Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday Menu fun learning in the kitchen

 What is your mood today?? Happy pumpkin? Sad, grouchy, lazy, hungry,I can tell you that this mom is a tired pumpkin today, so I was happy to find print all sorts of October and Halloween themed lessons today from abcteach.com, including this delicious recipe below.
What else can your kids learn in the kitchen? 
Math: let them count, measure and multiply your ingredients, 
Spelling: Make a list of fun spelling words from your recipe or theme of the week, such as "Pumpkin, Butter, Flour, Sugar, Cinnamon, Eggs, Baking, Spatula, Halloween, Sprinkles, Shapes, Oven, Kitchen, Puree, Ounces, Pounds, Cups.........it could go on and on. 
Chemistry: what elements are in your recipe? 
Science: Heat, liquids, solids, oil and water experiments
English: Find the nouns and verbs in this recipe, make some cool sentences or stories about the ingredients coming to life.
Handwriting: Of course they can write out the recipe and make a booklet or lapbook of fall recipes.

See how homeschool is anytime school, we think learning 24/7

Pumpkin Spice Bars
What you'll need:
2 c graham cracker or gingersnap crumbs
7 Tbs butter, melted
1 2/3 c plus 1/4 c sugar, divided
2 c all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
1 c vegetable oil
1 can (16 oz) cream cheese frosting
Halloween shaped sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Line a 15x11 inch pan with foil and set aside.
In a small bowl, mix crumbs, butter, and 1/4 c sugar until well combined. Spread
mixture into prepared pan. Smooth mixture in pan to form an even crust.
Bake crust until fragrant, about 6 min.; let cool completely.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs, remaining sugar, pumpkin puree, and oil; stir in flour
Using a rubber spatula, spread pumpkin mixture evenly over the cooled crust in pan.
Bake until filling pulls away from the pan, 25-30min.; let cool completely in pan.
Frost top with cream cheese icing. Gently drag the tines of a fork from side to side
through the frosting to create wave pattern. Sprinkle with Halloween shaped
sprinkles. Cut into 24 bars and serve.
Recipe credit to our friends at abcteach.com and the wonderful seasonal unit for 
Enjoy from Me~

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