Thursday, May 14, 2015

Flower Dissection

Today we took a close look at flowers.
A very close look. 
We took the flower apart and glued it on a piece of paper.
We labeled all the parts and discussed their purpose.
Dezzi labeled all of hers all by here self. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Strawberry Icecream

Today Dezzi carefully cut up a bunch of strawberries. 
Then she boiled them with some salt, water and Vanilla.
Next we gathered the ingredients  for our icecream base.
She watched over it to make sure it didn't boil over. 
After supper we each took turns turning the crank. Lucas was slow and steady.
Dezzi was a little quicker.
Daddy was the best with his steady even motion.
Mommy Got Off easy. It was getting close to done so....

Daddy hooked up the power to get it done.
That was hard work.
Time for a quick taste.
It was so thick and creamy. It filled our 6 quart canister. 
Dezzi thought it was delictable.
and Lucas's smile.says it all. 

Monday, May 04, 2015

Ice Cream Maker

The other day we found this fun little item at Tractor Supply. It was only $15. Great deal right? Well it was but it was also missing a few pieces. After some phone calls and some Internet searching we had located our missng pieces. The cost a little over 30. All in all still a pretty good deal. 

The missing parts arrived today and Tim was sweet enough to pick up the necessary items so we could try It out.
Here is Ruth our designated teenager taking her turn at the crank.

The it was  Dezzi's turn she lasted quite a long time. Sadly Lucas was in bed due to choices and an upset tummy so he missed out this time. But not to worry I have extra ingredients that will need to be used soon so we will give it another try. Hopefully he will be up for the challenge.

After we were tired we switched cranks to the electric one so it could finish the delicious treat.

The finished product was beautiful and creamy and down a the bottom of the canister it was quite frozen. No one else wanted to lick the beater bar so I had to do it. I was actually very glad as that is my favorite part. 

I put some berries on it to top it off. Doesn't it look delicious. There was lots left over so we will be able to enjoy it again another day. Maybe next time I'll add a flavor to the mix. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Circus Fun

We had a great time visiting the circus.
For a year Tim and I have overheard the kids discussing the fact that they didn't get to ride the Elephant last year but rather they got their face painted and a free pony ride. (shh we got there early and I don't think it was supposed to be free.)
Since we try to be a family who offers choices instead of letting our kids have everything that is what they got to do. This year we didn't offer a choice but rather surprised them with riding the elephant, I was not about to hear abut not riding it for another year. They took their ride very serious but loved it.  
I loved watching the tigers. They always remind me of my mother who lovers the white ones.
They were very fun to watch as they tried to catch the mans stick as he waved it in front of them. They even hopped on two legs.
This man was super talented as he balanced on the boards.
Elsa even made It to the Circus. You could hear all the girls squeal and sing out the song. While the dads and brothers made a slight groaning sound. These ladies even hung from the rafters and spun around. After they were done Dezzi said "mom that wasn't their real hair. " I am glad we got that settled.
This is blurry but she was spinning from her hair. Enough said. 
I loved the elephant. They are so strong and beautiful. From where we were sitting we could even see them getting their bath .
 The show has ended and it was time to clean up. The staff asked for volunteers who would receive free cotton candy when they were done.  
They were excited to receive their cotton candy. And it was a good learning lesson. Sometimes we need to work for things we want. We also learned why it is important to pick up after yourselves instead of tossing your trash or half eaten food on the floor, and why it is important to volunteer to help. They wanted the next kids that were coming to the 7pm show to have a clean place to sit like they did.
Over all a great time was had by all even dad who was able to sneak away for a little fun. 

One last picture this was one of Lucas's favorite things at the circus.