Archive | July, 2012

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Skylanders Portal of Power Birthday Cake

This year, Tobes wanted a “Skylanders” themed cake for his birthday. So, we decided to make a “Portal of Power.” (That’s the gadget you hook up to your gaming console and set your Skylanders toys on top in order to play). We decorated it with a banner celebrating T’s birthday, and, of course, with a […]

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Olympian Self-Sufficiency: The Kids Make Supper (by themselves!)

This is a summer to be inspired by the Olympic Spirit. As we learn more about our Olympic competitors by reading newspapers and magazines and by watching sports interviews, one of the aspects of Olympic training that the kids and I have admired is the self-sufficiency of even the youngest of our athletes. Time and […]

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Macarons!

July 21, 2012 A friend of ours was commenting on the exorbitant price of a single French Macaron at a local bakeshop. So, the kids and I decided to surprise her with a sampling of homemade Macarons at a fraction of the cost. When we read that French Macarons are “notoriously hard to make” and fiddly, and […]

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Kids’ Movie Reviews

July 20, 2012 Each summer, my husband chooses a list of films for us to watch, once per week. We call this our “Summer of Funner Film Festival.”  The last few years have featured classic Marx Brothers films, Fred and Ginger dance pics, Philo Vance flicks, and a bit of old fashioned Shakespeare. This year’s […]

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Yesterday Books with Pop-Art Animal Olympians

July 18, 2012 Each summer, the kids create and fill up their “Yesterday Books” with pictures and stories of their Summer of Funner adventures. Sometimes, these are illustrated journal entries, and others, fantastic fictional histories.  So, each July, we start off our Summer of Funner by choosing notebooks and decorating the covers, transforming them into our famous Summer of Funner Yesterday Books!  […]

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Our First Paella, With a Recipe for the Next…

July 2, 2012 On a sunny, hot Canada Day (Observed), we headed out with our special guests, grandpa Silvio and Jessie, for a tour of Toronto’s Kensington Market. We were on a mission to source the ingredients for our very First Paella, which we were planning to make on the gas grill later that afternoon. We […]

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