Monday, January 31, 2011


I love chocolate, therefore so do my children! I LOVE this chocolate pudding and I don't feel too guilty about eating it or serving it to my kids. As you can see from the pictures it was a huge hit with pics of Sophie since hers was GONE before Neal could bust out the camera!

Chocolate Pudding

1/4 cup butter

1 cup avocado puree

1 cup confectioners sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cornstarch cup (you can use less, but your pudding won't be as thick)

In a medium saucepan melt butter over low heat. Stir in avocado puree, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Cook mashing well with a spatula to smooth out any avocado lumps, until the mixture thickens, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and gradually stir in cornstarch. Serve warm.

Like father like daughter......

GONE.......I think she liked it!

In the bathroom for clean up since he was a chocolate mess!!


Sophie was pretty darn excited when Neal came back from the chicken coop with an egg! This particular egg is from Roxy, she is the oldest, therefore the first to start laying eggs, the other 3 , Betty, Mabel, and Butterfly should follow suit in the next few months. As it stands Roxy gives us an egg a day!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


We don't exactly have a curriculum that we follow, but we do "lessons" here and there. So, whether Sophie is assisting me in the kitchen or we actually sit down and work on numbers, letters, reading books or her Bible, we are always learning something around here, whether she knows she is learning something or not ;)

Today we did what you could probably consider a science activity - we made our own finger paint. Sophie called it goopy stuff and made more of a mess than a work of art, but hey with kids it's all about the process rather than the end product! I got the recipe out of my multifaceted book, Super Baby Food, this book is great not only does it have a plethora healthy foods and recipes to make for children, but it is full of resourceful crafts and other great ideas using a lot of what you have on hand at home, so it is frugal too!

This was a great activity Sophie really enjoyed it and although it was a tad bit messy, the clean up was pretty easy!

Finger Paint
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
food coloring

Combine cornstarch and water in a saucepan and boil until thick. After the liquid has reached the desired consistency remove from the heat and add a few drops of dish washing liquid to make clean up easier. Pour into separate containers and add your food coloring. The mixture cooled relatively quickly and our "paint" was cool to the touch once we were done adding our food coloring and was ready to be used. You can use this as traditional finger paint on paper or with a brush, or on a smooth surface like a cookie sheet or counter top. This is a great sensory activity!

Mixing up "Watermelon Red"

Adding the food coloring to make "Jungle Green"

Practicing her sad face that Neal taught her.

Loving her "goopy stuff"

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011