how to keep a 3-year old busy and other matters

In a little Clifford activity book that Phillip has, there are suggestions for various activities to do. From the first time he opened it, this is the one that P was most interested in, but we didn't have either item. We made a special trip to the grocery store the other day to pick up some marshmallows and toothpicks, and he absolutely loved building with them. Adam built the geodesic dome above; Phillip was happy to primarily poke the toothpicks through the marshmallows, wave them around, and then go on to the next one. He did make a few shapes, though, and was quite proud of himself.

A few cool things I made note of to share:

1. ReadyMade is compiling a community cookbook. You know, like the spiral-bound school fundraiser ones with recipes including canned soup and jello! Fun.

2. I heard about Neighborgoods on Spark's podcast the other day. (I love Spark. Norah's voice is heavenly. Almost as lovely as Carmen Klassen's.) It's an online way to borrow and lend goods that might otherwise be bought new. Makes total sense. It's currently only in the US, but might be in Canada sometime in the future.

3. The current issue (Sept 10) of Everyday Food is AMAZING. Seriously. If you don't have a subscription, you should definitely pick one up at the grocery store. Adam and Phillip are making a cookie recipe from it right now, and there are at least a dozen others I want to make. There are also instructions for freezing summer produce, good ideas for things to make in muffin tins, and a bazillion other things. Love it.

4. Sesame Street Anniversary CD set. Incredible. That's all I can say. We borrowed it from the library, and P is happy to just sit and listen. And we love it, too. This is my new favourite song.

And a question for you:
Do any of you have any tried and true fantastic canning recipes I need to try? I'm thinking beets, perhaps. Or anything else, really. It's been a few days - I need to can something! I think I'll be freezing things this weekend, too, in our new deep freezer! Yay!

One more thing: I'm taking some more soaps to Yarmouth Natural this morning, and at this weekend's Ladies' Spa weekend at Camp Peniel, there will be a display of my soaps for sale, too. Happy Thursday!


  1. Anonymous9/16/2010

    Sherri, you are awesome. You are always doing such fun things with the boys, and so many things for yourself too - I have no idea how you do it all. You should write a book for other moms about how you get to be so amazing. I'd buy it ;)

  2. Speaking of beets... i never thanked you for suggesting roasted beets when i mentioned one time that I just did'nt like pickled beets and that I would love to eat beets. I love roasted beets with just a sprinkle of olive oil, salt and pepper. I eat them like candy (but still can't stand the pickled version).

    Ladies'Spa Weekend ? never heard of such a thing but it sure would be nice to go. Probably too late for this year but maybe next year.

  3. Green tomato mincemeat is one of my favorites. I usually can it but I'm freezing it this year. It usually doesn't even make it into pies or tarts, it's good as is :) (especially with a little dab of vanilla ice cream!)


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