Friday, May 18, 2012

Fun With Food

Science Experiment Gone...Too Good?

I was recently reminded of a science experiment that I did when I was in grade school in Arizona: The Egg Drop Experiment. Each student got to pack up a raw egg and see if it would survive being thrown off of the roof. We could pack the egg in whatever materials we wanted. Some eggs survived the drop. Others didn't.

So we decided to do The Egg Drop Experiment. Armed with newspaper, rags, socks, containers, duct tape and even fruit, we each wrapped our egg and packaged it in a way that we thought would protect the fragile shell. Eric's dad was visiting and so he got in on the experiment, too. One by one, Eric dropped all five eggs off of the roof and--believe it or not--each egg survived the fall! Then comes the part where the teacher (me) asks the students (our girls) what they learned. When I did the experiment in school, I learned what materials protect an egg more than others, etc. There wasn't a whole lot to learn from this experiment. Dead silence.

Then Eric said, "You know, I bet when you did the experiment in school they used commercial eggs. We used eggs from our chickens. Our egg shells are much tougher because the eggs are fresh and organic."

Well, I guess there was a lesson to be learned in all of this, after all. Now I'm going to go make an omelet. 
Christine's egg in an avocado

Autumn packing her egg in socks.

Autumn's egg packed in socks and protected by her old knee pads. 

Amber's Egg packed inside a bunch of rags and a plastic bag, complete with a parachute.

Papa Hodge's egg inside a grapefruit.

Eric's egg packed with brown paper and nestled inside an old thermos.

Eric dropping the eggs.

Christine's egg survived!

Amber is very happy that her egg survived!

Autumn's egg drop was a success, also.

Papa's egg survived the drop.

And, Eric's egg was fine. Christine was happy because she got to put the eggs back in the fridge to use for the next day's breakfast!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Artist in Residence

We've been listening to Anne of Green Gables on CD. As she listened, Amber drew Anne, based on the CD cover. She drew it in about 20 minutes. If I had 20 years, I couldn't draw anything that resembled Anne or Green Gables!

You know you're getting old when...

You know you're getting old when you and your sister debate over who takes the most vitamins.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Own Home

A few days ago, the girls were running around the house, being adorable. More adorable than usual.

I said, "Would you just stay this age forever? You two are so cute!"

That launched us into a discussion of how old they will be when they leave home, etc.

"You can live at home as long as you want," I said.

Amber replied, "I kinda want to have my kids in my own home."

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Quote of the day

My sister, Deborah, was at a dinner group with her friends last night and she was describing how I make my own kefir. Then she said about us, "If my sister and her husband can't make it, raise it or trade it, they they aren't going to have it."