Friday, September 26, 2014

Coconut Spice Sconelettes

Like their name? Me too! They are subtle and kind of like super easy, no brain 3-bite cinnamon scones. Perfect with afternoon tea.

They don't look like much, I am tired...but I am saving all my recipes here before I forget...life gets busy and kids seem to eat my recipe papers or they wander off...
It makes about 16
Ingredients
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/4c arrow root starch
2T coconut flour
1/4 cup molasses 
2T Maple syrup
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger

Mix it all together and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (or until edges are golden brown). 

*Tip if batter seems a little runny ass 1tsp of  coconut flour and stir well and let it sit for a minute or two.



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Too Sweet for Sugar Cocoa Chewy Drop Cookies

Due to candida over growth issues, and our desire to nourish our bodies, we don't "do" sugar. Finding ways to have treats with our dietary constrictions and long term health goals, well it is always an adventure! These cookies are sweetened with ripe bananas and 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup, chewey and filling - perfect rainy day treat.

We use toddler spoons for our cooking experiments!

Ingredients
3 ripe bananas
4 eggs
1 1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut
 2 Tablespoons oil (melted, I used palm shortening melted)
2T cocoa powder
2/3 C arrow root starch
1/3 C coconut flour
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1T maple syrup

Directions
Whip bananas, almond extract, oil, and eggs in food processor or blender
In a mixing bowl combine coconut and dry ingredients

Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well 
Spoon by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet ***lined with parchment paper*** and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cookie is firm to a tap and sides look slightly crisp. 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Banana NOatmeal Cookies

I miss oatmeal, since we started our gut healing re-boot in the spring we have stopped eating it. It really doesn't agree with AJ's tummy (or mine for that matter). This morning the kids wanted to have a tea party and I was craving oatmeal cookies...I think this concoction comes pretty close!

Ingredients
1 egg
4 Bananas
1/4 tsp Almond extract (5or 6 drops)
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1ish Tablespoon Cinnamon
Unsweetened Shredded coconut

Directions: in food processor mix *3* bananas with 2 cups of shredded coconut and 1 egg. Pulse until blended well.
Mix in other ingredients an combine well, **add final banana and chop coarsely **
(I just mixed with a fork).
Put on parchment paper line cookie sheet.

Bake at 350° for 20-25minutes until edges are golden brown.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Balalance

 

 
My lesson of this school year: baaaallaaaaalance. It's not always pretty. I have my goals for every child. I have so many fun and creative ways to meet those goals! I have the ideas, stories, and concepts I want to expose them to.

But on the flip side is the desire to balance it with genuine learning: playing. And not "educational playing", or "sneaky games that are teaching". But "go out, get dirty disagree and work it out with kindness, deep imaginative, dirty, all in PLAYING" the kind that is and leads to all other learning. 

I feel like our days are crammed and packed full, and in the center is this line I am tiptoeing on: exposing them to good books, connecting with them through games and activities, introducing them to the concepts and themes that are in-line with my hopes and goals for our school year.

I tiptoe along my plans, aiming at my goals... trying to  be sure I am making our school days as enriching as possible, scouring the library for a fun book to drive home the ideas and make the concepts more real to them. Honey Bee's aren't just little bugs that sting, but a real journey with "The Honeybee Man".

And then it falls flat (well that didn't, but other plans are quickly abandoned because there is 1 of me and 4 of them... or it isn't the right time of day). Or it isn't working and I feel like I am pulling a move PJ likes to do in her "dances", reeling off balance almost upside down trying to figure out what comes next.
I don't have the adorable toddler legs and Dora underwear to make it look cute. Some times the swinging of trying to find my balance between play, and meeting goals, getting stuff done, and being their Mom... well it makes me feel frustrated and cranky. Other times it's just too much for me. They're asking all their questions and wanting to read all the things and tackle all the projects NOW.

Home schooling is my favorite, I love the freedom. I love meeting my kids where they're at, finding ways to make it right for *them*. Always reaching find the balance of wanting them to know and learn the things they need to know, wanting them to grow strong righteous characters, and embracing the fact that they're all still so very little. Balancing my expectations too.

Up and down, tiptoeing through the day trying to figure out which end us up and what will be best for everyone.

It's a challenge!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Backyard Unit Day

Our Theme: Geography and Adventure
 
This is supposed to be our "Easy Day", I strive for a 4 day school week... this was our first week of school so we decided to just go with it, embrace the fact that we CAN take it easy!
 
We played Math Games together
 
We did our Preschool/Kindergarten activities and reviewed "A" and "1" and watched YouTube videos about them again.... created paper dolls and a giant less of crafts (mess not pictured this time...).
 
We played with alphabet puzzles
 
 
and made Baking Soda Dough and cooked outside most of the morning!
 
 
we also baked a real cake which stuck horribly to the pan (cannot figure it out!!) but tasted deeeeeelicious!
 
 
 
Blueberry Banana Cake
dry ingredients
 
1/3c arrow root starch
2/3c rice flour
1/2 c coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1Tbsp cinnamon
A dash if nutmeg
 
 
In blender or food processor combine
6 eggs
4 ripe bananas
1/4 maple syrup (or sugar whatever)
1-2tsp of vanilla extract
Blend well
2T of oil (I use coconut oil)
 
Pour into greased cake pan (bundt if you have it)
Add 1 cup blueberries and stir into batter.
Bake 45-55 minutes at 350degrees.
 
 
Mix

Backyard Habitat Unit 1/ Day 4

Our Theme: Science and Nature Day!

This Day we headed to the park AJ was having a "seeky" morning and there was no way we could stay home with the disintegration at every turn. We headed out early while it was still cool.
 
We sketched and ate snacks. Pip started drawing PEOPLE for the first time ever. People with eyes, nose, mouth, hands, feet, legs, arms... she's 2!!
 We did "shows" and played and played!

 

 
 

and then we walked the 1.3 miles home with my Griswold Mobile of a stroller! The kids got Tired and I got to push 2 of them, wear 1 on my back, and play challenge games with which ever older kid was walking to encourage them to keep up their strength. :D

That was pretty much Science and Nature Day: we got outside!!!

Backyard Unit 1/ Day3

Our Theme Art and Music Day!

Reading
  • Ribsy by Beverley Cleary
  • Bible Reading
  • The Living Clarinet: Mozart (we listened to CD and read a tiny bit about Mozart over lunch)

Investigation Activity
We started looking at elements of human habitats today! We built houses out of brown paler bags and construction paper and made "diorama's" of a human house, with water source, and food sources included.


Preschool/Kindergarten Literacy Activity
  • A is for Aardvark p 90 of DC Animal Encyclopedia
  •  A and 1 review and finger play
  • ABC Animals by...I returned it to the library- pick one there a bajillion. :D 
  •  we built a blanket fort and pretended to be puppies, alrighty!
A good day!