Monday, April 14, 2008

Some Gardening and Unplug your kids......
To start off with I will share about our gardening that we did this weekend. It feels so weird to say that we did gardening because we live in an apartment with no land what so ever. I still want to do some gardening though, and so do the boys. So we are using pots to garden in and using any space that we can to put them. In the master bedroom there is always plenty of light so we are growing our own herbs, tomatoes, and peppers. The kids are very excited about them, so much so that they wanted some of their own plants. I picked up a package of butterfly garden seeds for them. We planted them this weekend. One big pot to put out beside the front door and three little ones for the front window.

Gabe was so excited to plant. He was willing to help with everything including getting the new bag of soil out. (he calls it mud. so cute)
Sam helped fill in all of the pots. Now he is ready for the seeds.
Look who has finished with all the long hours and was able to enjoy our weekend with us. The boys were so happy. Daddy even made time and took them to the pool this weekend. It was a really great weekend.

Now this weeks theme for the unplug your kids was food. The boys are studying Australia right now so we decided to make some Damper Bread. It was really easy and alot of fun to do.

Gabe waiting so patiently for his part and singing us some songs. It was classical in honor of his favorite show, Little Einsteins. The milk carton has little einsteins on it.
Sam was working very hard on all of the measuring. He measured out all of the ingredients for this recipe. I just told him the measurments that he needed.
Gabe was sneaking the raisins. Such a hungry little kid he was. LOL
He stopped though to watch his big brother sift in all of the ingredients.
Time to clean the bowl. Really yummy!!!
The Finished product. (like the tree, thanks to Gabe. He wanted it to look pretty) We made the cinnamon raisin version. It was really yummy with some butter spread on it warm. Of course we had to have a glass of nice cold milk to go with it.

Here is the recipe that we used if you would like to try and make some. We got it from this book.

Delicious Damper (Makes 1 Loaf)


-2 cups of A/P flour, 4 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspooon of salt, 3/4 to 1 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 cup of raisins, and 1/4 cup of sugar.

1.) Preheat the oven to 375'F. Grease a cookie sheet.

2.) Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until you have a soft dough.

3.) Form the dough into a big ball. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Here are a couple of other link to recipes and even a little history on the bread if you want them. See here and here.

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Have a great day!!!!


John said...

Cute boys! I've never heard of that bread before. I love raisin bread though!

amy said...

Looks yummy! One of my girls wants to learn about kangaroos this summer, so I think I will add this to my Australia activities pile. Thanks! :)

Chrissy said...

What a great way to turn food into a bit of a geography/culture lesson! That is so funny how your son insisted on the tree for a little something extra in's all about the details! Thanks for the great idea!

Kate in NJ said...

Neat! we always had a garden..even in our apartment. We had them in flower boxes on our balcony.;-)
P loves the tree by the way.

Anonymous said...

You are a brave woman letting the kids garden inside like that!

Michie said...

I almost did planting this week too. That bread looks like a fun thing to try!

Mom and Kiddo said...

That bread looks easy and yummy. We also garden inside our apartment! As well as our local community garden. It's so great that kids have hands on experience with growing food, even though they might not have a yard.

reprehriestless warillever said...

We haven't started a garden yet -- we'll work from plants once the ground is warm enough to plant (which won't be for another 6 weeks or so up here).

I love how you tie food into your geography studies. Your boys are really getting a good look at different aspects of culture.

Anonymous said...

Ooo that bread looks yummy. It reminds me of a giant scone. I'll bet it was delicious. I think we'll have to give it a try too!

Piseco said...

I've never made Damper Bread - it looks easy AND fun! And extra cute with a tree... thanks for sharing!

Kate in NJ said...

Hi H~ We grew tomatoes,green peppers,
lettuce and eggplant as well as herbs and strawberries (in the same jars we use now) The tomatoes and eggplant
we had in big white buckets, all the rest were in flower boxes..I'll shoot you pics if I can find them...worked well to
give us privacy from our neighbors.
lol Hope that helps!I have seen people growing corn in pots too, although we have never tried it.

Amber said...

Even in a room with not enough sunlight you can grow plants if you get a grow bulb. It is a light bulb for plants. Rob said they sell a lot of them at Lowe's. I haven't ever used them but Rob said they work well.

YUM! That bread looks good! Travis spent a bit of time learning about Australia but I don't think we spent much time on foods. I love how Gabe added a tree. He is such a creative boy!