Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Macro photograph of a pile of sugar (saccharose) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It happens every year at the Easter brunch a former neighbor throws. One of the children who used to live in our neighborhood, now all grown up 30 years later, tells me they remember when I used to help the neighborhood children make sugar Easter eggs. Wow. They remember? How fun is that?! Instructions: 1. Add 1 whisked egg white to a mix of 3 ½ cups of granulated sugar and ½ cup of powdered sugar. (I always made white eggs, but you can add food coloring to the egg white before mixing it with the sugars.) 2. Brush cornstarch... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia I had dinner at my son and awesome DIL’s last week. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, but they were able to add me at the last minute. They had just been grocery shopping, deciding to try mahi-mahi for the first time. This is how the conversation went when they were telling me about picking the menu. DIL: “The mahi-mahi fish looked good, but I’d never made it before, so I looked it up in the Whole Foods app. They had a recipe that used arugula and onions that looked good. I already had onions, so I just had to buy arugula and tomatoes and we were good to go.... (Read More ...)

  Stockings. Check. Tree. Check. Presents. Check. Whew! You want to relax. Children are wired. “Can we set out some cookies and milk for Santa?” Sure. Cookies. Just one too many things to do. Let me help you simplify. “Santa might like his own, individual chocolate cake in a coffee mug. What do you think?” Kids over seven can do this on their own. Kids under seven can do it with supervision. Three minutes to assemble the ingredients. Five minutes to cook. Promise. I like the cocoa powder version, because I’m more likely to have cocoa on hand. Chocolate Cake in a Mug Ingredients 4... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia Yesterday, Grandson played with toy cars, read three now-memorized Berenstain Bear books, played The Ladybug Game (invented by a 6-year-old), played a simplified version of Mastermind where Grandma asked questions about each peg and position before placing the white and black pegs to make transparent the code breaking strategy, downloaded some free sheet music for easy piano pieces from a site that also has audios of the owner playing the pieces and videos of him playing, and sometimes tutorials to show you how to read the sheet music for Grandson’s music notebook (figured... (Read More ...)