Week 31 Review:
- Began final history unit with 3rd & 5th grader, Adventure on the High Seas, a study of explorers & pirates. First on deck, Marco Polo & Vasco da Gama. What interesting lives these men led. I had no idea, until reading about da Gama, of the role Portugal played in establishing a European presence in the East. Also, I did not really understand until this week, how much the spice trade propelled European exploration in the 13th & 14th centuries. I already appreciate my spice cabinet more!
- Presentation Night was this past Thursday evening. Subjects included Stravinsky, John Milton, Martin Luther, and Vermeer. Works are displayed in The Gallery.
- Learning some hard lessons about faithful stewardship and respect for belongings~many items have been confiscated this week, possibly never to be returned.
- The week is book-ended by two family birthdays; oldest boy is 14, youngest boy is turning 9. It's my baby's last year in the single digits and I'm feeling a little sad.
- First week back on the TV-Free Weekday Diet. So far, so good. I've gotten a bunch of quilting done on my Brown Project (in the works for about 4 years now). The chess board has been dusted off and returned to the top of the coffee table where it has seen renewed interest and more than a handful of games. We only had to stop a game once for too much trash talk between opponents.
Week 31 Resources:
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup butter or shortening
1/3 cup + 1 TBS unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup molasses (spray your measuring cup with non-stick spray first and the molasses will slide right out)
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry (graham) flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
3 TBS white or turbinado sugar
Preheat oven 325º. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, butter/shortening, apple sauce, molasses, egg, & vanilla until smooth. In another bowl combine flours, baking soda, spices, & salt. Mix well, then add to wet ingredients, gently mixing to combine. Once all dry in incorporated it will look like this (pretty wet):
Drop dough by heaping 1 TBS onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake 13-16 minutes or until set. For chewy cookies, remove from pan immediately and place on cooling rack. For more crisp cookies, allow to cool on the pan a little while before moving to rack. Makes 34-36 cookies.
1 cookie=2 ww points+
We enjoyed ours during presentation night with milk/coffee/hot tea.
And for the rest of the batch:
SpICE Cream Sandwich. YUM!