I had wanted to share some recipes as I tried new ones but I just haven't had much success with the new ones. Sorry. :( Lately we've been having quick things like tacos and spaghetti. I've just been a busy mom and don't have much time for grand culinary creations. Perhaps I should get up earlier? Nah.
Rachel, on the other hand, made a beautiful chocolate cake. She's killing me! Lately I've only been maintaining instead of losing weight.
A few of the things we've been doing around the Happy Texan household:
- visit Sea Center Texas. It's FREE and has several aquariums plus a touch tank. It's a hatchery for redfish run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Here are some critters in the touch tank: stone crab and blue crab. There are also fish and anemones. Seems funny to have crabs in a "touch tank" but these have a portion of the claw removed so they can't get you. Gordon the resident grouper died last summer. We had no idea. :(
They have a new grouper who enjoyed checking us out as much as we enjoyed watching him. We took the "grand tour" of the facilities. Our guide, bless her heart, was clueless and juvenile. I was kind of embarrassed for her.
It was cool to see the redfish in a huge outdoor pond. We got to feed them some pelleted food and they seemed to enjoy it. I imagined them covered in some crab and butter sauce. Maybe blackened.* Visit San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge and Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge.
The usual ponds were dried up! We need some rain desperately. We did get to see a pair of crested caracaras (also known as Mexican Eagle). These are usually carrion feeders and it didn't take us long to find out why. There were dead gar everywhere because the water was dried up. Also got to see this cute Black Necked Stilt even though wildlife was scarce due to the heat and drought. On the home front, the kids have been busy with school work. I was so bad last year. Very inconsistent and we didn't get as much done as I would have liked. I'm trying to make up for it now.
One of the fun science projects was dissecting an owl pellet. Owls and other raptors (and even crows) puke up undigested fur, bones and other bits of their prey. And some smart fellow decided to sell the pellets to people and schools to rummage through. I happen to be one of those people who enjoys weird things like that. :)
Incredibly, the kids loved the pellets! They want to know if we can order some more and do it again.
Here Charlie and Rachel go through the fur looking for bones. Yes, that is my kitchen scale on the table. We had to weigh the pellets, after all! In case you are wondering, they are about 7 grams each. And they have been heated to kill any bacteria. :)
- Homeschool Day at Sea World
- Attend lectures by Eugenie Scott at the museum
- Several classes for the kids at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
- start exercising at least 2 days per week at the Y and the rest of the week at home
- a special field research field trip to the Texas City Prairie Preserve
- a fall canoe/camping trip down Village Creek in the Big Thicket Preserve
- possible archaeological excavations around Houston area