I tried this new recipe for Shabbat this past week. It was a long process because I needed to make the caramel sauce from scratch tso it would be parve. There may be a commerical parve caramel sauce but if so I have never found it.
I use this recipe for the sauce. I have used it before and love it. Unfortunately this time I cooked it a bit too long this time which made it hard to swirl through batter.
You can see where the caramel stuck to the bottom of the pan where I baked it because it was not swirled well.
The finished product turned out pretty well. I loved it and even went back for seconds which is very rare or me. Abba liked it as well and has been munching the leftovers all week.
We are working on senses this week for science. Froggy is used to all sorts of the standard vision games and activities due to the problems with her eyes. So we wanted to do experiment with color vision. We had a friend over and we all took turns trying to distinguish colors in a dimly lit room.
We used just a standard box of colored pencils and wrote with that pencil the color we thought it was. These are our results.
Monday - Orange Chicken, Rice and broccoli
Tuesday - Pizza and salad
Wednesday - out with friends
Thursday - Chana Dal, Naan and broccoli
Shabbat Dinner is extra fancy this week because we are having special guests
This will forever forward be a special parsha for me. I read the first aliyah at Mincha this past Shabbat. This was a terrifying, yet very awe-inspiring moment. I know several of my friends feel that it is inappropriate for women to participate in services. I disagree.
This past April, a good friend of mine asked me to read at the Bar Mitzvah of her oldest. I had to decline due to a lack of skill. It was sad not to be able to share in the joy and specialness of the day like that. I made a promise to myself never to be in that position again.
Studying parsha is good and interesting. Listening to being read on Shabbos morning is special. But actually being up there reading it myself from the sacred parchment was so much more spiritual. To me it marked a change in my relationship to HaShem in a similar manner as becoming Bat Mitzvah did.
introduction of OT twice a week, we have been forced to change up our
schedule. I am using this opportunity to try to create a new rhythm to
our days and our week. Froggy needs time to practice the skills she
working on in OT as well as work on some other very important
Wake Up (roughly 8am)
Breakfast, Parsha Time and Telling Back
OT break - play one or more (time depending) of the games assigned
Major Outing (Starts roughly 10am - ends by dinner if we are lucky)
School part 2 in the car
Lunch is a picnic
OT break - play a different OT Game
Grace and Courtesy excersize
- We don't get to follow our regular daily rhythm as religous school
starts at 9. We are lucky if we are home by 6:30pm.
Monday - 4H - one of our easier days of the week - introduce our new grace and courtesy topic for the week
Tuesday - OT / Ice Skating / Religious School
Wednesday - Food bank Delivers & Compass Classes
Thursday - OT & Errands (This is our one free afternoon all week)
Friday - Meals on Wheels deliveries / Parkour/ Shabbat Prep
Last week, I over planned our food and we ended up eating many leftovers and not cooking as much as I had thought. The stuffed squash was a lose and will not be repeated. The peppermint patties were fun to make and delicious to eat. We did not get to the sesame chicken so it is on our menu again. It is a short week for us as we head out of town early Thursday morning.
Sunday - Tacos, yellow rice and beans and carrot sticks.
Monday - Pizza and salad (sauce is already in the fridge)
Tuesday - Honey Sesame Chicken, Rice and Broccoli
Wednesday - leftovers (clean out the fridge)
Food for the road-
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cheese and crackers
trail mix (need to make more)
We played a new game, Last Night on Earth, this past Shabbos. It was recommended by a friend with a great track record for picking good games. Based soley off of her description of the game, I ordered it. It is a team-based strategy game. In that respect it is different than any other game we own.
From the manufacturer, "Last Night on Earth The Zombie Game is a fast-paced game of brain-eating
zombies, small town heroes and horror movie action. Players take on the
role of either the heroes, working together to make it through the
night or the zombies, unending waves of undead spreading over the town
like a plague. Featuring a modular board, eight heroes to choose from
and several different scenarios to play that drastically change the
game. Last Night on Earth is designed to create a cinematic feel as the
story and game unfolds." We played the three girls against Abba. The girls played the humans while Abba controlled the zombies.
It took Abba a while to read through the 22 page instruction / scenario book For this first game, we played the most basic scenario with none of the advanced rules. The game took approximately ninety minutes and Froggy's interest did not lag for even a moment. At the end, she wanted to play again. For the second game, we played the 'Escape in the Truck' scenario. The objective in this scenario is to acquire two specific objects (gasoline and keys in this case) and then make it to the center of the board alive. This scenario was much harder and more frustrating as you are really dependent on the luck of the cards in acquiring the items you need.
It has been a delightful break but it is time to get back to work. Froggy and I both kick the schedule back
into high gear this week. Her new term of extracurriculars starts this week as well we have added Occupational Therapy twice a week. And I start back to work. Luckily my evening class is over leaving me gone during dinner only twice a week.
Monday- Stuffed Acorn Squash and Salad
Tuesday - Soup and Fresh bread
Wednesday - Honey Sesame Chicken, Rice, peas
Thursday -Tacos, rice, beans, carrot sticks
Shabbat - Challah (using a new recipe from Artisan Breads - the same basic dough I will use for the sticky buns) Gefilte Fish Loaf (already in the freezer), Tomato Spinach Soup, Apricot Chicken, Broccoli, Wild Rice Pilaf, Peppermint Patties, molasses cookies and pecan sticky rolls
* People have asked what kind of salad we have and why we eat salad so often. The answer is very simple. It is just a basic chopped salad of mixed vegetables and we have it often because it is what I am used to. It was pretty much the only "vegatable" we were served growing up. My mom made a big salad every few days and we just ate it until it was gone.
We have read biographies by other authors and they just do not have the long term impact as Ms. Stanley's books. I believe the key to the enjoyment of these books is the glorious illustrations. They make the story more alive and captivating. But beautiful illustrations would not compensate for a poor story. These books have both. I strongly recommend these books over other biographies whenever possible. My only complaint is that there are too few to choose from.