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Ice Cream in a Can, Teaching Science

Educationb{Originally published on SusieJ}

This summer, our hill at the lake will be used in yet another ingenious way: to make ice cream for our root beer floats. I was tempted to buy the traditional ice cream maker, but there are so many choices; I quickly became overwhelmed looking at all the bells and whistles. And besides, I have all that boy power just dying to get put to use. Plus, the process of making ice cream by hand… literally…. in the can… is is a great way to introduce some lessons in science. There is the ice cream in a bag method; my boys would surely break the bag in the mixing process. So, I’ve decided to go with the ice cream in a can method.

  1. The first challenge is finding the can. Many recipes suggest using
    a coffee can, but who buys coffee in a can anymore? A better idea is
    to ask for an empty paint can from the paint store. You’ll need two: A
    quart, and a gallon.
  2. Ask your kids to tell you the freezing point of water — or teach
    them — 32 degrees F, or 0 Celcius. Then, ask them what happens when we
    put salt on icy sidewalks. Ask them to start thinking about why we need
    salt to make ice cream.
  3. In the small, clean can, add one cup of milk or half and half, one cup of sugar, and one teaspoon of vanilla.
  4. Optional: add one tablespoon of chocolate syrup — or frozen strawberries.
  5. Use a hammer to seal the lid tightly.
  6. In the larger can, combine the ice and rock salt. Use a thermometer to record the temperature of the rock and salt mixture.
  7. Use hammer again to seal the lid tightly.
  8. Take turns rolling the can down the hill, for about five minutes. This will “solidify” the ice cream.
  9. Explain what’s happening: the ice melts and combines with the salt.
    This “brine” has a lower freezing point — lower than 32 degrees.
  10. After five minutes of rolling, open the large can, and take the
    temperature of the ice. It will be colder than it was the first time.
  11. Open the smaller can. The colder brine was able to get the milk
    mixture cold enough to freeze the milk mixture to make it solid, to
    create ice cream.
  12. You know you’re going to have to whip up another batch right now; the fun was really rolling the can down the hill.

Muffin Tin Monday


{Originally posted on Sycamore Stirrings}

I have been absolutely blown away by the bento box craze.

I can look for hours through the bento flickr groups – little food presented so artfully, all stored in an adorable little box. They are unbelievable. Muffin Tin Monday (I’ll explain) is my ode to the bento box. Only simple and not really as cute *but* easy enough for some of us (me!) to play along.

Muffin Tin Monday = Lunch served in a Muffin Tin

The concept is not new, I’m sure many of you have seen this out in the mommy world of play dates and preschool. It’s a great way to break the monotony of daily lunch preparation. I also hope it will encourage me
to keep offering new foods to my kids – maybe they’ll even like one of them!

So, I officially declare Monday as Muffin Tin Monday. Join me!

Our Letterbox Adventure

Originally posted on Say La Vee

Are you familiar with Letter-boxing?

I wrote about our failed attempt a while ago. Feel free to read about it while I describe our latest excursion.

In a continuing effort to keep the boys from spending 20 hours a
day having their brains sucked dry via electronic devices, we
re-checked the Letter-boxing site to discover the addition of a box buried not far from our home.

The boys welcomed the chance, after a thunder storm, to hop in the car and go in search of said Letterbox.

note: Youngest came downstairs dressed in full pirate
regalia, Middle rejected this costume as “silly,” Youngest reacted by
being appropriately pouty and left his wooden pirate gun, hook and hat at home. His spirits lifted shortly after we pulled out of the driveway.)

With directions in hand, we drove about three miles to a park nearby….

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