Sunday, December 06, 2009

Maylin's photos from Rhode Island (part I)

Maylin's photos from the Conservatory of Flowers

Maylin and I went with our friend Meghan to the Conservatory Flowers in San Francisco before Thanksgiving to see a special exhibit. Here are a couple of her best photos from that day.

Maylin's photo of Stefan

I just think the composition of this photo is soooo cool! And the contrast of the black and white, the dashes of color -- I love it. I hope to share more of Maylin's talents soon!

Cody, the newest addition to the family

Isn't our little guy a cutie? We found Cody online through I highly recommend it! You can find a rescue dog through an advanced search -- sex, breed/mix, age, and location. We searched for a male "baby" of retriever/shepherd origins, saw his photo (he had floppy ears in the original photo), and just fell in love with him. This photo was taken of him in our front courtyard. He is now 3 1/2 months old and is a really sweet, cuddly guy. We miss Leo, who passed away on November 1, but we're happy to have a furry creature to love now.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Moist oatmeal breakfast bars

I made these for the first time this morning, and everyone who's tried it loves it. I guess it is possible to make something really healthy AND delicious!

This recipe has been adapted from an oatmeal fruit bar recipe from Sara Snow's Fresh Living book.


2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 stick of butter, melted
1 cup Turbinado (raw) sugar (granulated probably works fine, but may be sweeter)
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 t. vanilla extract
1 small apple, peeled and chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups dried coconut
3 cups rolled oats

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking pan. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, flaxseed, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix. Stir in fruit, nuts, coconut, and oats. Press mixture into pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges just begin browning. Let cool before cutting into bars.

Best online education resources for free! (part I)

Fun science activities with PDF instructions and videos:

Maylin made a cool jitterbug that jiggles with the help of a battery and motor.

The Asian Art Museum has great educator packets on different regions of the world. The prices listed are for the printed books, but the PDF format is free to download. There's lots of info, plus some related arts and crafts projects as well.