New Friend and Mantu

Uncle Kai and his family came down to visit us. They brought Uncle Kai’s cousin, Morsal. She lives far away. She lives in Holland. She knows how to cook Afgan food. I like it a lot! Mark is yelling behind me, “I like it lots and lots!”

Here is a recipe for Mantu that Morsal taught me to cook. It is the picture on the left. The rice is Kabli Pulau.

Fry some hamburger with diced onions, carrots (if you want), chopped garlic, salt and black pepper, cumin seed and Garam Masala. Taste and make sure it tastes good.

Drain the grease if needed and cool a little bit.

Using wonton wrappers, place a little meat in the middle of each wrapper. Use water to seal and bring up two opposite corners, then the two other corners to seal well. Make a lot!

Using a large steamer, steam the mantu in batches and eat warm!

To make the Mantu extra fancy and extra good, make a sauce for them. Cook yellow lentils and add tomato sauce and spices to taste. Use the sauce over the mantu and then pour natural yogurt over the top of that.

Christopher Robin

Our first butterfly emerged! Even though she is a girl, we call her Christopher Robin still. She emerged in the night before we could watch her.

Momma let me play with her a little bit before we let her free. We see her a lot still!

Hoping for more soon.

Cherry Picking

On Sunday, a friend said we could pick cherries from her cherry tree. We were told they were canning cherries.

We went this morning. They taste yummy yum! We picked and picked and picked. We had lots of fun. We weighed them and they weighed about ten pounds!

We might make a pie with them and maybe jam. And eat them! Momma says we will probably freeze some.

Robin Babies

We went to Grandpa’s house last week. He put his ladder up and we got to look in a nest. There were baby newborn robins.

I took this picture yesterday when they were about a week old. Momma had to crop it a little bit. I hope that I can see them before they fly away.

Learning How to Play Soccer

Yesterday, me and Andrea went for our first soccer practice. Daddy is our coach. Mark’s in soccer too. He isn’t on the same team. Mark helped Daddy coach.

At the end we got a water bottle and my uniform and some socks.

Then we got home and we tried on all of our stuff. Momma took a picture of us. We played a funny soccer game.  Me and Andrea just won! Then we  had our “victory ice cream”!

Soccer is going to be fun!

My games will be on Saturdays at 10:00 starting 1 May 2010.

Making Soap

The day before yesterday we went to Mrs. Klaussen’s house.  She is a neighbor.  She taught us how to make soap! It is EASY!

Before we got there she mixed some lye with water. It is dangerous! It looked like crystals. Then she let it cool.

We used a scale and added olive oil, coconut oil and palm oil together. We had to be accurate on the amounts used. We melted it on the stove and then I mixed it to cool it down.  Mark held the thermometer.

Mrs. Klaussen poured the lye in and Momma mixed it.  We put in peppermint smell. After Momma stirred a little more, Mrs Klaussen poured it into cookie molds and milk cartons to mold it.

Then we put a piece of cardboard on top and then we put blankets over it so it could keep warm. Then we went home and let it sit for a day. 

The next morning we went to Mrs. Klaussen’s house and took it out of the molds and cut it. One of the soaps has “recycle” on it. That’s my favorite.

We now let the soap sit for three days because it is poisonous. It is very acidy and could hurt you. We have to use plastic gloves to touch it. In three days we turn it and let it air out some more. We have to let it air for three to six weeks before using it.

I want to make soap again! 

Something New I Can Do

I told Mark, “can you help me ride Andrea’s bike?” So he did! He helped me, he holded me and then he ran with me and let go. I rode for a little bit and fell.

Then I ran inside,”Mom Mom! I rode Andea’s bike!” Momma said, “without me seeing?” She said, “no way! You can’t ride it!”

Then Momma got some brownies ready–she made them yesterday without us knowing–and said they were to celebrate.

Then I showed Mommy. She let me ride on the road. I shouted, “Zoooommmm”. She took pictures. Momma was surprised, because this was the first time someone helped me to learn. When Mommy watched, I had to turn. With trees in the way, I crashed into them. I did not get hurt, Yippee! Then I ate my brownie! It was good.

I liked riding Andrea’s bike. I liked surprising Mom. She was very surprised. I want to get my training wheels off and ride some more!

Art Exhibit

VaseWe made some vases.  Then we painted some flowers.  Then we cut them out.  Then we glued the flowers on the vases.

You need a dark room.  Then you put a piece of paper on the wall and then you turn a flashlight on and then you make your silhouette. Then you cut it out and glue it on a big piece of construction paper.  You make your flowers–we used water paint.  Then cut them out.  We glued the flowers on.

Picture

I made a picture of me and Daddy.  I used a white board and markers.

These are my best work this week!