We are studying American colonial times in history. When possible I like to add in some of the suggested arts and crafts- the easy, but memorable, ones. Pound cake is a recipe (called a receipt in colonial times) that is easy to remember. This isn't something that I would normally make because, well, it doesn't involve chocolate, so what's the point really? But, we (I) need memories to cement history lessons in our minds. And, I had all the ingredients already. So, Caroline (age 12), Jesse (age 9) and Sophia (age 8)
helped under duress...I mean, helped dutifully.
Well! Was I surprised at how good pound cake is- even minus the chocolate!! I like to make recipes where I can see a picture ahead of time. So I put a picture and the recipe below. If you've never made/eaten/become a fan of pound cake, I highly recommend that you try it. It reminds me of a shortbread cookies- so good and so easy.
POUND CAKE from Colonial Kids by Laurie Carlson
1 pound butter/margarine, softened (4 sticks)
1 pound sugar (2 cups)
1 pound flour (3 and 1/4 cup)
1 pound eggs (8 large eggs)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon vanilla
Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 3 bread loaf pans (I think 2 might be better). Stir all ingredients together (I used a 21st century mixer). Pour batter into greased loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour. I sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Not sure if you can see this well enough, but here is a start to Easter decorating. Easter eggs and chicks hanging on tree branches. For the past few years I've hung decorative Easter eggs on the bushes in front of our house. I started doing it in Germany where during the Easter season all of the stores sell the eggs on strings ready to be hung. This year I couldn't find where they are stored in our house so I went to buy some more and found out that it's actually a German tradition and there aren't readily available eggs-on-strings for sale in US stores. I don't like to sound snobby about having lived in Germany so I try not to say, "Well, in Germany we did yada yada yada" but this was significant to me. I love those hanging eggs. Ok, so I found some at Michaels!! I'm not sure how weather proof they are for my bushes out front like ones I had from Germany, but I'm buyin' em and tryin' em.
And....in case you didn't know, Micheals give the teacher discount to homeschoolers!!!!
|Easter decoration. Oh yeah, the Germans also have beautiful table cloths and table runners for all seasons.|