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Archive for March 25th, 2009

Still waiting for our crystals (see previous blog post), had we started this morning, they might be forming by now. I hear once they start, it is amazing to watch and they form fast.

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Meanwhile, we had a great day not even leaving the house today! I’m so glad we got some snow.

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Usually when it snows here it just spits out a bit of snow, melts fast and then is 60 degrees a few hours later. Today we got to see the glory of all kinds of snowflakes, from small dry ones, to big fluffy flakes, to huge wet gobs! I always think of the Eskimo who have many names for snow. Here’s an even bigger list for names of snow.

What a coincidence as today was our FIAR art day for Katy. While we were in the kitchen making snowflake crafts, the snow was coming down outside.

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Here’s an example of our fluffier type of snow. I wish I would have used my close-up 105mm lens to get the snowflake detail.

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The snow has not been “sticking” yet, maybe tomorrow. If it does, we’ll find a place to go sledding!

Satori begged for more crafts to do, so we started some more snowflakes. Here Satori selected some nice color palettes of markers and drew on some coffee filters.

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She then sprayed them down with water.

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Waiting for them to dry, it just took a few hours.

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And they’re up!

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In celebration of Katy and the Big Snow, and our own snowy week, Satori and mom had fun with snowflake crafts today! Before we started, I tried to get her to learn a little about snowflakes, but she was too excited to get started. 😉 The coolest project involved a bit of a chemistry experiment.

Crystal Snowflake

Make beautiful, permanent crystal snowflakes!

Crystal Snowflake required items

Crystal Snowflake required items

You will need:

  • Pipe cleaners – white or other color “snowflake” you want
  • String
  • Wide mouthed jar
  • Borax (20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster only)
  • Pencil or stick
  • Blue Food coloring (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Water

Take the pipe cleaners and form them into a primitive snowflake. Use your imagination! Test to make sure it will fit inside your jar.

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Boil some water and pour into the jar. Add Borax until super concentrated (until you see undissolved borax on the bottom). A guideline is to add 3 tbsp for every cup of boiling water.

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If desired, add a few drops of blue food coloring to make the snowflake look super “cool”. Tie your snowflake to a pencil or stick and lower into the jar.

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Leave overnight for the crystals to form when water cools.

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Paper Cutout Snowflakes

While we wait for our crystals to form, we started our next project. We couldn’t resist making a snowflake out of cutting paper, Satori said she’s never done this before.

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The snowflake closest to camera (on right) is Satori’s!

Snowflake art

Snowflake art

Since I started this blog just over 6 weeks ago, I had been obsessed with researching the perfect homeschool for a preschooler. All my energy, time, and funds went towards my research. I hadn’t paid attention to how I was eating, didn’t work out, and didn’t spend my money on healthy organic foods. It’s no wonder I got sick for a good 2-3 weeks during this time!

Well, not to worry, the majority of my research and shopping has concluded, so now I can focus on a balanced life. I’m hopping on that treadmill again, buying healthy foods and getting more sleep. One of the healthiest things I love is a green smoothie.

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I had never heard of these before last fall, when I started trying to eat my raw foods. Since then, I’ve noticed mamas on all my favorite online hangouts talking about their green smoothies. The key to a green smoothie is to eat leafy greens in a digestible and palatable way. Above I threw in spinach, banana, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli sprouts, and grapes and then blended. I must disclose that I got a very powerful blender for my green smoothies but you can use any normal blender. Normally I also like to grind up fresh flaxseeds and add them to the smoothie for some Omega-3s. Here is our smoothie being blended, with 14 seconds to go.

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Blended Green Smoothie

Normally your smoothie will turn green! Some mamas get tricky to get their kids to drink the smoothie, so they use red “greens” to make it more red. I wouldn’t throw in too many sprouts, as certain things have too strong a flavor and sprouts seem to be one. Try all kinds of greens, mix it up, and all kinds of fruits, avocado, you name it. You can leave the leaves on the strawberries, they’ll blend smooth.

Luckily, my little girl loves our green smoothies! I never hear her beg for a spinach salad, but she will whoop in excitement for her green smoothie!

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I make a big batch and drink it for breakfast or take it on the go.

 

Green Smoothie on the go

Green Smoothie on the go

For more information on green smoothies, head to:

http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/2008/08/green-smoothie.html
http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/

http://www.greensmoothiequeen.com/

and the book that got me started:

 

Green for Life

Green for Life