Sometimes it is nice not to be the teacher. On Wednesday, we visited a friend's house to get tadpoles from the pond behind her house.
She started by helping the children see the tadpoles swimming in the pond.
Then in the blink of an eye she scooped out a jar full of wonderful wriggling tadpoles.
She also brought out a spawn (egg sac) for the children to touch an examine. With delicate careful finger she was able to separate a few eggs off from the spawn to place into each family's jar.
We took our jar home and built a habitat for our new friends.
To learn how best to care for them as they grow, we read From Tadpole to Frog and Tadpoles. Froggy is very excited about watching them grow. She checks them morning and night. The egg sac has disappeared and the tadpoles are getting visibly bigger. We are feeding them fish food.
Since we came back from Kansas, we have been having some fun experimenting with new recipes. Not all of the experiments have been good but here are a couple that are major keepers
The first surprise win was our new favorite pasta sauce. Froggy really likes pasta with red sauce but didn't really eat the sauce much. When I offered her this new sauce, she chowed down on it and licked up the sauce. She now eats the same amount of noodles with at least half again as much sauce and has no idea she is getting any veggies. It is a double win for the Ima.
The second win is a breakfast burrito recipe I have fallen in love with these. I could eat them every single day. Froggy asked to try mine and gave it a double thumbs up, With her eating them as well, I may need to start making a double batch. I started with this recipe and then tweaked it to suit our family
1 med onion - diced
1 bag frozen corn
black beans (an amount to balance out the corn)
Flavor Question: Can I make the flavor more even by pureeing the peaches and evening out the fruit (putting in more cherries and less peaches)?
Texture Question: How can we make the edges less brown and still keep it cooked inside?
Flavor Hypothesis - If I Puree the peaches and divide the fruit in half I will make a more even flavor in the bread.
Texture Hypothesis - If I bake it at the same temperature for only 50 min the insides will be done and the edges will not be burned yet
Experiment Summary - When making the bread this time, we used 1 cup of sweet cherries instead of1/2 cup of tart cherries. The peaches were pureed and measured 1 cup. I forgot to put in the nutmeg with the other spices, but luckily I remembered just before we mixed so we were able to fix it. We mixed for for 35 seconds this time. We wrote down the empty bowl bowl weight wrong and accidentally put too much in one loaf pan. The loaves were baked for 50 minutes at the same temperature (350 degrees)
For ages I have been collecting ideas for how Froggy and I can make natural invitations to play. Today we finally acted on one of those ideas. We took one of the gourds from our still life painting and turned it into an amazing Jack O'Lantern. Kitchen Counter Chronicles supplied the idea and instructions. Froggy supplied the creativity and labor.
I think it turned out awesome. And as a bonus, we roasted the seeds and had a yummy snack.