Watercolors with Crayon Resist

One of the things I miss most about homeschooling is our extended art sessions.  Today, I decided to recreate this whole scene with our crew.  I found a great idea on Pinterest by an elementary art teacher.  We used Watercolor paper, Watercolor paints, sponges, water, brushes, sketching pencils and crayons for this project.

Side-note:  One of my co-workers, Elizabeth, makes painting a regular activity in her classroom.  I have been able to assist her with this and I have been very inspired.  Elizabeth doesn’t just have Crayola mediums out for her students.  No, she has the real thing.  She gives her students the chance to use really special materials.  She trusts them and gives them this privilege.  I appreciate how she doesn’t dumb down the process.  I can not tell you how much I enjoy being a part of this sort of experience.  I remember when we lived in Boone, we took our little ones (all under 7) into a local art shop to purchase canvas, acrylic paints, brushes and such.  We have always thought that our kids deserve to use really nice materials when creating their little masterpieces.

With this particular project today, our kids started out sketching their selected fish or water creature.


Then, they traced their sketches with crayon.  The crayons are suppose to create a resist to the paint.  Brayden is pictured below doing a little research about what the ocean background might should look like for his fish.  DSC00876

Kalen preferred to use a Draw Write Now book to get an idea of what to draw.  He copied/sketched an image from his book and traced it in green crayon.



After they traced their sketches, they used a wet sponge to wet their paper.  This wet on wet technique will allow the watercolor paints to have a different effect on the paper.  The paint will spread more easily.


Brayden is pictured here painting after he sponged down his paper.  This is the first time Brayden has ever had to think about what a fish fin looks like.  We looked at many pictures of fish in books for him to understand the need and placement for the fins and gills on fish.





by Brayden


by Kalen


by Julian


by Madelyn


Chocolate Milk

Each day I am always fascinated by the things Kindergartners say.  Not only is their language cute, but so simple, honest and often creative.

Today, I asked Corshawn what he was drinking.  He said, “Chocolate milk,” with a big grin.  I asked him, “Where do you think chocolate milk comes from?”   Another little friend, Khalil, close by offered, “It comes from the brown and white cows.”  Plain and simple.  There was no mistaking it, he was sold on this idea.  Corshawn seemed to be satisfied with this as well.  I dare not squash these creative ideas.  I just smiled and said, “Oohh.. you think so?”  

Carrot Soup


This week I read Carrot Soup by John Segal to one of our Kindergarten classes.  In response, Scott (the teacher) orchestrated a cooking time within days with me and his students.  We had such a great time peeling, cutting, stirring and eating our carrot soup!  I highly recommend this delicious and kid-approved soup.  Scott typed up the recipe, so I thought I would share it on my blog.

Rabbit’s Favorite Carrot Soup

Peel and shred 2 pounds carrots.

Chop 1 onion and 2 stalks celery.

Sauté onions and celery in ¼ cup margarine (we used Earth Balance); or butter.

Add carrots and 56 oz. (4-14 oz. cans) broth (we used vegetable; or chicken).

Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.

Let cool and puree. (We used a cool machine with a little propeller on the end which I borrowed from my wife.)

Add salt and pepper. (The recipe said you could add parsley or dill at this point; we weren’t that adventurous.)


Artsy Maddie


Side-note:  At our school, we have been talking about our hopes and dreams.  Last week, I was able to document one of our kindergarten class’s hopes and dreams for a display.  Their responses made me laugh and cry.  This post brings to mind one of my hopes and dreams.  I have always hoped that our children would enjoy the arts and have confidence in expressing their uniqueness through it.

I came home from work and found this beautiful museum awaiting my (our) viewing.  Madelyn and Julian have not started school quite yet, so they have been spending more time at home.  Left to her own devices, Madelyn came up with this beautiful idea of having her own art museum.  In one day, she made all of these things, presented them in a super clever way and wa-lah … showcased art!






Recently, our dining room table looks like this….



Vegan Waffles


I have posted this recipe before, but I wanted to again because these waffles are so yummy.  This morning we had a delicious batch and a slow morning at home.  Some Sundays mornings we stay home and enjoy the slowness and rest that can be captured when opting out of going to church and other activities.  Also, our Julian is arriving home this morning after a week-long camp with the youth group in Florida.  I am guessing after a 14 hr bus ride through the night, he will need to sleep all day.

Vegan Waffle Mix

1 cup flour

1 cup soymilk

1 Tbsp canola oil

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 T maple syrup

Whisk all ingredients together, pour onto oiled waffle iron and cook on medium.





Saucy Quinoa


This easy 5 ingredient meal is now going to be in the Morrison family meal rotation.  I found this recipe in my latest VegNews magazine issue.  It is super easy and quick.  I will share the recipe as it is hard to read from the magazine.  I am sharing the amounts of ingredients that I used for my family of six.

Saucy Quinoa


Favorite marinara sauce

1 tablespoon crushed garlic

2 cups fresh kale leaves torn into smaller pieces (no stems)

1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Sea salt

Black pepper

4 cups cooked

(you could change it up by changing the type of marinara sauce you use, or use spinach instead of kale or maybe great northern white beans in the place of the chickpeas)


How to cook:

In a saucepan, over medium heat, add marinara, garlic, kale and chickpeas and cook, add salt and/or pepper, stirring occasionally, until kale wilts and mixture is heated throughout.  Serve mixture over cooked quinoa.  Eat.