Friday, February 25, 2011

Our First Lego Creation Thursday Post!

I'm so excited for our first Lego Creation Thursday Post! Thank you Blessings from Above for inviting me!


The Spa, created by Butterbean

The Tower Jail Cell, created by Middleman

To see more Lego Creations, or to post your own you can go here!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Science Fair


My flood wall builder and his AWESOME Science Fair project!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Our handmade Valentines complete with homemade heart-shaped crayons.


Love in a Bowl Lunch

I've been searching for vegetarian recipes, as I am attempting, yet again, to eat animal-free. As I am odd when it comes to seasonings, and would much rather have my food plain; it's been difficult. Most of the recipes I see are chock full of spices. This one struck my fancy. Boy was I glad I tried it for our Valentine lunch today. YUM! Thank you to Allrecipes.com. Here it is.


Apple and Brown Rice Salad

Ingredients

3/4 cup low-fat orange yogurt
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
3 cups cooked brown rice
2 medium apples, diced
1 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
3/4 cup dried cranberries


Directions

Combine yogurt and mayonnaise in large bowl.
Add remaining ingredients, mixing well.
Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.

I didn't toast the pecans, and it turned out delicious! A mostly- healthy recipe if you want to add more grains, yummily!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Book Review: Warning: Some Questionable Language

As my 9 year old and I are conducting research for his Science Fair project, we have read oodles of books about floods. We were excited to happen upon a little book in the Once Upon America series entitled The Day It Rained Forever, by Virginia T. Gross.

We began the book with the 9 year old reading aloud to his younger brothers, and my little daycare charges. He got bored quickly. I wanted to finish the book to see if there was any value, so I continued reading it aloud.

It was a rather boring book, and I have to agree with the mostly negative reviews I have read online. But my biggest concern (and thank goodness I was reading it and little eyes were not following along), was the phrase on page 40 " It's all the fault of the greedy rich," ..... "Damn them all to hell!"

Oh my goodness! Now, I know it may have been possible for the young character in the story to have realistically said those words. But I would have been appalled had my nine year old read them. I do not think they added anything to the story. The author could have easily shown the character's distress without the use of such foul language.

Therefore, do I want to read more of the historical fiction series, Once Upon America? I know this; I will definitely have to pre-read them all!