Sunday, November 30, 2008
The other day I made chocolate chip cookies (yes, from scratch) and she really wanted to be a part of the action. So I pulled one of the chairs from the dining room into the kitchen and set it next to the counter so she could see. They have contraptions made just for this purpose (look online- you can find them) but the chair worked just fine. I am sure this is the way generations of parents have taught their kids to cook. No special product needed!Grace loved sampling the raw cookie dough from the bowl and the mixer! And, the cookies turned out pretty well. I tried something different - I used whole wheat flour for 1/2 of the flour the recipe called for. I learned this trick from a cookbook intended to get kids to eat healthier. Now, there is nothing "healthy" about chocolate chip cookies, but at least they were less bad for you this way.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I found out on Wikepedia that although we use the terms carousel and merry-go-round interchangeably, "carousel" is the name most often used in North America, while in Europe the term "merry-go-round" is more common. I always used merry-go-round when growing up.
They say that modern carousels in America are mainly populated with horses. I wondered why the one we were riding had dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, deer, a tiger, a swan, and a panda. I found out that carousels made in Europe generally had a whole variety of animals. I suppose this one must have been modeled on the European version. It was really colorful and pretty, but, personally, I prefer the horses. That is why I put Grace on a big white one in a row that had three horses side-by-side.And, if you are interested.... Here is a little more carousel history:
Early carousels had no platforms: the animals would hang on poles or chains and fly out from the centrifugal force of the spinning mechanism; these are called "flying horses" carousels. They were often powered by animals walking in a circle or people pulling a rope or cranking. By the mid-1800s the platform carousel was developed where the animals and chariots would travel around in a circle sitting on a suspended circular floor which was hanging from the center pole; these machines were then steam-powered. Eventually, with the technological advances of the industrial revolution, gears and cranks were installed on these platform carousels, thus giving the animals their well-known up and down motion as they traveled around the center pole.
Friday, November 14, 2008
This is my favorite photo from that night because she is looking at the camera (a rare thing) and because she did such a great job walking on the balance beam even though it was her first time!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Here is what dinner was like a couple of nights ago.... (The pictures are blurry, because, as I said, she doesn't stop for a second!).
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Election 2008 has yielded the first Roman Catholic vice president (Joe Biden, D-Del.) and the first African American president (Barack Obama, D-Ill.). In addition, the historic campaign -- nearly two years long -- was marked by breakthroughs in race, gender, age, fundraising and use of technology.
The primaries were the most contested, the debates the most contentious, and the cost the highest -- nearly $1 billion by yesterday's Election Day. In earlier primaries, voter turnout soared and, in the case of the Democrats, broke all records.
Facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and fighting two foreign wars, 9 million Americans registered to vote for the first time with an excitement not witnessed in generations.
Marked by both passion and polarization, the race drew legions of African Americans, youth, and disaffected independents who had historically not played such a large role in determining the victors.
It seems only fitting that I commemorate this historical election here for Grace. She is too young to realize it now, but the election of 2008 could change the course of our country for years to come.