What's (not) Cookin'?
It is so frustratingly difficult to find commercial crackers or cookies that we can eat - and that's without any defined food allergies! Sometimes it's just plain nice to pull out a box, KWIM? I haven't been able to make crackers for over 6 months. Actually, that's not completely true because I made pancake crackers a few times. Anyway... Here are some cookies that I got for stocking stuffers for the dc. They are delicious (yes - I got an extra box so I could make sure!). I got the Butter Crisp and the Almond Thins. Since we already do so much with almonds I got that box for the family and the Butter Crisps for their stockings.
Ingredients for these loveleyJules Destrooper Butter Crisps: wheat flour, sugar, butter (18%), eggs, salt, leavening (sodium bicarbonate). Wow, real ingredients.
Ingredients for the delicate Jules Destrooper Almond Thins: wheat flour, brown sugar, butter (13%), almonds (10%), salt, leavening (sodium bicarbonate). Again, real ingredients. I can actually pronounce every single one :).
They are still a treat but at least I won't have to cringe while they indulge (and I can even indulge myself - uh, oh!). They are on sale for only $2.45 at a local store. I think each box retails for $3+.
Who doesn't like stories with happy endings? The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes is such a good book for youngsters particularly because there IS NO resolution. It leaves one with a hollowness, lack of closure, and wishing it had ended differently; that the girls had had a chance to say sorry to the little girl before she moved. I don't recommend books that are downers to be read *often* or to the exclusion of positive outcome books, but in small doses they are good. This is a short read, not gruesome at all and addresses the issue of teasing, bullying, and standing passively by while it is happening to others. The interest level is listed as ages 7-10 (another list had 9-12) and the reading level is listed as 5.0. Youngest dd in 3rd grade who just turned 9 is reading it.
As an extension I cut a dress shape out of unbleached muslin [that I had gotten to make small decorated tilmas but (alas) never got around to doing]. I dug out my Crayola fabric markers and Fabric Mate fabric markers. After she decorated her dress she glued it into her Reading Response Log. [I'll update this post later with pictures]