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Fall 2011

Fruit Leather 101: How to make your own dehydrated fruit leathers a.k.a. “roll-ups.”

Paint, Party, Pack: Making the porch floor into a black-board, sketching logos, and two favourite recipes: Chewy Chocolate Brownies & Go Big or Go Home Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

2 x 2 Ways to Resuscitate Those “Lunchboxed” Bananas: Recipes for Boozy or Chippy Banana Bread and Vegan Banana Ice Creams.

“Glamming-Up Your Cans Lab #1: Canning Label Design: Helping the kids design and produce labels for the lids of our home-canned goods.

Bakery Knock-Offs for Beginners: Cookie Meteors (No Nuts): Our fascination with and recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chocolate- and White-Chocolate-Chip Cookies.

Bakesale Bestsellers: Sugar Cookie Wands: How to make “cookie wands” for parties or your school’s bakesale.

The Kids Submit Designs for the Ghosts of Gone Birds and All Tropical T-shirt Contest: The kids create t-shirt designs (a Labrador Duck and a Carolina Parakeet) to highlight the problem of avian extinction.

Beauty Meet Beast: Foraging for Rose Petal Jelly: The kids go “foraging” for rose petals in the neighbourhood, and we make rose petal jelly.

Apple Picking, Finally! : Our trip to the Applewood Farm Winery for apple and pumpkin picking.

Gone Birds & All Tropical Contest Update : Where to view and vote for all of the t-shirts in the Gone Birds/All Tropical contest.

Vanilla Yoda and Chocolate Darth Vader Cookies: Sugar Cookies from a long time ago in a galaxy far far away….

Brown Bag Owl Puppets: A look back at the owl puppets we made this summer!

Creepy Window Silhouettes: Halloween Window Decorations

BIRTHDAY pARTy: Invitations and Ideas : How to make invitations for your arts and crafts BIRTHDAY pARty.

BIRTHDAY pARTy: GETTING stARTed: Brainstorming for Ideas for Crafts, Organizing, and Staying on Budget

Drip, Drop, Drag Drizzle: Mini Action Paintings – Inspired by Jackson Pollock: pARTy Craft 1/5

Pop Art Name Plates (a.k.a. Andy “Door-Hauls”) : pARTy Craft 2/5

“Secret Wish” Fashion Photo Ornaments – Inspired by Steven MeiselpARTy Craft 3/5

“Chanel-Chic” Pearl and Ribbon Jewelry : pARTy Craft 4/5

DIY Frida Kahlo Flowered Headbands – A “Loot Bag” Craft pARTy Craft 5/5

Winter 2011-12

Advent Calendar 2011: A Shadowbox Spectacular:  An Introduction to the Project

Advent Shadowbox: Day 1, Baking Cookies: Test-Cookies for Santa’s Plate – Chewy Chocolate Chip Toffee Bit

Advent Shadowbox: Day 2, Daily Bread Food Bank: Our first “Giving Day,” Making Contributions to the Daily Bread Food Bank in two ways.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 3, Letter to a Friend: Write a letter to a  friend.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 4, A Birdseed Wreath: Feed the Birds! A DIY Birdseed Wreath.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 5, Gratitude Ornaments: Making glass ornaments with strips of paper detailing our “grateful for’s.”

Advent Shadowbox: Day 6, Pancakes, Syrup, and a Classic Film: Traditional Friday Pancakes and a screening of A Night at the Opera 

Advent Shadowbox: Day 7, Tree Trimming PartyToday’s the day for our tree-trimming party! A free Christmas Printable to the rescue…

Handmade Holidays: Favourite Photo Ornaments: Our annual photo ornaments made easy.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 8, Gingerbread House:  We used a german stamp and m&m’s to announce our activities today – reading Dahl’s version of “Hansel and Gretel” and constructing and decorating a gingerbread house!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 9, St. Vincent de Paul Baskets: Bringing Gift Cards for the Family Christmas Baskets at School.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 10, Kids’ Newspapers: Making “a-year-in-the-life” newspapers with the kids’ top ten lists, comic strips, advertisements and “special interest” stories.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 11, Imagining Santa’s Workshop: Using Jean de Brunhoff’s Babar books as inspiration, the kids draw their own pictures of Santa’s Workshop.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 12, Afternoon Sundae Bar: Chopping Peppermint Candies and Loading them onto Ice Cream Sundaes!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 13, Movie, Lego, Mindfulness: Asking the children to identify “The Christmas Spirit” during their movie date and lego-building contest.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 14, Salt Dough Ornaments: Making ornaments out from 3 basic ingredients: Water, Flour, and Salt.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 15, “Christmassify” Your Jars, or Glam Cans Lab 2: Applying canning labels to all of the jams, jellies, and preserves we made during our Summer of Funner and decorating the cans to give as teacher gifts.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 16, Have a Tree Planted: Via we will donate to Trees Ontario in memory of the loved ones we have lost.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 17, Christmas Crack-ups: Writing Festive Knock-Knock Jokes.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 18, Make Clove Oranges: We plunge cloves into oranges in festive patterns and letter shapes!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 19, Rudolph Festival (Design Your Own “Misfit Toy“): The kids watch Rudolph, eat snacks, and brainstorm and draw their own “Misfit Toys.”

Advent Shadowbox: Day 20, Festive After-School Spa: Santa Beards, Elf-Hairdos, Christmas Tattoos, the works!!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 21, Carol Hootenanny: Write and Perform Christmas Carols!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 22, Trim Another Tree: Decorate the tree at the Grandparents’ House!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 23, Library-in-a-Box for Haiti via Send a “Library in a Box” to children in Haiti via

Advent Shadowbox: Day 24, Carols to and from the Concert: Sing Christmas Carols to and from this afternoon’s Christmas Concert.

Handmade Holidays: Great Lakes Handkerchiefs: DIY Embroidered Handkerchiefs.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 25, Elvis Dog and Reindeer Cookies: Making Biscuits to lure the Reindeer and to keep the dog quiet once they get here.

Handmade Holidays: Bookplates for Children: How to make your own bookplates for the kids’ books.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 26, Santa Baby Cookies: A favourite recipe.

Homebaked Holidays: Buche de Noel : An easy recipe for a Christmas favourite.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 27, Allons au cinema
: We go to see the new (excellent) Tintin movie.

Advent Shadowbox: Christmas Eve Checklist : Cookie baking, Feasting, and more….

Advent Shadowbox: Merry Christmas

Last Minute New Years Eve: Sherlock Holmes Party and DIY Detective Kits: We have a Sherlock Holmes Film Festival, and the kids are surprised with homemade Detective Kits packaged in a shiny New Year’s Hat.

Sunday Suppers: A Chinese New Year Feast: Recipes for Pork Potstickers, General Tso’s Chicken, and Kung Pao Shrimp.

Valentine’s Lunchbox Treats: Caramel-kissed Chocolate Thumbprints & Mini-kissed Chocolate Hearts: Chocolate Cookies two ways.

Handmade Holidays: Valentines for School: The kids design their own mini-valentine cards: Hearts, Harry Potter, and Skylander themed.

Homebaked Holidays: King Cake Two Ways: Recipes for Auntie Robin’s King Cake with Lemon Ginger Cream (we’ve been recreating the Lemon Ginger combo in most of our dairy treats ever since…) and Uncle Rock’s Chocolate King Cake with Chocolate Cream. That’s right! A Double Chocolate King Cake!

March Break 2012

Looking Backward: March Break 2010: A summary of our most successful MARCH breaAK! to date, featuring Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, a Handmade Go Fish! Game, and a Modeling Chocolate Recipe and Game.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Tentative Schedule: A list of the activities we have planned for the week of March 12-18, 2012.

Illustrate-Your-Own-Book Entries

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study in Emerald: An Illustrate-Your-Own-Book:  Whether you’ve written a book specifically for them or simply pulled a chapter book off of the shelf, here’s a quick how-to on how to get your kids illustrating what they read and imagine.  In this post, you’ll also find a brief synopsis of the book I wrote for my kids to illustrate over MARCH breAK!: The Adventures of Sir Lóchrann Holmes: A Study in Emerald.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study In Emerald, Day One: Story and Illustrations: I provide a summary of the first two chapters of The Adventures of Sir Lóchrann Holmes: A Study in Emerald.  A gallery of the kids’ coloured pencil and oil pastel drawings follows.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study in Emerald, Day Two: Story and Illustrations: The kids illustrate the third chapter of their book, which I summarize, with permanent marker & watercolour.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study in Emerald, Day Three: Story and Illustrations: Marker Pointillism and Gel Pen Picture Pixel Pointillism are the phrases of the day as the kids illustrate the third and fourth chapters of the book. Summary included.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study in Emerald, Day Four: Story and Illustrations: The kids work with their father to create amazing mixed media illustrations for Chapter six of our Irish Snake Detective mystery.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study in Emearld, Day Five: Story and Illustrations: We illustrate the cover of our book and the concluding chapter to our story. A summary of our conclusion is provided, in part. But we’re not splling the beans about the identity of the culprit.

Food and Crafts

MARCH breAK! 2012: Fingerprint Four-Leaf Clover Cards: We use fingers, green ink, and magic markers to create four-leaf clover St. Patrick’s Day cards for family and friends far away!

MARCH breAK! 2012: Shamrock S’mores:  Recipes for Homemade Mint Marshmallows,  Chocolate (Mint) Graham Crackers, all Shamrock Shaped, and fixed into a fabulous late afternoon snack, Sir Lóchrann Holmes’ Favourite Shamrock S’mores! The recipe ties into our book project, above.

MARCH breAK! 2012: Serpent Mobiles, Stick Puppets, and a Skip-Counting Game: We make double-sided watercolour snake mobiles (printable template included) and snake stick puppets with dowels, pipe cleaners and pretty papers. We also play a skip-counting game with coins (printable game-boards included).

MARCH breAK! 2012: Irish Soda Farls, Popping Mustard, and Lime-Berry Jam: We provide our take on Irish Soda Bread by baking sweeter, individual farls with a list of potential mix-ins. We also make low-sugar lime-berry jam using Pomona’s pectin. We follow that up with a fantastic new mustard for the next day’s sandwiches.

MARCH breAK! 2012: Necktie Bean-Bag Snakes…and Lunch: Our favourite snuggable so far! We make bean-bag snakes out of neckties. And we provide pictures of our lunch of oven-baked salt and vinegar chips (link to recipe on a great blog), snake sub sandwiches, and St. Patty’s themed shakes.

MARCH breAK! 2012: DIY Python Masks: How to make watercolour python masks like ours. We’ve included a free printable template of our hand-drawn mask!

MARCH breAK! 2012: Frogwiches! Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla or Citrus Cream: We make gingerbread cookie sandwiches, kind of like a gingerbread version of the oreo, really, correlating with a similar cookie in our original kids’ book, A Study in Emerald.

MARCH breAK! 2012:Snake Sock Puppets: We make a nest of snake sock puppets and perform a puppet-show version of our MARCH breAK! story, A Study in Emerald.

MARCH breAK! 2012: Sweetening St. Patty’s Day Brunch, Lime Mint Syrup: To sweeten the last two weekend days of MARCH breAK!, we make a lovely lime mint syrup to pour over pancakes and to sweeten mixed drinks.

Spring 2012

Easter Egg Workshop: Tons of newfangled egg-dying tips. Koolaid Eggs, Marble Eggs, Crayons, Sharpies…

Easter Brunch: Carrot Orange Poppyseed Mini-muffins with Cardamom Cream-Cheese Glaze: A new recipe that proved to be a big hit on Easter morning!

Cheaters Curry: Easy Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Curry using basic pantry staples. Can-Opener friendly…

Kale Chips: Basic + 4 Flavours, Sweet to Spicy
:  How to Bake Plain Kale Chips, and Recipes for Honey Cinnamon, Garlic & Pepper, Soy Nut Sesame and Spicy Chile Flavoured Twists on the Basic treat.

Observing The Transit of Venus: Easy “Backs to the Sun” Pin-Hole Viewers & Blood Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies: How to make Pin-Hole viewers to view eclipses and the rare Transit of Venus. And a treat for the afternoon’s adventures”: Blood Orange Cookie “Suns” with Dark Chocolate Chip Venus in Transit.

Cleaning Out The Lunchbox: Chewy M&M and Oreo Brownies: A twist on our “Block Party Brownies” from last Fall…A tasty way to get the kids to clean out their lunchboxes.



Fall 2012

Our Best Chewy Granola Bars, a Flexible Recipe: Here’s our take on a chewy lunchbox treat! It’s been a favourite with family and friends since we published it! Recipes Included.

Small-Batch [Memorize-a-Poem] Ketchup: We take part in the odyssey known as ketchup making! And so we memorize some poetry on the way! Recipe included.

Haiku-kies! The lunchbox treat to end all lunchbox treats? How could you top our haiku-kies? Each day the kids receive cookies imprinted with words from a haiku. By the end of the week, the poem is complete. Recipe, Instructions & a Printable Included.

Bakesale Bestsellers II: Wonder Bars, A Flexible Recipe:  A graham-based bar with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, and whatever else you have around to throw into the mix! Recipe Included.

Eat This (,) Chicken: Our quick and easy take on an Ina Garten classic roasted chicken with lemon and onions. Recipe Included.

Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce: Break out the Whisky & Cider. Here’ s our original recipe for a cinnamon, whisky, and fig filled Cranberry Sauce that will be the highlight of your holiday meals.  Recipe Included.

Apple Pickin’ Pie with Disappearing Vodka Crust: We reveal our best-ever apple pie recipe, with our take on that fabulous “disappearing” vodka
crust. Recipe Included.

Pumpkin Courvoisier Pie with Cream Cheese Crust: This tangy-crusted, cognac-infused pie is reason enough for giving thanks and distinctive enough to serve at any time of the year!  Recipe Included.

This Year, Everyone’s Sitting at the Kiddie Table!: A fun and easy way to decorate the Thanksgiving Table with brown shipping paper and sharpies-on placemat frames. DIY. Instructions Included. 

Recreating a Deli Classic: Creamy Cucumber and Dill Pickle Soup: Finally! We’ve come up with a recipe that’s as good as the Creamy Dill Cucumber Soup from  a favourite deli (too far away) on the other side of town. Recipe Included.

Quick & Easy Mummy Cookies: A Halloween Themed Lunchbox Treat! We make sugar cookies with our ginger-people cutters and ice them to look like mummies! Recipe and Instructions Included.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Five Ways:  We add all sorts of seasonings to our Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: Basic, Hot & Spicy Chile, Savoury Garlic, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Honey Orange. Recipes Included.

An Icing Tasting Party: We make micro-batches of Peanut Butter Icing, some including cream cheese and chocolate, as testers four our Red Panda birthday cake. All Four Recipes Included.

Red Panda Cake: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with [Chocolate] Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing: Another celebration cake is in the works here! A chocolate red panda with tasty peanut butter kick. Recipes and DIY Included.

Advent 2012

Advent Shadowbox 2012: An Introduction: We (re)introduce our Advent Shadowbox Calendar Tradition and include some tips for how you might create a similar tradition of your own.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 1,  Have  a Tree Trimming Party, Make Cinnamon Glitter Ornaments and Favourite Photo Ornaments: We decorate our tree with our famous Favourite Photo Ornaments (an annual tradition) and we make new, fragrant Cinnamon Glitter Ornaments to add to the tree. DIY. Instructions Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 2, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Acts I-II: We introduce the kids to The Winter’s Tale by reading them a synopsis of the first two acts and then reading those acts aloud as a family. Then, we present them with notebooks and have them illustrate their favourite moments, quotations, and characters from those acts. This begins a 4-5 week, Sundays-in-Advent project.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 3, Support the World Wildlife Fund: The kids help make online donations to the WWF to help their favourite wild animals continue to survive in the wild.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 4, Draw Blue-Prints of the House for Santa: The kids have fun looking at the official city survey of our home and draw imaginative blue-prints of our home to include in their letters to Santa.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 5, Write & Perform Harry Potter Themed Christmas Carols & Make Butter Beer Blondies: Not only do the 12 Days of Christmas take on new meaning as “The 12 Days of Hogwarts,” we’ve come up with one of our best ever recipes to celebrate the occasion: Butter-Beer Blondies! Song Lyrics & Recipe Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 6, Create Your Own Christmas-Themed “Clue”-Style Board Game:  Best day so far!! We make a Christmas-Themed Mystery Board Game based on one of our favourite board games. And then we spend hours playing with it!  DIY & Instructions Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 7, Begin our Friday Holiday Film Fest with an Unusual Double Feature & Make Kringle Corn: We start off our Friday Film Fest with a Double Feature of some wacky holiday movies: Gremlins & Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Crazy! And to go with the films, we make a snack mix now lovingly known as “Kringle Corn.” Recipe Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 8, Holiday Canning & Test-Cookie Party, Kid-Friendly Thumbprint Cookies, Carrot Cake Jam & Cranberry Sauce: A banner baking and canning day! We make several batches of our famous Carrot Cake Jam, Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce, and Thumbprint Cookies to fill with our fabulous concoctions! Recipes & DIY Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 9, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Acts II-III:  We continue reading The Winter’s Tale, illustrating our favourite scenes, including those famous stage directions, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear!”

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 10, Give a Beehive: Via PlanCanada, we donate a beehive and lessons on how to use it, to a family abroad.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 11, Make a Christmas Collage Post-Card, Write a Memory Poem on the Back, & Send it to a Friend: The kids get to work creating collages out of vintage christmas media, write short poems on the backs and mail them out. DIY. Instructions Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 12, Improvise a One-Act, Christmas-Themed Hunger Games Play: The kids love to improvise and play-act, so we decided to challenge them to come up with a Christmas-themed number and to perform it before bed.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 13, Learn “Who” to Knit, Begin a Family/Welcome-Guest Scarf Project: The kids learn a basic knit & purl, and we begin a long, long, long, long, long, Dr. Who-Style scarf project to leave around the house for guests to add to when they visit.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 14, Watch Holiday (1938) and Make Prof. Potter’s “Hidden Whallop” Punch & Judy Cookies:  The Fridays-in-Advent Film Festival Continues as we introduce the kids to one of our favourite movies. We watch Grant & Hepburn in George Cukor’s Holiday (1938). We came up with a very special cookie just for the occasion! Toblerone-stuffed sugar “Punch & Judy” Cookies. Recipe Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 15, Gingerbread Party, Design, Build, Decorate:  The kids spend a bit of time designing an ideal gingerbread house before we have a gingerbread house decorating party with friends.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 16, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Act IV: We continue our project of illustrating Shakespeare’s play in our special notebooks.

How to Make Silhouettes from Digital Photos Using Free Online Photo-Editing Tools & a Printer/Scanner: A step-by-step guide to making classic silhouettes from photos you can take on your own digital camera or phone using free online tools like and a printer/scanner. DIY. Instructions Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 18, Make Silhouette Self-Portrait Cards & Send Them to Family & Friends:  We have a fantastic time making silhouettes from photos of the kids, colouring them in with images and phrases that most-represent the kids, and scanning them, and sending them to family and friends. DIY. Instructions Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 19, Pre-Christmas-Concert Pizza Party with Quick & Easy Individual Thin Crust Pizzas: For a busy night, we make our new favourite home-made pizzas. Recipe Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 20, Make a Deck of Constellation Cards: We make a deck of cards with patterns of the constellations punched out so that you can hold them up to the light and see the constellation shine through or create shadows-and-light shows of the constellations against a table, book, or wall. DIY. Printable Constellation Patterns Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 21, Order Fish & Chips and Watch The Bishop’s Wife: We watch a holiday movie we’ve never seen before and indulge in home delivered fish & chips.

Cannoli Buche de Noel:  Our new twist on a classic. Chocolate (or Vanilla) Cake with Rum Syrup, Cannoli Filling, and (Chocolate) Mascarpone Icing. Recipes Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 22, P.M. Pajama Party – Make Cookies for Santa:  We make our famous Cookie Meteors & Santa Baby Cookies. Recipes Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 23: Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Act V:  We finish our play and provide illustrations for the final Act as well as “book cover” illustrations!

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Christmas Eve Checklist:
 Our TBD’s before Santa arrives!!

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Merry Christmas

Perform & Record The Winter’s Tale (with bears and stuffies): The kids play out the basic story of our Shakespeare play using their favourite animals.

Lord Peter Wimsey’s Case Crackin’ New Years Eve Party:  A menu and a movie list for another mystery-themed New Year’s Eve fete!

Winter 2013

Looking Backward, Love: A look at our previous recipes for Valentine treats and homemade Valentine projects.

Toy Heart Photo Valentines [using Skylanders, Lego, Stuffies & Monster High Dolls]: The kids make photo valentines by arranging piles of toys in heart shapes and adding text with free online editing tools. Instructions included.

Valentine’s Treat: Cream-Cheese Sugar-Cookie Conversation Hearts:  We made conversation heart cookies with fun messages! Kismet! Recipe Included.

Chinese New Year Special:  Best of…Snakes: We take a look back at all of our snake crafts from last year’s March breAK! And we look back on some recipes, too. Links. Recipes. DIY.

Toby’s Snow Day: Creating Checklists for Independent Play:  An easy way to manage independent activities for kids when you’re super busy.

March Break 2013

Illustrate-Your-Own-Book Entries

MARCH breACK! 2013: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Ahma, The Spirit Bear, Part I: Old Married Bears and Unmarried Bears: The kids illustrate the first chapter of our Spirit Bear version of Jane Austen’s Emma using oil pastels: In the village of Maaya’ol, a remote portion of the Great Bear Rainforest, Spirit Bear Ahma Gan-Walp’s long-time teacher and companion, Miss. Luup’is, has married a neighbouring widower-bear, Mr. Haymaad’m, and leaves Ahma’s home, Spa-Haayk. In front of her brother-bear-in-law, the gentle Mr. Mansm’, Ahma takes credit for making the match between the two Haymaad’ms. She announces her decision to do the same for the spirit-servant Mr. W’Nax. Ahma then befriends the Miss. Harriet Hootlga Gyemck and considers her a suitable spouse for the reverend W’Nax. She paints Harriet’s portrait and encourages Mr. W’Nax to travel to Prince Rupert to have it framed.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Ahma, The Spirit Bear, Part II: A “Sleuth” of Proposals: The kids use pencil-eraser-in-paint pointillism for today’s illustrations: Ahma is discouraged by the news that Harriet has received a proposal from a salmon-guardian and beekeeper Mr. Yeni-Marten and persuades Harriet to reject the offer. Mr. Mansm’ criticizes Ahma’s interference as foolish and warns her against pushing Harriet towards the rather vain Mr. W’Nax. After a dinner with the Haymaad’ms, Ahma is stunned to receive an offer of marriage from Mr. W’Nax and, after rejecting him, is forced to break the news to Harriet.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Ahma, the Spirit Bear, Part III: In Which Harriet is Saved and Jane Tries Not to Be: The kids use permanent marker and watercolours to illustrate today’s portion of the story:  Ahma meets new arrivals in town, Jane Ha-Liimi and Noosik Churchill, and together with the latter, comes up with an inspired tale about the torrid love-life of the former. Meanwhile, the new Mrs. W’Nax sets out to “save” the same Miss. Jane by finding her inappropriate offers of employment. Harriet, embarrassed by Mr. W’Nax at a dance, is saved by Mr. Mansm’. And, the next day, when Harriet and Ahma are surrounded by Sea Wolves, Mr. Churchill saves them both.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Ahma, the Spirit Bear, Part IV: A Berry Picking Party & What Follows The kids go back to oil pastels to create covers and illustrate the final section of our exciting Spirit Bear version of Jane Austen’s Emma:  On an outing to Amap’as Hill hosted by Mr. Mansm’, Ahma embarrasses the spinster bear, Miss Wax’l by uttering a crude remark. Mr. Haymaad’m brings news of the death of Noosik Churchill’s strong-willed aunt. News soon surfaces of a secret engagement between two of our spirit bears. Things resolve themselves, however, as they always do. And several others make matches of their own.

The Related Activities & Recipes

MARCH breACK! 2013: Spirit Bear Portraits on Newsprint with Easy Stick or Dowel Frames: The kids draw bears on newsprint using oil pastels and then “frame” their work using cardboard, mod-lodge, and wooden dowels.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Kermode Bear Genetics: Learning About Biology and Probability By Copying a Scientific Illustration: We look a a National Geographic illustration which reveals how important the black bear population remains to the health and well-being of the white spirit bear.  The kids copy these illustrations in their own hand in order to memorize this lesson in genetics and probability.

MARCH breACK! 2013:  Mrs. Haymaadm’s “Salmon” Wedding Cakes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Peanut-Butter-Cup Cupcakes with Pink Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing: Included here is a fabulous recipe for a rich peanut-butter-chocolate cupcake with a mini peanut-butter-cup hidden inside. And we top it off with our recipe for Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing, gone “salmon pink” for bear week.

MARCH breACK! 2013:  Quick & Easy Spirit Bear Claws [Puff Pastry with Chocolate Filling]: We make an easy breakfast with puff pastry and a few pieces of chocolate. Recipe and DIY included.

MARCH breACK! 2013:  Spirit Bear Silhouettes, Two Ways:  The kids make lovely silhouettes, first by filling in the white body of a spirit bear with colourful drawings and expressions of joy about the bears themselves, then by filling in the body or the outside of the bear with colourful scraps of paper. Free Printable picture and pdf versions of both types of silhouettes included.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Eco-Protest Posters: Save the Spirit Bear!: The kids investigate threats to the Spirit Bear population in the Great Bear Rainforest and create their own protest posters against Oil Pipelines and Oil Tankers.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Tea with Ahma the Spirit Bear: Little Bear Brioches, Strawberry Soup, and Honey Cinnamon Hot Cocoa: We make cupcake sized brioches with bear faces to serve alongside of a favourite treat of ours, Strawberry Soup. Also included is a honey-hot-cocoa recipe for those moments when you could use a little comfort. Recipes included.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Spirit Bear Dice Game: We play a fun addition (or) multiplication game using dice and a fill-in-the-bear printable. Free printable game with instructions included.

MARCH breACK! 2013: White Kermode Bear Paw Cookies and White Grape Gummy Bear Popsicles:  We make super-cool bear paw cookies with butterscotch dough, peanuts, and white chocolate kisses for our high tea. And we make white grape juice and gummy bear popsicles for a late night dessert. Recipes included.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Mooksgm’ol [Spirit Bear] Drum Faces Inspired by Tsishmian Art & the Four Tsishmian ClansThe kids look at artwork and design their own bear drum faces. Printable Blank Drum Face included.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Kermode’s Path Math Game: Help the Kermode cub find his mother bear! A Free Printable Math Dice Game with instructions.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Spirit Bear S’mores: Honey Graham Cracker Cookie Cut-outs and Honey Marshmallows from Scratch: Our recipe for the best graham-cracker cookie ever. And a honey-marshmallow recipe that is golden-delicious! Together with a chocolate square, these make the perfect s’mores!

MARCH breACK! 2013: Spirit Bear Stick Puppets and Finger-Walking Bear Puppets: We make several bear puppets by decorating printed outlines of bears, cutting them, and either attaching them to sticks or to our fingers! Free Printable Templates included for all projects.

The Vanities of the Leaked Upon: Our Family Bathroom Dilemma and Design Ideas.

Making the Movie Monster Video: The Kids Make a Poem “Video” to use as a “Book Trailer” for the father’s upcoming book launch!

Book Fan Shirts: Using Bleach to Make a “book fan” shirt for Blaise Moritz’s Zeppelin.

DIY Cookie Cutters, The Zeppelin Edition: Easy tutorial! Use Disposable Aluminum Trays to Make Your Own Cookie Cutters!

Saying “Thank You”: Hand-Drawing Thank You Cards for a Music Scholarship. We Love TURTLES!

First Communion Fun: A Marble Oreo First Communion Cake and Hand-Drawn Gift Wrapping.

Contractor Cookies [and Bathroom Pics]: A Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Coconut Butterscotch Chip Cookie Recipe and some pictures and videos of our finished Bathroom.

Knappa Loves Melodi: The Easiest Ikea Hack Ever: Making the Knappa lamp into a ceiling fixture by borrowing a few elements from the super-cheap Melodi light fixture – now featured on

Book Cover Re-Design Workshop I: Zeppelin Poems: The Kids Make their own Book Cover Designs of their father’s book for a birthday present.

Book Cover Re-Design Workshop II: Teacher’s Favourite Book Cover Thank You Cards: The Kids Make Thank You Cards for their teachers by designing book covers of their teachers’ favourite books!

Summer of Funner 2013 is Up and Running: Check out our summer activities over at sister site: Summer of Funner!


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