Spring is here! (not on calendar yet, I know, I know, but I don’t care, IT IS HERE!) Birds outside are going crazy, and even though I know that Colorado weather might bring us more snow yet, the leaves on the bush near our door are coming out and the general feel is that the worst is over. The winter was quite mild this year, I can’t really complain I guess, but we were so sick this winter..
Seriously most of our February was miserable because of pink-eyes, coughs and sniffles. Not much happened otherwise. We joined Roots and Shoots project with a local homeschool group, D. had choir events during February, other than that not much outside of our regular school days. We did a unit on Ancient India for history, and learned about India for geography/cultural studies. For me personally February brought a very good news of finding a spot to sell cards with my artwork. It went pretty well, around 75% of cards were sold and I just put in second batch with new designs. I joined Society6 and I still consider whether I should open and etsy store, but it will depend on if I can actually maintain it. I made myself a workspace and hopefully it will help me stay productive.
March started well and I must say the fact that days are longer made a huge difference for us. We still manage to get sick a little, but the first week quite intense:
-Roots and Shoots meeting, kids discussed their project and it was fascinating to see the wide range of ideas that kids brought to the meeting
-A visit to Butterfly Pavillion.
-A solo hike for me, how nice it was to be outside in the sun BY MYSELF. I felt re-energized.
-D’s dojo performed at Hina Matsuri Japanese Doll Festival again this year, and once again it was a treat to see wonderful art work at the festival and to watch the performances
In the kitchen:
I am doing 21 days of salads challenge, trying to make a different salad every day. So far it’s been pretty good, but it starts to get repetitive.
We got hooked on Cheese-Herb Popovers (the recipe came from “The Perfect Egg” Cookbook, which I reviewed on this blog before)
Pre-heat oven to 450 F, butter muffin cups
beat together 2 eggs, pinch of salt, 1 cup of milk, 2 tbsp of melted butter. Add 1 cup of flour, do not overmix. In a separate bowl combine your favorite cheese with your favorite herb. Pour batter into the muffin cups filling them up about halfway and reserving about 1 tbs of batter for each cup. Add cheese mixture, pour the remaining tablespoon of batter over cheese. Bake at 450F for about 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 F for the next 15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.
What are we reading:
In addition to many re-reads,in February and first week of March D. read
-Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
-The Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater
-The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
-The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum
C.’s favorite chapter books in February and first week of March are
-The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles De Lint
-The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
-The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi
So here’s our end of winter/beginning of Spring in a nutshell, this week is supposed to be relatively calm, looking forward to enjoying it!