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Life According to Og the Frog Review -- Blog Tour

Disclosure: Penguin Kids sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The links are affiliate links where I will receive a small percentage of any purchases made through them at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting Crafty Moms Share!

Today we get to participate in the blog tour for Betty G. Birney's newest book: Life According to Og the Frog. You may have heard of her other book(s): The World According to Humphrey. She has done a lot more than just one book about Humphrey. I haven't read any of them, but after reading about Og the Frog, I cannot wait to get my hands on them. 

Cinnamon Whoopie Pies

During school vacation week, Hazel and I took a cooking class with her best friend from school and his mother at a place called Play Makers. It is a local place that is run by mothers and offers play times, cooking classes as well as art classes. Her friend's birthday party was at this location in January which was our first exposure to it.

When we got there, we found out we were making whoopie pies. Now Hazel has similar chocolate tastes to me. We love chocolate but do not like chocolate cakes including brownies or even Oreos. While each child was mixing their whoopie pie, the other mother and I were talking about this and she suggested we put in extra vanilla and no cocoa powder. I asked the instructor if this was all right with her and she suggested we add some cinnamon. A new treat was born. I have to admit Hazel was the only child to eat both of her completed whoopie pies during the class (most took at least one of them home). Needless to say it was very tasty. Hazel also informed me that we would have to make them at home. So this week we did. At the class each child got to decorate a copy of the recipe to bring home.
We made two batches, one chocolate and one cinnamon since Steve loves chocolate and chocolate whoopie pies happen to be my father's favorite as well and he was here since he was taking my mother into the hospital for her surgery (all prayers are welcome for her). 
Cinnamon Whoopie Pies

Our recipe:
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs lightly beaten
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 
2 teaspoons cinnamon (we used 1/4 cup this time and it was too much--the original recipe called for 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder)

Cream Filling:
4 ounces cream cheese
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 pint whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt

1) Preaheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
3) In large bowl mix oil and brown sugar until smooth.
4) Whisk in eggs, milk, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
5) Fold in flour and cinnamon. Then drop by the tablespoon into twelve mounds evenly spaced onto each baking sheet. (Ok, with Hazel helping scoop ours were not evenly spaced.) Bake until springy to the touch, about 10 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

6) Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the filling ingredients until fluffy.
7) Spread the flat side of 12 cakes with the cream cheese filling. Top each with another cake.
8) Optional: Dust with confectioner's sugar. Enjoy!

Chocolate Whoopie Pies
My father tried both kinds and liked them both! Enjoy!!

Exploring at the Wildlife Sanctuary and Painting

On Wednesday we had our class at the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. We skipped our class at Drumlin Farm this week since Hazel claimed to feel like she was going to throw up on our way there, however half an hour later she wanted lunch. I'm not really sure what happened, but she seems fine now. Anyway, at the Ipswich River Sanctuary we jumped in puddles and chased the other 3-year olds. Oh, and Hazel made a friend and held hands with her on part of our walk. I took a picture of them, but did not get the mother's permission to post it on line, so I won't. After a short walk we went back to the vernal pool to see if we could see some frogs this time. And we did!! We saw two different ones. The first one pictured above was pretty brave with all the kids around. Then one of them got a bit too close and he jumped in the water, but he stayed where we could see him with his eyes out of the water the entire time.
A little ways down we saw a big bull frog. He had different coloring than the first and was sitting on a log (again until someone got a bit too close).
While checking out the second frog, we saw a fast moving turkey (many of the kids missed it by the pool) and one of the kids found a slug. He even stuck his eyes out for us!
Then it was time to go back to the Nature House for our craft. On our way back through the field we saw the turkey again.
Then for our craft we made bird nests out of air-drying clay and grass. Then the instructor gave us a bird for it.
Then we ran some errands and came home. After lunch we finished our fairy garden and did some painting.

We have been reading the book Brown at the Zoo by Christianne C. Jones. It starts by talking about the colors--primary and secondary and that brown is a tertiary color. It then talks about how you can make it. The book goes through all the things that are brown at the zoo. It is in a series of books about colors. We decided to try to make brown in the different color combinations with Hazel's paints. Basically you can mix the three primary colors or you can mix any two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel (red and green, yellow and purple, or orange and blue). We tried to make different shades by mixing the different colors. Some combinations worked better than others, but it may be the proportions we (Hazel) used.
Then she wanted to do some more paintings from The Color of Us. So we mixed yellow, white, black, and red in different proportions to explore the colors we would get. I let Hazel have a bit more control with the mixing this time.
Then we started over with some new mixtures and got this.
Then Hazel wanted to paint with blue. She said these were blueberries, but I thought it could also be pictures from The Dot by Peter Reynolds. We kept saying we were going to make some dot paintings, but never quite got to them.

Then she asked to use watercolors and she came up with the following. I think she had blueberries on the mind!
Just a reminder that Sharing Saturday will start tonight and you can visit the wonderful posts shared last week still, and Happy Family Times will end tomorrow, so go link up. And I'm still hosting a link party for Mother's Day gift ideas.

This is where I link up...

A Morning at Drumlin Farm

Today Hazel and I started a class at Drumlin Farm. Drumlin Farm is a full operating farm run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Our class is called Spring Sense-Sations. It is about using your senses around the farm and seeing what senses the animals use. Last year Hazel and I took a course that was for two-year-olds to introduce them to spring at the farm. Hazel was completely afraid of the animals if we got too close. We will see what happens this year.
He greeted us all when we came to the Turkey House
Our class started in the Turkey House. I don't know why it is called the Turkey House, but it is a building with a classroom. And we did see turkeys right outside. Our first adventure was finding the Turkey House since we had not been there before. When we arrived there was a table set up with all sorts of natural things--pine needles, leaves, coyote teeth, nettles, apple slices, etc. for the kids to use their senses with. Then the instructor talked about what our five senses are and then she introduced us to our guests for the day--three mice. We observed them in a somewhat naturally set-up habitat. She pointed out the size of their feet to their ears versus ours. At this point we had to make a bathroom run where we saw all the turkeys since we didn't notice them coming in since our main concern was finding the Turkey House.
The females turkeys the male was trying to impress
While on the bathroom run we saw our teachers from last year so Hazel was excited about that. She had been asking if we would see them. She did not want to stay inside too much and wanted to get out to see the animals. Next our teacher showed the kids how to make newspaper explorer hats--well ok, all the moms made the hats for the kids. Hazel didn't want one, but I made one anyway. Then we headed out to see the animals.
We saw the goats and the kids. Then we saw some chickens. Hazel was terrified of the chickens last year but couldn't wait to see them this year.
Then we looked at the lambs and sheep and headed to the pig barn. (Sorry I didn't get a picture of Hattie, the pig.)
Then we headed to the red barn to see Midnight, the pony, but he wasn't there. We saw the cows instead.
Then we walked on the Discovery Trail and saw the cows up close. On the Discovery Field they also had cement type makers with labeled foot prints--rabbit, fox, raccoon, etc. Then we headed over to see if we could spy the rabbit. We did! At least if we picked the kids up we all did. She is a good hider.
At this point the class was over. So Hazel and I went to check out the fox and then back to see all the animals and take pictures for you.
The fox was rather quick and I didn't get a great picture of him. Then we went back to the goats. There are kids laying where their food is suppose to go.
We went into the goat/sheep shed.

On the sheep side there was a ram and we saw a sheep eating.
Outside we found more sheep and lambs.
Then we headed to the chicken house. It took Hazel the entire class (7 weeks or so) last year to be willing to enter the chicken house. This year she couldn't wait to get in there.
Then we said hi to the pig, but I didn't get a great picture since she moved outside and there wasn't a good angle of her. And we headed back to the red barn and this time Midnight was there as well as another sheep that apparently did not get shaven over the weekend during their big wool shearing festival.
They also have a room set up to explore about horses. We discovered based on Hazel's height she is a pony---10 hands tall.

And she tried to ride a horse as well as groom one.

They also had a table of the sheared sheep's wool out for the kids to feel. It had not been treated or anything.

Then we headed up to bird hill to check out the birds--mostly the owls and hawks. They keep some of the "wild" animals--birds, rabbits, foxes, etc. that were injured or born into captivity and got too use to being cared for to be released safely.
Great Horned Owl

Sorry the hawks came out way too blurry to post and by this time Hazel was tired and getting cranky so we headed home, but not without stopping to buy the last dozen eggs from the farm.

Talk about colored eggs. Check out all the different ones in here.

Of course the view I got most while walking through the farm with Hazel was this:
her back! She was so excited to be back there!