Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook – book review

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The book I am happily reviewing today is, Sir Chocolate and Fondant Five story and cookbook written by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.  This book was sent to me free of charge, but the review is completely my own.

As I was reviewing the book, I could easily visualize myself reading it to my children when they were younger.  One of my greatest joys has always been to read daily to my kiddos and something I continue to do with my two youngest.  Although this book is for younger children then my own, this is one that my kids would have thoughly enjoyed.

Each page of the book has a colorful photo with animals created out of fondant, which I found to make the photos all the more impressive.  The rhyming story has a nice flow that draws children in, much like a Dr. Suess book.  At the end of the book there are recipes that you can create with your children which would have been a huge hit in my household.  In fact, if I was purchasing this book to read to my kids, I would pick a recipe at the back before reading the book and then surprise them with baking session at the end.

What immediately struck me after I finished reading Sir Chocolate was how it could be used as a stepping stone for further learning activities.  While your kids are waiting for the goodies to bake, you could get out playdough, or make some yourself, and have them try to create some of the animals they saw on the pages of the book. Hey, if you are really brave, you can try to create animals out of fondant just like the photos and even learn about how fondant is used.  You could also have your children choose their favoritie animal that appeared on one of the pages of the book and spend some time learning about it.

This book is a big win for parents with children around 10 and under, but I am sure my teens will enjoy making the recipes.

~ please note this book was written in the UK so the recipes are written using the metric system.  So hey, you are in the US you are also getting a math lesson with your kiddos!  Bonus.  🙂

Please take a moment to go visit Robbie at Robbie Cheadle

 

 

~ wendi is the author of three books that you can view here

forest

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searching a dense forest,

no sunlight can reach me,

its vastness surrounds me and I cannot find my way,

I whisper his name…..

and all I can hear is my own voice calling back to me…….saying

……..where are you?

 

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~ wendi is the author of two books, you can view them here.

free activities for adults

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Now that it is summer (and I am way late posting this), there are so many free activities taking place around the country.  Just in my small mid-west town we have a free concert series, library summer reading programs, free movies once a week and free lunches every weekday for anyone who is hungry.  So check out what is available in your location………you might be amazed how many free activities are available to you and your family and the free choices can be just as fun as the ones that cost money – without the guilt.

Below is a list of some free activities for adults:

 

Free admission into National Parks

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

 

Free admission into museums with Bank of America credit card or

https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/arts-and-culture.html#fbid=WooO27LGd7d/hashlink=museums-on-us

 

Free classes for adults at home depot………yes, they offer free kid classes too

https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#change_store

 

Free fishing days

https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/how-to-catch-fish/free-fishing-days-2018/

 

Geocaching

https://www.geocaching.com

 

Places you can volunteer

https://www.volunteermatch.org/

 

Free music app………..makes doing something not-so-fun, more fun with a personalized playlist

https://www.spotify.com/us/

 

Whole foods offers free classes in some locations

https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/events

 

Some Williams Sonoma stores offer free classes

https://www.williams-sonoma.com/pages/store-events/store-events.html

 

I have written a book, Frugal Seeds 101 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar.  I would be thankful if you would take a moment to check it out.  Thank you.

Five of my top free educational sites for young kids

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After my chronic illnesses kicked it into high gear right after my youngest turned a year old, I quickly started searching for how I was going to keep my kiddos busy,  maybe learn something, and have fun.

I remember those days with young ones under my feet while I was so ill, stressed out, and not sure what was going on with me, with each day bringing on new physical challenges.    One of the ways I kept my kids entertained for a while each day was with computer time……….

Here is a list of 5 of my favorite educational sites for young kids.

Happy exploring…………..

 

http://www.starfall.com/

 

http://pbskids.org/

 

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

 

https://www.brainpop.com/free-stuff/

 

http://www.nickjr.com/games/

 

Until next time……………you are a super hero even if your cape looks more like a child’s blanket!

learning for free

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Being chronically ill I spend a lot of time in bed or resting on the sofa.  If you are anything like me you have also accomplished two things through rest: One,  found the end of the internet, and two, watched more Netflix then you ever thought possible.

There are moments during my day when I feel as if I am wasting my time just watching tv.  Granted, there are days that I am doing my best just to focus on a show, but other days I know I could push myself to do a bit more.  So, I started brain storming ways I could use this time to expand my horizons beyond the four walls of my home.  So I started researching things I could reasonably do from home on a (very small) budget.

I first compiled a list of sites that offer free books so I could spend more time reading with no extra cost to me, unless I needed to print the book out for easier viewing.  Still a huge bargain on my part  (and no late fees from the library).

I then thought about taking a class as I have always loved to learn.  But, at this time in my life I am not able to consistently attend a class in a college setting.  So, I started searching for on-line classes and found that there are TONS of free college and continuing education classes available at our fingertips.  Below is a list of places that offer free classes to anyone willing to sign-up.

Happy learning!

 

https://www.coursera.org/

https://www.khanacademy.org/

http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

https://www.edx.org/

http://academicearth.org/

https://alison.com/

https://www.class-central.com/university/stanford

https://www.edx.org/school/harvardx

https://oyc.yale.edu/

https://www.class-central.com/university/berkeley

http://oli.cmu.edu/learn-with-oli/see-all-oli-courses

https://ocw.mit.edu/about/

https://www.codecademy.com/

https://www.memrise.com/

https://mises.org/mises-academy

https://courses.fee.org/collections

https://christianuniversity.org/courses/api/grid/post_type/courses/sort%5Bcourse_number%5D/ASC/

https://www.open2study.com/

http://oedb.org/open/

http://mooc.org/

https://www.futurelearn.com/

https://thegymnasium.com/

https://www.saylor.org/about/

http://www.bolc.co.uk/free-online-courses-with-certificate

 

Wendi, under the pen name Charlie, is the author of Frugal Seeds: 101 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar.  I would greatly appreciate it if you would take a moment to check it out.  Thank you.