Tuesday, April 27, 2010

field trip to the NC Natural Science Museum

We went to the Museum today w/one of our homeschool groups. It was a major success and the kids had a great time. :) So did I. I like learning about sharks & think they are fascinating creatures. Our knowledge of them is still pretty limited, so it was fun to learn some new things. For example, they don't all have to move all the time to get oxygen. Their gills do a good job of that w/o needing to move constantly. They have more gills than other fish for that reason. Some lay eggs, some lay eggs inside themselves which hatch inside & leave momma as a live birth & some do live births! How crazy is that!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

What's happening here

Niles is reading this book for a class in co-op. I think it's a bit beyond him but the stretch is doing him good.

Luca finished a chapter on Earth in his science book & liked it. Although he was mildly annoyed it involved no experiments. We took a detour to learn a bit about flamingos & what makes them pink during this too. Niles had to come check it out as well, since he didn't know why they were pink either.

Handwriting for Luca is getting better, despite all his protests of I can't do it!! He definitely reminds me of his brothers. None of them particularly like doing school work & would rather complain about it for 10 minutes before beginning anything. Now I usually say something like, 'you can crab for 10 minutes, do the work & then be done or you can do the work in 10 minutes & be done.' Niles gets this better now than Luca & even Nate for some things. ;)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Guatemalan Haroset/Charoset (Passover) - 295897 - Recipezaar

Guatemalan Haroset/Charoset (Passover) - 295897 - Recipezaar

Haroset ingredients

* 3 green apples, peeled, chopped, with a splash of
* lemon juice
* 2 tablespoons cashews, chopped
* 2 tablespoons honey
* 1 ounce sweet passover wine
* 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped


* 1 ounce green chilies, and
* red chile, chopped, they are locally called chiltepe
* 2 teaspoons onions, chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
* 1 small tomato, chopped
* 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
* 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
* cinnamon


1. Toss all haroset ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
2. Liquify all ingredients for the sauce in a blender and season with salt to taste,.
3. Add 1 tablespoons of the sauce to the haroset and blend.
4. Add cinnamon to taste.