February 24, 2010

Snowy days is a great day

We woke up to a nice lovey coating of snow this morning.

Shortly after we got up the icy rain started and then regular rain, so by the afternoon most of our snowy white blanket is gone. Now the streets are slushy and the puppies are soaked when they come inside.

We continued our science experiments with yeast today. Last week we found out that yeast likes to eat sugar, so we wanted to see if a certain type of sugar was better. So we got 4 different sugars and went to work.

Our findings showed that the yeast like pancake syrup best out of our four kinds. For this weeks science project we are growing mold on bread to see if mold grows best in light/dark/dry/moist conditions. I will update you on our findings as we go through the process.

February 13, 2010

Today was a Lowes Build and Grow clinic. The girls got to make a Jewelery holder. I think for the first time in the 2 years we have been going to these Ashley was able to read and understand the directions herself.

Mark helped Allyson hold it together.

Then we decided to make pretzels again. This is the easiest snack ever. Today we turned some of them into pretzel bites and they worked great.

Happy Valentines Day! I hope it is a great day.

February 12, 2010


I've been trying to make yeast bread and I'm having some issues with my bread getting the rise I think it should. So in order to understand yeast a little better I've incorporated it into our science lessons. So today we tried yeast three ways and have scientific proof that yeast likes to eat sugar. Not very surprising for me, but the girls had fun making hypothesis and objectives and conclusions. Goodness it's almost like we did 'school' today.
The first bowl is hot sugar water, middle is just hot water, and last is cold water. Next week we are going to see what sugar yeast likes best and then for fun we will add yeast to different liquids and see what happens. All the while we will keep baking bread and see if I can get some that aren't flat.

February 11, 2010

Bread Bowl...or maybe Bread pucks

So I again tried to make bread bowls. And again I flopped. They just didn't get the nice bowl shape they were supposed to. I ended up with this...

And the inside looked like this....

At least this time they were two inches tall. Last time they looked more like hockey pucks. I'm getting closer. No worries though, I took the other two dough flats and rolled them out, fried them in oil and sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on them. If you want to try the bread bowls I got the recipe here and hers look wonderful.

All in all it worked out well. Happy day!


I have no idea what I am doing with this or even why I would need one of these blog things, but I pushed a button and accepted something and here I am. Maybe some day I will give this thing a try.