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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Matter, Matter Everywhere

As most of you know we are a homeschooling family. Being a child of homeschooling myself; when the ability to do so presented itself to me just over 6 years ago I jumped at it. Since then we have had many adventures. Some days are tougher than other but most of the days are filled with the passion, fun and excitement that you will see in the video that I am going to share with you today.

My youngest one aka SmyleyBear in our family is in grade 2. I find that she learns best; as I do, by doing the activity rather than just being shown or reading about it. We always try to find fun ways to get the information needed across. The other day was no exception. We have been learning about ...

Matter - concepts like:

What is matter? 
How can we find out?
What can we do with it?
If we cut it up or break it is it still matter?
What are the groups of matter called?

Over the past couple of weeks we have done a few different experiments and deep digging to find out the answers to those questions.

For learning about what solids are like we broke up a  chocolate bar to determine that even though the shape had changed was it still matter? Of course the best part was the eating of the chocolate when we were done.

We used a magnifying glass to look at items we chose up close and learn about solids. We talked about how solids can change shape as in the chocolate bar that we broke or rocks becoming smooth from the constant movement of waves in the water.

But yesterday was the most fun we have had learning about this topic yet. We were learning about the liquid state of matter - talking about how liquids; like water are able to change and take the shape of whatever it is being poured into.

We studied a few different glasses of liquid that were very similar but had some minor differences if you looked closely enough. It was a great opportunity to teach that just because something looks safe does not make it safe. I reminded SmyleyBear that she should always ask before eating or drinking items that she is not 100% knowledgeable about.

This section also presented the chance to learn a new BIG word for little curious minds - VISCOSITY - which refers to a liquids resistance to flow. In order to give a clear example on the definition of our new word we decided to take 4 different liquid state products and race them against each other - This was a great learning experience that created a lot of laughs (Please excuse mine) along the way - (My apologies for the quality of the video. It was only after we had done this experiment that we decided to share it with you all. It was way too much fun not to.)



Thank you for stopping by today - See you again next week !!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Looking for some good old indoor entertainment for the littles as the weather gets colder and wetter?

Have you ever tried creating balloon cars?

If not then today is your luck day...

We are going to share with you a video tutorial that my daughter and I created a while back; where we show how to create your very own.

Head on over to our channel to check it out- ENJOY!

While you are there feel free to SUBSCRIBE to our channel so you don't miss any of our upcoming episodes.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Get Your Craft On!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pop Up Pancakes

Well, that was a long hiatus - life got in the way but I am now back and enthusiastic about the adventure we are starting...

To start off my weekly postings I will be sharing with you our long time favourite recipe for what is known on the world wide web as POP UP PANCAKES. These are super simple to whip up even if you don't have a mixer - just pop all the ingredients in to your blender, mix, pour, bake and ENJOY!!

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

RECIPE: (makes 24)

1 Cup of Milk

1 Cup Flour
6 eggs
1/4 Cup Melted Butter ( cooled)
Dash of Salt 

Toss all of the above ingredients in to your blender - I did not get a picture of this part but I am sure you can manage. Blend until SMOOOOOOTHHHH!

ALERT:  This is an important step - GREASE your cups. I tried using my oil sprayer on the first batch but they stuck the bottom of the pan when baked. The second time around I used a brush and some butter and the pancakes popped out like it was no big deal. I will tell you; that having the bottoms rip off was a blessing because we just filled each cup with fruit, syrup and whip cream - Delicious little gems so either way works. I have learned that in the kitchen and life in general that you can turn even the biggest mishaps in to something delicious or beautiful - the trick is to NOT PANIC!

Pour the mix in to each muffin tin - filling them until 1/3 full. (Please disregard the messy trays - the pictures were taken after my 1st batch was baked - I usually double this recipe because they are popular around here as leftovers)

Place the tins in your hot oven and bake for 15 minutes - at the very least until they are puffy and golden on top - By time I took these out and took the picture they were already falling flat. Guess next time I have to take the picture in the oven but who wants to see that? - Not me...regardless this cupped shape you are left with is perfect for filling with all your toppings.

Pop them out right after you remove the pan from the oven and top with your favourite fruit, syrup and whip cream - Mmmm so good! My mouth is watering as I write this.

Now I am going to make yours water with this picture -

Next time I make them I think we are going to add a little grated cheese to the mix - what do you think? Yeah or Nay?

Let me know if you try these out - I would love to know what you think.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sweet Garlic Chicken Breasts

Looking for a quick, simple last minute dinner idea like I was just last night? Well I have found a delicious solution to that search thanks to Food . Com Home of the Homecook.

Sweet Garlic Chicken Breasts

6 Boneless Chicken Breasts
10 Cloves Garlic, Minced
8 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Warm your oven to a toasty 450º.

In a small frying pan saute your garlic with your EVOO until golden brown and soft.

Remove your garlic from the heat and chop up even smaller if you like. I find it easier to chop at this point than when it is raw.

Mix it in with the Brown Sugar until combined thoroughly.

Line a baking dish with foil and spray down a light coating of EVOO.

Place your chicken breasts in the foil dish and cover with your brown sugar topping.

Bake in the oven uncovered for 30 minutes...cook times will vary upon the thickness and size of your meat. I usually check them with a slice through the middle of the thickest cut and look for white meat...we don't want any pink when it comes to chicken.

Once done, pair with some rice, a veggie and some bread and you are set to enjoy a delicious, quick and simple last minute meal.

Now Go Be Brave...and try a new way to make chicken today.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Everyone Could Use a Little LOVE....

Just this morning BabyBear informed me that it was LOVE DAY... and for this reason she wanted us to make heart chocolate chip cookies for everyone. She let me know that we could make half of them with brown chocolate for the Papa and Jr Bear and the other half with white chocolate for me (due to my Crohn's I am unable to have anything with caffeine in it). I thought that I would put aside my idea for a post and instead fill our space with our version of her love cookies....

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Adapted from Created by Diane)

1/3 Cup Melted Butter 
2 Cups Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
3 Eggs
2.5 Teaspoons Baking Powder
3 Cups Flour
3 Cups Chocolate Chips

Start with preheating your oven to a toasty warm 350º.

Cream together your melted butter and brown sugar. To that add in your eggs one at a time, mixing well in between each addition. Next in to the bowl is your vanilla...mix well.

Time to add in your baking powder and flour...mix until combined.

Last to join the party is your choice of chocolate chips and blend.

Now this is where we really start to differ on our preparation choices. I tried the flour on the counter top, roll out and cut method. I ended up with a sticky mess all over my counter.

SO...BabyBear and I pulled it all up off the counter and put it back into the bowl and then into the fridge to chill for 10 minutes before attempting our method...

Place parchment paper down on your cookie sheet with a cookie cutter on top...

Scoop a golf ball size section of dough, roll it in your hands slightly and place inside the cookie cutter...

Dipping your finger tips into a bowl of water, slightly wet your working ones...

Press your dough into the cookie cutter until it is completely, evenly flat and in the shape of the cutter....

Remove your cutter by pressing slightly on the dough around the inner edges and pull it off.

You will most likely need to reshape the cookie dough on the edges but not too much.

Place in your oven to bake for 10 minutes and ENJOY!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Moldable Sand Dough

With an almost Kindergartener in the house we try to keep an array of imagination filled activities on hand. BabyBear not only enjoys the playtime part of these activities but also taking part in the creating part of them. This is the reason why I LOVE the blog Growing a Jeweled Rose. I highly recommend you visit this site...you will find MORE than an array of fun filled kids activities to keep your kids busy for months. Not just busy but always learning and using their creative gene to the max. Sometimes I think I have just as much fun if not more doing this type of play with BabyBear.

Today's kid friendly play project only requires three for sure ingredients with one optional ingredient ...

Moldable Sand Dough (Adapted from Growing a Jeweled Rose)

Baking Soda
Food Colouring
Salt (optional)

Pour your Baking Soda in to a large container.

Add in your 12 drops of food colouring.

To this add in your water...VERY SLOWLY...stirring as you go.

Finally sprinkle in some salt. I found that in order to create this...

We used 1 container of Baking Soda and roughly 1/4 cup of water with 12 drops of food colouring mixed in and salt added to feel. I think that I will make a larger batch at some point but for now this was enough to get started.

We tossed in some mini dinosaurs, some plastic bugs and a few aquarium decorative plants and BabyBear was off on a prehistoric adventure.

In order to store this for future play, place the dough into a zip loc bag that has been sealed tight with air sucked out of it. Then pour in to an empty container when you are ready to play with it again.

Once you are finding that your dough has seen better days...do not throw it out as there are 2 more projects you can create with this that will keep the imaginations flowing. Check back very soon for those posts, where I will show you how to create dinosaur eggs and little treasure balls.

For Now...

Go Be Brave.... and create your prehistoric adventure today!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Super Duper Ooper Smooper Easy Biscuits

Many a time you just want that extra side for your meal but realize you don't have any buns on hand in the freezer nor the time to run to the store to pick them up. Besides who doesn't prefer the taste of homemade? Well thanks to Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings we now have access to the Quickest Tastiest Biscuits you will ever find...

Biscuit Recipe

2 Cups Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder (Feel free to click the link to make your own)
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/2 Cup Chilled Shortening
1 Cup Chilled Milk

Heat your oven to a toasty warm 425º.

Start by mixing all your dry ingredients together in a bowl.

To this combination cut in your chilled shortening and slowly stir in your cold milk.

Don't be like me and realize at this point you forgot 1 Cup of flour...
if you do don't worry it added in just fine at that point :D

On a floured surface press your dough into a rectangle shape...and like we did with our Rough Puff Pastry; press your rectangle in on itself in thirds...

Press again in to a rectangle and roll slightly flat. Try to do all of this as quickly as possible so as to not heat up your dough with your body heat.

Cut your dough into the shapes you want. I used a circle cutter that gave me a total of 14 biscuits.

Place them on a parchment covered baking sheet and place in the oven for 12-15 minutes...or until you see the outside browning slightly.

Remove and ENJOY!

Thank you Marissa!

Now Go Be Brave...and surprise your family with homemade biscuits today!

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