Friday, February 24, 2012

Apple Crisp

I am hungry for apple crisp.  I can taste the juicy, tangy, soft apple, with the crunchy, sweet topping.  YUM!  But I don't have any apples, but I can share my recipe!

We eat this almost daily in the fall with all the good apples that have just ripened.  I try to eat this recipe seasonally when apples are cheap and I can pick up bird-pecked apples for 50 cents a pound.  I might just have to cave and got to the store so I can make it tonight.  Or not, I think we got a few hockey games to go to.


Apple Crisp
4 cups of apples (cored, peeled and sliced thin)
1 tsp. cinnamon
½  tsp. sea salt
½ cup Bob’s Red Mill steel cut or rolled oats
½ cup Earth Balance Soy Free Butter
¾  cup GF flour mix (not a bean mix)
½ cup evaporated cane sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. guar gum

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1.) In a large bowl, melt butter and add oats, combine the two.  Let the mixture  sit for 5-10 minutes. 
2.)While the oats are resting, toss the peeled and cored apples with the cinnamon and salt in a separate bowl.  Put the tossed apples in a 9x9 pan.
3.) Add remaining ingredients to the resting oats and mix well.  It should be a damp, crumbly consistency.
4.) Cover the top of the apples with the topping.
5.) Bake for 40-45 minutes.  Test by inserting a knife into the center, the apples should be soft.
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

You are My Sun, Moon and Stars!

We finished our body unit and will finish the year learning about our amazing solar system.  

To warm us up on the topic our project was to create a mnemonic for the planets and then to recreate them in the appropriate size in relationship to one another.  (Note: blowing up balloons exactly is not possible and may frustrate you and your type A child.  The other (non-type A's) children won't care...creating a great lesson in flexibility.) 

Can you tell which one is type A?  It's not the one measuring, it is the one who looks totally put out by his brother's "good enough" comment.

Cutting out Saturn's ring

I think he may have decided it was all a bit boring and went back to reading Robin Hood.

Xbox's mnemonic was My Very Early Mom Jumped and Sat Under Newton's Porch.  (includes Pluto)

We also learned a bit about pi, diameter, radius, circumference when making a ring for Saturn.  We read Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi and then using what we learned, we created the ring for the 25 inch planet.  I love it when you can tie all the subjects together like that!

The completed project!