Sunday, September 23, 2012

Let Them Eat Cake!

We studied the french revolution this week.  I think Maxwell was a little shocked that everyone we studied got their head chopped off.  Even Robespierre himself! I was toying with the idea of making a guillotine for our activity, but this seemed a bit morbid.

We ate french food instead :)

Of course we studied Marie Antoinette. I loved the Usborne books we found this week. One was about Marie Antoinette and one was "The Tale of Two Cities."  Both made excellent books for children's understanding.

We made cake from scratch to celebrate Marie Antoinette.

It was an excellent recipe, so I'm going to record it here for future use: (I got this recipe from the children's book "Elliot bakes a cake")

2 eggs
3/4 c soft butter
1 1/2c sugar
1 c milk
1 tsp vanilla

mix in separate bowl
2 1/4c flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

First separate the eggs into two small bowls.  Next cream the butter.  Now add the sugar.  Stir until smooth.  Beat egg yolks, then mix them with the butter and sugar.  Add the milk and vanilla and stir.  Add the flour, baking powder and salt a little at a time.  Mix until smooth.  Beat the egg whites until they are stiff, then gently fold them into the batter.  Pour the batter into two greased 9 in pans and spread evenly. Bake in a preheated oven at 350*f for 30 min. or until the centers spring up when touched.

We also started one of our co-ops this week.  There are eight families in our group!  But spread out between three houses next door to each other, it was very manageable. I am with the babies/preschoolers for two thirds of the time and teach the Maxwell-aged kids theatre for the other third.  That works great for me!  We're doing the "Standin' Tall" series of plays.  We are starting with "Obedience" and I hope everyone has lots of fun.

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