And of course we did crafts!
First we played with paper dolls. She picked which outfits I should cut out.
Little Miss Christmas and Holly Belle, a reprint of a favorite paper doll I had as a child.
While we were playing with paper dolls, we entertained each other by reciting lines from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer animated film. “Herbie doesn’t like to make toys!” “This fog is as thick as peanut butter. You mean pea soup. You eat what you like, I’ll eat what I like!” “Or a cowboy that rides an ostrich!” “We’re all misfits!” Oh we laughed and laughed and even forgot to go to bed at a decent hour!
When it was bedtime, my granddaughter insisted that Little Miss Christmas and Holly Belle have soft bedding. So we quickly made card stock beds with tissue-stuffed tissue pillows and tissue sheets and blankets.
The next day we tested crayon colors. I usually keep the crayons sorted
by color in the bottoms of recycled water bottles, all neatly tucked in a big tin. But we got all the crayons out because some had been mixed up. It’s hard to tell what color a crayon is just by the wrapper so it was fun discovering new favorites by drawing.
I taught her how to draw snowflakes. We tested out a lot of crayon colors and made a page of colorful snowflakes.
She wanted to know how to draw diamonds so I taught her how. Then she colored kites.
Such a sweet time we had.
A couple days ago, my five year old granddaughter and I made a little bouquet. I have very few flowers this year so we used every bloom we could find around the yard – basil, mint, honeysuckle, tall phlox, and the lovely, purple ornamental grass spikes. She forgot to take the bouquet home so she wrote me this note.
“My heart was broken last night. I forgot my bouquet of flowers. I really hope I get them tomorrow.” And she signed her name.
Oh my heart had such a tug! The night she left the bouquet, I saw it still sitting on the table and considered driving it to her house!
Well, she was back today so we made a new bouquet. Flowering basil and mint, English ivy, ornamental grass flowers, a little butterfly bush and the very last Scepter’d Isle roses.
The rosebush is bare but this little bouquet went home with her, much to her delight. Love has a scent; it smells like mint and rose.
That’s the name of a British research vessel, built in 1764. The HMS Endeavour explored uncharted oceans in the South Pacific.
The Little Plastic Bears long for the sea in the Endeavor.
But the tide didn’t come in.
The ts Endeavor (toy ship Endeavor) piloted by Little Plastic Bears never made it to sea, despite her best effort to summon the waves.
NOTE: If you would like to purchase a print of that photo, it is listed here on 500px.
The boys say the flavor is closer to Cheez-Its than Goldfish, but either way they are delicious!
I used King Arthur Flour’s recipe for Cheese Pennies from their Baker’s Companion cookbook.
This is our version to make the Goldfish.
2 cups finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
8 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
a generous 1/8 tsp Ground Red Chipotle
In a bowl, combine all ingredients to make a dough that sticks together. Add one teaspoon of water at a time if necessary, just enough to make the dough squeeze together. Squish the dough together and it should be a nice consistency, like playdough. Which is great because the next part is playing with the dough!
Divide the dough into a couple pieces. We made two small 1/2″ logs for “bubbles” and three 1 1/4″ logs to make the fish. To make the gold fish, work with one log at a time.
1 Pinch the length of the top for the mouth end of the fish.
3 For the tail, carefully slit about 1/4″ into the round side of the log.
4. Pinch the two sides of the slit you made in the log to form the two tail fins.
5 As you pinch the fins out, also press at the base of the fin to form the fish body shape.
6 Once the basic tail shape has been formed, press the tail between two wood spoon handles to straighten out the fish body.
8 I also pressed each side of the tail against the spoon if the tail seemed too misshapen.
9 The finished goldfish roll.
10 Repeat for the other two rolls of dough to make goldfish rolls.
11 Place the rolls on wax paper on a tray and place in freezer for no more than 20 minutes. If the dough is too cold, it might crack as you slice it. If it gets frozen, just let it thaw for a couple minutes before slicing.
12 To make the bubbles, cut the round roll into 3/16″ slices and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. The crackers don’t raise so they can be placed fairly close together.
13 Bake the round “bubbles” at 375 for about 9 minutes. They won’t burn quickly so just watch them and pull them out when they are lightly brown on the bottoms. Turn out on paper towels to cool.
14 Using a sharp, non-serrated knife, slice the goldfish rolls about 1/4″ thick and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
16 Aren’t these cool?
20 The dough doesn’t raise much so the goldfish can be placed fairly close together.
Bake at 400 for 14 minutes. Cool on paper towels.
21 The Goldfish Crackers are all ready for her.
22 She walks home from school with her mom and little brother.
23 And then we have tea (Apple Juice or Water) and Goldfish and Shortbread.
25 We ate them by the handful. None got away.