Goose just turned three. This week marked her very first skinned knee! She was running around outside while I was picking up trash (between some blowing around and somebody chucking a bunch of cans, there was a lot!) and the inevitable happened. Her knee took the worst of it - putting a small hole in her pants - while the other knee is bruised and both palms have a bit of road rash. I'm surprised she's lasted this long without one, I guess.
Lots of good stuff around the interwebs this week.
Oh, I know Goose would love this Mini Rain Stick from Busy Bees.
These Flower Prints from Soda Bottles are SO CUTE. (@ Frugal Family Fun Blog)
How fun for Easter - Bunny Houses at Home Sweet Home.
This little Removable Flower Garden at She Wears Flowers is so, so cute!
Tipnut has a Butter Q&A. I think it was The Pioneer Woman who said "don't be afraid of butter. God made cows."
Laura at Heavenly Homemakers posted a yummy sounding recipe for Homemade Chewy Granola Bars (with NO corn syrup!). And, I can say from personal experience, that her butterscotch bars are out of this world. The pan barely lasted 12 hours (and that includes overnight - though I only made a half batch). Next time I think I'll add a bit more flour as they were VERY buttery on the bottom.
I pink puffy heart hominy and was very intrigued by this article at Mother Earth News on Make Masa - Nixtamalize Your Corn. I doubt I'll try it, but I'm fascinated by the process!
Ooh, these Twisted Breadsticks at Minutes To Spare sound YUMMY.
As do these Lasagna Roll-Ups from Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles.
Love the recipe and love the story - check out Great-Grandma Louise's Tortillas at Sarah's Musings.
Speaking of the Pioneer Woman, the only reason I haven't made these Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares yet is Hubs doesn't like lemon and that leaves the whole pan for me. Goose would probably give me a run for it, though!
Not sure how I missed this last week, but I really enjoyed this post on Early Reading Strategies for Little Learners (subtitled Giant Post on Teaching My Child with Down Syndrome How to Read) at Pondered In My Heart.
Who doesn't love Mad Libs? :>) You can find some Easter ones here at Classroom Jr. (and apparently many other Mad Libs).
For you pregnant mamas, check out Make Room for Baby to see what's going on with your innards right now. :>) (@ Museum of Science and Industry)
PRAY & PONDER
This article at The Common Room called Boys and Girls Are Different. Really. gives lots of food for thought on the differences in learning styles by gender.
Annunciation Thursday marks the beginning of a Novena for impossible requests. It runs all the way through Christmas. You can find the prayers here at Domestic-Church.com.
Danielle Bean has plenty of experience as a mom of 8 upon which to draw inspiration for her post 5 Ways to Survive a Stomach Virus. I hadn't ever heard the one about canned peach syrup but I'm definitely tucking that one away.
One more post-partum depression post - Healing From Post Partum Depression at Catholic Mommy Brain.