Vegetarian cooking for some is intimidating ….. Today the kids saw first hand not only is it easy and fun, but
Chef Monica with www.letscookpa.com took the kids on a cooking exploration for two hours today teaching them techniques and an abundance of information on cooking a fresh meal from scratch using organic ingredients.
They started with a homemade enchilada sauce that topped the vegetarian enchiladas which were filled with amazing ingredients such as broccoli, spinach, black beans, cheeses, herbs, and spices. The enchiladas were paired with a delicious Mexican cinnamon horchata drink and finished off with cinnamon brownie truffle bites that were the most amazing treat I may have ever tasted!
The smell of the meal was amazing in itself, the taste was off the charts!
The kids LOVED the class and asked right away when they could do it again!!!
Monica will be offering an adult cooking class next month at Homegrown At The Lord’s New Church in Huntington Valley PA. Also offered this summer will be a kids camp!
For more info on setting up a class, contact Chef Monica : Letscookpa
Even though we have been hammered with what some are calling the 2nd winter of 2018, spring is around the corner!
To help get us into spring mode was Bonnie Tobin of Tyler State Park. Today began a six-week session called, ” Junior Master Gardeners at Tyler State Park”.
What exactly is covered during this class?
- The kids will engage in hands-on experimentation and observation using the scientific method.
- They will explore the interaction of different organisms in a garden environment
- Raise plants and create habitat elements while taking into consideration the specific needs of each organism.
- Lastly, they will earn Junior Master Gardener Golden Ray Certificates for their portfolios!
We are excited for warmer temperatures, to see the perennials poke their way to the top of the soil, and seeing buds bloom on the trees! Until then, the kids will enjoy planting their seeds, watching them grow and learn all they can to become Junior Master Gardeners!
If you are looking for a fun place to bring your kiddos where they will have the opportunity to work together and use problem solving skills all while having fun, you need to check out The Doylestown Escape Room ( doylestownescaperoom.com)
My daughter asked if she could have her birthday there this year. It worked out perfect and we basically had the place to ourselves during our visit ( thumbs up for homeschool hours)!!
Upon arriving at the location we were able to wait inside the spacious waiting room until our other guests arrived. There were fun puzzles on hand to play around with while waiting. It was such a unique space. Very comfortable and inviting!
They offer unique events for adults and kids ages 8 and up. Also offered is a one of a kind Escape Room at the Mercer Museum for a limited time. Further information on this unique night out can be found here : mercermuseum.org/fonthill-castle-escape-room
Be sure to sign up for the special event at the Mercer Museum and also be sure to check out all the rooms that are offered at their Main Street location in Doylestown.
If you’re looking for something fun that will help sharpen some interpersonal skills at the same time, why not get a group together or just the family and head on over to The Doylestown Escape Room.
Just a few of the benefits one can check off their #Goals list are:
-Problem Solving Skills. Each person must think fast using their logic and context clues to escape in time!
-Focus. You must keep your attention on the task at hand! Don’t become distracted, if you do, you won’t stand a chance!
-Teamwork is ESSENTIAL to solving the puzzle of the room and escaping in time together!
-Themed rooms often offer the chance to explore a topic before or after you have visited!
So much fun is waiting to be had ALL while learning!!!
Be sure and schedule a visit soon to the awesome Doylestown Escape Room!
If you’re looking for entertainment these next couple weeks, that won’t break the bank, one place you should check out is The Bucks County Visitor Center!
They have a beautiful tree display until January 4th and they are open daily from 9am-5pm.
Cost to visit this beautiful display : FREE
While you are there grab a scavenger hunt form and have fun looking for all the hidden clues in the trees! Take a guess on some jars filled with various items for a chance to win a pair of Byers’ Choice dolls!
And there are many interactive displays that have information on some pretty awesome people from the area that you may or may not have heard of.
At HomeGrown @ LNC in Bryn Athyn PA., there are awesome classes and workshops offered for kids and parents to take part in. We have been fortunate to share in many of these workshops that are hosted at this beautiful space.
Today we had the opportunity to learn about the Eastern BlueBird as well as build a bird house which will provide shelter for many seasons to come. This was a hands on workshop where not only the adults, but the kids were also able to get a feel for using power tools. It was a fun project with a very informative presentation to start us off.
Be sure to check out all the upcoming workshops and classes that are available to the public. https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownLNC/
Today was the start of the 1st four-week session,
Drawing Foundations with Terri.
The kids (and some parents) all seemed to enjoy all the great tips they learned on how to draw faces. These are one hour classes and they are meant to offer a foundation to build on. There will be different topics offered each week, with the option to work on what was offered the prior week.
Terri is a homeschool Mom and well-known in the community. She knows that affordability is so important and she has been able to do that with these workshops.
If you would like to sign up for one of these drawing workshops that are held at The Uncorked Artist in Warminster ( https://www.theuncorkedartist.com/), please be sure to sign up on the event page via this link : https://www.facebook.com/events/1856458508000497/
Terri Waterman has always said that creating art is so natural. She loves experimenting with different ways of making inspirational art as it opens up her soul to the countless ways of seeing the world. She graduated in ’88 with a BFA from Rosemont College with an associates in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. She has immersed herself in both worlds and brought it all together as a visual communicator.
Please be sure to visit https://www.terriwaterman.com/ for more information and to see all of Terri’s works that are available to the public.
Today was a very fun afternoon spent at The SilverLake Nature Center in Bristol PA. Aside from the beautiful trails and amazing Earthship that is located at the Nature Center they also offer very interesting ( and affordable) classes to the public.
My daughter and I participated in a Natural Dyes Workshop today. We learned the various methods used and the preparation process for the material you will be working with. After a short trek outside ( on yet another warm November day), we chose some flowers and leaves that we wanted to transfer onto the material.
Once back inside, we wrapped our prepared shirts ( Prepped with Alum and Cream of Tartar) with string and rubber bands, or around a stick, and we then chose which pot to submerge them in. There was Turmeric, Black Bean, and Red Cabbage( with some vinegar added). Once the shirts were resting in our chosen natural dye, we started on the loud part!!
Taking the flowers and leaves we picked earlier, we placed them on the material and covered them with either cardstock or paper towels. We gently hammered the top of the towel to help the essence of the plant transfer. It was a cool project and one that you could play around with to determine what effects work and which did not. Some came out more abstract while others were obvious leaves and flower patterns.
It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon, and I highly recommend checking out the center as they have amazing homeschool programs also.
Bucks County Homeschoolers is excited to share with you a wonderful local business where your child can learn the skill of sewing while producing some of their own awesome creations.
Sew Much Fun Studios was created by Lisa Shull, of The Fabric Loft.
Lisa has been running a successful custom window treatment and design business for over 30 years. She has taken her sewing skills to the next level by opening a sewing studio to teach others and spread the love for sewing!
Sew Much Fun Studios is a fun and exciting place for kids and adults to learn the basic skills such as hand sewing, working on a sewing machine, working with patterns and much more. There are many creative projects to choose from on all skill levels and the studio has a huge selection of fabrics, felt, buttons, ribbon and other embellishments to personalize each project.
The studio is located at Wrightstown Health & Fitness on Durham Road in Wrightstown and offers morning, after school and Saturday classes. Each class is 1 ½ hours long and limited to 2 – 3 students. Classes are grouped into four sessions and students are guaranteed to make a fabulous project during each class. Both the parents and the kids are amazed at the great things we create and, after just one class, students can’t wait to come back! Adults are enjoying our classes too, as a refresher or as a new found hobby. We take special requests, such as learning to hem pants or make pillows.
Lisa would like to offer classes to homeschoolers and is excited to share her space with those in the community.
Visit sewmuchfunstudios.com for more information on how you can sign up and start having sew much fun!
Tonight we had the opportunity to visit the preserve and learn all about bats. The program was led by Matthew Wund, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology at The College of New Jersey. After an informative slide show and some interesting Q & A, out to track some bats we went. Provided to us were location devices that would help us to see the high frequency waves undetectable to our ears.
We began our trek through the darkness listening for bat clicks, and although we were unable to locate any bats on our walk around the preserve at night, we did find a tree frog! We also were able to admire the stars on the beautifully clear evening . Being in the peaceful silence of the preserve at night was a treat in itself.
There are some night walks coming up soon, as well as other programs that are open to the public.
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve relies on memberships, donations, sponsorships and more to continue to be able to offer such a beautiful space and wonderful programs. They are also always looking for naturalist volunteers as well as summer teen opportunities.
If you have never been to Bowman’s, check it out. You’ll be in for a treat!