Friday, May 31, 2013

Lots of Projects

 The Tadpole Project

Remember two weeks ago we went to a pond
up the mountain to catch tadpoles?

Here they are!

Alive and sprouting!


 The Puppy Project

Lu's new puppy has gone through a complete transformation
from starving, shivering and shy street-mutt 
to an overexcited, full-bellied yapper.

 The Art School Project

We've been running our little art school
since Lu was three months old.

He is currently participating in 12 hours weekly of
performing and visual arts workshops,
and wants to be a workshop facilitator when he's older.

The Ancient Rome Project

Our studies on Ancient Rome are coming to an end, but instead of making a poster like the ones we did for the other great empires, Lu is working on a Word document with a timeline, interesting facts, and lots of pictures.

 The Cake Project

Lu made a whole-wheat apple cake for a very special visitor arriving today, who recently turned four years old. We specially ordered the apples from a guy at the fruit market, and picked them up the next day. 

He was absolutely set on making the cake all by himself. 

And I have to say, sorry to brag, that of all the things this boy does that would make any mama proud, the fact that my 10yo son can make a cake is way up there on the list. (I was going to bold "son", but then I thought it was a quite retrograde thing to say... uncool me.) But it tickles me pink that HE can bake. haha. Possibly because I didn't learn to bake until I was 26 and pregnant. And even then, it was probably his baker influence flowing out from within me.

He chopped 6 cups of apple, very finely.

He was at it for several hours, well into the evening.

 It came out SOOO good.

He mixed 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour with 1.5 teaspoons of baking soda (which were going to be 3 teaspoons, but I fortunately got there just in time), and a pinch of salt.

In a separate bowl, he literally threw in everything together and mixed: 4 eggs, 1.5 cups of dark brown sugar, 1 cup of melted butter, 2 tablespoons vanilla, and 3 tablespoons dark rum.

He added the dry mix to the wet mix all at once
(not bit by bit like his mama showed him, mind you).

Finally, he folded in the 4 cups of finely chopped apple.
Seriously delicious yumminess!


  1. Fantastic projects, especially the cake :) I'm glad you posted the recipe! Those tadpoles are pretty great as well.

  2. What great projects all around! I'm so glad that your pup is thriving and happy, and your boy too :)