A Shiksa on a Mission

Balaboosta (n.)(bah-lah-b00-sta) A Yiddish term meaning the perfect housewife
I'm a shiksa on a mission...
It may not be perfection but it's the journey that counts

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Kids

I am not exaggerating when I say that this whole family can geek out like nobody's business. We have been immersed in some serious Mythbusters marathons lately. We left the library the other day with 34 books. Flannery's take included kid biographies of Stephen Hawking, Amelia Earhart, Princess Grace of Monaco, Dr. Charles Drew and Margaret Chase Smith along with two stories regarding Lewis and Clark.  Emerson had one book about Easter Island and one about Macchu Picchu and a book about animals from the Smithsonian that weighs as much as he does.  Tonight we are heading out to see a special showing of a tv show aimed at teaching kids about history. We like Science Fridays and zoo webcams. Reg and I kind of hope to encourage massive geekiness in our children for as long as possible. We're not necessarily leaning towards social outcast but something more like awkward and intimidating.  Keeping our fingers crossed.

It's this type of information addiction that leads us here and there. One thing our kids love is this website with a Place the States game.You get an empty American map and you place the states. Keep the sound on because you get to hear a little "D'oh" when you miss.  We're still working on America but I'm pretty sure there are many maps to use. At the same time, we've been playing Scrambled States of America. It's a card game and Emerson is becoming quite a shark at it. If you play with him, don't play for money. Seriously.

Like I said, we've been on a Mythbusters marathon. I think we've checked out pretty much every season from the library. We're getting through them slowly but surely. Actually not slowly at all. Emerson would watch it non-stop if given the chance. I'm often very touched that he and his friends will choose to watch that when they are spending the night.

And today I came across this article from NPR. Scientists have found a large stick insect (the size of a man's hand) that was believed to be extinct.  We will be discussing this tonight and watching the video of the insect emerging from it's egg.  Yup. It will be like a party here tonight.

Muffin Morning

My kids think every weekend morning was made for big, fancy breakfasts. It must include something that can't just be toasted or poured into a bowl. They become quite adamant and turn on the adorable. Last weekend we compromised on blueberry muffins. And I got a little helper with me. I found the Barefoot Contessa recipe for Blueberry Streusel Muffins but left off the streusel (kind of out of spite and also I was tired). I did make the sour cream a mixture of sour cream and yogurt simply because I ran out. It's an easy recipe and it makes a bunch of muffins. I have to admit that making these was not so difficult but having "help" can sometimes make me cringe. Flannery insisted on pouring the batter in the muffin pan. And apparently she wanted to do it as slowly as humanly possible. Considering I have pledged to let my children help me cook more, I did a good job and let her. But it almost killed me.  And so I had to take pictures to keep my hands from grabbing everything out of her hands and elbowing her out of my way. 

If you are looking for a good and quick recipe for muffins (which you could adapt to any fruit), then try these. And if you need help making them, I know just the girl....

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Hearts Day

Colorful paper folded into hearts with a kiss and a smile. I have to say that I still love homemade Valentines the best of all. The kids are into origami like nobody's business so it was easy to pick. A bag of Hershey's kisses, some tape and paper tags with names finished the project is no time at all.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day.