Get outside, Family!

Get outside, Family!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Mystery: The case of the missing cookies

The Chef made cookie batter! By that I mean he read the ingredient list and the recipe and followed the directions. My contributions went only as far as pulling ingredients off the shelves and equipment out of drawers, explaining fractions (still learning those), and pointing out that the butter was already soft and ready to go. He did the rest! But where are the cookies? Well, the Chef had the great idea of eating the batter. And since it was an egg-free sugar cookie recipe, we could do it. And since we ran out of time after turning our yard into a cemetery haunted by electric Halloween lights, carving pumpkins and completing our costumes, it was the only thing to do. Good call, Chef.

Muffin Pan Marvels

I was washing dishes the other night, and Baby Zi was roaming around looking for something to get into. He dragged out a muffin pan, flipped it around, held it up in the air, threw it on the ground. “Bawl, bawl,” he kept saying. "Yes, buddy, there's your ball," I kept saying, not really paying attention. He probably should've thrown a ball at me, because what I eventually realized he was telling me was that he recognized the circle in the bottom of the pan as being the same shape as a ball. Then he grabbed the mini plastic soda bottles that were lying nearby and fit them into the pan. So the little genius saw the circle in the 3-D cylinder as well. And thus was created a new Chef Zi activity -- What Fits In the Muffin Pan. The next morning, I handed him a bunch of differently shaped boxes and cans to try. That held his interest off and on for about 15 minutes, just long enough for me to help set things up for the Chef (see next post).