Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday!
This week for Tea Time Tuesday we are talking all about “brownies”… The kind you eat and the folklore! Do your kiddos know what a brownie is? Mine didn’t, so we read a little about them here. Since a lot of our featured poems are fairly short, we are also reading a few selections from Emily Dickinson or Edgar Allan Poe each week. I think during our next library run I will pick up a few different poetry books to switch things up a bit.
Brownie by A. A. Milne
In a corner of the bedroom is a great big curtain,
Someone lives behind it, but I don’t know who;
I think it is a Brownie, but I’m not quite certain.
(Nanny isn’t certain, too.)
I looked behind the curtain, but he went so quickly –
Brownies never wait to say, “How do you do?”
They wriggle off at once because they’re all so tickly
(Nanny says they’re tickly too.)
The kids made my favorite brownies this week. I found this “Bombshell Brownies” recipe a few years ago, and it is the ONLY brownies I will make now.
To make your own Bombshell Brownies you will need:
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
You can find the recipe here on allrecipes. They are so easy to make and taste way better than a boxed mixed… And don’t forget about how amazzzzzing your house smells while they are baking (yum)!
As you can see we kept our table very simple this week (and I snuck in a few pictures of ALL of my kiddos-shh!). We like our brownies fresh out of the oven, so we served up in the kitchen to avoid making a big mess.
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Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday!
I can’t believe another week has come and gone… I really don’t know where the time is disappearing to this summer! However, we are excited that it is time for another Tea Time Tuesday. The weather in Michigan has been crazy this year. I feel like we have been living in a windstorm ALL SUMMER, so I wanted to feature a poem about wind!
Wind on the Hill by A. A. Milne
No one can tell me,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.
I’s flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn’t keep up with it,
Not if I ran.
But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.
And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.
So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes…
But where the wind comes from
This week Julia really wanted to make tea sandwiches and do Tea Time Tuesday at lunch. My children are the PICKIEST eaters in the world (seriously… ugh!), which means I don’t have a recipe to share this week since our tea sandwiches consisted of only pb&j! Wind on the Hill by A.A. Milne talks about flying a kite, so we decided to make these cute kite snacks in place of trying out a new recipe.
- Graham crackers
- Peanut Butter
- Chocolate chips
- Shoe string licorice
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Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday… Strawberry Jam Edition
I don’t know how it is possible, but August is here and we celebrated with our very first poetry tea time. For years I have been talking about starting this tradition…. However doing and saying are two very different things! I am so happy that I finally stopped being the slacker that I am and kicked off August in this fun way. Check out what we did this week for Tea Time Tuesday below.
Strawberry Jam by Adine Stephens Clark
WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO STEP ONE MORE TIME
THROUGH GRANDMA’S KITCHEN SCREEN DOOR,
SMELL THE AROMA OF JAM SIMMERING
AND TASTE HER HOT BISCUITS JUST ONCE MORE ?
Click here to read the rest of Strawberry Jam.
Strawberry Freezer Jam
To make your own strawberry freezer jam you will need:
- 2 cups crushed fresh strawberries
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 (1.75 oz) package dry pectin
- 3/4 cup water
We followed the instructions here. This jam was easy to make, and my children loved putting it on warm biscuits. They are also looking forward to trying it on ice cream tomorrow afternoon.
Julia, Jack, and I went on a “thrifting” mission to find the perfect dishes to use during our Tuesday Tea Times and we were lucky enough to find a silver teapot and lazy susan serving tray! Unfortunately, we were not able to find enough teacups and saucers, so I ordered this set off of Amazon.
We paired our strawberry freezer jam with fresh baked biscuits, strawberries with cream, and a variety of cookies (Yes, store bought… No judging!). I wanted to keep this week’s menu fairly simple to ease into our new tradition, but in the upcoming weeks I plan on having the children prepare an entire meal for us.
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Summer is quickly coming to an end, and I am dreaming of our upcoming homeschool year. Like most homeschool mamas at this time of the year I have been busy setting goals, finalizing curriculum choices, and organizing our school room. During this process I realized that every year I say I am going to get my children into the kitchen more, but I never seem to follow through. This year that is going to change! Every Tuesday my kiddos will be in charge or preparing food and setting our table for Tea Time Tuesdays.
What will you see from us during our Tea Time Tuesdays posts?
On this blog I will share:
- Featured poem of the week
- A tea time snack recipe
- Our table setting
How will I prepare for poetry tea time?
This afternoon the children and I will be heading out to find some new dishes for our special Tuesday afternoons. I already own a quite few teacups, but I think the children will enjoy selecting their own dishes. I will need to purchase a larger teapot as well. The only teapots I own are part of a “tea for one” set, and those teapots are not nearly big enough for four people to share. I will also gather a number of poems and recipes that I would like to use in the upcoming weeks.
I can’t wait to start this new tradition in our home.
Need some inspiration for your own poetry teatime? Check out this wonderful page from Brave Writer and come back each week to see what we are doing here at Homework and Horseplay.
This may be the first negative review of Easy Grammar you have read!
I have used this program two different times now, and I will never use it again. My children are not typically complainers when it comes to school, but Kenten and Julia spent MOST of this past year complaining about their grammar work.
How does Easy Grammar work?
Easy Grammar is a mastery program that focuses on being able to find prepositions and prepositional phrases. This unique approach makes it supposed to make it easier for your child to label subjects and verbs.
What do you need to teach Easy Grammar?
The only book you absolutely need to use Easy Grammar is the “Teacher’s Edition” of the level your child is using. The teacher’s edition includes everything from the student workbook in addition to the answer keys to each lesson. I highly recommend purchasing the student workbook along with your teacher’s edition, otherwise you will spend a lot of time and money photocopying the reproducible worksheets.
What level should I use with my child?
It is recommended to use the age-appropriate grade level that your child is in. However, Easy Grammar does provide Elementary Placement and 7-12 Placement tests on their page if you are concerned about ordering the wrong level.
What don’t you like about Easy Grammar?
My main problem with Easy Grammar is the lack of instruction. I don’t know if the lower levels had more to their daily lessons, but Easy Grammar Plus only had a few sentences of instructions and one or two sample sentences. This program is too much like a “boring worksheet” that my children complete and forget as soon as they are done.
Homework and Horseplay’s final thoughts…
Easy Grammar just is not the right fit for our family. Any program that causes my children to complain endlessly is more hassle than it is worth. Some people may enjoy having super short instructions, but for me I prefer more teacher involvement. My youngest son (Jack) used Shurley English this year. Although Easy Grammar and Shurley English both have a lot of repetition and similar work, Jack truly learned the parts of speech rather than just memorizing a bunch of prepositions. Kenten and Julia will not continue using Easy Grammar next year, even though it is one of the products included in the curriculum kits we plan to use.