Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Pancake Day

Pancake Day poster, little girl flipping pancakes

Today we are following the age old tradition of celebrating Pancake day. My kids are very excited and following in good homeschool style we are turning our celebrations into a learning experience.

I found a fun article Flipping mad ten surprising pancake facts in the UK Mirror newspaper. 

10 Fun Facts

1. The first recorded pancake race was in Olney, Buckinghamshire in England in 1445.
2. The first pancake recipe appeared in an English cookbook in the 15th century. And it’s a tradition that continues all over England. It is said to have originated in Olney as a housewife was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time. When she heard the church bells ringing for mass she ran out of her house, still carrying her pan and pancake. Olrney still has a pancake race every year.
3. The largest number of pancakes tossed in the shortest amount of time is 349 tosses in two minutes, which was achieved by Dean Gould at Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1995.
4. The longest race in the quickest time was held in Melbourne, Australia. Jan Stickland covered 384m in 59.5  seconds on 19 February 1985.
5. The largest pancake ever made and flipped measured 15.01m wide, 2.5cm deep and weighed 3 tonnes. It was made in Rochdale, Greater Manchester during August 1994.
6. It is customary in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand.
7. On Pancake Day in Newfoundland, Canada people place items in the pancake batter before it is cooked to tell the future for family members. If it happens that boy receives item for a trade, it means he will enter the trade but if a girls receives item from a trade, it means she will marry a person from trade.
8. Maple Syrup was originally a sweet drink, discovered by the Algonquin Indians who collected sap from Canadian sugar maple trees and then boiled to produce the delicious beverage.
9. Taking the easy way to make your pancakes is not a new thing. The first ready-mix food which was sold  commercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour. It was invented in 1889  in St. Joseph, Missouri. It wasn’t very popular at the beginning.
10. Pancake Tuesday is known as Carnivale in Italy which comes from the Latin for ‘goodbye to the flesh’.
There is also a very interesting article on about.com.
If you want to join in the celebrations make some pancakes today. Here is a link to a pancake recipe.
There are some fun activities here.
What ever you do to celebrate today make sure you make some pancakes, have fun flipping them, and enjoy - what ever your favorite topping. Personally I am quite partial to lemon juice and sugar.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

We had a bit of a crazy night last night little Jam had a pretty rough night... which of course means that my hubby and I also had a rough night. In the wee hours of the morning we were spending some 'quality' time together cleaning up after our three year old. Definitely not how I envisioned starting off Valentine's Day!

Anyway after only having a couple of hours of sleep (I started work at 4am).  I thought that may be I should have got my kids something cute for Valentines. (I think 4am is a bit late for this)

After checking a couple of my emails I opened one from Beverly Hernandez from homeschooling.about.com
she sent an email with links to some fun Valentine activities that I could quickly put together and make my kids think I had prepared for this (at least before 4am).

This is what I did for today;

 Valentine's Day Printables

  Valentine's Day Printables
This Video or show coupon is VERY valuable in our house as we don't watch a lot of TV
 Valentine's Day Printables

Head over to her site and check it out!

My kids were very pleased this morning and asked if they could use on straight away.  

(I told them the 'HUG' coupon was reusable they just need to mention the coupon to instantly redeem it) 

I also printed out a couple of the other sheets found here for some fun this afternoon.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy Birthday
Charles Dickens

I know I have mentioned the Google doodles before but today is one of my favorites!!

Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday

Monday, February 6, 2012

English Things we miss

If you would have asked us thirteen years ago when we first moved to the US from England our list would have been extremely long, but over the years we have realized that there are only so many English things we can truly not live without! 

1. Of course has to be family and friends. We have just returned home to the U.S and it has been very sad to leave behind so many people. However all are welcome to visit and or Skype  and Tango as often as possible. (and hopefully it will not be 13 years before we head back over the sea)

2. Has to be FOOD this list has truly become quite short but very important. Things like HP SauceBranston PickleColman's MustardBiscuit Boost (my favorite) or Twirl my husband's favorite!! Monster Munch are also a favorite!!
 Twirl Boost-old-new.jpg

We also decided during this last visit that Pork pie's were so yummy we had to make some when we got home.  So watch this space as they are in the oven thanks to my darling husband.

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