Pasta Cat (not to be confused with Taco Cat)

Yesterday, I posted our 300th blog post and didn’t realize it until the afternoon! Thank you to everyone who has been with us since the beginning and thank you to those who have joined us recently. We are hoping to regularly post now that we are settled into our new home. I know that 300 posts really isn’t much for a 4 year old blog but it’s still good to celebrate the milestones, right?

So this is one of those kind of silly, filler posts. But hopefully it will still be fun!

My fourth child, Rhys, had an assignment a few days ago in his science class to make a dinosaur out of pasta. Now, this is one of those fun crafts that I knew the other kids would be interested in! So when I prepared the materials, I made sure to prepare enough for four of the kids to make a picture. Corran’s too old for pasta pictures and Gavin is too young and would just try to eat the uncooked pasta. Yuck!

Pasta pictures is a craft that most moms and dads know about but I’ll list materials anyway. It’s definitely one of those crafts that you already have most everything you need already! I had three types of pasta and was wishing I had elbow macaroni for them to use, but the kids worked with what I had.

  • Pasta, the more shapes and sizes the better
  • White glue, the squeeze bottle type probably works best
  • Cardstock, since it’s stiffer than construction paper, it holds up better to the weight; cardboard would also work
  • Imagination (does anyone else hear Spongebob’s voice when they think of the word “imagination?” No, it’s just me? I’m weird I guess. Or I have kids who like Spongebob.)
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Lego Challenge: Build a Snowman

It’s the Christmas season! That means Christmas-themed LEGO Challenges for the month of December. We will be doing a Christmas LEGO Challenge once a week this month. If you decide to do these along with us, we’d love to see your pictures, whether it’s here or on Facebook! Let’s play!

Ian’s snowman build is very much Ian. He built a microscale city (with green buildings because they painted them that way) with a giant snowman attacking it. Is anyone else getting flashbacks to the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters? This snowman is not quite so jolly-looking though!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bundt Cake with Maple Icing and Candied Pecans

This bundt cake had a lot of steps to it, but it was worth it! I had some pumpkin left over from a pumpkin cheesecake that I made for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, that cheesecake ended up being a bit of a wash because it was underbaked. It would have ended up on the blog as a recipe, but it needs a little more work. I don’t think my family will mind. That just means they get to eat more cheesecake!

In a hurry? Jump down to the recipe here!

The pumpkin cheesecake looked so pretty but the crust was soggy and the middle was more like pudding since it was underbaked. I think it was not just underbaked but had too much moisture in it as well. At least, I learned how to make stabilized whipped cream!

I did decide to go with a cheesecake filling for the pumpkin bundt cake. And this time I made sure it was baked all the way through!

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Chocolate Chip Almost-Mandelbrot

Yesterday, Corran finished school early and asked me if he could bake something. I guess he knew that most of our sweets from Thanksgiving were gone, and he wanted to replace them! I told him to go ahead and look through my cookbooks and find something. Cookbooks will always be useful I think!

While I went to take care of the baby, Corran went to work in the kitchen. He picked Chocolate Chip Mandelbrot from Dorie’s Cookies.

Dorie’s Cookies is a chunky book that is like a wishlist of cookies. It’s full of good things. It is interesting that I’ve actually not made many cookies from here, though I do have a few recipes marked that I want to bake. So far, Corran has made more cookies from this book than I have!

If you would rather see a recipe online, this recipe at TheKitchn is close to what Corran made.

Since Corran was the one who baked these and he is a competent writer, I will let him finish the post off for me.

-Lynn

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You’re stuck with me for the rest of this post – Corran

The difference between these and normal mandelbrot is that these don’t use almond flour. They were pretty easy to make, although I did use a cup of expensive olive oil instead of canola oil like I was supposed to. It was entirely my fault though, as our jug was gone and I didn’t know where to find more. Near the end of their cooking time some of their bottoms looked burnt, but they still tasted alright.

On the right side you can see the almost burnt ones.

Overall it was a fairly easy recipe and the cookies it makes are pretty good. I want to make it again, this time with orange instead of chocolate chips and I’ll dip the ends in chocolate.

If you’re thinking these look a lot like biscotti, you’d be right. The difference is in their texture; biscotti is more snappy, while these have a cake-like texture.

Lego Mindstorms: MindCub3r Robot Build 2019

The kids actually built this robot back in 2016, but Matthias asked a few days ago if he could build it again. It was an easier build for him this time around!

Some of the differences this time:

  • It took Matthias half a day to build the robot then he programmed it yesterday. Last time, it took us two days to build, and Corran was the one who programmed it.
  • He didn’t have to jimmy anything to get it working! Last time, we had to use a piece of cardboard to keep the cube from bouncing around too much. The robot worked properly right from the start.
  • There are still scanning errors here and there, but for the most part, it solves the Rubik’s cube correctly.
  • The type of Rubik’s cube matters! If you can get a decent one, that would work best in the robot. The smoother movement it has the better.

The instructions and programming are located at the same site as 3 years ago: MindCub3r for EV3

The instructions are listed very clearly there so I won’t repeat them here.

You can also learn to solve the Rubik’s cube yourself. You Can Do the Rubik’s Cube is a good place to start!

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