Oh well. Even though I know it is an illusion, I am sure when the next Super Moon event rolls around, I’ll be excitedly rounding up the Things, checking the moonrise times, charging my iPhone, grabbing my camera, and trying yet again to capture the moon.
Maybe it’s the romantic notion that I can get something really special if the conditions are just right. Maybe it’s all my exposure to George Bailey and his promises of lassoing the moon. Maybe, every now and then, I simply must give in to my childlike wonder of celestial things. Maybe the (somewhat futile) exercise of photographing the moon is about more than the final product.
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps …
Oh, science! You may be right. I may be crazy, but (as Billy Joel sang) it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for.
Did you know you can cut an apple almost all the way through, pop out the core, let the flower petals fall open, then add a dollop of peanut butter and a few mini chocolate chips, to make a delicious and nutritious sunflower?
A Golden Delicious Apple has the most Sunflower-like appearance. If you do not have one of these apple slicer/corers, get one. Totally worth space in your kitchen.
I find it easiest to turn the apple upside-down to slice. I happen to believe it is more stable this way.
Carefully slice the apple (almost) all the way through.
Remove the core.
Carefully slide the still attached slices out.
See how it falls naturally into a flower shape?
Here is the final product. It was a snack for Thing 2 and her friend. They inhaled it. As tweens do.
This is one I made for Thing 1 who pretty much stood back while the girls had their snack. I felt he deserved one too and he very kindly helped me take a nice “dig in” picture. What a great kid!
Isn’t that fun? It is a favourite around here, especially in Fall, when the Nova Scotian apples are at their absolute best. Delicious!
You can use what you like best, of course, but I tend to use a Golden Delicious Apple, Natural Peanut Butter*, and gluten free mini chocolate chips. You only need a few chocolate chips. They are chocolate chips! They seem to have a magical power over kids. If they find 2 in a mini muffin they’re thrilled, so I just go with what I have worked so hard to achieve. Happiness!
So, what do you think? Do you think your kids would like to try a Sweet Sunflower Snack?
I am willing to bet they would.
What is your favourite snack food? Do your kids have special snacks after school?
Let’s talk about it!
If you give this a try, I’d love to hear what you think.
Oh, just one more thing! I nearly forgot!!
It’s a teeny tiny Thing 2 enjoying a Sweet Sunflower Snack a few years ago! Aww!
This small Corelle bowl might be the ideal serving dish for this snack. Notice how it helps the apple slices keep the flower shape, while containing the Peanut Butter? That’s better than the larger plate for presentation. (Though the larger plate was best for an after school snack with extra Things!) I also like the mix of white chocolate and dark chocolate chips here. It seems more flower-like, to me.
*Of course, if you have a peanut allergy you can use another nut butter or a soy butter in its place. Still yummy!
Today is November 1st and with the groggy brain of a tired Mamma – after Halloween and a time change – I put this little bloggy woggy into the Blog Roll on BlogHer for November’s NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).
Some of you may recall, I did it last year. It was great, actually.
Sure, there were nights I wanted to cry because technology plotted against me or the Universe appeared to be determined to pull a prank. There were days when I felt like I was really doing something great and was exhilarated by the exercise of posting every singe day for the whole month.
I feel that in the end it really was a terrific learning experience. I wrote more than I had up to that point and I learned a lot of little things about how this whole blogging gig works. I learned to think on my feet and keep a deadline. I learned that sometimes the silliest of posts will garner the most attention. I learned that, despite the fact that living a part of my life online means every single post needs a photo or pin-able picture to be easily shared, some posts will never have a photo because intrinsically, I also know that sometimes the words need to paint the picture.
I learned a LOT. Much more than I will share here at the moment because the hour is getting late and I will be darned if I am not hitting publish on day one!
Over the next 30 days I will post every day.
Some posts will be rushed. That’s life.
Some posts will be well planned and thought out.
I plan on brushing up some really good drafts I have waiting to be set free.
NaBloPoMo is just the push I need!
I hope you will visit, read, comment, and chat when you have something to ask or say or share.
If you happen to be taking part, please let me know*. If there is one thing I am good at, it is cheering others on and supporting writers!
Let’s make this a great month, filled to the brim with learning, leaping outside our comfort zones, and personal growth!
*Feel free to share your blog or NaBloPoMo Blog Roll number (I am #596!) in the comments! I love reading new (to me) blogs.
This is it. I have reached the end of my NaBloPoMo journey and I am happy to report that I survived!
For the past thirty days I have written (mostly) a post a day as a part of National Blog Posting Month.
What an exhausting challenge!
Seriously. All you writers who write under the pressure of a deadline all the live-long day – every single day – my hat* is off to you. You are one very dedicated and disciplined bunch of people. Good for you!
I have learned a lot during these thirty days.
I have unlearned a few things, too.
I’ve had some pretty good confirmations, as well. I procrastinate. It works for me, sometimes, as procrastination does. When it works out, I get a rush of adrenaline that makes all the suppression of fleeing the scene worthwhile. When it doesn’t work, well, may we never know!
Oh yes, that random positive reinforcement is quite the thrill, but it is certainly no gentleman.
Clearly, whether it is right or wrong, I work well under pressure. When there is nowhere to run to, baby, no where to hide, I find my stride.
This, as you can imagine, can be very draining on a person’s energy stores. There were nights when I was up way later than I should have been. There were mornings that came way too early. Early Band** days very nearly did me in.
My husband and my Things were the most supportive humans on the planet (they usually are, by the way). They were cool with my vanishing to write or upload photos. They really were, but I was not comfortable with missing anything important, so I was very much burning my candle at both ends. Thank goodness this is a 30 day month. I honestly don’t think I could handle 31***.
I think this was a really good exercise for me. I wrote every day and I believe the practice was good. I felt a sense of accomplishment/panic every single time I hit “Publish”, but I kept right on hitting it. Go me!
I am sure I will have that oh-no-I-slept-through-my-exam panic at least once this week, as I plan on not posting every day for December. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
I mean, I love writing for this little ol’ blog and I love the people who read, comment, and even ask me to write a little something here or there for them, but I have very strong feelings about not being chained to my computer (for work or hobby or otherwise!). If anything was highlighted this month, it’s that there is a whole world out there just waiting to be experienced, nurtured and changed.
Besides, when I get to be Empress of the Universe and fulfill my destiny as a professional philanthropist, I won’t have time to be attached to my computer.
But feel free to call me.
Now, please point me in the direction of the best darn gluten free cake you can think of because this gal needs to celebrate!
*I’m not actually wearing a hat, but if I am getting a hat in your imagination make it something cool and festive, okay? Thanks!