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Posted on July 15th 2013Top
Categories: Home Schooling
Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

In June, our last three Fridays were Cooking Fridays. On the first Friday, B made us French Macaroons from scratch.

On the second Friday, he made us Chocolate Eclairs. < ----- using this video tutorial.

Recipe by Joy

I have condensed her recipe her for my own reference. Please use her video tutorial for more info and all the steps.

Choux pastry: (I totally thought she said Shoe pastry ha ha... They do look like little shoes, don't they?)
1/2 cup (65 grams) flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 tablespoons (55 grams) salted butter
1/2 cup (120 ml) water

2 eggs
, lightly beaten


Custard cream:
1 1/4 cups (300 ml) whole milk

3 large egg yolks

1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
2 tablespoons (20 grams) flour
2 scant tablespoons (15 grams) cornstarch
(corn flour)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Chocolate glaze:
2 ounces (55 grams) Ghiradelli chocolate 60%

1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy "whipping" cream
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon light corn syrup


Here is a picture safari of how it all came together.

Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

Chocolate eclairs Cooking Fridays homeschooling

I tried one right as it was made and to be honest, I was a little disappointed. It was still luke warm. It wasn't my favorite taste. Then we put them in the fridge until the next day and what a difference!! YUM!!! The chocolate, the cream, the pastry. All so so yummy. So I definitely recommend chilling these before eating them.  As complex as it was for B to make them, it was just a little harder for me to wait for them to be chilled. Have to say.

Here are all three of the desserts that B made - links to each recipe under picture:

French Macaroons Eclairscreme brulee
French Macaroons                            Chocolate Eclairs                            Crème Brûlée

More recipes here
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Posted on July 15th 2013Top
Categories: Home Schooling
French macaroons from scratch 11

The last month before (home)school was out B and I came up with Cooking Fridays. He had found some great video tutorials of complicated pastry that he wanted to try.

First up were French Macaroons. <-----  Here is the video tutorial he used. Note that she makes pink ones with raspberry cream. B made his without food coloring and with a chocolate ganache filling instead.

I was his kitchen assistant and my main job was cleaning bowls and documenting with my camera. Oh and taste testing. Yes it was a tough job ;)

Recipe by Beth :
3 Egg Whites
¼ cup white sugar (50 g)
2 cups confectioners sugar (200 g)
1 cup almond flour (120 g) (SEE NOTE BELOW)
pinch of salt

Chocolate Ganache
1 bar of chocolate - B used my favorite: Ghiradelli 60%
Half a cup of heavy whipping cream

See the video for the instructions he used.

Here are my pictures.

French macaroons from scratch 1


French macaroons from scratch 1

French macaroons from scratch 1

French macaroons from scratch 1

French macaroons from scratch 1

French macaroons from scratch 1

French macaroons from scratch 1

French macaroons from scratch 1

French macaroons from scratch 1
Making Ganache

French macaroons from scratch 1

French macaroons from scratch 1

Sweet, crunchy, chocolaty. What more can you want in a cookie?

Oh and you know how I told you that B doesn't like cookies and cake much? He took a nibble (because a bite would be an exaggeration) and said: "Mmm - good". Me: "have another bite?". B: "Nah, I'm good"

Well more for me and dh :)

The week after, B made us Eclairs. YUM!

Here are all three of the desserts that B made - links to each recipe under picture:

French Macaroons Eclairscreme brulee
French Macaroons                            Chocolate Eclairs                            Crème Brûlée

More recipes here
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Posted on March 6th 2013Top
Categories: B's crafts


He started with an empty shoe box.



Covered it in chevron paper from Target ($1)





Added a heart and a pink square.



Made a poem for the heart.



Put blue paper inside the lid.



Asked me to take his picture, which he then printed and cut out and made a speech bubble.



He covered the bottom inside with white paper and some punched out hearts.

When he won for best design he got really happy - jumping was involved.

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Posted on February 16th 2013Top
Categories: Home Schooling


B is in 5th grade and we have been using R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey level 1 for science. It is well below grade level, but we chose to use it because it is the one being used in our co-op and the authors have not yet come out with the one that would be our grade level (scheduled for release February 2013). So we supply with other resources from the internet such as articles and videos.

We subscribed to Brain Pop and while it is a bit on the kid'ish side (that robot's beep is driving me nuts), it is chock full of great information that address a subject in small increments. We have both enjoyed watching these videos together.

Our favorite BY FAR is this guy: Crash Course. Tons of videos, for free and they are college level and he talks fast. We both love him and he is our go to guy for science videos. He taught B the whole chain of classification terms starting at Domain all the way to species.

For our co-op we take turns coming up with projects. There are projects in the book, but we also come up with our own. Here is one dh and I came up with and the kids thought it was fun.

Dh found this Classification Key. And I made this sheet of snails and mussels - download below.


Here is the image of the shells: Free download
Here is the answer key: Free download

Then we made model clay mollusks. Here is the line up - the moms made some too :)



The other moms did some terrific things too. For Echinoderms we all went to a nearby tropical fish store and another mom came up with a great octopus craft that you can read more about here. Make some ocean crafts

Then we went on a field trip to some tide pools by the ocean. We saw so many great things that were had just learned about and we had lunch on the beach. Ahhh it was so awesome.











A Sea Hare - about 12-15 inches long. Awesome, right?

Here are some more online resources that we used.
Drawings of mollusks
Mollusks parts explained in drawingsSnails
Meet the mollusks
Pictures of Mollusks

I will leave you with this funny Mollusk song. Is this more than you ever wanted to know about Mollusks?
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Starting the new year with a new project - evolution
Starting the new year with a new project - evolution
Posted on January 6th 2013Top
Categories: Home Schooling
We are using Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer for history and some geography and social studies. We started this year with the first book: Ancient Times.


(Medival Times pictured here) Read about the numbers here

Ancient times begins only about as far back as about 7000-10000 years BC. We have been interested in going even farther back.

DH had this graphic on his Facebook page the other day from I f***ing love science. Excuse my language :blush:



B found this chart fascinating.

Then someone on our Homeschooling boards posted the Master Story of the World Netflix movie guide. I checked out the list and thought that a couple of movies would be a great way to start school back up after the long Christmas break, so we saw Walking with Cavemen I & II.

ETA: I just saw a link to a blog with chapter by chapter movies. It looks terrific!

B was glued to the screen.

Unrelated to this, I later asked him if he thought it would be a good idea to start a new longer project and he agreed. I gave him the parameters:
  1. Come up with a theme
  2. Make a topic sentence and an outline
  3. Research to include books from the library, videos, internet
  4. Decide what the product should be: report, pop-up book, poster or...?
  5. Product to include writing and images
  6. Product should include a bibliography
  7. Finish in about 1-2 months at the most.
He then said: I want to write about Evolution. Then he started researching online and found some great stuff on Wikipedia.com.

I printed out the chart for him and he started taking notes in his note book and began his bibliography. We made a folder and marked it "Evolution".

This ties in great with our trip to the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen in September where B got to examine all these ancient types of sculls.



I am now thinking we need to schedule a trip to the Museum of Man in San Diego in the spring as well.

I am already loving this unit study a whole lot!


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