Cook with Books: The Three Little Pigs

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Cook with Books: The Three Little Pigs from the Homeschool Share Blog
My friend, Carmen, is a super creative homeschooling mama of three.

To meet the needs of all three ages of her children (plus some extra kiddos, too!), she read several versions of The Three Little Pigs. The children then wrote their own play, created sets, planned a menu, and made invitations to a “Backyard Dinner Theater.” They had a few rehearsals and created simple costumes before the big show.

The menu was quite elaborate:

Pigs in a Blanket
Mini Ham Sandwiches
Curly Tail Macaroni and Cheese
Curly Tail Pasta Salad
Veggie Tray
Sticks (pretzel sticks)
Straw Stacks
Bricks (Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats)
Piggy Punch (Pink Lemonade)

Grandparents were invited, and it was a fun night!

You could certainly replicate her entire production, but for this post, I am just going to share the easy recipe she gave me for the Straw Stacks.

Cook with Books: Making Straw Stacks (Three Little Pigs)

Straw Stack Treats

1 bag chow mien noodles
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups butterscotch chips

Melt chips together. Pour melted chips over chow mien noodles. Use two spoons or a large cookie scoop to crate straw stacks on waxed (or parchment) paper. Let set. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy! Happy Reading!

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Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book

Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book (Homeschool Share Blog)

When I saw The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt, I knew it would not be enough to borrow it from the library. No. We had to own it. Each page brings a kaleidoscope of paper-cut colors, making it truly beautiful. It also provides a base for discussion of various emotions: alert, calm, energetic, fiery, exciting.

The Rainbow Book is also the perfect literature selection to go with Rainbow Fruit Kabobs.

Rainbow Fruit Kabobs Recipe

You need lots of colorful fruit–one kind of fruit per color.

Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book (Homeschool Share Blog)

Red: watermelon, strawberries, cherries, red raspberries
Orange: cut oranges, mandarin oranges, cantaloupe, mango, peaches
Yellow: pineapple, golden delicious apples
Green: honeydew, green grapes, kiwi slices, avocado slices
Blue: blueberries
Purple: blackberries, grapes (red or purple), plums

Don’t forget to add wooden skewers to your shopping list, too.

The child can help prepare the fruit by washing it. Then you can finish the prep by chopping and slicing.

Cook with Books ~ Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

We assembled the kabobs by adding the fruit in order of the rainbow.

Enjoy your treats–the book and the food!

Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book


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