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Archive for January, 2009
Friday: Home-Made Pizza
Saturday: Lasagne (based on Pioneer Woman‘s The Best Lasagne Ever… mostly to allow for unavailable ingredients)
Sunday: Roast Beef
Monday: Dinner with Granny and Grandpa
Tuesday: Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Wednesday: Dinner with Grandma and Grandad
Hmm…. definitely a couple of recipes I thought I’d blogged already!
(…in a breadmaker.)
I’m pretty happy with how my loaves are turning out now, although, I may still experiment with more grains—and also with my own grain mix. But for now, this is what I’m making:-)
55 grams mixed grains (at this stage, I’m using the grain mix from All About Bread)
320 millilitres water
450 grams wholemeal flour
50 grams gluten flour
1 teaspoon yeast
1 dessertspoon brown sugar
1 dessertspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
If you think of it in time, set the grain to soak in the water (I started by soaking it in 120 milliliters of the water in another bowl, and adding it to the top of the machine, but now, I put the grains with all the water in the bottom of the mixer).
When you’re ready to begin, add the remaining ingredients in the order listed and set on the dough cycle.
Shape into a loaf, and leave to rise for about half an hour. Bake at 180˚C for about half an hour.
Leave in the tin for at least ten minutes, and it should turn out quite easily.
We have a lot of lemons:-) Every year we struggle to use them all up (or give them away).
This year, we’re making an effort to try some new recipes. The first one we tried was Lemon Cordial.
After a bit of a saga to find a recipe, I had four, using essentially the same ingredients, but the quantity of sugar varied dramatically. Finally, chasing the ingredients, I checked with my mum—only to find that she used to love the lemon cordial a friend of hers made years ago! Even better, she could actually find the recipe! So that’s what I used.
Alison’s Orangeade (Lemon Cordial)
1 liter water, boiling
1.5 kilograms sugar, caster
6 lemon, juiced, and zest of half
30 grams tartaric acid
30 grams citric acid
30 grams epsom salts
Put all the ingredients into a pot, bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves.. Cool. Bottle into clean, dry bottles (or a jug). Dilute to taste with water, soda water or mineral water.
It could do with a bit of adjustment… our lemons don’t tend to be excessively juicy, so next time I’ll measure the juice by volume, rather than by lemons… and adjust it up a bit. But otherwise, highly successful:-)
(Just over four and a half years, and I’ve reached my thousandth post:-) Well, thousandth for now, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll fill in a number of missing posts—but I’ve made it past that milestone!)
I came across this post a couple of weeks ago, and thought it looked interesting. Then I realised that they would probably be a good choice for Paddington’s dad for Christmas—he likes to work in the garden, and these might be nice afterwards.
I was pretty pleased with how they turned out, although, the one I gave to my dad turned out to also be effective as an ant attracter:-(
Our plans for
Week 3, Block 1, Boronia Term
‘Hera’, ‘Hephaestus’ from The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus Aliki
‘The Fox and the Goat’, ‘The Cat, the Cock and the Young Mouse’ from Aesop’s Fables for Children Illustrated by Milo Winter
The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne
‘The Ugly Duckling’ from The Orange Fairy Book Andrew Lang
‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ p61 The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense Edward Lear
‘Tools’ from European Word Book Richard Scarry
‘Down at the Station’, ‘Baa, baa, Black Sheep’ from My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie
‘Young Night Thought’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses Robert L. Stevenson
‘Rumplestiltskin’ from The Blue Fairy Book Andrew Lang
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin Beatrix Potter
Le Coq est Mort
Folksong: The Jam on Gerry’s Rocks
Composer: Johannes Sebastian Bach
Work: Magnificat in D
Artist: Sandro Botticelli
Music: Loud/Soft (p. 21 The Kodaly Method I)
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Lifting off paint (p. 48 The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas)
I haven’t managed to upload Bilby’s birthday flag from last year as yet… but here’s this year’s addition:-) She loves her bath, and the rubber duckies:-) (That’s what the yellow blob is, in case it is unclear… I wasn’t able to resize the image, I had to use a crop of a larger photo:-) )
Friday: Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Preserved Lemons, Saffron and Prunes; Chickpea Mash
Saturday: Summer Chickpea Salad (one of my favourite salads, we’re having a meal with other folk, so this is what I’m going to provide… probably also some Plum Pudding, as we’ve still got quite a lot left!)
Sunday: Roast Chicken with Roast Vegies (potato, onion, carrot) and peas
Monday: Oriental Fried Noodle Salad (Mum’s making Corned Beef, and asked for salads to go with it), we’ll make damper for Australia Day, and maybe (if I’m really motivated!) even a pavlova (actually, not a bad idea… Puggle asked me to get some kiwifruit when we were shopping:-) )
Tuesday: Mum’s Chicken Casserole (actually, I had meant to look for another ‘leftover’ chicken recipe—or find the one I heard about the other day but can’t remember where I was… I suspect I failed to include them in the shopping list, so I’ll be kind of making it up as I go along from things I have in the pantry/freezer)
Wednesday: Paddington’s mum will cook…
Thursday: Sausages (Tomato and something; chicken, cranberry and chestnut?) and Warm Lentil and Rice salad
Yes, in spite of my lack of posting about it, Craft Sunday is indeed on tomorrow:-)
Hope to see you there!
(Next month will be Sunday 15th February.)
Cygnet can roll! He first worked out how to roll from his front to his back, but today, he’s worked out back to front… and done it repeatedly! Of course, since then, he has chosen to stay on his front, and simply put his head down and go to sleep when he’s done, rather than roll back.
This probably seems like a fairly full on year, for what is essentially Puggle’s pre-school year (most of this is for Puggle, although I do have some plans for Bilby included). My plan though, is that we’ll start with this, and it will take as long as it takes. We’ll stick with the three term year, each being made up of three blocks of 4 weeks on, one week break (plus the Christmas block/term).
Language (Including Memorisation and Copywork)
For Puggle, I’m planning a second run through The Writing Road to Reading, actually beginning to focus on writing the letters. I’ll combine this with the sandpaper letter/phonograms, but he seems fairly interested in writing at the moment. This (and his name) will probably be all the copywork we do for the year. I anticipate using a timer (for somewhere in the order of three to five minutes), because he’s very keen on quantity—and in copywork time I’ll be more interested in quality:-) I’m hoping the second run will sort out the phonemes he hasn’t really grasped. We still have the Fitzroy readers, and I anticipate them being used fairly regularly:-)
We’ll be reading Complete Nonsense Poems by Edward Lear, and this year, I’ll be trying to encourage Puggle more in the direction of memorisation. We’ll be focussing on the same piece for a fortnight, which may help:-)
We’ll continue with the Latin nursery rhymes, but this year we are going to begin Song School Latin. It includes a number of songs, and some day-to-day phrases, so I’m not going to worry so much about using my own:-) We will attempt to continue with the French comptines, and I suspect that Puggle will listen in with Bilby’s French:-)
Over the year, we’ll be reading from The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus by Aliki, The Orchard Book of Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean and Egyptian Myths by Jacqueline Morley.
Bilby isn’t at quite the same stage as Puggle was two years ago (she’s effectively 6 months younger), so I don’t think she’s ready for everything I did with him:-) We’ll still do the Nursery Rhymes, and read the poems from A Child’s Garden of Verses.
She’ll join us in the Latin and French nursery rhymes, but this year, we’re going to try reading a number of (generally familiar) picturebooks in French:-) La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous, Devine Combien Je t’Aime and Ours Brun, Dis-Moi for starters:-)
We’ve finally made the decision to go with RightStart. It’s a very hands on programme, which should appeal to Puggle (basically I think the manipulatives approach is a good idea for the early stages of maths).
English Studies (including Narration)
We’ll continue the Aesop’s Fables for Children with Puggle, and later in the year we’ll begin Fifty Famous Stories Retold. These will be where we begin paying attention to Narration. I might actually try some with him this year:-) We’ll also be reading The House At Pooh Corner, The Muddle-headed Wombat and The Loaded Dog, along with the Orange, Green and Brown Fairy Books. I plan to try Bilby out with Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales and the Blue, Red and Yellow Fairy Books, but these are where I think we’ll probably skip bits.
Obviously, we’ll be including other read-alouds as they occur to us, but they will include The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio, Doctor Doolittle, The Favorite Uncle Remus and The Wind in the Willows.
Health and Phys. Ed
We’re continuing with Waterbabies (swimming) this year:-) Or at least we’ll continue with Puggle for now. His class will probably collapse soon (they only take them until they are five), so then we’ll be looking at other swimming classes.
History and Geography
I’m looking forward to this a lot:-) We’re going to begin The Story of the World: Ancient Times. I’ve ordered the Activity Book as well, so we should be doing lots of stuff—I keep hearing good things about it:-)
We’ll also be reading Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary . I figure we’ll do a page or so each week, and I’ll print some colouring in pages for each word.
Unless Puggle has particular things that he wants to immerse himself in, I think we’ll be doing most of our science through the garden:-) I do hope to do Nature Walks more regularly (well, once the weather settles down a little), and I think this would be a good year to start recording the weather, but otherwise we’ll try and do a lot of planting and feeding and watering and seeing what happens. I’ve ordered The Tiny Seed and Une Si Petite Graine (one of the French picturebooks for Bilby:-) ) and I thought they should tie in nicely:-) I might pull out some of the How Things Work and Backyard/Kitchen Science books though, and leave them lying about, in case something appeals:-) (Edited to add: I’m also hoping that Keeping a Nature Journal will help inspire our nature observations!)
Art and Music
I’m going to try and be more regular about having family music nights:-) This year we’ll begin recorder (Bilby as well—because I don’t like my chances of doing it with Puggle and leaving her out:-) ). Our composers this year are Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt and Gustav Mahler/Anton Bruckner. And of course, we’ll sing:-)
I think I’ll probably repeat my art plans from last year… we didn’t really do much of them, mostly because I ended up putting the stuff away:-( I’m working on keeping art materials in a more accessible way. Our artists this year are Sandro Botticelli, Caspar David Fredrich and Vincent Van Gogh.
Technology and Enterprise
Cooking. By the end of the year, I’d like Puggle to feel confident about preparing one dinner:-) When he’s (quite) a bit more independent in his reading, I thought I might start letting him choose recipes to try:-)
Yep, it’s quiet around here.
I’m busily trying to make some decisions about curricula (there’s at least one post on that coming), and getting book orders sorted (don’t worry K, I’ll let you know when I’ve finished choosing picture books!) Theoretically we’re ‘starting’ again next week, (but I think we’ll be focussing on re-establishing a rhythm to our days… they have become rather wild and woolly:-( ), so I do rather need to get it done.
In the meantime, we’re reading a fair bit, playing some games, toilet training (maybe?!) and I’m taking photos (“Mama, fofo, me!”). And trying to acquire some new parenting strategies:-(
Father Christmas was going to leave these in our stockings, but they didn’t quite get done in time, so instead, he hung them on the tree.
I used the pattern from knitty.com, Venezia.
I’ve never knit with wire before (nor done any beadwork), but I found these pretty straightforward—the only delay was in trying to keep them a surprise from everyone Once I gave up on that notion, they progressed quite swiftly:-) Mind you, that was also the time I started to tie a bit of string after each ‘batch’ of beads, so that when I had one bead left in a batch, it would go on it’s own row (after every thirteen beads).
I’ve also added matching wine tags, using a couple of the same beads to suit the napkin rings. The children don’t yet use stemware, but I think that Puggle at least could probably start having his water in one:-)
I think I’ll be doing these again:-)
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There’s a midi file and some history here, and an .mp3 here. There’s some music here.
Come all ye jovial shanty boys,
Wherever you may be,
I hope you pay attention,
And listen unto me;
Concerning six brave shanty boys
With courage strong and brave,
Who broke the jam on Gerry’s rocks
And met with a watery grave.
‘Twas on one Sunday morning
In the springtime of the year,
Our logs were piling mountain high,
We could not keep them clear;
When our boss, he cried, Brave boys, turn out,
Set your hearts, avoid all fear,
We’ll break the jam on Gerry’s rocks,
And for Cragin’s Point we’ll steer.
Now some of them were willing,
While others did hang back,
For to go to work on Sunday
They did not think it right.
When six Canadian shanty boys
Did volunteer to go,
To break the jam on Gerry’s rocks
With the foreman, young Monroe.
Now they had not rolled off many logs
When the boss to them did say,
I’d have you be on your guard;
The jam will soon give way.
He had no more than spoke those words
When the jam did heave and go
And carried away those six brave youths
And their foreman, young Monroe.
Now when their comrades at the camp
The sad news came to hear,
In search of their dead bodies
Down the river they did steer.
When to their sad misfortune,
To their sad grief and woe,
All bruised and mangled on the beach
Lies the head of young Monroe.
We picked it up most carefully,
Smoothed down his raven hair.
There was one fair form among them
Whose cries would rend the air.
There was one fair form among them,
A girl from Sag’mor town,
Whose screams and cries would rend the skies,
For her own true love was drowned.
His mother was a widow,
Near by the river side.
Miss Clark she was a very nice girl
And his intended bride.
The money that was due to him
The boss to her did pay;
She received a large subscription
From the shanty boys next day.
We buried him quite decently,
Being on the sixth of May.
Come, all you jovial shanty boys,
And for your comrade pray;
For engraved upon a hemlock tree,
Which on the beach did grow,
The day, the date, and the drowning fate
Of our comrade, young Monroe.