Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The In-Between Times

Is Christmas really already over?

We're embracing the limbo of this time to have a nice slow pace with school in the morning (in our pajamas, even, today) and then playing with new toys in the afternoon.

I feel re-energized to start the New Year in school, and it's either rubbing off on the pupils, or they have enjoyed the break and will be ready to get back into it, as well.

My cabinets have been cleaned and sorted and now I only have two more rooms to tackle so we'll be ready to start full on next Monday.

Beginning in January, Jack will start on cursive handwriting and solidly on multiplication tables above 5's. Also, working on having a more firm grasp of double digit addition above 12's. His writing program is going to intensify a bit, with a more structured writing time each day. We've accomplished quite a bit of social studies curriculum, but will spend more time on science activities during the winter.

It's been a great break, but it's always fun to start anew!

In the meantime, I'm sharing a delicious peanut butter cookie recipe that's almost guilt free eating! It is a dough that doesn't spread either, which I like because you can pack many cookies onto one baking sheet.

Mix together until smooth.
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg

Combine, and then add to mixing bowl with wet ingredients.
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt

Mix the oats and as much chocolate as you see fit. The "mini" chips and candy pieces look better, but I often use this as a way to clean out the candy drawer, too.
1 cup oats
chocolate chips
candy chunks, or candy pieces

Scoop out, flatten cookies with fork, and bake in 350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes. The color of the cookie won't change much, but look for a bit of browning on the edge.

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