18 March 2011

The Weekly Wrap-Up: Cooking Shows, St. Patty's Day and Alka-Seltzer

This week kicked off with some educational fun in the kitchen. Our family enjoys watching the Food Network~especially shows like Cupcake Wars, Chopped and Iron Chef America. So my kids are totally into the whole idea of competition and judging.

Sunday night they decided to create their own *dishes*. It was so fun watching them get creative and come up with their own things. It was also great to watch them help each other and work together in the kitchen. We don't always see teamwork between them at these ages.

Mr. B's creation: BBQ potato chips with banana slices topped with hot dog slices with grape tomatoes on the side.

One of The Princess' creations: chocolate covered banana slices. These were actually pretty yummy! They completely ate whatever they made though~even if it was *weird*:)

On Monday morning they were still inspired so they made breakfast for everyone. I was asked to be the sous chef, so I got to be right in on all of the action. Mr. B created the smiley face waffles and The Princess topped Special K fruit crisps with whipped cream and fruit. Not the healthiest, I know, but it was a wonderful learning experience for them. I like to see them coming up with their own ideas.

Monday also brought Mr. B to a fun little story in his reader about a girl who made funny masks out of paper bags. So we decided to make some, too.

Not really sure why Mr. B chose to make his with cavity-filled fangs, it must be a *boy* thing:)
I thought it was hilarious, to say the least!

The Princess' creation had to have eyelashes. Eyelashes are very big with girls, you know! And lips, too, apparently:)

Monday evening was The Princess' monthly Girl Scout meeting and they had fun learning about music. They made *box guitars*, played on instruments, sang...it was a very fun night.

I am really enjoying her participation in Scouts. She has a wonderful troop and we are blessed to be a part!

Tuesday was a typical (whatever that is) day of school for us. Right now that's not all that great. I am just biding my time until we are settled into our own space again and have all of our supplies, etc. There are just so many distractions at the moment that I chose my battles wisely and have decided not to become stressed about it.

Tuesday evening brought the start of The Princess' birthday celebration. Her birthday isn't until next week, but this was the only night that all of my family would be able to get together for several weeks. Of course, The Princess didn't mind opening a few gifts early.

Wednesday brought another day at home. It was a fairly productive day. Vince and I even got our taxes done!

Thursday was St. Patrick's Day and that brought a lot of fun with it. You can read about our day here and here.

Friday was a little bit different of a schedule since we didn't have co-op this week. I decided to not do all of the usual subjects and just focus on one chapter in our science. So we learned about Saturn all day. It was so interesting! We love our Apologia!

Our experiment was to make a *rocket* take off using warm water and Alka-Seltzer. After a couple or five fails we decided to ditch the paper rocket and just focus on the film canister filled with the chemical solution. Success!! I thought I'd share a couple of the short videos I took:

Making the film canister pop:

Seeing who can hold fizzing Alka-Seltzer the longest in their mouth:

And that's a wrap...

I hope you had a great week, too! Enjoy the weekend!


MissMOE said...

Looks like a great week. My favorite is the fruit and marshmellow rainbow! And yah, for letting your kids get in the kitchen and do their own thing. It will pay off in the future when they can cook supper for the family.

Kari said...

The videos are hilarious! Oh, the joys of Alka-Seltzer. =)