Thursday, 25 September 2014

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Yum- mo chocolate cake

I recently made a friend a chocolate cake in  exchange for some New World mini foods : ) This is the recipe I used and I was so impressed with it I thought I'd share. It has 2 cups of sugar in it- so not really a cake I'll make all of the time but good for taking to people or as a special occasion cake. It's a big cake so today I split the mixture between muffins and a small cake ( to take in to work tomorrow). I also left out the espresso/ coffee powder.

  • Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
  2. For the cake:
  3. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
  4. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter.
  5. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.
  7. Frost cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Photo from the site too http://addapinch.com/cooking/the-best-chocolate-cake-recipe-ever/

Thursday, 18 September 2014

an adding to 10 maths resource

Today T's lovely teacher gave me some animal strips to bring home to talk to him about. He's been off sick 2 days this week and when he went back yesterday he found his day a bit hard going. He was asked to draw the strips 1- 10 at school, something he found tricky at the time. She's super supportive and knows that I'm happy to follow up things at home with him, so I'll share what we did together.

Because it was after a day at school I thought I'd make it a bit easier to have him use stickers for this. I bought them at the 123 Mart. If you wanted to make these this too you would need to choose stickers carefully making sure that there were 10 of one type of sticker, 9 of another, 8 of another and so on. You could use any really, small animals, plain dots- whatever you find.

I cut yellow card into strips, each space is about 1.5cm square. There's a dotted line after 5 to help them learn what 5 looks like. In the following video they use a 1-10 strip, you could easily make one but we didn't- we used the 10 strip at the top and made combinations of other strips underneath it 9+1, 8+2, 7+3 etc.

As you can see from the photos, he also liked making 1-10 'steps' : )

These are the original ( very cute) Animal strips we based ours on, available to buy at Every Educaid for $11.99

Here's a video that explains how to use them to help learn addition facts to 10

Here's a lesson copied from the NZ maths website.

In this session students are introduced to animal strips as a way to communicate addition equations.
  1. Show the students the animal strips. Ask the students: how many animals are on the strip? (6)
  2. Students should be able to recognise the patterns and answer instantly, rather than counting each animal. Show the students that the dotted line after the 5th animal can help them recognise the number.

  3. animalstrip.

  4. Show the students an animal strip. Ask the students: how many animals are on the strip? (7)
  5. Show the students another animal strip and ask the students: how many animals are there altogether?

  6. animalstripQ.

  7. Encourage the students to count on. i.e. 8, 9.
  8. Write under the animal strip the number sentence” 7 and 2 makes 9”.
  9. Make copies of the animal strips and ask pairs or individual students to make their own addition equations. Encourage them to count on as they add the animals. Then ask the students to write the number sentence underneath.
  10. Give students animal strips appropriate for their knowledge stage, for example facts to 5, facts with 5, doubles, or facts to 10.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

September a photo a day challenge

I've joined some fb friends and entered a photo a day challenge for September. These are the first days photos.

the letter t


a soft spot


before and after
9 o'clock


my view

far away

must do

Monday, 8 September 2014

cute caterpillars

M has a pack of fairy themed cards that offer up heaps of great craft ideas. Both kids decided that these caterpillars made from egg trays looked like fun. They're probably a bit young for them but they had a good time and I didn't need to help at all. The cards would make a fun gift and I've found a pack at a good price ( see below).

Found a pack here on fishpond for $15.99

Thursday, 4 September 2014

a head band for Spring

Recently I've bought three beautiful head bands from the very clever hellow fallow ( found here in their felt store http://felt.co.nz/shop/hellofallow and on facebook https://www.facebook.com/hellofallow?fref=ts) They're beautifully made and I'm actually amazed I've been able to keep them aside for xmas presents! You should definitely go and have a look as they have free shipping at the moment too.

Last week at school we got daffodils for the Cancer society's daffodil day- a charity close to my heart. We had a few spares so I decided I'd make M a Spring headband with them. She's a bit sicky today too so though she could use some cheering up.

So inspired by hello fallow, I made this..

you'll need: flowers. elastic, needle and thread, matching felt and a glue gun

sew the elastic and flowers on

glue another piece of felt the same size and colour on top