Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Love to Learn Linky #31

With everyone's summer winding down our is just starting to ramp up!  In the last week we've been to the shoreline twice, visited a water park and have made lots of plans for day trips and get togethers in September.

While we will be sad to see our public and private school friends heading back to school we are so happy to have parks, museum, and public places back to ourselves.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Checking Out the Sights in Jamestown, Rhode Island

Our family went to Jamestown, Rhode Island yesterday.  The weather was beautiful and we checked out a couple of the state parks.

Our first stop was Fort Wetherill.  The boys and their dad toured the fort while I took pictures of it from the outside.   

We had lunch at the park and went to check out one of the beaches for a quick dip in the water.  Ian tried catching crabs, fish and small sea creatures too.

Once we had enough of fort Wetherill we went up to Beavertail Lighthouse.  I took the boys to Beavertail last year but the lighthouse museum and the aquarium had been closed during that visit so this visit we just focused on those two.  (If you'd like to see photos of the lighthouse itself and the surrounding area you can check out this post). 

Inside the museum we learned all about the history of Beavertail lighthouse as well as all the other lighthouses in Rhode Island.

We learned about the lights, the lighthouse keepers, and even all the shipwrecks around the area!!

My husband worked on this lighthouse (in fact he built the 3 level work platform they mention) 

We had a museum docent who stopped and talked to us about some of the shipwrecks off the Rhode Island coast.  We learned about the Gaspee; Rhode Island's own version of the Boston Tea Party!  It was such an interesting story (you can read more about the actual events here).

We then went to check out the aquarium.  They had a touch tank, tanks with puffer fish, crabs, lobsters, crayfish, robin fish, horseshoe crabs, turtles and star fish.  

We had so much fun.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mocha Chocolate Trifle Cake

My mother in law was celebrating her birthday earlier this month and Alec really wanted to make her a cake.  He knew that she loves coffee and wanted to make a cake that had a subtle coffee flavor.

He's also been wanting to try and make a trifle cake so we decided to combine the two ideas into one.  We came up with this mocha chocolate trifle cake and it was a HUGE hit at the party!

Rather than make the cake and pudding from scratch (which he absolutely was thinking about doing) we decided to make it a bit easier on ourselves this time and use the boxed mixes.


Chocolate cake mix
Melted butter (in place of the oil listed on the box mix)
Eggs(1 more egg than the box mix calls for)
4 cups of Milk plus enough to replace the water listed on the box mix
4 packets Folgers instant coffee singles
1 package instant vanilla pudding
1 package instant chocolate pudding
1 8 oz. container Cool Whip
Coffee Syrup
4 Skor or Heat Bars


1.  In stand mixer combine cake mix, melted butter, eggs and enough milk to replace the water called for on the box.  Once mixed add in packets of Folgers coffee.  Divide into greased and floured cake pans and bake according to package directions.

2.  In a large bowl combine vanilla and chocolate pudding mixes with 4 cups of cold milk.  Follow package directions for making pudding.   Break up candy bars into small pieces.

3. Once cake is cooled begin layering.  Cover the bottom of the trifle dish with cake and pour a shot glass sized serving of chocolate syrup over the cake.  This makes the cake nice and moist and gives it more coffee flavor.  I did not measure this amount; squirting the cake with syrup right out of the bottle.

4.  Top the cake with half the pudding mixture.

5.  Top the pudding with half the Cool Whip and half of the candy bar crumbles.

6.  Repeat layers one more time.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Exploring the Shore During Low Tide

We spent Wednesday at the beach.  It was hot and sunny and while the beach was quite crowded it was the perfect day!

No one got sunburned or hurt, we saw tons of sea creatures, and we really enjoyed walking out in the water all day long.

The tide was out most of the time and we could walk our pretty far while still being able to see our feet and everything under the water.

Looking for shells and crabs

This pile of seaweed was filled with snails 

A baby crab!  

We found so many fascinating shells; just about all of which had hermit crabs inside 

Here's a crab peeking out

A completely intact shell; Evan kept speculating about what lived inside 

Starting a hole 

Help makes it go faster 

Enjoying some frozen treats at the beach

I loved the lighting and reflection off these small pools 

A shell covered in smaller shells 

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