Suki likes to tell us that she doesn’t have any friends, or that all the girls hate her, or maybe today she talked with one of them at first recess but then at lunch they didn’t want anything to do with her. Being a kid is hard, being a kid who loves everyone and takes every little thing other kids say to heart is even harder.
The Sportsman’s Expo was in town a few weeks ago and the school was able to go Friday before they opened to the public. Suki asked me to chaperon her field trip, and in turn I drug Shawn along for the ride. It was in town so we didn’t have to go very far to get there so we met the kids at the fairgrounds versus driving to the school and following the bus back to town. Suki was very excited to see me when we got there, or I should say she was very happy to see my camera.
I quickly set the white balance and reminded her that it was on manual focus since my auto-focus is acting up. She yelled “OKAY!” over her shoulder as she ran off to take photos of the trout in the cement pond only coming back to ask me to take a photo of her and her friends together. My camera was passed from kid to kid, each carefully placing the strap around their neck and lining up their shot. Most of them came out blurry, but they had a good time and took photos that captured a moment or display that caught their attention. I think the two favorites were both from The Cub- Scouts, box-car racing and trying out the flint.
Amber is enjoying her homeschooling, for the most part, but sometimes she forgets that she has to cook at least two different items a week, and one can only claim Kraft Mac and Cheese experiments so many times. Part of her lesson every week is shopping and menu planning. She has to choose something that she is willing to make and that we are willing to eat. She flounders a bit deciding at home but once we are at the store something usually piques her interest.
A few weeks ago it was romanesco from the organic vegetable display. I’m very grateful that they had a sign describing the characteristics of the vegetable or who knows if anyone would have eaten it. Suki was a bit hesitant, but in the end she decided that it was okay, but that it wasn’t as good as broccoli. We made tortellini, which we call bellybuttons, with a garlic alfredo sauce. Amber was leery about making sauce from scratch but was pleased with the outcome. Especially when Shawn said it was the best alfredo sauce he’d ever had. Our last venture into cooking was a bit of a fiasco, we made lime sherbet cupcakes with raspberry butter-cream frosting. (I’m still working on getting the recipe typed up, I need to make it again with a few tweaks to avoid having to add ingredients between batches.) They tasted really good, but Suki has asked me to make something besides lime next time.
Saturday I made chili for dinner, and we decided to try The Pioneer Woman’s Skillet Cornbread instead of our normal cornbread recipe. It was delicious and we only had about 1 1/2 cups of chili left. It went over so well in fact that we made it again after church on Sunday. Amber requested sweet cornbread so I added about two table spoons of sugar and about a cup of corn that we warmed up in the microwave before adding to the batter. Both times I used olive oil instead of shortening and Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose flour and you couldn’t tell the difference. We love Ree’s recipes and her cookbooks are laid out in a way that they make sense to beginners.