2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat waffle iron.
Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy.
Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.
Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
Pour mix onto hot waffle iron.
Cook until golden brown.
Homemade waffles are a hit at our house. I usually double the recipe and we have waffles to snack on during the day. You could also make extra and freeze them.
Teghan loves to help me mix the batter. Today, she was intrigued by the viscosity of the oil and how it seemed to keep some of the ingredients separated as I was adding them to the bowl. She thought everything would “melt in” to to the flour.
Freedom, likes to add cinnamon to the batter. I usually wait towards the end as I am not a huge fan. You could always add chocolate chips or berries to the batter. I personally refuse to add them into the batter, especially chocolate chips, in order to make the clean up easier. I learned that lesson the hard way when I was a server and we were responsible for making the waffles. Chocolate chips make the biggest mess on the waffle iron.
Of course, Teghan and I had to sample the first few waffles. We had to make sure they were “safe” for the family to eat. Really, we had just worked up a big appetite doing housework.
Spring. In Canada. Mother Nature can be finicky. Where I live in Western Quebec, we have had rain, snow, and a sunny 15-degree day in just the past week.
Since we had a somewhat nice day, we went on a walk. We spent the afternoon on a nature walk. We needed some time outdoors. Social, or rather physical, distancing is hard on my kids. They miss their friends, the neighbourhood park, and our outings to museums. They even miss going to the grocery store.
We searched for animal tracks, enjoyed the birds singing, and trying to identify trees.
We are a week and a half into pretty strict social distancing measures. Schools and day cares are closed until May 1st — at the earliest. Tuesday at midnight everything but essential stores and services will be closed. Those that remain open are only open for limited hours and only allow a very low number of people into the store at the time. The premier has “asked” that no one travel other than to buy necessities. Groups of more than two people aren’t even supposed to congregate, indoors or outdoors. They are making exceptions for family. We are being asked not to cross the inter-provincial bridges into the neighbouring city by both of the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau. The cities of Ottawa and Gatineau are pretty much one city. Ottawa has declared a state of emergency.
The border between the USA and Canada is closed meaning I can’t get to my son.
It is a scary time.
No breaks. Since I work from home, I don’t get my somewhat peaceful 45-minute bus ride home. Working from home also means that the tiniest human believes that I am her beck and call 24/7. She doesn’t understand that I am trying to work. I am out of spoons, or as I prefer to say, mana.
… and the weight gain. Seriously? I will admit stress and boredom eating is going on. Since my apartment is now my office, I don’t get much walking in. The weather is unpredictable. I was running on the warm days, but a couple of days ago I hurt my ankle. Not only does that take away my alone time, but it also means I can’t do many of the exercise DVDs I own or use Beach Body on Demand without risking further injury. My ankle was feeling a tiny bit better and I (foolishly) went for a walk with the family. I wanted to find some branches for a project I had in mind and wanted to try my hand at foraging. That was a mistake. I have managed to hurt my ankle again. So it’s back to being super strict with weighing, measuring, and tracking my food intake again.
I should consider myself lucky. Besides the anxiety attacks and dealing with fibro, everything seems to be fine for now and we are healthy. I am getting to spend time with my family (except for my oldest kiddo and that is killing me) and we have food and shelter. We even have toilet paper!
How are you holding up? What safety measures are in place where you live? Most importantly… Do you have toilet paper?!
International Earth Day is March 20th and coincides with the vernal equinox. While it’s a balmy 13°C, it is also raining. We weren’t able to head outside and enjoy our day as the kids need the next size up of rain gear.
I had the privilege of reviewing Environmental Assessments today as I worked from home.
Since we couldn’t make it outside today, we spend the day repotting small plants in our living room. I had saved the potting soil from last year and brought it in to warm it up before using it. I tried to contain the mess by placing a trash bag on the floor … between the cats and an excited four-year-old, it was futile. There were a few succulent leaves that broke off so we are trying to see if they will grow again.
Due to scheduling, this was going to be the first time that I would be available to attend the Sacred Circle Dance celebrating the Spring Equinox. Thanks to COVID-19, it had to be cancelled. Maybe when the Summer Solstice rolls around, we can gather in groups once again — and I will be free.
I have noticed a trend. Many subscription boxes are offering some amazing deals! A few have seemed to ramp up their selection of freebies and resources on their sites.
Toucan Box I had not heard of this one until recently. Their boxes are geared towards 3-8-year-olds. STEAM inspired, they let you select which two crafts to receive. They have a selection of printables and you can even customize your own character. There are also activities that you can fo with your kids. You can get half off your first box by using my link, and I will also get half off of another box. It only set me back $12.47 CAD ($8.45 USD). Being isolated at home, this is a really good price at which to try out this box. I couldn’t even come out of Michael’s that cheap!!
EPIC! Since we can’t get out to the library, I decided to subscribe to this service again. I set it up on my old devices and the kids have been exploring books all day. You can set up profiles for up to four kids and keep up with their progress. The site and app are easy to navigate and you have unlimited access to children’s ebooks, audiobooks, and quizzes. On their blog, they have lists of audiobooks for preschoolers and educational apps. This service is free for the first month and costs 7.99 per month. The service is free for educators.
Raddish This is one that I have been wanting to try out. I am a picky eater, and I feel like this one would help us explore new foods. On their website, they have some activities such as edible solar systems and homemade butterfly feeders. They also have lesson plans that align with their subscription boxes, or can be used on their own.
KiwiCo We LOVE this one. From the Kola crate for 2-4-year olds to encourage learning through playing to kits that specialize in science, engineering, art, and design. I honestly think the hardest part is picking which crate to select. You can change the boxes during the subscription which is great. We have got the tinker crate for our 11-year-old. Her favourite KiwiCo box so far has been the planetarium and a colour spinning art kit. She learned how to assemble a motor and complete a circuit. They have some free DIY ideas for older kids and some pretty awesome crafts for preschoolers and some science projects you can try out, including fluffy slime.
The tiniest human in our house has been obsessed with her “experiments”. Neil deGrasse Tyson has said that we shouldn’t get mad at kids for making messes and learning — kids are born scientists! As much as love letting her explore and experiment, it can be trying at times. After we tried the rubber egg experiment, eggs became her favourite thing to test. After many, many broken eggs … we have had to enact certain rules to her experiments in hopes of teaching her about the scientific process and procedures. We once joked about her giving us a research proposal in order to use more eggs. We came up with the idea of having her document her experiments. I created an experiment sheet for her to write (or in today’s case, have me write) about her experiment and draw a picture. This sheet is tiny human approved, as she requested more copies to be made for her experiments.
The Egg Experiment
According to Teghan, the tiny scientist, today’s experiment was to see if she could get the colour inside the plastic egg. The equipment she needed included the plastic egg, markers and a brush. She figured out yesterday that she could remove the ink from the markers into a bowl of water. She wanted to try to and get the colour to stick to the plastic egg that was part of her older sisters old snap circuit set. The conclusion was no, it didn’t stick BUT she did find out that the almost black marker had red ink in it. She was also impressed to figure that all the markers made a brown colour that “looked like chocolate milk”. She was disappointed that there wasn’t any smell.
It’s a start.
I think we need to revisit the research proposal idea as she is getting close to exceeding her funding. She kept requesting more markers. Thankfully, I figured out that the older markers without caps that I had found while I was cleaning her room worked perfectly. I plan on keeping all her “data” and giving them to her when she is older.
Why not download the sheet and let your preschooler write and draw all about their experiments? Be sure to comment if you do as we would love to hear what your kiddos are experimenting… and maybe it will save us on eggs.