Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chia Breakfast Cups

Have your caught the chia seed bug? It seems like this little seed is all the rage in the food and nutrition world. I've enjoyed sprinkling it on my yogurt and in my pancakes or oatmeal for sometime, and have finally created my version of a chia pudding that I like! 
An easy to throw together breakfast, I usually make two or three at one time and have 3 breakfasts for the week all ready to go. 
It's a perfect power packed breakfast. These little seeds fill me up for hours and as a teacher, there is usually no time for a snack mid-morning, so this keeps me full until lunch!
And it's pretty easy to put together too, so how can you complain?
My favorite combo is chia seeds + coconut milk yogurt + almond milk + dash of syrup + vanilla and cinnamon + a dollop of home made jam. Mix and let it set.
And breakfast in a mason jar is apparently the latest food trend? How much more modern can you get?

*it's really about eyeing it and personal taste, but here is a rough recipe that I usually follow**

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Song-osity: Tea Party

Oh such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you...
Noam is suddenly into pirate ships, so naturally we had to take him to the Tea Party ships here in Boston. Avi and I went here when we were kids, so it was fun to revisit the ships too. 
You are given a name and identity of one of the participants from that night and the tour begins with a town hall meeting where Samuel Adams outlines the plan for the evening. Noam loved all the "huzzahs" and "boos" and was so ready to board the ship.
The guides were amazing and so funny and loved how engaged Noam was. As the guide was telling us that everything is original on the ship, he added the line "well, except the exit signs, fire alarms, and security system..." we all laughed and then I realized I took this...
Noam was all over being on a (pirate) ship. The guide on the boat was so sweet to him and even loved that he called it a pirate ship and said, "no need to correct him today, let him have fun!" 
We also learned that the fancy East India Company wasn't so fancy. The tea was neither English or Indian, but rather Chinese. The guide quipped "made in China goes way back!"  
 They dumped over 300 barrels of loose tea into the water that night, we just pushed some boxes in, which was fun because I totally recall doing this as a child!
I really learned a ton, the participants were so honest and kept their oath to never share information about their evening of treason, that the list of participants is largely incomplete and was compiled many years later, usually when someone lay on their death bed did they then share their secret.
Noam was so enthralled with the (pirate ship), he even got his own hat that he proudly wore all afternoon and shouted "arg!!!" all over town.

Such a fun day, sometimes it's fun to play tourist in your own city, even more fun when it's through the eyes of an almost 4 year old!

Oh, such a perfect day...
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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 42

The Good:
Before Avi and the boys left we went down to the Make Way for Ducklings statues. The boys loved playing on them!

The Random:
We studied a variety of maps this week to learn how maps can have a variety of purposes. I found this note on one of the maps. I laughed so hard. I know this note was meant to come on the snacks he brought in for sukkah hopping, but I got a good chuckle!

The Fun:
We only had 2.5 days of school last week because of the last of the fall holidays. It was also the intermediate days of Sukkot, so we were encouraged to do fun activities with the kids, a perfect reason to do fun (yet educational) math games!



   

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Scav Hunt Sunday: Letters and Puddles

Book:
Noam knows the letters in his name and thought it was pretty cool to find a book with his name on it!

Mail:
A nice surprise in the mail this week, a card, not a bill.

Star(s):
Not sure who was the bigger star was, the duck statues or the cute kids riding them...

Saturated:
Puddle + three year old = wet three year old.

Wall:
I updated the artwork on one of the walls in my bedroom. I'm loving it.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Apple Picking!

If you visit New England during the fall, you must go apple picking. So apple picking (and eating) we went! 
This the third year that I have come to this orchard, but the first time I came on a week day and it was so quiet it was amazing and made it so much more fun to let the boys run around the rows of trees.
Noam was all about finding ladders to climb up and pick apples from. Ronan, was a hot mess between the wet grass and slippery apples on the ground the kid kept falling over, laughing at himself all the while! 
Ronan almost got the hang of picking apples, well, almost...
After we picked 2 bushels of apples (!), we headed over to the store and mini-farm, Noam was trying to convince us to buy a pumpkin (no dice) and the little daredevil was just being cute. 
We ended the outing with cider and cider donuts for the Goober, and than tried to figure out what to do with about 100+ apples!

Little by Little
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Song-osity: Concord

But I've seen it all in a small town...
Oh, those small communities...

Avi, Noam, Ronan, and I took Concord by storm last week. Avi wanted to explore a quintessential New England town, and I figured what's more New England than Concord?

I had never been there before, it is such a great small town. A main street lined with shops and little eateries. We had lunch at a little tavern, found a small toy shop, candy shop, and wandered around Monument Square.

I just love these little small towns. Having grown up in a small-er town area, I still gravitate to the vibe of a small town. Sure, I live in a bigger city, but there is something special about a main street lined with local shops, probably why I enjoy my little neighborhood so much!


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