This weekend, the sun finally came out. We enjoyed every bit that we could. Here are a few pics from our wonderfully bright and happy weekend.
Well, I know it isn’t here yet, but these warm weekend days made us yearn for spring. These three (Julian was with neighbors and Scott at a day of teacher training) and I decided to venture out on a bike ride. It was gorgeous! When we first moved to Durham, this particular bike ride seemed daunting with our four. Then, our kids were 1, 3, 5, and 7. Now, with my 7, 9, and 11 year old, this ride to our American Tobacco Trail is completely delightful and much quicker. :)
*recipe from one of Sarah Kramer’s vegan cookbooks(the pecan part is totally optional)
1 cup All-purpose Flour/Unbleached White Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 cups Soy Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cups of chopped Pecans (optional)
*I normally make 5 times this recipe for my family of 6.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a blender, blend the milk, bananas, and vanilla until smooth. Pour into flour mixture and add pecans. Stir together gently until just mixed. Portion batter onto non-stick pan/skillet. Let sit on medium heat until the center starts to bubble and become sturdy. Flip pancakes over and cook the other side until golden brown. Repeat process until until batter is gone.
We were outside this afternoon, soaking up some sunshine and enjoying some warmer temps, when Brayden asks a question.
(Brayden is kicking his soccer ball around in the yard, I am on the deck up above)
Brady: ”Hey Mom?”
Brady: ”Is there a Super Bowl trophy?”
Me: ”Yes there is.”
Brady: ”Well… um… what does it look like?”
Me: ”I think it looks like a football, Brady.”
Brady: (in all seriousness) “Oh, well … I thought it might look like a big bowl, you know? Like a REALLY big bowl … with … um, like a spoon in it.”
One of the kindergarten classes that I work with has been studying the time of Laura Ingalls Wilder after reading Little House and the Big Woods. The class indicated certain aspects of that time period that they found interesting and wanted to explore more. For example, two students were particularly interested in the whole living off the farm, raising animals that produce milk for drinking and cooking. They wanted to know what the process is for milking a cow. We were able to find a local farmer that was willing for us to come out and visit him and his cows. I loaded up these two students and the three of us traveled to Efland. [Sidenote- This is a great example of the child centered philosophy at our school... following the curiosities and natural eagerness of our students and allowing the students to learn from real-life experiences to shape and educate them.] Farmer Chris let us step right into the pasture and watch him milk several cows. I was able to try a hand at this milking business. After seeing me try, one of our kids wanted to try it out as well. It was a wonderful experience. The vegan in me was delighted to also find out that this farmer doesn’t kill any of his cows. He raises them in a compassionate way, and never has too many at a time. Here is a clip from our experience:
As I drove away, I asked myself if I had cows and was able to do what this farmer does… would I drink or cook with the fresh milk? Still thinking about it. I do know that I was very inspired by the peacefulness of that farm.