My husband and I are so well balanced sometimes it is scary. Even when one of us is not at all in balance our self, the other is there, ready to catch. He is my better half, and for some reason he thinks that I am his better half. I am the crafty, domestic, moneywise, conservative hippie... and he is the rock-listening, extravagant, generous, witty, rock that holds me up.
We are opposites. Every person we have ever met... even if they have become lifelong friends, have asked us at one point or another "So how does your relationship work?" And we have to laugh... because honestly we don't know. But it really works. We adore each other.
The mobile is just for decoration, but the fish are a set for Logan's Easter basket that have magnets in them so he can 'fish' from the basket.
The book is a wonderful, bite-sized collection of crafts and just the basic principals of Waldorf Education. This isn't a new thing for me... just a re-exploration of the ideas that I have loved in the past. For a while, my children had no plastic anywhere in their lives. I enjoyed the idea of living toys and my kids had mostly wood and then baskets of things like rocks and pine cones we had collected on our walks to the grocery store. But I found it very hard after Alex was 8 years old to find any 'open ended' toys that he was really interested in. Just looking was hard... there were things like this and this online... but that was about it if you didn't really know where to look and didn't have liked minded people around you. (Now there are way more than there used to be. HearthSong Magic Cabin I can even find good toy stores around me for these types of toys in recent years.)
After we had started the flood gates of plastic, noisy things it was hard to stop. They may not help with learning at all, but you have to admit, some of those toys are just down right FUN.
In the end, for me, it is always about balance. Sometimes I go one direction and we watch lots of movies (esp when we are sick), play with plastic toys, and do no crafts at all... other times, we don't watch movies for weeks, and we have crafts going all over the house where wool, paper, wood, and seedlings abound. We are in one of those times right now. The times where my kids draw all day long and after they are in bed, I drink tea and do crafts like the ones pictured here. I like both times for different reasons at different stages in our lives. But the ones like these sure are prettier. ;)
The whales were really active and playing with all the kids... it was pretty amazing to see.
"I see you!"
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I have wanted to bake my own bread for years, but I just didn't have the knack for baking.
Adapted from the Milk Bread Recipe in the Joy of Cooking.
Combine in a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a heavy duty mixer and let stand until the yeast is dissolved, about 5 minutes:
1 packet (2 1/4 tablespoons) active dry yeast
3 Tbs warm water (not too hot. Think baby bath water.)
1 cup milk (warm)
5 Tbs melted butter
3 Tbs raw sugar
1 tea sea salt
Mix on low speed for 1 minute. Gradually stir in:
2 cups white whole wheat or 'hard white' flour
Gradually add in until moist but not sticky:
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
Kneed with a pastry hook for 5 minutes or more and transfer to a floured board and kneed for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with olive oil in it and turn it over so the well oiled side is on top. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth napkin or kitchen towel, and let rise for in a warm place until doubled in volume. About 1 1/2 hours.
Punch down dough, knead briefly and shape into clover rolls in a muffin tin and let rise until again doubled in size, covered with the damp cloth again (about another hour). (Clover rolls are three med sized balls of dough put together in a muffin cup.)
Cook at 375* for 20 minutes or until the top is nice and brown.
Spread with butter and drizzle with raw honey and enjoy.
It has lasted days now and it is completely adorable! He has taken to saying "I cook." quite often and feeding us his creations... which are literally the same thing we just gave him a moment before. lol... but he sure is adorable! (Excuse the nap head.)
"I. Cook. Eggs."
"Hey Logan, do you want to stay with Alex, or go bye-bye with mom and dad?"
"Ummmm... I cook."
This book is packed full of amazing ideas for playing with toddlers. I seriously was looking through it saying "Wow, I have to make this for Logan!" "Oh, I have to make THIS for Logan." "Oh wow. I think Logan needs one of these too." lol! There are tons of crafts that are pretty easy and then there are some knitting ones for those of you with nimble fingers like Katie. ;) But all seem like fun, and all are natural materials. Some are so cool that Cyan (who was sitting next to me) asked for them for her birthday. The stick doll house was particularly cool!
This is the third time I have seen this film, but I watched it twice in close secession when it first came out and then now (which is 5 years later). It is amazing what time has done to this movement... and I still find it amazing what happened to a really healthy guy in just a month of that crap. If there was ever a boost to the slow food movement it has been the two films I watched today. They are SCARY.
This is a must see... I wouldn't just say for adults either. Although Alex is more interested in the disgusting animal treatment going on to produce fast food, it wasn't lost on him at all that it is terrible for you... and for the environment. In fact, after watching McLibel he kept asking me "Then why is there STILL McDonald's like EVERYWHERE!?!"
The other impact that I hadn't put together before was the commercialism of the food industry. I have to admit that not having cable has made me sort of oblivious to the commercial industry. In Alex's lifetime, we have had cable television for less than a year total. But that doesn't make me insusceptible to their little ploys. Until half way through the Super Size Me movie, I was craving junk food. I got up, got myself two homemade WW Sugar Cookies and a tiny bowl of veggie chili I made the other day. After I wasn't hungry at all, the effects were nill... which was helped by Morgan throwing up McD's all over the side of his car half way through the movie. But when I was hungry, fast food was all I could think about. Sad sad sad the way these commercials effect you... even when they are part of a educational parody!