Sunday, October 30, 2016

Erupting Pumpkins Adventure

Erupting Pumpkins!

At our art play group (which I never take pictures of, but really need to) we tried egg carton volcanoes and all the kids LOVED it.  Usually about half the kids are into the activity and the other half would perfer to play, but that really held their attention so when I found this pumpkin version over at I got the idea from science4superheroes, I knew I had to try it!

You'll need:
  • A couple small pumpkins, we used the ones we got from Zander's field trip
  • Baking soda (I used 1/4 cup per pumpkin, but your milage could vary depending on the size of your pumpkin)
  • Dish soap (just a couple drops)
  • Condiment bottles (keep in mind the size of the pumpkin when filling your bottles.  Your toddler will want to squeeze every last drop and if you start with too much you'll end up with a bigger mess)
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring (optional, but awesome)
  • I used art trays and a cookie sheet to contain the mess

Tomato has painted many a pumpkin this Halloween season, but he hasn't really explored pumpkins yet.  First we started with looking at the pumpkin then feeling the insides.

He wasn't too into feeling the inside of the pumpkin, but did enjoy putting the lid on and off.

 Next I poured a quarter cup of baking soda and a couple drops of dish soap into a carved out pumpkin.

Then I put some vinegar in a condiment bottle and added some food coloring for effect.  Zander really enjoyed squeezing the color into the pumpkin and watching it explode!

Pete came over to check out what we were doing and got in on the exploding action!

And of course, what toddler could resist dunking his hand into the fizzy colorful mess!

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Our International Shower Adventure

Our au pair is getting married so I threw a shower for her.  And it was an International Fest!  

A couple of Karen's friends helped me throw it.  Look at the beautiful banner Yuri made!  She also made a canvas for everyone to sign for Karen to remember everyone who came to celebrate.

But you know me!  It was all about the FOOD!  Yuri from Columbia brought some Arepas and Empanadas.  Moana from France brought a savory Tuna Cake and a Quiche!

Between Yuri, Moana and I, we had food from every continent!

I made some Caprese sticks, three kinds of UK tea sandwiches, Australian sausage rolls and Swaziland Mealie Bread.  I made three types of pan-Asian satay in three different styles: Lamb, Shrimp and Chicken.  And representing the USA...we had some potato chips, lol.

The savory spread!

Though I am most proud of the dessert table.  Yuri brought a Lemon Pie.  I made Turkish stuffed apricots, Malawi Peanut Balls, and this amazing Norwegian Ring Cake.

The ring cake tasted super almond paste.  It wasn't super sweet, which was awesome.  Even better, it was easier to make than you'd think!  For sure easier than if I'd tried a traditional iced cake!

I even made some fun beverages.  Horchata, a rice drink from Mexico that reminds some people of rice pudding.  Though, I like horchata and am not a rice pudding fan.  I also made a favorite shower beverage of mine...Strawberry Basil Tea with either sparkling soda or sparkling wine added in.

And of course there were GAMES!

Yuri organized a game with pictures of every year of Karen's life, which was so fun!

I also made a few...Present Bingo, What's in your Cell Phone, Love Quotes From Movies and How Well Do You Know Karen!

I think I was most proud of the prizes.  Most of these I got at World Market.
USA - Bike mug with an assortment of hot cocoa mixes...including a bacon one!
International (2) - Passport covers
Morocco - Mint tea, moroccan looking hanging tea candle holder and tea candles
India - Small box and scented soap
Japan - Sake and a little snow globe with a japanese scene
France - Small bottle of wine and a bag of madelines
Europe - Italian cookies, gummy bears, cookie butter
Beach - Pedicure set

I put them in brown bags, where I wrote the theme on the bag.  As people won, they got to pick the theme and then open to discover the prize!

Tomato crashed the party when he saw one of his favorite friends was an attendee.

It was a successful party!