Tell me if I sound like a Mom who is scared to death about the prospect of her kid being out of school, home with the other kid (terrible three-er), fighting, kicking punching, screaming, crying... Oh God. I am sorry I just passed out. Anyway. What to do? Schedule, schedule, schedule. I don't mean shove them away in camps all summer long. But schedule activites, make a focus. Give them something to correct their behavoir for. I am not an expert here just someone who is in the lake, searching for something buoyant to hold on to. Goodness gracious. Maybe it sounds a little OCD'ish but as much as I would love to wear the happy-free-lovin'-hippy-hat. It just ain't me. I need a lot more meditation for that. Really. That's like taking a Corvette and making it go at mo-ped speed. Mo-ped speed is good, it saves on heart attacks and strokes. I am workin' on it. Really.
My three year old, who was found napping at the top of a long staircase.
Anyway here's the gist.
I made a calendar on a big sheet of paper for July and August. Top part for them to color in.
I made an index card with a list of activities: craft day; library day; bake or make a meal day; away activity; and a clean and hang out day/aka free choice day.
I color coated these choices.
On index cards I wrote ideas for each of these activities, ie. Away Activities- beach, zoo, museum, train day.
On Sunday I drew big eyes looking over the week. Sunday will be the day we decide which activity we will do for what day.
Each day we'll have a word of the day, a letter and a number. My oldest will teach my youngest the letter and number. I will teach my oldest the word.
After lunch, there will be story time for a half an hour, followed by a rest period. Whew, Thank God- had to work that in somewhere.
And there will be the gym everyday of the week. Why? Because people I have to keep my sanity. The sauna can work wonders for my busy self.
What do yah think? Are those buoys or what?
Based on the original recipe which can be found here.
2 tablespoons sesame seed
2 tablespoons poppy seed
2 tablespoons flax seeds (ground)
2 tablespoons nigella seeds
2 tablespoons oat bran
2 tablespoons wheat bran
2 tablespoons wheat germ
500g bread flour
475g (~2 cups) water
2 tsp. yeast
In a mixer combine all ingredients roughly till combined with paddle, let it rest for 10 minutes.
Add seed/grain mixture. With the paddle , beat the batter, 10 to 30 minutes it will set up and work like a very sticky dough. if it starts climbing too soon, then switch to the hook. You'll know it's done when it separates from the side of the bowl and starts to climb up your hook/paddle and just coming off the bottom of the bowl.
Place into a well oiled container and let it triple.
Empty on to a floured counter, cut into 3 or 4 pieces. Spray with oil and dust with flour. Let them proof for about 45 minutes, and turn the oven up to 500F.
After 45 minutes or so the loaves should be puffy. Pick up the dough and stretch into your final ciabatta shape (~10" oblong rectangle) and flip them upside down (this redistributes the bubbles, so you get even bubbles throughout), and onto parchment or a heavily floured peel. This is not easy but have faith, they will be just fine.
Bake at 500F until they are 205F in the center (about 15-20 minutes), rotating 180 degrees half way through.
Have you ever seen Vincent make ciabatta. I just love him. Check him out.