Harrison Farm

for now, the only thing we're growing on this farm is kids - not the goat variety

Month: January 2008 (page 1 of 2)

The Dream

"There are those who say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream."

--Archibald MacLeish

Our After Dinner Kitchen Routine

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The older 2 kids started handling the after dinner kitchen clean up when I was pregnant last, and they're still at it. I sometimes help out, but since we have a small kitchen, more than 2 in there gets to be a crowd. So generally, Carman & Sudoku handle the clean up, and later I scrub the pots & pans and do some kitchen prep for the next day.

So, here's our nightly kitchen routine. Continue reading

Recipe: Chicken Penne with Peppers

I found and tweaked another recipe. Here it is. Continue reading

Uncle D at the Sundance Film Festival

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David is featured in this documentary that was accepted to the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Congratulations, Uncle D, Greg, and Ironbound Films.

Spelling Bee Success?

Absolutely! It's easy to have success when your goal is simply to gain experience.

Carman & Sudoku participated in their first spelling bee yesterday. Neither came away with any prizes. Potential prizes were the following: one of the top 5 overall spellers, the top speller for their particular grades, best spelling notebook, best handwriting for their grades (it was a written bee.)

Both are glad they participated.

Silly Putty in the Carpet and How to (Mostly) Get it out

Doodle got some Silly Putty for Christmas, and it ended up on the carpet yesterday. There wouldn't have been any trouble if it had just been picked up. But Doodle was feeling experimental, I guess. He had seen the older kids press their putty on things for an impression and then try to get the rest of us to guess what object made the impression.

So, when the putty landed on the carpet, he took a stool, stood it on the putty and pressed down. What a horrible mess! Pink silly putty smashed into the cream colored carpet.

Here's how I got most of it up. Continue reading

Flax Seed Meal

Flax Seed Meal

In a package of Christmas gifts from my mom, I received some flax seed meal. I had never used it before, but I've since been adding some to our bread each time I make it and I like the slightly nutty flavor it has added. Flax seed is low in carbohydrates and high in fiber, anti-oxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids, and phytochemicals, so in addition to the nutty flavor, we've added nutrition too.

The bread I make uses 4 cups of whole wheat flour. I've been substituting 1/4 cup of flax seed meal for 1/4 cup of flour. The bread rises and bakes just as it does without the flax seed meal.

Resources for Young Artists

http://www.caricaturist4hire.com/

http://animatedbuzz.com/tutorials/

http://www.cartoonstudio.co.uk/Pages/americanad.html

http://www.learn-to-draw.com/caricature/05-line-draw-caricatures.htm

http://www.bobobriancaricatures.com/samples.htm

Ideas on Steps to Start With:

  • Learn to draw simple people in 3d action
  • Use Google Earth to create and tilt the paramaters of the area where you'll be mapping

Indoor Track Season

We've had a lot of cold weather lately, and that has posed a problem for our regular morning long run time. On a few occasions, we waited until later in the day when the temperature was at least in the 40s before venturing out to run. But that presents the problem of interrupting the flow of our day. (I hate having to change clothes in the middle of the day.)

So, we've come up with something else: Continue reading

A Music Gift

Have you seen (or better yet, heard) the music that is available at download.com? There is a lot of music from many different artists that is free for the listening. From folk to pop to contemporary Christian to alternative rap to kids music to ska revival to other genres that I didn't know existed, there is a lot of music to explore.

If you enjoy Beatles tunes and have children, you'll want to give "All Together Now: Beatles Stuff for Kids" a try.

Enjoy!

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