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Home Made Graham Crackers
- 2 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- ½ Tsp Salt
- ½ Tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 stick of Butter
- 3/4 Cup Honey
Preheat oven to 375. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl. Melt together the honey and butter. Pour this into the dry ingredients. Mix with a fork then push the dough together with your hands. Do not knead or over mix. Place the dough on a well-floured rolling pin to 1/8” thick. Cut rectangles (1 ¼” X3”) with a knife and prick them with a fork. Place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for just 10 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Many children (and parents) remember the fresh baked bread from our Early Childhood classes with great fondness. This must be why so many people ask for the recipe! Well, here it is.
- 2 tbsp yeast
- 3 cups warm liquid
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp honey
- 1/3 cup oil (melted butter works)
- 3 tsp salt
- 6-8 cups of flour mixture (wheat, white-2 cups of the mixture can be oatmeal which gives a nice texture, millet, seeds,etc)
- Mix yeast, 1T honey and some warm water in a bowl. Leave it to foam up
- Combine with warm liquid, oil, salt, honey and yeast mixture in a large bowl.
- Add the sifted flour mixture until the liquid is absorbed. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Continue adding the flour mixture until the dough is kneadable. Knead dough and form into rolls or loaves. (Recipe should make 2 loaves or 24 rolls)
- Place on a cookie sheet in a preheated 200 degree convection oven for 15 minutes to rise.
- Turn up to 300 degrees and bake (rolls) for 15-20 minutes until done.
Welcome to the world of outdoor play, EVERY day! Kids don’t care about rain and snow and at Spring Garden they get outside to move three times a day rain or shine, wet or dry, mud or mud. This is why Waldorf schools require proper outerwear for active kids.
Unfortunately, the big box stores don’t have these items on the list of back-to-school essentials, so finding a pair of rain pants locally, in August, can be tricky. Besides, if Target had four pairs of rain pants, one of the other 100+ Waldorf families in your area might have snagged them first. And so . . . here are some places where you can buy rain gear for the kiddos before August 27th (6 weeks from today!).
Need it all? Here are three retailers who sell jackets, pants and boots, all in one place:
If you only need Pieces Parts you can shop above or also try:
Oftentimes, each of these retailers will have all these items or run out of stock in one or more items. So, it helps to shop early. And, of course, there’s always thrift shopping and swapping with other families!
Sparklers burn around 1,000 people per year and around 50% of sparkler injuries happen to children under five. Sparklers reach 1,800° Fahrenheit when the chemical mixture on the wire is lit and stay hot after the sizzling is complete.
Kids love Sparklers and, even if you’d never buy them, you might find your child begging to hold one at your Fourth of July celebration. Don’t be afraid to say no, of course, but if you do say yes, children should be shown how to safely hold it and should be supervised closely.
Here are some other good tips to keep in mind.
- An adult should light one sparkler at a time.
- Children should be standing and holding the wire at arms length.
- Everyone using a sparkler should be more than an arms length away from one another.
- Instruct children not to throw or swing sparklers.
- Remind children the wire stays hot after it is extinguished.
- Have a glass or bucket of water for sparkler disposal.