Where Has The TIme Gone?

Time is a fickle thing.  It passes super slowly sometimes.  And other times, it passes in the speed of light, whizzing by.  Somehow, that has been the last few months here on the Pond.  We had family visit from Texas for a week this summer.  We have had a 10 day relocation for lead abatement, Papa Frog was in the hospital with a blood infection for almost a week, and then just general craziness of life.  Birthdays have passed us by, and Halloween is a memory.  I keep meaning to pick up the blog and then find myself lost as to how to account for the missing time.  There is no way to recount it all.  So, we will call this time lost.  Even though, it is not lost, not truly, just lost to the annals of remembrance.

There is so much coming up that looking backwards seems pointless.  Lizard Breath is getting her new braces on Friday.  Papa Frog poises on the precipice of finding new employment, after his recent hospitalization has reinforced the need for a job with stability and benefits.  The Boy is cruising up on his 5th birthday and Baby E would have been 11 this Christmas season.  The business over at Greybriar Hollow continues to grow and bless our family in ways we would never have dreamed.

So enjoy this look back as we begin the task of looking forward.

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Zombies, Monsters and Superheroes On The Pond

Forgive my silence on the digital front.  Life here has been insane!  Between orders through the shop and Halloween, I am just now able to breathe again!  I wanted to share a little snapshot from our Halloween adventures with you before I dive into November fun.  Papa Frog and I made Lizard Breath’s costume (Deadpool) and Ray Bear’s costume (A monster).  Facepaint for Jelly Bean as our “devil” and for Scoot as a zombie.  The Boy rode out Halloween as Iron Man and Papa Frog joined in the fun as a zombie.  Tiny Tadpole and myself??  Well sometimes going normal is dressing up in its own right.  😉   DSC04562DSC04542 DSC04546 DSC04549 DSC04552 DSC04557 DSC04558 DSC04559

I Have…Who Has…

Sometimes, in close quarters of spending most of our time together it is nice to find something the Froglets can do together.  Now, doing things together might seem easy.  But the Froglets run the age gamit from 11 to 1.  There are not a lot of activities that everyone can do together without someone getting their feelings upset or the activity getting destroyed by one Big Tiny Tadpole.  Don’t get me wrong.  The Froglets do tons together.  Just usually in smaller groups of 3-4.  THEN…oh then…I found a game for them.  I have been working with 3 of them on their critical thinking skills.  Probably I am the last Mama Frog to come across this game but “I have…Who has…” is awesome.  The edition I printed out was the Halloween edition, but I would think you could make your own even if you couldn’t find a printable.  On each card is the answer to a clue and another clue (ex.  I have cauldron.  Who has the month that Halloween falls in?)  The person who starts will read their card and then the person who has the answer to the clue will go.  (I have October.  Who has an animal that is black and flies at night.)  You take turns until everyone runs out of cards.  Even the littles were able to play (with some reading help) and it was not long before everyone was in giggles as sometimes one of them would have the answer to their own puzzles.  We played 5 times the first day we played.  “Can we play again PLEEEEAAAASE?”  And it has become a regular favorite.  I find it also works well to shake everyone out of bad mood funk.  I will be putting together my own November edition of this game for sure!

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Poison Apples- A Treat for the Froglets

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here on The Pond.  I have been busy making monster feet slippers and ghost fingerpuppets for Tiny Tadpole.  But today, Papa Frog is back to work and fall is in the air!  When we went grocery shopping in the city this weekend, I picked up some gorgeous locally grown apples and wanted to make poisoned candy apples and caramel apples before the Froglets got into them.  For those who don’t know, poisoned candy apples are not poisoned apples at all, but are hard candy apples that are colored to look like something a out of a Halloween fable.  I wanted to make black ones, but alas, someone had gotten into my gel coloring.  I did however manage to find my white food coloring (which adds a nice color) and I used green and yellow.  They turned out quite lovely.  They are even bubbly and poisonous looking.  I will just have to keep the Froglets out of them until after Papa Frog gets home.

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POISONED APPLES

 

Prep time:                5 mins
Cook time:               20 mins
Total time:              25 mins
Recipe type: Sweets, Candy, Halloween
Serves: 6-12 apples
Ingredients
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cups water
  • ½ cup liquid glucose/light corn syrup
  • few drops food coloring (or mix your own colors)
  • 6 -7 apples
Instructions
  1. Grease a piece of baking paper and place on a tray/baking sheet.
  2. Insert popcicle sticks in all the apples and set aside.
  3. In a medium pot, combine the sugar, water, glucose/corn syrup and food colouring and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture feels smooth when you rub it between your fingers.
  4. When the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up and wash the sides of the pot down with a pastry brush dipped into clean water to prevent crystals from forming.
  5. Allow the candy to boil until it reaches the hard crack stage (150°c/310°F).
  6. Carefully dip the apples into the hot candy mixture and place on the baking paper to set and cool before eating.

 

 

WARNING: THESE ARE HARD CANDY APPLES.  THEY ARE NOT SOFT CARAMEL OR SOFT TOFFEE.  The coating is meant to be licked and crunched.  Not for little ones.

 

Tiny Tadpole thinks he is quite big enough for a candy apple thank you!  (But he is not)

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