Go Eat Rocks  

Sunday, March 30, 2008

This week's Unplugged Project theme was rocks. As usual, I thought a long time about what to do for this project, looked online, found some different ideas but nothing I was really happy with, and then today I realized I'd been making it too hard. As usual.

For Easter my mother-in-law gave Paige a set of Disney Princess Flashcards.

They each have a number on one side, and the corresponding number of "jewel" outlines on the other side. When I saw them I thought it'd be fun to find some fake jewels, and have her match - putting one jewel on each of the jewel outlines. Suddenly I thought, why can't I use rocks? We have a fountain in the bathroom, and a bowl with river rocks and little candles in it. I grabbed a handful and showed her how to put them on the cards. She liked that for a little bit. She was actually more interested in just moving the rocks around. She kept saying they were "seashells from under the sea." She's a Little Mermaid fan, so anything that's from "under the sea" is pretty cool. She started referring to the handful of rocks as her "collection." Later I stuck them in the box of rice and macaroni that she hasn't played with for awhile, and showed her how to scoop them in and out. She liked that.

I looked online for a recipe for "rocks" and found a few different varieties of cookies. My friend Michelle then went and found her own version after seeing that the one I picked out had coconut in them, which she doesn't like. So she actually joined us this week - we went to the grocery store while Paige was napping, and then the girls all donned aprons and made cookies this afternoon. The name of the cookies are "Space Rocks." I told Paige we were making Space Rock cookies and she changed the name to "Rockstar Cookies." Lately it has all been about being a rockstar!

The cookie recipe called for a "German chocolate cake mix with pudding added." We couldn't find that at the store, so we ended up just using a "moist" chocolate cake mix. As a result, our cookies were really dry. I think the recipe might be ok if we could find something to add to make them more moist. Paige took a small bite of her cookie and didn't like it - although she's not much into cookies anyway.

Michelle knows I'm a perfectionist, and told me, "the important part is that she had fun cooking with us, not that the cookies were perfect." I am fairly proud of myself because I wasn't even that upset that the cookies didn't turn out perfect - I didn't even need her reminder this time. That's progress for me!

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8 comments: to “ Go Eat Rocks

  • Chrissy
    March 31, 2008 at 12:11 AM  

    That's so cool that you were able to use the "rock" theme in so many ways...especially finding a "rock" (or rockstar) recipe!

    Next week is books...can't wait to see what everybody comes up with!

  • Nature Mama
    March 31, 2008 at 3:11 AM  

    I never would have thought of a rock recipe! That's a good one :) Your daughter sounds so cute! Mine is in love with the little mermaid to right now *grin* Thanks for sharing!
    Nature Mama

  • Piseco
    March 31, 2008 at 8:16 AM  

    I love that you thought to make rock cookies - even if they didn't turn out the way you hoped, your friend Michelle is right, that the experience was the most important part!

  • Anonymous
    March 31, 2008 at 12:15 PM  

    I love the "rock" cookie idea! It kind of reminds me somehow of the book "Stone Soup." Playing with the rocks and the cards was a good one too. The projects really don't have to be complicated! Glad you joined in again!

  • Heather
    March 31, 2008 at 4:34 PM  

    What great fun you had. Sounds like she learned alot. I might even have to try baking the rock cookies with the boys.

  • Shawn
    April 2, 2008 at 7:13 AM  

    See ... Mommy always learns, too. Great creativity. I love this idea ... what great FUN. : )

    What a great Mama you are!

  • Jenny
    April 2, 2008 at 1:36 PM  

    I never would have thought to look for a recipe involving rocks- good idea! One of the problems with trying new recipes is that you're never quite sure how they'll turn out, so good for you for taking the risk. And since your daughter had fun, it was a success. :o)

  • Michie
    April 2, 2008 at 7:43 PM  

    Shawn - thank you so much for the "good mama" comment. That really made me smile. Maybe I should post about our rock cookies on your blog carnival?

    Jenny - that is part of why I sometimes get nervous about trying new recipes, I'm always nervous they won't work out. I have to remember to just go ahead and try!


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