Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gifts from the Kitchen

  We always make a lot of gifts through the Christmas season and many of them come from our kitchen.  We'll still be making plenty of cookies and baked goods, as usual, but his year we also decided to branch out into sugar scrubs, lip balms, and lotions too.  We whipped up a few different batches of sugar scrubs and lip balms today as part of our schooling as well as covering the usual topics too.  Ian and Alec had an add and color page reviewing doubles and a blank postcard sample to fill out for our monthly postcard exchange.  Evan had a sheet with addition equations on it and he had to decide if the answers were right or not and then color the true ones green and the false ones red. He also had a postcard template that he dictated to me and I wrote out for him.  He read me an elephant and piggie book and then cut out the words to labeling the parts of a reindeer and pasted the words in their proper place as a bit of added/ fun reading practice. He was mad that he had more things to do for school than his brother's did and he was a bit uncooperative when it came to cutting and pasting.

    Evan had noticed a different version of giant snowflakes at the gas station yesterday and remarked that he wondered how they had made them.  I told him we could make them ourselves and then he'd see.  So, while all the boys were hard at work at the kitchen table I sat and cut enough papers out to make 7 giant snowflakes.  We had only planned on making one each that would give me 4 beautiful snowflakes to hang in my four large windows but the boys liked them so much they wanted to make an extra one to put on each of their doors.

Making his snowflake 

One of the completed ones 

    We read some more Harry Potter and some more Blood of Olympus as well as a holiday book or two.  We really enjoyed The Dog Who Saved Santa and A Very Marley Christmas.  I also made it a point to drag out all my Christmas CD's and the CD player today so we listened to lots of Christmas music today as we worked.
  In between books and schoolwork the boys all played together in Ian's room.  He had collected all the matchbox cars from the toy room and set up a car dealership in his bedroom.  He invited his brothers to come shopping and pick out a car.  They also used the cars to play pass and on the air hockey table.  I cringed to hear the cars flying and clunking and thinking of them scratching the air hockey table but they were happy, getting along and playing so nicely I didn't want to interrupt.  I consoled myself with the thought that the air hockey table was Ian's anyway and if it got destroyed he'd be getting a valuable life lesson in taking care of his things.
    We gathered together to experiment with making lip balms and sugar scrubs.  The boys had some suggestions for flavors and varieties that I hand't thought to try.  They wanted to try a bit of everything we made.  We put the lip glosses in the fridge to harden them up and I explained that most oils have a point at which they become solid and a temperature at which they become a liquid.  For lip balms we want the temperature to be colder so they'd be more firm and no to soupy.  They had never used sugar scrubs before and were curious about how they worked.  I had them each try out a handful of each kind that we made.  They LOVED them and eagerly asked me to save some for us.  Ian thought we should start making them up, jarring them and selling them at local craft fairs and things (always my entrepreneur!)
Putting the containers back together 

Filling the lip gloss containers 

Mixing up sugar scrubs 

our completed batches of scrubs 

our completed glosses 
    After lunch we watched The Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause.  I just love Christmas time and spending relaxing days with my boys.

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