Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas and Today’s Free and Bargain Kindle Books (4/23)

A late Earth Day greeting to you all! Did you do anything to celebrate or even just acknowledge Earth Day? Although older than the Earth Hour, it hasn’t received as much hype. I remember a time when not a lot of people knew about the Earth Hour and all those who knew about it simply turned off their power for an hour on the designated night. And, of course, blogged about it. Nowadays, it has become this big event with parties and concerts that use up massive amounts of power and create a lot of noise pollution. Sometimes it really saddens me when a good thing becomes hip or cool because its essence is somehow usually lost in the assimilation. Anyway, I like Earth Day, and I like that there were a lot of free Earth Day-themed printable activities going around the homeschooling community. Amazon also had some great deals related to Earth Day, btw. But first, I’d like to share ideas for an Earth Day-related activity that we’ll be doing this weekend at the park. I’ve always loved hunts — treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, egg hunts, etc. Next to word challenges and quiz bees, they’re my favorite kind of game; that’s why I’m super interested in geocaching. Anyway, the following are some ideas I picked up on Pinterest for a fun outdoor scavenger hunt.

Photo and idea from Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Photo and idea from the ladies of Small Fry Blog

Photo and idea from the ladies of Small Fry Blog (click image to visit their site for free printable)

Photo and idea from Gina Bell of East Coast Mommy (click image to visit her blog for free printable)

Photo and idea from Gina Bell of East Coast Mommy (click image to visit her blog for free printable)

Photo and idea from Betsy Nute of Bnute.blogspot.com (click the image to visit her blog for free printable)

Photo and idea from Betsy Nute of Bnute.blogspot.com (click the image to visit her blog for free printable)

 

And here are some of today’s free and bargain Kindle books. Remember, prices may change, so be sure to check if they still correspond with the ones stated below. You also can enjoy Kindle books even if you don’t have an actual e-reader. Simply download the free Kindle app for your particular device.

Bargain Books

Back Home Again (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn) $0.99

Earth Day, Birthday! $3.99

Recycle Every Day! $3.99

Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle $3.99

Free Books

I am Good at Lots of Things

Wedding Planning Survival Guide

Lit Pics: Drawing From Great Literature

Pappa Gander: the Less Better Half of Mother Goose

 

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Today’s Free and Bargain Kindle Books (4/18 Manila Time)

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day! To help you celebrate, I’m starting today’s list of Kindle bargains and freebies with a book on learning how to love poetry. Again, these are titles that appealed to me. So, yes, I’m interested in detoxifying my body, cooking, losing weight, doomsday preppers, sustainable homesteading, crocheting (I’m definitely going to make that pair of vintage of gloves although I have no idea where I can possibly use it. Also, what color other than white would you recommend for this?), and reading matter for my kids. Hope you find a title that interests you.

Remember, prices may change, so be sure to check if they still correspond with the ones stated below. You also can enjoy Kindle books even if you don’t have an actual e-reader. Simply download the free Kindle app for your particular device.

Bargain Books

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry (Harvest Book) $4.99

Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes (Voice) $1.99

Confessions Of A Prepper: How To Secure Your Home, Protect Your Family, And Survive Any Disaster $4.99

Free Books

The Seasons on Henry’s Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm

Cooking on a Budget: Recipes from Around the World

Delicious Detox: Cleanse to Stay Slim and Strong in All Four Seasons (Live a Delicious Life)

Crochet a Pair of Vintage Gloves – Vintage Gloves to Crochet Pattern

Frazzled Moms’ Devotions to Go

The Most Dangerous Animals on Earth (Children’s ebooks for Kindle Animal Adventures)

Jesus Loves Me This I Know (A Bible Based Children’s Picture Book)

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Using Both Yolks and Whites: Adventures in Homemade Ice Cream and Meringue

homemade chocolate ice creamArtisanal ice cream is something that many trendy individuals are raving about right now. And while I love ice cream as much as the next person, my penny-pinching ways stop me from indulging in homemade gourmet scoops. The idea of homemade ice cream, however, has always fascinated me. My mother had a couple of ice cream makers when I was a kid, but I don’t think she ever used them. They came from the US and worked on 110 volts. I suppose it was just boring to haul out the transformer to try our hand at ice cream making.

homemade vanilla ice creamFast forward to present day, my husband has been threatening to buy an ice cream maker and all I can do each time he brings it up is to remind him how the last kitchen doohickey (those all-in-one contraptions that did everything) he bought is now gathering dust in the cupboards. However, since the whole idea of homemade ice cream intrigued me as well, I did decide to avail of a free (at that time) Kindle book, Taste of Happiness – Homemade Ice Cream by Rachael T. I’ve tried the vanilla and the chocolate recipes so far and both passed muster. I bungled the chocolate a bit by using semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of chopped chocolate, so the flavor and texture were denser than intended.

Obviously, we don’t have an ice cream maker, but the book had instructions for those who aren’t using one. Ice cream turned out to be really easy to make and my daughter could actually help me in all of the steps.

The thing though is that the ice cream recipes indicated in the book called for egg YOLKS. Not one to waste food, I wondered what recipe only involved egg whites and naturally thought of meringue. I needed to make something that only needed 2-3 egg whites, so I ended up going for chocolate chip meringue cookies.

Here’s the recipe I followed:chocolate chip meringue cookies

3 egg whites

½ teaspoon cream of tartar

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat some more. Continue beating while adding the sugar about 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until stiff and sugar is completely dissolved. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Using a teaspoon, scoop out meringue and place the blobs on the cookie sheets about an inch apart. Place the sheets in the oven about 5 minutes and then turn off the fire. Leave the cookies in oven for a couple of hours until they are crisp and dry. The number of cookies you make depends on how big your scoops are, but, with a teaspoon, this recipe should produce about 4 dozen cookies. We made ours a little bit bigger, so we ended up with less.

That was certainly a sweet afternoon over at our house. Marguerite and I will probably make another batch of meringue cookies to give to her teachers on the last day of her art class.

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