Friday, October 11, 2013

"Ugly Pie" by Lisa Wheeler


It's been a while since our last "Weekly Wrap Up", but to be honest, nothing so exciting has been happening around here! Our youngest had surgery and we had to keep him still for about three weeks, so we have just been focusing on Bible, Phonics, and Math. But now that is all behind us!

We REALLY miss Five in a Row, and with the baby due in about 6 weeks, I just can't commit to "theming out" every aspect of school right now, so to keep books fun around here, Fridays are our new "library" days. We visit the library on Friday afternoons and each kid usually picks around 5-7 books for the week. Friday mornings now for the last two weeks have been our chance to engage ourselves with the story before we return it. This keeps literature alive for the kids without having to incorporate it throughout all of school. 

This week, the kids favorite book was "Ugly Pie" by Lisa Wheeler, a story about a bear who sets out on a mission to make an ugly pie, and with some ingredients from his neighbors, successfully bakes one stinkin' hideous looking pie. In the back of the book was a recipe to make the actual pie, although we modified it slightly. Here's a look into our project day:

 
Some of the ingredients were in glass jars so that the kids could explore them as we read along


I really do LOVE that younger brothers and sisters get to participate in fun learning activities with us!

 


  
Ready to bake!
Patiently waiting...



DONE! Each duo with their pie, which they loved!


AND here's our version of the recipe, for copyright sake, you can purchase or check the book out for their version!

Ugly Pie
  • 1 frozen pie crust
  • 3lb bag peeled/chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 5T flour
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1/2t nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 
Topping:
  • 1cup flour
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 t salt

  • Make the topping by combining all ingredients and chilling in fridge until nice and crumbly
  • Mix together apples, molasses, walnuts, and raisins. 
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugars. Add dry ingredients to fruit and nut mixture until fully incorporated
  • Pour into pie crust and top with topping mixture
  •  Bake at 400 for 45 minutes covered with tinfoil, then an additional 15 minutes uncovered!

"My-oh-my-oh-my"!

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