We made cookie dough Roman pillars/columns today. Then we baked them and ate them. They were great. I'll get the recipe on here and a picture if I can figure out how....There it is up top!
Luke's coming home tonight! He just called from the Salt Lake City airport and he's doing great.
Caroline attended her German class online today. We had a technical glitch with the microphone, but I talked to the teacher online after the class and we figured out that for some reason the headphones we were using didn't work, but another set that we have worked fine. There are only 2 kids in Caroline's class so it is almost like private tutoring! Caroline and Jesse watched their first Latin lesson for this year on DVD today and that went well. They have an independent study online, so they follow the online schedule for their lessons, assignments and tests. I have Luke and Josh signed up for it too, but we do the all day Friday club classes of Apologetics, Debate and Speech I think the Latin will be too much. I have to wait until next Friday to have them spend the day at the club and see how it goes before deciding if they will continue with all 3 of those classes on Fridays.
Luke got home tonight around 915 PM. He was happy to be home. He brought some gifts for us including a t-shirt for Josh that has a drawing of a scrawny looking pre-teen boy that says, "Chick Magnet" (and Catalina Island). It's pretty funny.
Here is the Cookie Dough recipe from The Story of the World Activity Book Two:
Ingredients: 1 stick butter, softened
1/2 Cup sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, almond, or lemon extract
2 Cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Directions for cookies:
1. Cream butter and sugar, beat in vanilla and egg.
2. In small bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
3. Little by little add dry mixture to butter mixture. Mix on low speed.
4. Press dough together with hands.
5. Divide dough into 4 balls. Wrap each in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
6. Use one ball of dough for the pillar (directions below). For remaining dough, roll each ball until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Decorate with sprinkles, cinnamon sugar, colored sugars, or candy pieces. Placed on a greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until light brown.
Directions for Roman Pillar:
Cover your hands with flour. Roll a lump of cookie dough into a thinck pillar and lay it falt on your greased cookie sheet. Flatten lumps of dough into the base and top of the pillar and attach to the pillar. Carve the pillar with your knife or toothpick. If you like, you can sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the pillar to look like crumbling bits of stone.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes (or until firm and lightly browned).
We asked Luke to keep a journal of his trip and here is his entry for his last day in CA:
Sunday August 28, 2011
Today we went to Catalina Island and it was a blast! On the way there we saw some dolphins and even a whale. When we got there we explored a little then went snorkeling. The water was pretty cold but it was do-able. We saw a ton of fish and Allan filmed with his GoPro. The guy in charge of the snorkeling fed the fish and it was a feeding frenzy! By the time we finished snorkeling it was about time to go zip lining. To get there we rented a golf cart. Mr. Kurt went with Harley, Lane, and I. There were five lines and the longest was 1000 something feet long and we reached a top speed of 50 mph. For dinner I had a steak burger with cheese and ice cream for dessert. When the boat finally came we rode it back and saw the sunset. All in all Catalina was awesome and I would love to go again. Today was my last day in California and I’m soo thankful I got to come. It was super legit and would immediately say yes if I were asked and able to come again.