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final birthday wohoooo!

31.10.15 0 comments
I have never been so happy to say we are done with all the partying. Has it been fun? Yes, but wow...
So Big Boy's birthday was the last birthday to be celebrated. We had a great end of the day party after he arrived home from school. 





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une promenade dans les bois part 4...trees in autumn

28.10.15 2 comments
For the final part of our nature walk in the woods we learnt a bit about leaves and we got to jump in as well. Well, the kids jumped...I cheered them on :)
Did you read the other posts about our autumn adventures? Read part 1part 2 & part 3
Our walk was planned well in advance. We read the book This Tree 123 (A. Formento). We got to practice the names of animals and insects in french, PLUS we counted to ten in french as well (this book is an easy read when it comes to translating. We really love Outside your Window: A First Book of Nature (N. Davis) and we've been doing most of our seasonal scavenger hunts based on the book.

At circle time, we also talked about:
  1. what we love about fall
  2. what happens to the weather
  3. what kinds of clothes do we wear/not wear
  4. what kind of clothing do we like to wear/not...mitts were so unpopular :)
Even though we planned for our outing, boy was it chilly. I hardly took any photos because my hands were numb (at least my camera hand was). The kids never seem bothered by the cold. Oh how I would love to be young again *sigh*. They were running around and didn't stop to take a breath, and finally we got into the leaves...
So what did we learn about leaves and trees?
  1. trees do not die in Autumn, they prepare for the colder weather - winter.
  2. the leaves fall off so that the trees can put on layers for the cold month ahead - to protect it
  3. dead leaves are very important because they break down and release nutrients into the soil - this gives food to trees and other plants
  4. the flat leaves of some trees lose water quickly. In the winter when the ground is frozen, it is difficult for them to to absorb water, so they drop their leaves and stay sleep in the winter and the wake up again in the spring. 

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Soup day what to say...chicken lentil curry soup

26.10.15 0 comments
I Really don't know what to say about soup day- It just is. Starting next week we will have a different type of soup day - I can't wait. I will not share any information now, but I will say that it will be very different from what we have been doing.

For today's soup I want to share a recipe. I will say beforehand that (IMO) the recipe was a bit Martha Stewart(ish) aka long and a bit fussy (once again, that's my opinion). Anyways, I simplified it...
My chicken was grated into the soup, I used a coconut almond blend, AND I didn't use cilantro - which is my all-time fave herb, because I didn't have any in the fridge. Honestly, my version was the what (ingredients), not the how (directions), and it came out great.

Voila!

Ingredients
1 bunch scallions (white and light green parts only), chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
2 1/4 -inch-thick slices peeled ginger
1/2 cup cilantro, plus more for topping
4 cloves garlic
3 cooking apples (such as McIntosh or Fuji), peeled and roughly chopped
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 13 .5-ounce can light coconut milk
Kosher salt
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup red lentils, picked over and rinsed
1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
Freshly ground pepper

*2 slices toasted bread (optional)

Directions
  1. Pulse the scallions, jalapeno, ginger, cilantro and garlic in a food processor until chopped. With the motor running, add the apples, a few pieces at a time, until chopped.
  2. Cook the curry powder in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Whisk in the coconut milk until smooth; cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the apple-scallion mixture and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 more minutes.
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and lentils. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the lentils are tender and broken down, about 15 minutes. Add the chicken and simmer until cooked through, about 6 minutes. Add toasted bread to thicken.
  4.  Season with salt and pepper; top with cilantro.

Weekending Oct 23rd

25.10.15 0 comments
The kids and I had a very busy week.  There's just so much to do and so little time - really. Our October birthday candle is almost at its end - that has never happened or come close in any other month. We did a bit of crafting this week with some painting and coloring and tissue papering :) which was a lot of fun.






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