Thursday, January 20, 2011

Number Poem

Down you run and 1 is done.
Around, and down, and out go you,That's the way to make a 2.
Around, and around, just like a bee,That's the way to make a 3.
Down, across, and down once more,That's the way to make a 4.
Short neck, belly fat,Number 5 wears a hat.
Down, around, in a circle you go,That's a six, just as you know.
Straight across, slide down from heaven,That's the way to make a 7.
First a snake, then come back straight,That's the way to make an 8.
First a ball and then a line,That's the way to make a 9.
Tall straight, circle then,That's the way to make a 10.

This poem has helped my 5yo remember which way her numbers face, and to remember to start at the upper left, moving right & down. My 3yo energetically follows along, in her "uh huh, me too!" phase. We like to get out the magnadoodles or go to the chalkboard and write along. The first few times we read it, though, we just traced our fingers in the air. We've done it every day this week and she's already memorized it, gleefully, very proud of herself.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Peanut Butter-coconut No-Bakes

EDIT TO FIX TYPO: It should read 1C peanut butter, not 1/2C. Sorry for the confusion!

One of the treats I included in my yearly "yummy basket of goodies" gift I give to family.

Peanut Butter-Coconut No-Bake Cookies

1C sugar/maple syrup/honey
4tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 C shortening/coconut oil/butter
1/2 C coconut milk/other milk sub/milk
1 C Peanut butter/other seed or nut butter
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 C shredded, unsweetened & no-sulfite coconut shreds (can get them in bulk at Oryana)

* In a large saucepan, bring sugar, cocoa, milk & shortening to a boil. Boil for ~1-2 min.

* Stir in peanut/nut butter and vanilla, until melted and well mixed.

* Add coconut flakes, stir to mix well.

*Scoop by tablespoons onto wax paper to cool.

If they seem too sweet, decrease the sweetener, and increase peanut/nut butter.

These were our (Dave & mine) favorite treats I made this year, too, necessitating an entire second batch. :)
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