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Paleo Coconut Cookies
(adapted from Make It Paleo)

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup almond meal
1/4 cup flax seed meal
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients with a hand mixer.
4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
5. Spray a cookie sheet lightly with cooking spray, or use parchment. Drop tablespoon-sized amounts of batter.
6. Bake cookies for 15 minutes.
7. Allow cookies to cool, then serve.

 

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Derrick - "A Gloomy Day"

 

This poem is called “A Gloomy Day”, and I wrote this because sometimes I feel this way.

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Rat Stew, by Gracie

This is a funny recipie I made up – don’t try to make it because it is not real.  I wanted to make it up because I think it is funny.

 

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Starting this month, each family member will be creating at least one blog post monthly. The idea is to give the kids choices about what they would like to write about as well as provide work samples for their portfolio.

I hope everyone will enjoy seeing their creations! It would be a BIG help if their readers would leave constructive comments on their work. Thank you!

Here are the instructions I wrote for the kids to help them choose a subject:

Family Blogazine

Each month we will create a magazine together. It is up to you to decide what aspect of the magazine you wish to create. We will also include original illustrations and photographs.

Here are some ideas:

First person experience – Write an article about something you have experienced. An example of this would be an article about going to a museum. Explain what you liked and disliked about the experience, as well as your general opinion about it.

Biography – Write an article that gives interesting details about the life of another person, living or dead. An example of this would be an article about Abraham Lincoln, Lady Ga Ga, or a family member.

Instructional article – Write an article that tells the reader how to do something interesting. An example of this would be an article explaining how to pack and prepare for a fun camping trip.

Recipe – Write an article that describes and lists instructions for an original recipe that you created. An example would be a recipe for a smoothie that describes how you thought of it and why people should try it.

Movie, Book, or Game review – Write an article that describes the positive and negative points of something you have seen, read, or played. An example would be a review of Little Big Planet, including what you like about it and dislike about it. You would also include your general opinion of the game and express why you think your reader would or would not want to play.

Fictional story – Write a short story about anything you like!

Poetry – Write one or more poems about anything you like in any style you like. You can draw illustrations for them, if you like.

Humor – Write a funny article about anything you like. For examples of this, check out Dave Barry. Another option is to create a collection of original jokes.

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Divinity, Indeed

Chewy chocolate chip cookies...fresh out of the oven.

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A New Venture

A friend of mine recently suggested the possibility of setting up a booth at the local farmers’ market. So this got me thinking of what things I could possibly sell. Naturally, my thoughts turned to baking. Anyone who knows me well probably already guessed that. 🙂

For the past few days, I have been researching successful baking ventures, pricing, visiting area markets, and a plethora of other things. I have come to the exciting conclusion that this has the potential to be at least satisfyingly successful.

So here’s the plan… This will be a family venture. Each week, a different baked good will be chosen by each family member. The kids will contribute to the baking of their item, learning all of the fantastic things that baking teaches (math, chemistry, cooking…deliciousness) and having first-hand experience being a part of a business. What a great way for them to learn about the value of work and what money really is all about.

I’m so excited about the possibilities! No, I do not have any delusions of becoming rich off of this. I do, however, see it as a great little family business!

The first recipe I’m setting out to perfect is chocolate chip cookies. Simple…and a best seller! Who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie, for Pete’s sake? My personal favorite recipe is Alton Brown’s “Chewy”. But I like a more toffee flavor to my cookie, so I tweaked the recipe a bit to suit my taste and used my homemade vanilla extract.

It’s seriously good batter. Which has to rest in the fridge for 12 hours so that the flour can absorb the egg and allow the cookie to bake around the edges before it spreads to far, keeping it chewy and delicious. I know you’re drooling already. I’ll keep you posted on the results once I bake them off tonight for dessert.

In the words of Alton Brown: "The hardware and the software".

Homemade vanilla extract, aged 4 months. It is intense and puts anything store bought to shame.

The batter. Rich, dreamy, and very difficult to resist devouring.

Dollops of cookie batter delight chilling in the fridge.

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I’ve been trying to find some fun ways to encourage and motivate my Bigs, and I remembered all of the cute and inspiring motivational posters that my teachers had in their classrooms. I started digging around on the net for some posters I could buy and discovered that it would not be remotely cost effective! So, I took matters into my own hands and found some great quotes, cute clip art, and inspiring photos that I assembled into motivational posters. My plan is to “wallpaper” their bedroom and bathroom doors with these great thoughts!

Here is the first set. Please feel free to print them for your own Bigs’ enjoyment! 🙂 Many of these posters are either used directly or adapted from Free Printable Posters – a great site! Definitely check them out, too!

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