Thursday, March 6, 2014

Magic Tree House Books

I love the Magic Tree House Books.  The Twister on Tuesday is one of  my favorites. The books are about a boy named Jack and his little sister, Annie. Together they have magical adventures in a time-travelling tree house.  They have been all over the world. Morgan Le Fay is a magical lady from Camelot who helps them get books. There's also the Merlin Missions books. They continue where the 27 Magic Tree House books end. There are 24 Merlin Missions so far. My big sister Laura Ashley started collecting the books when she was my age. Now I have her's and mine, which is almost all the books. I want to get the other books I don't have for my birthday.  If you're not into magic don't worry, the books are mainly about history while Jack and Annie travel.                                  
Jack and Annie

If you have read a Magic Tree House book, then comment and tell me all about it!!! 

How to make roasted chicken

 Today my wonderful mother let my brother, sister, and I help prepare some amazing roasted chicken! Yum! 

Lemon, Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Chicken

·            5 lb whole chicken, washed & dried
·            2 Tablespoons olive oil
·            ½ cup butter, softened
·            2 large springs fresh rosemary, diced finely
·            4 garlic cloves, minced
·            zest of 4 lemons
·            salt & pepper
·            Fresh lemon juice (2 to three lemons )
·            Cavity stuffing (sliced lemons, sliced onions, spring of rosemary)

1.     Preheat oven to 425.
2.     Add butter to a medium sized bowl.
3.     Add in olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and lemon zest.
4.     Stir to combine. Set aside.
5.     Generously season chicken with salt and pepper, including inside of the cavity.
6.     Brush butter mixture onto the chicken generously covering up all of the chicken.
7.     Squeeze the juice of 2 lemons all over the chicken.
8.     Stuff the chicken with lemon slices, rosemary and onions. ( we use garlic)
9.     Tie together the legs if desired.
10.  Place chicken in roasting pan.
11.  Cook for 45 minutes and then baste.
12.  Return to oven and cook for another 15 minutes or until golden. Lightly tent with foil if chicken is browning too quickly.
13.  Let chicken cool for 15 minute before carving.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pipi Longstocking

I have been reading a book about Pipi Longstocking. My sister gave me the first book and I found the other series at a library (in Benwheeler) where we volunteer. The first book, Pipi Longstocking, is about a little girl named Pipi. She has red hair freckles and she lives by herself in an old house named Villa Velluka. She's not all alone though. Mr. Nelson the monkey, lives there too, and she has a horse that lives in her parlor.

Her friends Tommy and Anneka live next door. They are her best friends. Her father is a cannibal king who sailed away to the South Seas. Her mother is dead. Pipi inherited her fathers money so she doesn't have to worry about money.                
              Read the book to find out more!! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How to prepare a Strawberry Spinach Salad!

ONE day I went to a clover kid meeting. Clover Kids is a group of younger 4-H'ers ages 5-7. Since I'm 8, I'm not a Clover Kid anymore, but I was asked to give a speech/demonstration to the Clover Kids.
   My speech was on the Food Show. I taught about what you do and say in the Food Show. At the Food Show, you don't give a demo on your dish but  I decided to tell the kids how to make my salad because I thought it would be fun for them to see it.Well lets get to it, you probably want the recipe and you want to know what it is called so I've listed it below.

Start with the toasted almonds. Just melt down a tablespoon of butter, add the sliced almonds and sugar, and cook over medium-high heat until they have lightly browned, about 4-5 minutes. They'll start smelling really good when they're done; that's how you can know when to take them off the heat.

    Once you've got the almonds done, go ahead and start the chicken on the grill. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the dressing. Minced onion, apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, sesame seeds, paprika, sugar, and olive oil!We like to use purple onion. After you've got the dressing mixed up, slice the strawberries and set aside. Slice up the chicken and get a nice little assembly line ready.

   For each salad, just plate up some spinach, strawberries, almonds, chicken, and feta cheese. Drizzle it all with as much dressing as you like, and dig in!

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Chicken


4 entree servings, 8 side dish servings
  • For the almonds
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • ¾ cup sliced almonds
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • For the salad
    • 1 bag baby spinach leaves
    • 1 quart strawberries
    • 4-oz. crumbled feta cheese
    • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • salt & pepper
  • For the dressing
    • ¼ cup finely minced sweet onion
    • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • pinch paprika
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil


For the almonds, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the almonds and sugar, and cook, stirring occasionally until toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. For dressing, combine all ingredients in a jar or sealed container; shake vigorously to combine. To prepare the salads, grill the chicken. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper and grill over medium-high heat until done. (Alternately, you could cook on an indoor griddle or on the stove.) Wash strawberries and cut into thin slices. To assemble, place baby spinach leaves on plate. Top with grilled chicken pieces, sliced strawberries, toasted almonds, and crumbled feta cheese. Drizzle with dressing, and serve!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Houston Zoo

Hi, for those of you who don't know me; my name is Andrew.  Last  Monday, we went to the  Houston zoo. First we went to the aquarium, they had so many neat fish. One of my favorites was a cool bright green eel. Then, we looked at the bird area. In this area, they had chickens running free range !! After that, we went to the children's part of the zoo. My favorite part was where you could go into a tunnel and pop out like a groundhog! Then we glanced at a shop in the zoo; it had everything from a mole's skull to polished rocks. There is a picture of them below at the left. Next, we saw the other animals, then we rode a train that was owned by the zoo. This train went all around Memorial Park. For lunch ,we ate at a cafe in the zoo. My mother and I shared a Cesar salad.
          THE END                 


Friday, September 6, 2013

drawing! drawing!

 A few days ago I was in a drawing mood, so I typed in a few words on YouTube and up popped a few search results. I ended up clicking on about all of them. As I was about to type in something else.  One caught my eye called doodlekat1, so I clicked on it and it showed a few different things to draw, I chose a wolf.  (picture at left above )  Since then I've been drawing a lot (: !!  

Monday, August 12, 2013

Who wrote 'It is Well With My Soul'?

 As part of our homeschool, we have been learning about famous hymns and their writers. In 1860 , Horatio G. Spafford, his wife, Anna ,  son, & daughters were living in a Chicago suburb. He was a rich lawyer. His faith was tested by God when his 4 year old his son died of scarlet fever. Still  he had faith . During   the  Great Chicago Fire all of the houses he had invested in burnt down .  Still he had faith in God.  Horatio, Anna & his 4 girls were going to Europe to relieve their stress. Before they could leave, Horatio had some late business to attend to, so he sent his wife and children there alone. As they set sail a iron boat hit the boat they were in. Anna struggled to hold on. She grasped part of the boat, and  she was finally rescued. the rescue ship took her to Carbon, Wales. There she sent  her husband six  simple words : "Saved alone .. What shall  I do?" Horatio came immediately. As his ship passed the spot where his daughters died, he sadly penned the words to 'It is Well With My Soul'. He knew that, even though he was sad, all his children were Christians and he would see them again in Heaven someday. He and his wife started a ministry in Jerusalem. They eventually had 3 more kids. The video above will tell you a little more, and then you can hear the song.