I truly believe one of the best times to teach is when your child’s curiosity lights up! We had one of those “teachable” moments tonight! We were making this great recipe tonight from Sugar Free Mom: Barbecue Chicken Cheddar Burritos with Mayo Free Slaw . By the way I HIGHLY recommend this recipe! It got 8 thumbs up tonight!
The girls were helping me with the dressing for the slaw and they were fascinated how when I whisked the oil and vinegar together they separated every time!
So we decided to make oil and water tubes, with the addition of vinegar. It became a mini lesson on the concept of polarity! When I say mini I mean very very watered down on a kindergarten level but I still think they cam away with a small understanding of the concept!
So first I poured some veggie oil in a clean water bottle.
The girls added vinegar.
Finally with some help they added water.
We capped them off! It’s a good idea to add some super glue around the inside rim of the cap! Then shook them up!
and watched the “magic” begin!
To help them understand what was happening we pretended our hands were molecules. Vinegar, which is mostly water anyway, and water are polar molecules. They have one positive side and one negative side. So when they get together with other polar molecules they want to lock together. For the polar molecules we made our hands like claws. We brought our hands together to show how the molecules join together and sort of “lock”up.
For the no-polar molecules, oil, we kept our hand flat. So our flat hand, oil, and our claw hand, vinegar or water, bounced off each other.
I know this is very simplistic and I hope I explained the concept correct. I at least believe we got the right idea anyway.
To pull the concept together the girls journaled about it. I have them draw what they observed and then they verbalized it to me and I write it down.
Overall it turned out to be a fun experiment and the girls were so excited to share with their daddy what they had learned!
So recently I was given a hand-me-down bread machine. I am always looking for ways to save a little money while also moving towards a healthier lifestyle and making my own bread seemed to be a perfect solution. We go through a lot of bread in this house! We have two options in breads, either purchase the cheap bread that doesn’t taste very good and I can only imagine the amount of preservatives or spend a lot on the expensive breads in lieu of other groceries, neither option ideal.
At first I tried three different boxed mixed. I have mixed reviews. They tasted okay, not great, but were very dense and chewy. Not good at all for sandwich bread.
So I took to Facebook, knowing I have a lot of homemaking, all natural, do it yourselfer friends and asked for advice. It was a college friend who suggested buying King Arthur flour and using the recipes on their website. I checked out the website but the recipes only used the mix cycle on the bread machine, and I want a start to finish bread machine recipe. While I have summer off when I am back to teaching in the fall I want something fast and easy. I did, however buy the flour!
Then I found a recipe I wanted to try online from my bread machine company.
With a couple tweaks to the recipe I have found success!
I’m starting out small. This is just a white bread recipe but its perfect for sandwich bread! It’s light and fluffy but holds up well. I was able to make what I call “sunshine eggs” with it and it held together great! (Forgot to take a pic of this childhood favorite, oops)
Can you believe we went through an entire loaf in one day?
I didn’t take pictures of the process either but let’s face it, how exciting can dumping ingredients into a bread machine really be? While I love recipes on blogs with their beautiful photos I don’t have a great camera and we all scroll down to the bottom anyway so I’ll just save you the trouble!
I love this recipe for how basic and easy it is and how great it tastes. The ingredients are all easy to find which is great for people like me who live in a small town and don’t have easy access to odd artisan ingredients!
Simple White Sandwich Bread
1.5 cups warm water between 115 and 125 degrees
3 T oil (I use olive oil)
2 T plus 2 tsp sugar
1.5 tsp coarse grind kosher salt
4 cups King Arthur bread flour
1 T plus 2tsp bread machine yeast
Add ingredients to your bread machine according to your machines instructions.
For mine I add wet ingredients first.
Then the sugar and salt.
Next the flour.
Lastly I make a well in the center of the flour, not through to the water, and add the yeast.
Set your machine to express bake and let it do the work for you!