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2007 January 29 » Philoxenos

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Before I fall asleep…

29th January 2007

Before I fall asleep…

… I want to tell you about how our first day of homeschooling went.

I’m at the stage of my pregnancy that whenever I sit down it’s like the Sand Man comes and gently sprinkles sleeping dust in my face and I start to drift very quickly into sleep. Doesn’t bode well for driving.

Anyway.

Big girl was very excited about having ’school time’ today because she knew that I had bought stickers just for the occasion. And she’s a sticker MANIAC. Things went really well, she had lots of fun and I did too. And the best part of all was that little girl happily played with blocks in their bedroom and then came out and did some colouring with her crayons while we did school.

I did learn something, though. Doing a craft with a 3 year old requires me to leave all perfectionistic tendencies behind. My oldest daughter is really good at cutting with scissors. She does it all the time. But for some reason she decided that the stomach of the cow didn’t need to be an oval, a square was perfectly acceptable. (we had to cut out the body part individually so we could then paste them together). And why did the cow have to be black and white? Purple and orange are just right in her eyes. So we have a wacky looking cow hanging up on our bulletin board, but that’s okay, because she made it.

Thank you, Lord, that you’ve given me the opportunity to stay home with my kids. Please (I beg you) remind me of days like today when the going gets tough, which I know it will.

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29th January 2007

Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

Several years ago I really wanted to serve dessert to guests but didn’t have much in the way of ingredients and didn’t want to go to the store. I got onto allrecipes.com, my favourite recipe site, and found a great recipe called Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding. I made it again over the weekend and it’s still a hit! I thought I’d share it with you.

Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

1/2 cup white sugar

3 tbsp cocoa

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/8 tsp salt

2 3/4 cup milk

2 tbsp margerine or butter

1 tsp vanilla

In a saucepan stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Place over medium heat and stir in milk. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat and strin in the margerine and vanilla. let cool briefly and serve warm or chill in fridge until serving.

I use reconstituted powdered milk in order to cut the cost, so this is a very low cost dessert and everyone loves it!

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