First, we made these cool and easy bird feeders. At least two of these little ones have sensory integration issues so this turned out to be a great exercise for them. The combination of sticky gelatin and lumpy birdseed was a good challenge. The Blitz may or may not have eaten a couple teaspoons of the stuff. What can I say, it was relatively edible.
Our second project was to mix up a batch of "real" fruit chews. We have a section in our grocery that sells all this dried fruit I don't buy because it's full of sugar but then I thought, "Why not for a treat? Better than that artiticial stuff they call 'fruit chews'" So we bought 3 packages based solely on pretty colors. The kiwis were full slices so I cut them up; they required a sharp, heavy knife. We mixed them all up with some mixed nuts.
I fogot to photograph the mixing but arent' they pretty?
Finally, before I knew today was cooking day, I had decided to mix a giant batch of meatballs to cook 2 ways. Pepper had already mixed the meat, so all that remained was seasoning, shaping and cooking. I knew it was risky but decided to have all the kids help. I made them promise, promise, promise not to taste it and they had fun, fun, fun!
To make life easier for all of us, I readied a tub of warm soapy water for hand washing afterward.
I like a mix of ground meats for meatballs and I use the leanest available of each type;
- 86% lean Ground beef, about 2 pounds
- Ground pork, extra lean, about 2 pounds
- Ground white turkey meat, about 1 pound
- Italian sausage seasoned ground turkey, about 1 pound
The rest goes for these Crock Pot Meatballs.
In between we had plenty of time for hanging our bird-feeders, playing in the unexpectedly sunny, warm day and saying good-bye to our little foster friend. For fun, I gave them an all "round" supper; we made the Asian meatballs for tonight, so I made their rice into little balls, gave them a Satsuma orange (peeled of course), and Spinach Knobs. They were in heaven with their round food. For some reason it was really funny.
Another great day! I am richly blessed!