Saturday, October 27, 2007

How to make an Apple Pie and see the world AND eat the earth!

We had a super time doing our FIAR book this week.  It was ~

What a fun book this was!  The little ones had a blast making the ingredients to go along with this book. First we made butter.

This proved to be a long undertaking.  First you shake the cream, then roll the the cream container across the room, then shake, then roll, shake, roll, shake, roll!  Okay, after about 45 minutes of this, we had something that looked like whip cream.  But no sign of whey and butter.  Because the kids and their Mom were impatient, we cheated and used the mixer, which made the cream separate quickly into whey and butter.  Then we washed the whey off the butter under very cold water.  The kids thought that was so much fun.

The butter was so good on homemade biscuits with homemade apple butter.

Next we made cinnamon.  We ground cinnamon sticks down.  The girls thought this was great and much easier than making butter.

We also attempted to evaporate salt water into salt, but we are still waiting to see some salt two days later.  I guess this should be done in sunny weather.

Of course, this book would not be complete without APPLE PIE!!! YUM. 

As if we did not have enough sweets with the pie, the big teen made a four layer edible Earth.  It consisted of an inner core made of gray ice cream with M&Ms, an outer core of caramel sauce, mantle made of rocky road ice cream and crust comprised of crushed cookies and green ice cream. 

Well, now that you all gained 5 pounds just reading this entry, feel free to go search your kitchens for something tasty to eat.



  1. We've made butter a few times. It is so yummy on warm bread. What a great way to enjoy a book. The pie looks so good it makes the mouth water. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Okay. That's just too much. The desserts look yummy, the cow heart disgusting, and the international night really cool. You all have been very busy.

    A little ballerina on your hands, huh? My oldest 2 took ballet for 15 years. This is Briana's last year, since she will be going off next year.


  3. Well, that was pretty funny. You left a comment for me while I was reading your blog.

    Have a blessed day.


  4. Mmmm... looks good. I'm trying not to eat but now I'm hungry again LOL. I was anyway; I nurse the twins then all I want is to eat- argh! We have that book too but I've actually never made an apple pie. Everything here has to be gluten free so I don't experiment too much!

  5. I would reply to your post now, but it made me hungry. I must make a trip to the fridge...

    OK, I'm back. I have never heard of this book, but after reading your post I think that I will be buying it soon. It looks like so much fun! My kids and I would have a great time with these projects. Thanks!

  6. Those are my favorite types of assignments!

  7. That sounded like an incredibly yummy week of school!

  8. When we try to churn butter, we end up appreciating what our ancestors went through don't we! lol Mixers are wonderful!



  9. We just learned the layers of the Earth as well, but your way looks MUCH tastier than the clay we used!


  10. We've made butter as well, my kids had no idea you *could* make it!!! Boy does that Earth look yummy!

  11. What a fun post!!

    I am also having problems with the buttons, if you like I can email it to you. Just send me an email whenever you get a chance and I will email you back with the button of your choice.



  12. We did this a few years ago and it was such fun. I love this book. We had such a great time and we too made an apple pie. Such fun and so yummy. We made butter this year and the kids keep asking to make it again.

    You've made me want to pull out my FIAR book and do it all over again. Thanks.



  13. That apple pie looks good. I'm hungry now. =)

    Thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.


  14. homeschoolingmommaof4November 2, 2007 at 7:52 PM

    Looks like such a fun unit! I bet they really enjoyed it.

    Have a blessed day!


  15. MitchTyRyanAndJamesNovember 4, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    We'll have to go get that book! My budding chef would love making the ingredients AND the pie. The Earth looks awfully tasty, too. You're making me hungry here!