More Experiments

July 15th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time

I didn’t really intend for today to be a day full of experiments, but who doesn’t want to want to be a their own lab rat? I mean really.

We met our friends at the park and had a neat activity planned that all the kids loved, including mine.


Clear as mud, no?

We had a to walk around the playground and find the shapes drawn in the upper left corner of each box. Then the bottom two boxes were for any other shapes we found.

Cigarette butt? Ummm, I think that’s a tube? Yeah, draw a tube.

Shortly after our shape scavenger hunt I had to dive head first into some sassy Chobani.


Mama needs protein after a boat load of carbs this morning!

The rest of today’s packed lunch featured homemade guac (avocado, onions, garlic, tomato, salt and lemon) on Ezekiel (x2) and a raw shredded zucchini, corn, tomato salad tossed in miso ginger dressing.

guac lunch_1

Oooo look I found another triangle!


We got home to find the next experiment had been hand delivered. And just when I thought I couldn’t get any more hippie.


Awww, my first sludge. Someone take a picture. Oh… wait…


Ava was “very curious” (her words) and asked if we could make apple juice.

Well OF COURSE we can make apple juice!


Notice my cup back under the spigot? Yeah, I need a little more APPLE in mine.

And check out what my compost bin gets to chew on! Awwwyeah compost bucket YOU. ARE. WELCOME.


This juice was SHOCKINGLY satisfying for a snack and I barely noticed any hunger as dinner time rolled around. Not only was I not very hungry, I was not in the mood for anything. Enter experiment numero dos. (That’s “number two” in Spanish, right? The only Spanish I know is from my gal pal Dora.)

This would be Kabocha, something I’ve seen around blog world for months now and finally figured out where to find it (hint: Asian market) and I’ve had two of these sitting on my counter for about a week now not knowing what the hell to do with them. Want to know more? Clicky clicky like I did from Holly’s site this morning.


Diced up and steamed.


In a bowl, drizzled with Almond Butter, like I’ve seen many times before.


My thoughts: What am I missing? This was only OK. Maybe it’s because it’s not in season? I was expecting it to be really sweet and it just tasted like butternut squash to me. Someone tell me it’s supposed to be sweet!

I ate my bowl and called it dinner. I was just not that hungry for dinner tonight. I think I threw myself for a loop with all my experimenting.

That’ll be 25 cents for the freak show please. Cash only.

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