Heat and boredom busters {day 2}

The kids came outside with me early yesterday morning to water. Bear said he was hungry and sat down at the patio table. Monkey asked if we could eat breakfast outside. Picnic breakfast - what a good idea!

For some reason, spills out here are a lot less stressful!

I broke a summer rule and turned my stove on at 5 pm yesterday. Turns out it was totally worth it because we got to enjoy some yummy okra from my mom's garden. I thought my two options for the okra would be to pickle or fry. I don't have the patience or the jars for pickling, so frying was the way to go. I looked up some recipes, most of which called for dredging the okra in egg and then tossing in cornmeal. Monkey is allergic to eggs and since mom technically gave Monkey the okra I didn't think that would be very fair. So I found a vegan recipe that went something like this:

okra, sliced {1/4 inch-ish}

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

vegetable oil for deep frying

Place damp okra in a plastic container. Cover in flour and cornmeal. Put a lid on the container. Shake, shake, shake. Fry in oil over med-high heat until golden brown and delicious. Drain on paper towel. Salt to taste while warm.

They barely made it off the paper towel onto the Dude's plate, and the ones that did make it to the plate were gone before the plate hit the dinner couch. {yes, I said dinner couch...} They were good. Everyone agreed. But Monkey still prefers them pickled.

We did some prep work for a craft I ran across at the pink and green mama blog. If you haven't visited her, you should. She's pretty creative. Macaroni art is a great toddler craft. It doesn't require much skill or training and the supplies are super cheap. But why use just plain macaroni when you can use rainbow colored macaroni? I know you ask yourself that question every day.

      • Take six plastic baggies that zip shut and divided the macaroni somewhat evenly between them.
      • Squeeze some alcohol based hand sanitizer in the baggies and add a few drops of food coloring.
      • Zip the bags and let the kids squish to their heart's content. Baby especially enjoyed this part!
      • Let the macaroni hang out for a while in the baggies to soak up some color and dry on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

The kids had so much fun with this. Monkey was especially amazed that putting red and yellow food coloring in one baggie made the macaroni orange, and that red and blue made purple. Oh the learning! Whenever we come across things in the world that amaze us, I try to take a minute to pause and wonder at how amazing our God is.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33

Take time to 'awe' God with your children. It will refresh your heart and get you all thinking about what an awesomely infinite and perfectly personal God we have. He made the colors by just speaking them into being. He created red and yellow to make orange and red and blue to make purple! He is so big and amazing. But he also knows that you and your little ones are making macaroni art, and he cares about that too.

I hope that whatever you are doing today you will have awesome God moments!

Thanks for reading, come back tomorrow to see what we created with our macaroni!

Elizabeth Ann