Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Vegan Bites: Pumpkin Ice Cream

Taste-tester

After several weeks of licking icing, we decided it was time for some Clean-Eating!
Using some pureed squash, banana's and a hint of maple syrup, we transformed frozen leftovers into ice cream!
For once, I actually followed the recipe!

Three bowlfuls later, O convinced me that this is worth making again!
I wouldn't profess it tastes like ice cream, but it is definitely yummy and the colour is amazing!!

Sunshine Salt

 Sensory Sunshine

Started our rainy day with some sensory sunshine following this easy recipe for Coloured & Scented Salt http://nurturestore.co.uk/salt-tray-learn-spellings

 Jar of Sunshine

We altered our recipe a bit, adding yellow food colouring that resulted in this lemony hue. It wasn't wet, so it could be used immediately. We also added white glitter, but it blended in too well to notice.
We'll keep it stored away for regular use, as it was very popular!

Design

It can be used for letter/number/shape-making practice or as O decided, sensory design!
This evolved into a half hour of play, hitting on several senses; touch, smell & taste...of course!

EXPAND ON SENSORY DIY
Scented Rice. We also made a jar of lavender scented rice which we keep in the kitchen. This not only touches on the senses, but promotes a peaceful playtime with it's lovely smell! http://mamadrool.blogspot.ca/2014/07/loving-lavender.html

Mix & Match. Essentially you could make up several batches of scented rices and salts, combining them for rainbow sensory play.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dancing Apple Seeds

 Breakfast Science

We added a little Breakfast Science to the start of the day with this Dancing Apple Seed magic trick!
http://teachingmama.org/8-apple-activities-for-preschoolers/


In order to get the seeds to really move, we added loads more lemon juice and then enjoyed the show!

Vegan Bites: Homemade Apple Butter

Apple Butter

After our orchard trip, O noticed a large jar of apple butter for sale.
We opted to try making it ourselves.

Most recipes required slow cookers, but we found a stovetop method from Gluten-free on a Shoestring http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/homemade-apple-butter/
In place of salt, we added a good spoon of baking soda, as the store-bought versions use.

Ours turned out more like a glorified apple sauce. 
A little longer on the stove might have aided the 'carmalization' process.
Good nonetheless. 
How wrong can you go with apples and maple syrup?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Autumn & Apples

 
 Beautiful Day at the Orchard

A lovely day at the orchard with our big cousin M!
No need for words;) 
Photo-story time!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thank-you Brantview! http://www.brantviewapples.com/

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Gaze & Wonder

Gaze & Wonder

There is something to be said for peaceful presence.
Allowing yourself and your children time for quiet and unscheduled activity.

EXPAND ON PEACEFUL PRESENCE
Stop the Glorification of Busy. http://mamadrool.blogspot.ca/2013/07/parenting-picks-stop-glorification-of.html

Sculptural Hand Dish

Baby Hands

With some leftover clay from Baby C's party and an amazing project courtesy of A Beautiful Mess http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/03/make-your-own-sculptural-hand-dish.html
we got to preserving these lovely little baby hands belonging to my children.
I love all bits of my children, but I admire their little hands constantly!
What potential lies in those hands.

O's Handprint

O will stay put for a quick trace and the clay was so soft, a toothpick easily made the mark, as well as imprinted the fingers.

Toothpick

We used the inside of a bowl to mold a gentle curve of the hand.


Baby C however, does not stay put for hand-tracing.
We had to improvise....
...first a playdough imprint...


...then careful cutting and tracing.