in well greased 9x13” pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
Cut into bars while warm.

Jessica made kabobs on the grill and an Australian cake that we don't have a pictures of.
Lamingtons Scratch Recipe
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
4 eggs (beaten)
2 cups self raising flour*
Icing (recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 350*F (175*C).
Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan and set aside. Cream together butter and sugar. Gradually add the eggs, mixing well. Add 1/3 cup of flour at a time, stirring gently and thoroughly after each addition. Pour batter in pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, reducing the temperature to 325*F (160*C) after 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut into 2 inch (4 cm) squares.
Chocolate Lamingtons Icing
500 grams / 1 lb of icing sugar
1/3 cup of cocoa
15 grams / ½ oz of butter
½ cup of milk

Melt the butter in a saucepan and remove from the heat. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa into the saucepan, add the milk and mix through. Dip squares of sponge cake into the icing mix. Roll in coconut.

Ty's Explorer's Banquet

Ty is part of the police department Explorer's Program.
Listening to the Chief.
Food line.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Our month so far

Braces off

Spring break. More pictures in an earlier post.

Jessica and Jasmine's room got a new look.

Fishing tournament. Pictures on an earlier post.

Teaching the Bible program. More pictures here.

Fishing at 5:30 a.m. This is a red fish and ocean cat fish (which did NOT taste good). Jessica, Tyler and Rick walked across the street to the bay to fish. Jessica is the only one who caught something.

Beach Run at 6:30 a.m. (Not the same day that they went fishing) They ran 1 1/2 miles on the sand.

We STILL HAVE dance pictures, field day, field trip to the zoo, honors assembly, Explorers banquet, and a talent show THIS MONTH as well as the regular daily stuff--dance, gymnastics, choir, youth group, GAs, Team Kid,Explorers etc.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fishing Tournament

Rick rescues Jessica's line.
Jasmine's fish.

Jasmine's one fish was it.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Laser Tag and misc.

Laser Tag

Late night Chinese