Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Barefoot Contessa at Home. I love her cook books and just so you know, there is nothing low cal about this cake. My thought is, life is way to short to eat low cal anything. Besides, most of the time if you read the ingredient list it is full of artificial sugar substitutes and other yucky stuff. So if your going for it, Go Big or go home!
- Butter, for greasing the pans
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cups good cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup buttermilk, shaken
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
- Chocolate Buttercream, recipe follows
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 8-inch x 2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.
- 6 ounces good semisweet chocolate (recommended: Callebaut)
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 extra-large egg yolk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy. Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of the hottest tap water. On low speed, add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don't whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I could not take my eyes off the inuit person on wood with a fish on line. So completely beautiful and without hesitation I bought it. You know where it is going right? I am beside myself to get to work and add him to our nature inspired scene of the Arctic. I know the children will love this addition. I love how that space inspires such imaginative play. They are so gentle with that space.
If your at the market stop by and check out Good Natured. They have lovely gifts for children and grown ups. Happy Saturday!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I also, found pictures using google images and did some write ups for the teachers on the back of each photo for reference and should the children have questions about the marine mammals.
Wow, they love it and really I'm not surprised. So much fun to see and listen and imagine what it is like under the water.
As an extension today, we will be doing yoga and being these marine mammals using these very sounds. Thank you Nina and Julien, this is such a great gift!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Unplugged Sunday. The recipe called for pinto beans but I used kidney beans as they were more readily available. I soaked the beans over night and changed the water and boiled them for about 11/2 hours early this morning. Did I also mention that we served this with Milkshakes today? Yup, I lost my head today and we used up some birthday ice cream we had in the freezer. Your children really loved milkshakes and beans!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
|mmmmmmm eggs are a good source of protein and fun to peel!|
|An Apple A day makes this little girl very happy and full!|
|Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice Anyone?|
My Montessori Journey. I love her blog and sadly she isn't posting to it anymore.
That's all for now. I am really busy with a super big project that I am hoping to share at our next book club. I am laminating like crazy! I seem to always have a project on the go and it never feels like I have enough time. hmmmmmm maybe I need another sick day. ~m
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Toob about Arctic life I found at Michaels craft store.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Today I finished making our passports for the map cabinet. They actually went together fairly quickly once I got my system in place. I also had to go out and buy a really long industrial stapler. this was a great purchase as it will allow us to make many more things and do lots of book binding.
Art Projects for kids. Kathy Barbro has some amazing stuff on her website and we have used a few of her ideas and I have bought a few of her files. This is where I purchased my file for the Canadian passports to make our books. You just have to search it out in the search box on her site.
As you can see they turned out great and it is exactly what I was looking for! I also have a stamp for the visa section so when the children work with a particular map or travel to a certain continent we will be able to document it. It is a nice way for us to keep track of who is ready for more. These are going to be so much fun and will really compliment our continent boxes that I am just finishing up! Yay, A Trip! Don't you just love taking trips?
Thursday, January 5, 2012
We will be getting ground beef, ground pork and pork roasts. We decided to try a new pulled pork sandwich with the children later this month and Chris has hooked me up with a great shoulder roast for this! Anyway, I've been trying their meat out at home and it is very tasty and the quality is excellent. The customer service is fantastic and super friendly. They have suggested that we may want to visit the farm with the children or have them come in to talk about farming and where our food comes from. Here is a link about who they are http://farmersmarketsnovascotia.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/The-Story-of-Getaway-Farm1.pdf
and here is their website: Get Away Farm Go and check them out and feel good knowing that the children are eating very well. I don't mind saying.....2012 is off to a great start!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Artburn. I first found out about Artburn in November when I was shopping at a Christmas Craft fair. I knew as soon as I saw the tee shirt painting kits that they would make great gifts for arty children. So, I bought a couple and gave them away as gifts and one went to my daughter who LOVED it so much she promptly ask for another one for her birthday! So I sent an email. Turns out Artburn is here in Halifax. It is a local business owned by Eleanor Kure. When she is not traveling to craft fairs to sell her projects you can visit her website and place an order. I was able to connect with Eleanor today and enjoy a cup of tea and learn about her business and purchase more kits for my birthday party stash. In a funny way I think I was meant to meet this lovely lady and learn about her business. Eleanor, went to a Montessori when she was little for a few years and she shared with me some of her memories of that time. It is very cool to know that some things just never change in a Montessori classroom. Artburn is the product of her need to be a creative soul and she has been doing it for eighteen years. The business started out as Funky tee shirts for Adults and then moved into artistic patches for jeans and now painting kits for children. Of the two giveaways, one is a Butterfly tee shirt and the other is a Pillow Case called Magic Pillow. I LOVE the meaning behind the Magic Pillow Case. The Pillow Case says Sweet Dreams, My Magic Pillow. In each corner are re affirming phrases, such as, I am Loved, I am Safe, Tomorrow will be a great day. This is a great gift for a child to make, but also very comforting to have. The paints are 100% non toxic and once washed it is super soft and the colours very vibrant, the plastic bag it comes in is biodegradable. I am a big fan of giving practical and fun gifts and these are brilliant! Did I mention that they sell for $20 a kit! If you get a chance check out her website or drop her an email. Happy 2012 Everyone and Thank you Eleanor!