Saturday, February 27, 2010

Little Open House


Yesterday some friends and I held a Little House on the Prairie Open House. We had a lot of fun (so did the kids)! We had stations set up with butter making (I'll never grow tried of this activity), Hush Baby making, knot tying, animal scouting, vintage paper dolls and fun pioneer games. We also had some yummy, easy treats. Johnny Cakes with maple syrup, corn bread, sweet corn, candied ginger, and birch beer. Yummy!


Superman shak'n the butter.



Some of the pioneer girls getting ahead start on paper dolls. School Girl made up the outfit designs for the dolls!


The whole point was to get people excited about Little House on the Prairie the Musical. We did that...but to me it was really about getting together and having fun. No pressure to perform (which I feel a lot when I'm teaching a class ((perfectionism??)). Just fun! I had to remind myself of this a couple of times when I was thinking of projects ( I am my own worst enemy). Simplicity at it's best! The children really enjoyed the games that Mrs. Sweet Pie thought of and the food and knot tying led by the Gilbert boys and girls was so neat. The little guys who attended were entranced by the older boys teaching! Love it!!!!


Knot tying, look at how engrossed the are!

Making Hush Babies

Plan a day with friends and their children. Each of you come up with some super simple activities and have fun. We always need more FUN!

Don't forget to check out Little House on the Prairie: the Musical!

julie

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Little House the Musical!

We loved the Little House on the Prairie Series and the girls have enjoyed many of the shows on TV. Now there is a Broadway production about Laura and her family! We really enjoy music and dancing here on the Urban Farm and can't wait to experience it live.

The Chickadees and I have been given the opportunity to go to the show and meet the cast afterwards. The dates are March 2nd through the 7th. If your interested in joining us, we'd love to meet you at the show!

Oooo, did I mention that Melissa Gilbert was starring as "Ma" in this production! Pretty neat. I can't wait for the music to begin!

Take a peek over at my side bar to click on the neat links they have for the show.
Hope to see you there!

julie

I hope to have pictures to post after the event!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ode to Bess


Bessy, Bessy my messy Bessy
how we have used thee.
Through rain and heat we've stuck to the seats.
Drawing patterns with our breath on thy windows.
Spilling Slurpee's and iced tea and even a little wee.
To thee sea, thee country and thee snow(?) we hath gone.
Hauled manure and compost and even had a toast.
Through diapers and drool, you have been no one's fool.
It's time to say a due. We will always be thankful and grateful for you!
O Bess you were always a mess.
How we doth love and appreciate you!
Bessy 1994-2010
julie

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Produce

One way I've decided to challenge myself and my family (a bit) is by being creative with all the "funky" veggies we get in our kitchen basket. The first year we belonged to a co-op I did this, but then we got away from it when we got our chickens. They really enjoy chard, kale, beets greens, you name it! I justified giving the chickens these veggies 1) by they didn't get to roam as much as we would like and 2) we would be getting the nutrients in our eggs. So in my mind we are eating the veggies!(not- i know a bit gross)

Yesterday was our pick up day and we got 2 big bunches of kale (can anyone say yuck). I decided that night was the night for Kale Chips! Mmmmmmmmm. Okay, I'm still thinking gross! Anyhoo, I got all my dicing of our abundance of peppers, dill and cilantro done and put in the freezer. Then I washed and remove the rib from the kale leaves. It really was a pretty color of green. I then found a couple of recipes online and went from there.
Basically you toss the kale in olive oil and sea salt (salt of your choice). You mix them together in a big bowl, place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes. Just until the edges are changing color.



Here's what they looked like after. Very crispy and pretty tasty( I would not say they tasted like potato chips)! They would definitely take care of any greasy, salty food cravings. I was surprised. I did add to much salt, but I would definitely serve these again. They are simple, quick and easy. I would just add less salt.

I'm sure many of you have given these greens a try, but if you haven't you really should! I may actually start growing some in our home garden.

julie

Kale is very low on the glycemic index and super high on the anti- inflamtory!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Conversation Holders


We've had a crazy good week already and I will share some later. I wanted to pop these up of my Valentine Candle Holders. Ummm they were nice. Yup, I said were. I only have one left. The candy kept mysteriously disappearing! Note to self: shellac whatever I don't want eaten. I mean gee whiz!
julie