Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vegan Bites: Mung Curry

Daily Doodle: Forest Scavenger Hunt (& Nest)

  Nature Study
Scavenger hunts come in so many shapes and sizes.
These lovely hand-sketched versions...
A sticker-marked version... 
A scientific version....

I wanted to create a Scavenger Hunt based on natural items that could be found in winter, but have ours kid-created. It was a nice opportunity to study nature, take a close look at conifers and draw!!

We've been reading folklore from the book, 'A Year Full of Stories' and I fell in love with the illustrations.
We started with a story about A Golden Pinecone, before bringing out our lovely little jewelers loupe's to get a close-up of a tray of nature specimen. We included the Forced Branches of "Wussy Pillows" (as Ms.C calls them!)that have made buds and roots in our home!

 "Wussy Pillows"

Ms. O was intent with her observational sketches, but decided to label them so viewers could be certain of her subject matter.
Birch, fern, pussy willow...

...pine needles, cedar...

...nest, pinecone.

Ms.C was focused on Spring and drew a cracking egg surrounded by nest.
I love when they draw nests as it's by far my favourite nature speciman!

"I'm going all around it with nice comfy feathers.
I will protect you, Nest."

Dissection. When observation and sketching is complete, you could offer a period for dissection of the specimen.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Word Wednesday: ASL I Love You

Ms.O and I had some time to create together, so we brought out pastels for simple scratch art.
She coloured line upon line before adding her Valentine message in sign language:)
I wanted to keep it, but she covered her entire piece in black before etching a message to her best friend, which appropriately read, "I love you", ASL hidden beneath.

We've been playing this video and Macklemore's accompanying song for weeks.
Public art at it's best.

Morning Mocktails

Move over, Shirley Temple's!
Kid-friendly kombucha mocktails are in town!

Math Monday: Uni-gami

Unicorn Hair
M:"What's important to you?"
C: "When my mom loves me."

 Fold in half
Happy Heart Day!
We started our day with a little Paper Magic; witnessing the transformation of a piece of rectangular paper into a heart shape (later to be adorned as a Unicorn bookmark!)
Ms. O whipped up a few in no time at all!

 Pull ends down into "house" shape

Before glamouring up our hearts, we read, 'Uni the Unicorn' by one of my favourite authors, Amy Rosenthal.

Vegan Bites: Crunchy Bean Burgers

It may be clear after several burger posts, that I'm on a quest for the best veggie burg.
Restaurant and store-bought tend to be soy-based.
TVP (textured veg protein) is an amazing product for burgers, but my goal is to omit the soy product and hopefully the gluten in binders like breadcrumbs or wheat flours.

Todays attempt is loosely based on this recipe, so loosely however, that the only similar ingredients are garlic, beans and flax!

I am learning that the crunchy seed coating, originally from Fava Quinoa Cakes, is what really blow any burgers out of the ballpark.

Crunchy Bean Burgers
~2t salt
~1/4c chickpea flour
~1T golden flax
~1t chili powder, cumin
~1/2t paprika
~1/8t cayenne
Blend well.
~2c beans (adzuki, black)
~2c cooked rice/quinoa
~2 stalks celery
~1 clove garlic
Process all of the above.
Form patties and coat with seed mix
Bake at 350, 25-30 mins.

A few versions!

Vegan Bites: Moon Macaroons