Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pumpkin and Ghost Brownies

This week I saw a really cute recipe for Pumpkin colored brownies on The Frugal I posted the link to share with my Facebook friends. Some pointed out that that was a lot of added coloring! My Facebook friend, Lisa, over at Retro Housewive Goes Green said "Having asthma I can't do yellow dye #5 and I seem to have issues with blue dyes. Plus they are linked to all kinds of health issues (lots are banned in other countries). She gave me a link to find natural dyes over at the Natural Candy Store.

I do understand about all the dye. These homemade pumpkins really do look yummy?Again these belong to The Frugal so click picture to visit!

My daughter and I decided for school that we would make some. We chose to do GHOST so not to use all the food coloring. She also wanted to make pumpkins and decided to just use the white butter cream frosting on them too!

Here is our quick recipe makeover:

*Make your favorite brownies into a 9 X 13 pan.

*When cooled use your cookie cutters. Try to fit each piece in tight to not waste any brownies! We were able to get 12 cut-outs.

*We made buttercream frosting. Do this while the brownies are cooling. You can also buy frosting.

*Once cooled and cut out then frost and EAT! We do not like gobs of frosting so we lightly frosted ours.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

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Friday, October 9, 2009

CurrClick offers Online Guitar Lessons


Whoever heard of such a thing! This is just wild technology in action! Online Guitar lessons?? My daughter took her first online Guitar lessons this past week through CurrClick! It was really fun to see her plugged into the computer along with 14 other people from around the world!!!

CLASS DESCRIPTION (From CurrClick site)

Learn skills on the guitar which will enable you to play thousands of songs! In this beginning guitar course you will learn how to play songs, accompany yourself singing, and jam with others. We'll learn the basics used by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, James Taylor, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, and many more.

This course will include four live teaching sessions. During these sessions, students will be taught how to get started, the different parts of the instrument, holding the instrument, tuning, playing chords, strumming and picking, rhythm & timing, playing with others, and reading Tablature.

ABOUT THE TEACHER (From CurrClick site)

Tim Weed is a professional musician and singer with 30 years of experience performing and teaching. He teaches acoustic and electric guitar styles as well as voice, banjo and mandolin. His expertise covers a wide range of styles, including pop, rock, Americana, bluegrass, jazz, blues, world, and classical.

Tim worked as a Los Angeles studio musician playing electric and acoustic guitar on over 100 CD's in a wide variety styles. He has received international acclaim for his CD, Milagros. He also travels performing his original music which has been featured on NPR and in a concert for the Dalai Lama.

Tim lives in Northern California working as a concert musician, recording artist, producer, composer, and teacher. He's a world-traveler, organic gardener, naturalist, hiker, surfer, and father of two wonderful children. You can find out more information on Tim Weed at

Here are some pictures of my daughter. She was able to type in responses and ask questions! She really enjoyed the class. He gave them sheets of work to do over the next week through email!

Very impressive! This is our first Live Class at CurrClick! It will not be our last!

She is going to participate in their HOMESCHOOL GOT TALENT Live Online Talent Show on November 4th!

Go check out their store!
Click here to find out more!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Million Minute Family Challenge update

Are you in the Million Minute Family Challenge?
120,211 total minutes for the challenge! Our CrAzY gAmErS group has logged 3,025 minutes and in 10th place so far!

Million Minute Family Challenge is to provide a simple but fun way for family and friends to enjoy the benefits of board games. The challenge runs from Sept. 1st- December 31st. This is their 9th year! It isn't too late to join in the fun! Just go get your family/group registered! Every minute counts!

What do you need to do? Minimum they are wanting every team to commit to playing a game for at least 20 minutes between September and December and record their time on the website. How can we reach 1 million minutes? They figure if 1,000 families, groups or organizations X 50 states X 20 minutes of game play = 1 million minutes!

Formula Motor Racing Card GameWe play a lot of games! My husband is a huge player and keeps records and does reviews on Board Game Geek under the name Malacandra!

One of our favorite family games in September was FORMULA MOTOR RACING.  This game is known as one of the quickest-playing auto racing games.  I guess that is why I like this game. Within 15-20 minutes you can play one game.  As a family we usually play 3 in a row.  We love the bright multi-colored cars, awesome game board, 12-sided die and quick and easy rules.  The playing cards that you draw tell your move.  Each player gets two cars of the same color and control them for the game.  On your turn you play one card, draw one card.  This card can be used directly for your car to move up or use it to move, shift other cards forward and backward.  The really cool thing to do is move up another car with your car moving up with it.  

We've played this game with ages 8 and up. Fun and fast!

Here are some pictures of our games!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Can you Limerick?

In Caught ya! #29 William Waggish whispered another one of his inimitable limericks. We learned that limericks were invented in 12-century China as a marching ditty for the army.

The form is 5 lines. The first 2 lines and the last line are to have 8 syllables & rhyme and the 3 & 4 lines are to rhyme with 5 syllables. (Information and instructions from Caught Ya!).

We also learned through Wikipedia that the limerick was made popular by:

Edward Lear in his first Book of Nonsense (1845) and a later work (1872) on the same theme. Lear wrote 212 limericks, mostly nonsense verse. It was customary at the time for limericks to accompany an absurd illustration of the same subject, and for the final line of the limerick to be a kind of conclusion, usually a variant of the first line ending in the same word.

(Lear's limericks were often typeset in three or four lines, according to the space available under the accompanying picture.)

The girls got a chance to write their own limerick!
My teacher said to write this trick,
But I never knew what to pick.
So I thought and thought,
Unsure what'd be taught
And now I have this limerick.
On this white canvas I shall paint,
With colors that will try to taint,
Colors I can say,
Will be used today,
While I use this canvas to paint.
Thanks girls you did great!

Now it is your turn! Can you do it? Post one for fun! Teach it to your kiddos and come back here and post!

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