Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Pretzels and chocolate are a decadent combination that make for the perfect craving of something salty and sweet. These pretzel sticks were dipped in white Ghirardelli chocolate, and decorated with Halloween colored sprinkles for a festive treat.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
There are many different approaches to homeschooling. Every family has to choose which curriculum works for them and their schedule. For our family, workbooks have always been the most beneficial way for our children to learn, because they utilize reading, tangible activities, as well as a sense of achievement upon completion of each section of the workbook. Currently, I have a Second Grader, First Grader, and a pre-preschooler. Needless to say, we have tons of completed workbooks. I am the homeschooling mother that saves everything, and I needed somewhere to store the books. Most of the workbooks are multi-subject, and full comprehensive curriculum, making them very heavy. We use filing bins, because the workbooks store perfectly, and the bins can be labeled with names and grades on the side.
We bought this beautiful dollhouse with all of the realistic furniture for our daughters, and they loved it for about a month. Soon they were on to playing with baby dolls, dress-up, and video games. When our first son started to crawl and get into anything in his reach, all of the dollhouse furniture was put away, and we had an empty dollhouse. We needed somewhere to put books, DVD movies, and video games. I decided to reuse the pointless empty dollhouse into a perfect bookcase. Now, the boys do not have choking hazards, and we can utilize the space!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
My mother-in-law makes the most delicious, authentic Lebanese food, and introduced this wonderful dessert to me. I have been practicing for years to get as close as possible to her mouth-watering baklava. The process is time consuming, but well worth it in the end.
I made this cake for my Mother's birthday. She loves the color purple, and I thought a flower would make a pretty cake for her. I used yellow cake and baked it in two 8" circle baking pans. Then I put them in the refrigerator for at least an hour to cool, prepping the cakes to be cut and shaped. I added green food coloring to vanilla icing for the grass, a small amount of red food coloring to the vanilla for the pink center of the flower, and a raspberry flavored purple icing for the pedals. Once the cakes cooled, I started by applying the green icing (grass) to the first circle shaped cake, making the base layer of the cake. Then, I cut the top circle cake into the desired shape (a flower), and applied the purple icing. I added the pink center and vanilla sides to the flower last. The cake tasted delicious and was super easy!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Learning sight words is an essential part of gaining the ability to become an independent reader. I have been using these wonderful printables found at www.havefunteaching.com for my 4 year old daughter to practice her sight words. Every time she knows a word we highlight the word. Once she can read a whole column of words, she gets a sticker on that column. When she is able to read a whole page of (100) sight words, she gets a certificate of completion.
This is a cake I made for my daughter's 6th birthday. I baked the cake using two 8" circle baking pans. Let the cakes cool in the fridge for at least an hour. For the icing, I used chocolate and vanilla, which I added green food coloring to vanilla icing for the grass, and a little red food coloring to make the pink. After the cakes cooled, I cut one of the circle cakes into the desired shape (horse's head). I put the green vanilla icing (grass) on the bottom circle first. Then I put the horse's head on top of the base and started decorating the top layer. My daughter absolutely loved it. The best part was that it was easy!