My journey into Asian cooking began when I found Just One Cookbook. A recipe website created by Namiko Hirasawa Chen, to share easy (and tasty) Japanese recipes. When I found her recipe for Cherry Blossom cookies, I just had to try it!
I ordered some salted cherry blossoms from Japan since I could not find any locally and to order from Amazon was more expensive than ordering directly from Japan. Obviously it took a bit of time for them to arrive, though not as long as I expected. I think it was just over a week… two weeks at the most.
Have you ever tried cherry blossoms? They don’t have a lot of flavor but they smell amazing, and they are so pretty!
These cookies are so beautiful! It’s basically a sugar/shortbread type cookie with a few blossoms ground up in the dough and one blossom on the top. You roll the edges of the dough in sugar crystals… I only had red ones, but it turned out okay.
I highly recommend this recipe, if you don’t mind spending the money and waiting for the blossoms to arrive. It makes a fair amount of cookies… though they didn’t last long in our house!
Has your homeschool day ever not gone as planned? That’s how a lot of our days are lately. We always have the best intentions but sometimes it’s just not worth the fight or stress. This has left our school days kind of low-key lately.
We’ve found some more William Joyce books at the library so we’ve spent a lot of time reading. Mr. T has also fallen in love with The Curious Gardenby Peter Brown.
After reading it the first time he is convinced we can grow a grass staircase in our garden. Should be an interesting experiment, and I’m not quite sure how he plans on accomplishing it.
The kids have also spent some time playing the Teach Your Monster to Read app put out by Usborne, who also make some of our all-time favorite books. Mr. T’s reading has really taken off since he started playing.
But, most days…. we just end up outside playing in the mud with rocks and sticks, and visiting the chickens. The kids love to dig in the mud patch which was left behind when we took down our pool. Mr. T has been telling me he’s digging a mining shaft. Mr. Moo and L’il Miss just love to find rocks and acorns to fill their toy car or the tricycle. We have a willow tree in our backyard which has provided the kids with hours of entertainment, and mommy with much shady relaxation. In a few weeks, the yard will also be filled with various bird songs. The Cardinals are already out singing, as are the chickadees and goldfinches.
As much fun as these days are, they do tend to provide a lot more laundry for mommy to do… yay!
How do you handle days that don’t go the way you’ve planned?
Our homeschooling day today took us on an outdoor adventure… in the rain. The rain part was not planned. When I originally suggested the outing it was 10 degrees and had cleared up. By the time we actually left it was raining, 8 degrees and dropping. However, we continued on our adventure.
We went for a long walk and ended up at a little beach. Unfortunately, my phone died and we missed out on some fun pictures. Here are the few we managed before the battery died.
When we got home the kids filled daddy in on everything we saw: train tracks, dog tracks, bird tracks, funny rocks, ice rocks, logs floating in the water, a time capsule burial spot, sea grass, etc.
After some hot chocolate to warm up we moved onto some math with the second book in the Life of Fred series (I buy these from Christian Book Distributors). Mr. T loves these books! We read through three chapters. When we were through, Mr. T asked where a certain word was in the book. The word “mob” to be exact. A few minutes later he shows me this:
Gotta love it when he does copy-work without any encouragement or bribery. It’s usually quite a fight to get him to read or write.
Any tips on how to encourage a reluctant reader/writer?
My husband and I recently decided it would make more sense to have one site for all of my writings. Instead of having a separate blog for each of my hobbies, we are combining them all in one place and just using categories to make it easier to find a specific topic.
Since I am no longer trying to manage a home business, it made the most sense to adapt my business website into a blog. So, that’s what it is happening! This site we will be under construction for the next few months while I figure out exactly how I want it to look. Please bear with us during this transition.
You may also notice that some of my posts will contain affiliate links now.