Well it’s that time of year again: time to make a poster board covered with information for the Science Fair at Ezra’s school. We like to do this as a Feb break project. When trapped indoors in the cold it’s always fun to turn to science for some lessons! Last year’s science project (documented below) involved making casein from regular hot milk and vinegar. Basically you can make plastic out of mammalian milk, which in the end pretty much grossed me out. But Ezra got a good lesson from it and even got a yellow ribbon on his board! This year we are going to try our hand at making cream .. with a lot of shaking. I hope. Stay tuned! (And to see more on casein, click here.)
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Posted in Crafting, Parenting, Queens Life, Rainy days, tagged casein, children, cold day activities, DIY, february break, fun, home schooling, kids, kids and science at home, kids learn indoors, learning, making things, parenting, science project, turn milk to plastic on February 12, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Alley life, Beautiful Things, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Queens Life, tagged children, hawk in NYC area, hot maple syrup in snow, jackson heights life, Jonah, kids, parenting, sledding, snow activities for kids, snow in the city, snowballs, winter on February 5, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
With all that’s been going on here, I’ve been slow to put photos on the blog (sorry, neglected you again blog!) A couple of weekends ago we had a night of snow that trapped us behind a couple feet building up on our back door. After a LOT of shoveling, the kids got out and ran around a winter wonderland of an alley. It all melted quickly but it’s now flurrying again! Hope your weekend is white – or at least wonderful – too.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged broth, children, chinatown, coconut, culture, curry, diversity, family, Flushing, food experimenting, indian pancakes, kids and food, Malaysian food, new york, noodles, NYC, parenting, Queens, spicy, stir fry, Sundays on January 13, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
When the weather gets this cold, there’s nothing better than something hot and brothy. After Sunday School we love exploring the food shops around Flushing’s Chinatown and someone at our synagogue recommended Sentosa. What a find! Their shrimp and green bean dish along with noodles in broth is amazing, and we loved the ‘Indian pancake’ in a chicken coconut broth. I’m already having a craving for more!
Posted in Alley life, Fun in NYC, Holidays, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children, Christmas eve with friends, city life, flowers, Jewish life in secular world, kids, lawns, parties, party, Queens, santa dress up on December 28, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Ha ha ha… I thought all our holiday activity would be over after Hanukkah, but somehow the December festivities just kept going this year. Our neighbor had an open house on Christmas Eve where my husband and I had a ‘mistletoe photo opp’, and then friends in Astoria had a little Secret Santa gift swap for the kids. Shortly after this, another neighbor asked my husband to pose as Santa at midnight Christmas eve (although he’s not certain the kids involved were convinced, he had a good time trying)! We joke that this was one (of a few) holiday mitzvahs that we did this year.
The weather was so unseasonably warm that crocuses and tulips are cropping up around the neighbors’ lawn holiday decorations.
It’s been a unique December, that’s for sure!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Holidays, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Queens Life, tagged candles, chanukkah, children, december, face painting, family, fun, hanukkah, holidays, Jewish life, kids, menorahs, parenting on December 14, 2015 | 1 Comment »
Our Hanukkah party brought out a lot of people! A party of 115 folks… And what an excellently fun and diverse group we are. I loved the mass candle lighting the most, and of course Zoe loved the face painting.
Posted in Holidays, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children, dreidel, family, Happy Hanukkah, Jewish holidays, kids, latkes, mantel, menorah, parenting, winter on December 7, 2015 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Holidays, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children, Corona, family, Flushing Meadow Park, foliage, holidays, kids, Nixtamal Tortilleria, November, parenting, Queens, roller coaster, tacos, thanksgiving, World's Fair on November 30, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Some images from our long holiday weekend from instagram: we used my cousin’s lovely china for our thanksgiving meal, and outside (finally! at the end of November!) our Japanese Maple turned a fire engine red. The weather was so balmy on the day after Thanksgiving that we took our cousins to Flushing Meadow Park – where we rode the Cobra-coaster and ran around the World’s Fair Globe. Then a reprieve from turkey: some tacos from Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona! (I’m only regretful that I didn’t get a shot of the perfect turkey meal that my husband spearheaded… it was so tasty).