Cook with Books: Pete’s A Pizza

Cook with Books: Pete's a Pizza from The Homeschool Share Blog

Have you read William Steig’s Pete’s A Pizza before?  If not, this is the perfect book to share over a fun pizza lunch with your kiddos!  In the story, Pete is in a bad mood, so his dad decides to cheer him up by making him into a pizza.  It’s a funny and sweet book that is a quick read, too.

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Making your own pizzas can be really easy!  You just need dough–we made it crazy easy and used biscuits–sauce, cheese, and toppings!

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Spray your baking sheet and mash out the biscuits to form your pizza crusts.

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Spread the sauce on the dough.

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Then add your toppings!  It’s really that easy!

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We baked ours for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Delicious!

Cook with Books Homeschool Co-op Class

One of my favorite features here on the Homeschool Share blog is Cook with Books. I love to cook, and I love books, so what could be more perfect? If you follow along on my personal blog, you also know that I like sharing co-op classes. Cook with Books would make a great co-op class.

Cook with Books Homeschool Co-op Class Idea from The Homeschool Share Blog

I read through the past Cook with Books posts and found the ones that include picture books and shorter recipes. I compiled them below for you to look through.

This class would be simple to structure: read a book then make the corresponding recipe together. If you have time leftover at the end of class, you could choose to read more stories that relate to the first story.

Here is a sample schedule:

Week 1: Read Mouse Mess and make Cracker Snackers

Week 2: Read Harry the Dirty Dog and make Dog Bone Pretzels

Week 3: Read The Parrot Tico Tango and make Fruit Trees

Week 4: Read Five Little Monkeys and make Monkey Bread

Week 5: Read Mama Panya’s Pancakes and make Pancakes (recipe found in book)

Week 6: Read Pete’s-a-Pizza and make Pizza

Week 7: Read Thundercake and make Thundercake (recipe found in the book)

Week 8: Read The Three Little Pigs and make Straw Stacks

Week 9: Read The Rainbow Book and make Fruit Kabobs

Week 10: Read Cook-a-Doodle Doo and make Strawberry Shortcake (recipe found in the book)

Week 11: Read Stone Soup and make Stone Soup.

Week 12: Read A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins and make Blackberry Fool (recipe found in book)

If you want to find more books with recipes, there is a huge list on this old Homeschool Share database.

Happy Reading and Happy Cooking!

Cook with Books: The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit

Cook with Books: The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit

We recently read Carol Ryrie Brink’s The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit.  If you haven’t read this sweet story before, you’re missing out! There’s humor, adventure, and mystery in this short chapter book and it’s a good read for the whole family.

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It’s also a great book to read for National Puppy Day on March 23rd–and a great time to cook up some yummy treats for the puppies in your family!

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This recipe comes from my friend (and fellow homeschooling mom!) Nancy, and our dog has liked them so much, so I’m thankful she shared this recipe with us!  I love that it uses ingredients I usually already have on hand.

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Just mix your flour, egg,…

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pumpkin, and peanut butter!

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Roll out the dough and cut out shapes–How cute is this set??  All that’s left is the baking.  Easy peasy!

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If you are talented like Nancy, you can melt candy melts or yogurt chips to decorate them, too!  Wouldn’t these make cute gifts?

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Hobo was so happy to get to be the official taste tester!

Here’s the full recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together well
  2. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, depending on how soft or crunchy you want them
  4. Melt candy melts or yogurt chips to decorate treats

Your puppy will thank you!

Cook with Books: The Parrot Tico Tango

Cook with Books: The Parrot Tico Tango Fruit Trees

Cook with Books this month features The Parrot Tico Tango by Anna Witte. We read the colorful story about Tico Tango who flies through the rainforest snatching bright, yummy fruits from his friends. The book lends itself to great discussion about asking for things and asking for forgiveness.

After reading the book, we started on our Fruit Tree Snack. If your child is able, he can help wash and prepare the fruit by chopping it into small pieces.

For each fruit tree, you will need:

1/2 banana
thick slice of cored pineapple
handful of toothpicks
3 other fruits (we used strawberries, kiwi, and mango), diced

To assemble the trees, simply place the banana half in the pineapple.

Using toothpicks, add fruits all over.

Fruit Tree Snack for The Parrot Tico Tango (Cook with Books)

So simple. So healthy!

You can find a complete unit study for The Parrot Tico Tango at Homeschool Share.

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Cook With Books: The Little Red Hen

Let your child bake some bread after reading the tasty tale of the Little Red Hen!

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There are many versions of The Little Red Hen, but all of them tell the same basic story: The Hen does all the work to make the bread while everyone else plays, but when it comes time to eat the bread, everyone is suddenly willing to help!  We mixed up some super simple bread and then read several different versions while it baked!

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We read Byron Barton’s The Little Red Hen many, many times when my kids were babies and toddlers!  The illustrations are very simple and engaging.

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This version by Paul Galdone has more detailed traditional illustrations.

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Margot Zemach’s The Little Red Hen: An Old Story is another one with more traditional illustrations.

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Yes, The Little Red Hen is a story usually enjoyed by younger children, but even your older kids will enjoy this version with the photo collage illustrations.  What a fun spin on an old story!

When I was in elementary school we got to spend a morning making bread!  (This was way back in the olden days when we didn’t get to do things like that very often!)  It was so fun and one of my favorite memories!  Because no one wants to give 100 third graders each their own bowl and ingredients, we made our bread in a bag.  Everyone got to make their own and the mess was kept to a minimum.  I’ve only got my own two kids now, but I certainly appreciate low mess activities!

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Aside from the easy clean up from this recipe, I also like that it just uses ingredients I always have on hand!

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Start by putting the whole wheat flour, yeast, and salt in the gallon bag and give it all a little shake to mix it up.

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Add the oil, honey, and water.

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Mix it all together!  Once it’s all mixed, add more whole wheat flour and white flour and mix it up some more.  (The more air you squeeze from the bag, the easier it will be to mix.)

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If you want, you can knead it with your hands–we save this part until it was almost all mixed together and we kept it in the bag to keep the mess down.

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Let the dough rise to about twice the size.

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Punch the dough down.

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Take it from the bag and put it in a greased bread pan.

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Bake it at 350 degrees for about half an hour…

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…and you’ll have a tasty treat!

Here’s the full recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 3/4 – 1 cup whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. In a gallon ziplock bag, put 1 cup of whole wheat flour, yeast, and salt and shake to mix.
  2. Open the bag and add vegetable oil, honey, and water.  Squeeze out the air before closing the bag and then squeeze the bag to mix all the ingredients.
  3. Open the bag and add the white flour and the rest of the whole wheat flour.  (Start with 3/4 cup of the whole wheat flour and add a little more at a time if the dough is sticky.)
  4. Knead the bread in the closed bag until all ingredients are combined well.
  5. Put the dough (still in the closed bag) in a warm place and let it rise until doubled.
  6. Punch the dough down and remove it from the bag.  Put the dough in a greased bread pan and cover with a clean towel and let it rise to double again.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy!