Friday, 30 September 2016

Thanksgiving Dressing

I grew up in Canada and our Thanksgiving Day is in October.  It is the second Monday in October which coincides with Columbus Day in America.   We had our Thanksgiving meal on the Sunday and it was not too different to our Christmas meal.

I grew up on a farm and so pretty much everything was from the farm.  We had a farm-raised chicken for Thanksgiving dinner, potatoes, carrots, turnip, squash, and dressing.

Dressing is basically mashed potato with some chopped onion, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.  You mix all of this together and then put the mixture into a casserole dish and bake it until there is a nice crust on the top (about 15 - 20 minutes at 350 F or 180 C).  The amount of seasonings will of course be to taste.

I can't tell you what the exact proportions are because it was always made to fit the casserole dish.

Here are the posts from the other bloggers in the Unit Study Roundup, please do read them:

Thanksgiving {Printable} Activity Pack from Play Dough & Popsicles

Kids in the Kitchen: Festive Thanksgiving Roundup from Crafty Mama in ME

Feed The Turkey High Frequency Words from Adventures of Adam

Pilgrims & the Mayflower {A Free Unit Study Resource Round Up} from Faith and Good Works

Giving Thanks for Nature from FrogMom

Thanksgiving Dressing from Tales of Education at Home

Children's Picture Books about Turkeys from The Jenny Evolution

Thanksgiving Free Printables from iGameMom

Children's Picture Books about Being Thankful from My Storytime Corner

Pete the Cat Thanksgiving Activity from Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound reading

Thanksgiving Preschool Printables from Living Life and Learning

Printable Turkey Alphabet Puzzle for Preschoolers from Schooling a Monkey

Thanksgiving Color By Number Pack from Simple Living Mama

Thanksgiving Preschool Printables from Living Life and Learning

Friday, 23 September 2016

Fall Leaves Experiment

This week's Unit Study Roundup is on Fall or Autumn.  We did an experiment on leaves today.  We decided to see what colours are in leaves.   There are three pigments that colour leaves, Chlorophyll - which is green, Carotenoid - which is yellow, orange, and brown, and finally Anthocyanin which is red.

We took leaves from two trees and a hedge and we tore them up into small pieces.  We did each type of leaf separately to avoid cross contamination.   I put three glass jars on my table, along with the leaves, rubbing alcohol, and a coffee filter.

Each type of leaf went into a separate glass jar and then DD poured the rubbing alcohol into the jar to cover the leaves.  She did not like the smell of it!

We covered the jars and left the leaves to soak. According to the experiment method that I had we needed to leave the leaves soaking in the rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol for about an hour.

We waited... and we waited... and we waited... and we played... and we played... and we waited some more.

The next step of the experiment involved cutting up a coffee filter into strips and then dipping the coffee filter into the leaf and isopropyl alcohol mixture and waiting some more.  The idea is that the coffee filter is supposed to take on the colour of the mixture and as the alcohol evaporates, the colour will travel up the coffee filter.  I needed to use bigger jars for this and therefore had to pour one of the mixtures into a new jar!

We need to wait for another hour or possibly and hour and a half because the isopropyl alcohol has to travel up the filter and evaporate and we should see a pigment on the filter.

After nearly two hours of waiting, we still saw no pigment in the filter.  I did some searching around and fount another method of this experiment which uses energy and the alcohol.  I went and got one more leaf off of the tree.  We ripped it into small pieces and then poured the rubbing alcohol on it.  We mashed the leaf pieces into the rubbing alcohol with a spoon.  Then we put the lid on the jar and put the jar into a little tub of water that had been boiled in the kettle. The energy is the heat from the hot water. 

After nearly an hour of soaking and a water change, here is how dark the rubbing alcohol is: 

We let it soak for another hour and then we put in the coffee filter strips.  I decided to try leaving the jar in hot water to see if that helped to speed up the process.

This photo was taken about an hour or two after putting the strips in - you can see that there is some colour in the strips now.  The first round of this experiment left me with wet white coffee filter strips.

This photo was taken the next day, and it is the pigment we managed to extract from the maple leaf.

Hop on along to the other blogs in this Unit Study Roundup and see what contributions the other bloggers have made to this :-) 

{Free Printable} I Spy: Fall from Playdough and Popsicles

Fall Books for Kids from Look! We're Learning!

Celebrate Fall in Nature like Snoopy from FrogMom

Board Books about Fall from The Jenny Evolution

Fall Leaves Experiment from Tales of Education At Home

Color by Letter/Sight Word Pages from Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading

High Frequency Word Harvest from Adventures of Adam

Friday, 16 September 2016

Gruesome Nibbles

This week's theme for Unit Study Roundup is Halloween.  I thought that it would be nice to put together a collection of recipes that you could use for your party. 

I did a search and found some nice recipes that I would like to try from All Reciples 

Here is a fun take on Devilled Eggs.  It's called Halloween Eye of Newt.

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 pinch celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 drops green food coloring, or as needed
  • 1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  1. Place all of the eggs into a large pot so they can rest on the bottom in a single layer. Fill with just enough cold water to cover the eggs. Bring to a boil, then cover, remove from the heat and let stand for about 15 minutes. Rinse under cold water or add some ice to the water and let the eggs cool completely. Peel and slice in half lengthwise.
  1. Remove the yolks from the eggs and place them in a bowl. Mix in the relish, mayonnaise, celery salt, mustard, and food coloring. Spoon this filling into the egg whites and place them on a serving tray. Round the top of the filling using the spoon. Place an olive slice on each yolk to create the center of the eye. Dab a tiny bit of mayonnaise in the center of the olive as a finishing touch.  This will be ready in about 25 minutes!

This looks like a good dip and it looks nice and simple too, provided you can find canned pumpkin:

Easy Pumpkin Dip

  • 3/4 cup low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Beat cream cheese, brown sugar, and canned pumpkin together with an electric mixer on medium speed in a bowl until light and creamy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add maple syrup and cinnamon and beat until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Bloody Fingers


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 2 cups honey

  • 1 (15 ounce) package pretzel rods

  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, or as needed
  • 1/4 cup plum jam, or as needed

  1. Mix peanut butter, powdered milk, and honey together in a bowl until mixture resembles a soft dough. This will be the 'flesh' of the fingers.
  1. Mold enough dough around each pretzel rod, making sure to cover the ends. The pretzels will be the 'bones' of the fingers.
  1. Use the tip of a teaspoon the make marks on the 'flesh' similar to knuckles.
  1. Push 1 sliced almond onto 1 end of each 'finger' to resemble a finger nail.
  1. Place jam in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in microwave until softened, 20 to 30 seconds. Dip the end opposite the 'finger nail' into the jam for the 'blood'.

Dragon Eggs

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 tea bags

  • Filling:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup salsa


  1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 15 minutes. Drain hot water and fill saucepan with cold water; allow eggs to sit until cooled, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain water. Gently tap or roll eggs on the counter so the shell is cracked but still intact.
  1. Return eggs to saucepan and pour in enough water to cover eggs; add soy sauce, molasses, salt, and tea bags. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until eggs have absorbed color, about 30 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and leave eggs in water to cool to room temperature.
  1. Peel eggs and trim bottom of each egg so it will stand upright. Cut each egg lengthwise and scoop yolks into a bowl. Mix mayonnaise, red bell pepper, salt, and pepper into egg yolks until evenly combined.
  1. Spoon yolk mixture back into egg whites; smooth filling to be level with egg white. Put each egg back together.
  1. Pour salsa onto a plate and assemble eggs upright into the salsa.

Here are the other posts in the Roundup:

Spooky Footprint Haunted House Craft from Play Dough & Popsicles

Halloween number game from Adventures of Adam

Halloween Tree | A Fall Nature Craft for Kids from FrogMom

Halloween Movies Not Scary from iGameMom

Monster Learning Activities for Halloween from Books and Giggles

Halloween Board Books from The Jenny Evolution

Halloween Read and Play from My Storytime Corner

Free Tarantula and Spider Do-a-Dot Printables (Montessori-Inspired Instant Downloads) from Living Montessori Now

Halloween Preschool Printables from Living life and learning

Gross and Jiggly Halloween Jello Worms: A STEM Activity for Kids from Schooling a Monkey

Gruesome Nibbles from Tales of Education at Home

Halloween Phonics Worksheet -Color by Letter from Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading

Pumpkin fairy house from The Usual Mayhem

Halloween Chemistry Ideas from Planet Smarty Pants

Friday, 9 September 2016

Harvest Theme Word Search

This week's Unit Study Roundup topic is a choice of three topics, Apples, Pumpkins, and Harvest. I decided to do another word search with Harvest themed words because we like those in our household. Here is this week's offering for you.  I hope that you and your child(ren) enjoy this word search.  I have included the copyright information in the footer both where I made the puzzle and found the image that I used.  Have fun!

The words you need to find are:

SUKKOTH (Jewish festival of tents)

Here are the other blogs in this roundup:

Corn Kernal Fall Tree Craft from Play Dough & Popsicles

Kids in the Kitchen: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins from Crafty Mama in ME

Learning About Pumpkins {Free Printables Round Up} from Faith and Good Works

Books about Pumpkins for Kids from CraftCreateCalm

Pumpkin Recipes for Kids from FrogMom

Apple Tree Counting Mat from Look! We’re Learning!

Harvest Theme Word Search from Tales of Education at Home

Board Books About Apples and Pumpkins for Toddlers from The Jenny Evolution

Pumpkin Science Activities from iGameMom

Apple Read and Play from My Storytime Corner

Pumpkin Preschool Printables from Living life and learning

Pumpkin Patch Alphabet Match from Schooling a Monkey

Apple Sight Word Game from Books and Giggles

Challenge Math - Apple Theme from Planet Smarty Pants

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Nature Study

Yesterday I decided that we were going to try and sketch some flowers that I see on a regular basis.  They are very pretty.  I went to a local store and bought two sketchbooks and off we went to the local playground and we sat down.

This is the flower we were using as our inspiration for drawing:

Hedge Bindweed

Here are our two sketches side by side:

Here is a second sketch that DD drew:

And then she drew a picture of me sketching the flower - I'm not sure how I feel about her calling me a nerd though!

We need to paint or colour our sketches :-)