Category: Movies

Day in the Life 14

It has been a while since I have done a day in the life post. Things have been so crazy and busy that it has been hard to find time. Today however is the perfect day for it since I only have three other posts running round in my head and several things I REALLY need to get done. 🙂

The last few days the kids have been on a dvd kick–it is too cold to go out and we are also on a “get rid of things” kick so movies fit well with that. They got a few Shirley Temples from Swapadvd.com which started things off nicely. My kids love Shirley Temple movies and I have found that they are great starting point for discussions of history. The other day Esther and I sat down to Youtube and watched a variety of takes on different songs from classic musicals–her favorite was “Anything you can do I can do better” and we watched many versions of that before finding some Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific. This caught on and all three were soon enjoying songs from my childhood. 🙂 We talked about the different songs and the musicals they came from so the kids then wanted to rent them all. The great thing about musicals is that they make a great jumping off point for conversations about what was going on at those times.

As I write the kids are watching”Fiddler on the Roof” for the second time–yes they watched it the whole way through. We’ve talked a little about the history behind the story and the setting and they are bound to ask more questions after the second viewing.

Earlier they folded three baskets of laundry and put it away (Shamus likes to get the laundry washed early in the week). They then watched the first in a series of Great Artists DVD. Afterwards they did dishes and helped me make banana bread before cleaning up their rooms. They have been asked top get rid of stuff. This was a hard thing for all three until I used a little illustration to show them the difference getting rid of stuff makes in their contentment. (I drew a little girl standing in the midst of masses of stuff, sad because she didn’t know how to deal with the mess. I asked the kids how she felt and why—they responded that she had too much stuff and couldn’t take care of it all. I asked what would happen if she cleaned it. Their response was that it would get messy again. I drew garbage bags around each group of mess and her face began to smile. On the back I drew the same girl with a now clean room with garbage bags full of the junkier stuff and her favorite things put away. They explained that it was easier for her to play because she now could find the good stuff and didn’t make a mess with the rest. All three then wanted to go up and get rid of EVERYTHING and start fresh–so my plan backfired a bit. After a bit of talking they decided to keep their favorite stuff and get rid of the stuff that they didn’t need.:) And then they did. I have two garbage bags full to take to the thrift shop–they had already dealt with the garbage. 🙂

After the movie Rachel intend to make pizza from scratch for everyone for dinner , watch the rest of the Great Artist movie–she loves Da Vinci and was excited to find he was on this DVD. They are also intending to go outside and play in our sudden snow and have me read another chapter of A Wrinkle in Time which as lead to some great discussions of science and God.

Rachel has been on a bit of a roller coaster emotionally today and I am worn out from dealing with it. After taking an extra omega 3, some magnesium, and taking an Epson salt bath she is back to normal so we can all relax a bit.

I have a couple sketches I have done but am on a thinking spree so am not sure when they will get posted or if at all, st least not until I explain my latest brain surge. 🙂

Hummingbird Cake

Two weeks ago Esther, my one who LOVES to watch cooking shows with me, asked if we could get out a cooking show DVD at the library.  We all like to bake so we picked Martha Stewart’s baking DVD–assuming it would have someting more than the dozens of varieties we already know how to make.  We were right.  We watched two thirds of the DVD (the rest being things that were nearly impossible to adapt for our food allergy needs).  The favorite was the Hummingbird Cake–not so much for the inside–which had to be heavily adapted but for the outside–pineapple slices dried so they looked like flowers.  With Rachel’s birthday on the way and edible decorations for my preservative and dye allergic child rather hard to come by this was a winner.

They have been reminding me almost daily since then, asking when we would buy a pineapple.  Two days ago I finally did (too expensive for every day but no more pricey than  all the decorations for cakes).  The day before yesterday I sliced the pineapple and the kids laid them out to dry in the over overnight.  Yesterday we made the cake (we adapted even more than usual since Rachel can’t have cinnamon and I can’t eat pineapple–in fact in the end we went for a organic gluten free cake mix I had picked up instead although I have promised to try the original recipe–adapted of course. )  In the end it wasn’t really a hummingbird cake at all, more like a regular cake covered in icing, dried pineapple flowers, and walnuts but it was very much enjoyed (in fact all that remains are a few pineapple flowers which the kids have been nibbling on.)  We will definitely using the dried pineapple slices to decorate again, and likely trying some other fruit drying to see if we can get any other flower like decorations.

The slices were easy.

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper.
  2. Peel pineapples and remove “eyes” using a very small melon baller. Cut crosswise into very thin slices and place in a single layer on prepared baking sheets. Bake until tops look dry, about 4 hours. Using tongs or chop sticks, flip slices over and continue to cook until completely dried out, 25 to 30 minutes more. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.