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Fire and Ice Festival Sculptures

One of the towns near us hosts a fire and ice festival each February.  We have yet to make it to the actual festival but this year we did go see the ice sculptures the next day. It's so neat to see so much detail carved out of ice!

A few of the carvings had lost some details and were showing signs from the power of the sun but thankfully it was cold enough that the sculptures lasted this year.

 My boys and I were quite taken with how they looked up close..

This was quite the throne!  Complete with swords carved all around it.

This train had slots carved it in that were filled with colored sand art!

February Pinterest Challenge-- Cheesy Chicken Chowder in a Bread Bowl

Welcome to the February Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!
I have been eyeing Simply Stacie's Cheesy Chicken Chowder pin for a long time and finally decided to make it one cold day last month.  It was AH- MAZE-ING!!!

I did have to make a few adjustments; mostly because I really need to go grocery shopping and partly because I wanted to make it just a bit healthier.  I added a bit more vegetables and cut back on the cheese.  I also wanted to get the chowder started while we were out hiking and prepared part of it in the crock pot.

Ingredient list:

3 cups chicken broth
1 Tablespoon onion flakes
1 cup celery, sliced
2 1/2 cups potatoes, diced (though I think I had closer to 3)
1- 12 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables
3 cups diced, cooked chicken
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk, skim
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

100 Days of Science #57-- Which Has More Water Ice or Snow?

We had a bit of snow a few weeks ago and I was looking for a nice and easy science experiment to do with the boys.  
We have dome a few snow recipes over the years and I wanted something new.  We finally settled on discovering which had more water; a jar of snow or a jar of ice.  

We picked two mason jars that were the exact same size.  
We packed one as full of snow as we could and another full of whole sized ice cubes.  

I had the boys make predictions about which jar they thought they would melt first and which jar they thought would have the most water in it at the end.  We wrote down their predictions and set the jars aside; making sure to check on them every couple of hours.

The jar with the snow began melting first; much faster than the jar of ice.

It melted completely and we could already tell; even with large pieces of ice left that the jar of snow had far less water.

Ian has predicted that the snow would have less water since he watches a lot of survival shows and they oft…

Learning About the History of Worcester

We had friends of ours tell us about the free admission and free guided tour being offered at the Worcester Historical Museum and never having been before my boys and I decided this was the perfect time to visit.

It was so nice to get out and see a new museum.  We have been homeschooling for so many years that we were starting to feel like we had run out of places to explore.

The Worcester Historical Museum is a smallish museum with only 4 or 5 rooms but it is chuck full of information about the history of Worcester--- it's people, buildings, streets, businesses, and culture are really brought to life through the displays and even some hands on exhibits.

We started our time at the museum in the Water Street Exhibit room where the guided tour was being offered.  Our tour guide talked a bit about life behind the scenes for a museum curator too and we learned a lot about how the exhibit was put together.  Water street was rich with Jewish culture and history and much of it was dest…