I think they're quite lovely in appearance and feel. The pattern was easily memorized after one repeat. You gots to love Cookie A.
Photo above from the Heart and Stroke Foundation with a recipe for chocolate covered frozen bananas.
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Mix it all up real good. Pour into a greased 9" round cake pan. Liberally sprinkle on your garbage fruit (2 cups of fresh, frozen or canned), and bake at 35oF for 50 minutes until golden around edges. Enjoy. Sit back and feel smug that you've managed to save that old fuzzy peach. It feels pretty magical, doesn't it?
- making theme days according to their interests (e.g. ninjas)
- insisting they capture outdoor activity with a camera (as evidenced above)
- interrogating them separately to confirm their stories (B never lies)
- allowing time for screens with controls (online research and one predetermined movie - both in relation to theme)
- leaving their favourite easy to prepare food (pizza pockets, mac & cheese)
- writing down the obvious like brushing teeth and getting dressed (these daily to-dos need reminding when I'm around, so I fear the worst in my absence)
- borrowing games and books and toys from local libraries (we're lucky to be members of a local toy library in addition to our city's public library)
- giving some flexibility with clear, minimum expectations (these girls like chilling out a lot, so I need to respect that with sufficient quiet time, so I have suggested lots of quiet activities that can be done individually mixed with cooperative activities that will engage both of them)
- throwing in an educational worksheet or two (more for the Bee, and I pick them to ensure success to increase her self-confidence, but challenging enought that she doesn't get frustrated)
- keeping it light and fun (the list usually has a silly to-do that is sure to send them into a fit of giggles like 'brew a strong pot of coffee' 'cause mums should really know that 'little kids don't drink coffee', and this is a good place to use the word 'duty')
- reinforcing verbally to the littlest that her big sister is not the mean one who says she can't watch tv outside of the designated video when in fact it is the mean mom who loves her to pieces, but doesn't want to see her little brain turn to mush
Week 2 is wrapping up nicely. The girls are surprisingly happy, and we have lots to catch up on when I get home. This is the opposite of when I get home during the school year. I never get more than, "School was fine." And even though I am sure there are some kerfuffles, those two girls have managed to work out everything on their own. El is learning how to compromise/negotiate with a 6-year old which is understandably quite a feat, and she is taking pride in checking off the list each day. The Bee is having lots of fun, and I'm going to have to watch that those two don't go being in cahoots 'cause I'm starting to see little signs that they're bonding and may have each other's back. But the biggest thing I've noticed is that after we clear off the dinner table, no one heads straight to the nearest screen be it the tv or computer. We've been baking, going to the library to play the summer reading game and getting the next clue, playing Traffic Jam Jr. quite competitively, and making more plans!
I'm also not so naive to think this will last all summer. After all, it's only been two weeks, but I can still soak it in for all its worth, right? : )
Our neighbours have a very sweet little girl who turns two today. They asked me to make her a birthday cake with red, white and blue flowers. It always surprises me just how patriotic Americans are. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I just think that as Canadians we aren't used to seeing the flag on everything from front yards to t-shirts to tattoos. Canadians are definitely not unpatriotic, just much more laid back and not as serious about it. Anyway, I made the cake with red,white and blue flowers and added fondant figurines of the little girl and her dog.She's always trying to hug the dog and the poor dog, who is about thirteen years old, is always trying to get away from her grasp. At least they're getting along on top of the birthday cake!