This past weekend, I had the opportunity to keep the two Oklahoma Grandkids ALL BY MYSELF.
Moral of this story sentence: It takes a lot of energy to keep up with a six-year-old and a two-year-old !
Little Miss P wanted to 'experiment' with baking and Baby Dub Ya wanted to 'halp.'
We decided it would be much easier to 'experiment' when baby brother took his nap.
Always ready for that 'teachable moment,' this post has been created around the scientific method, in a round-about-way. Any scientist would probably find many flaws in it, but at least a few of the vocabulary words were thrown around just for fun.
The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions.
Scientists use the scientific method to search for cause and effect relationships in nature. In other words, they design an experiment so that changes to one item cause something else to vary in a predictable way.
The scientific method helps to:
focus a project question,
construct a hypothesis,
design, execute, and evaluate an experiment:
1. Ask a question
2. Do background research
3. Construct hypothesis
4. Test with experiment
5. Analyze results -Draw Conclusion
6. Hypothesis is true - false - partially true
7. Report results
After Little Miss P asked if we could experiment with baking, we decided to narrow it down to cupcakes. She wanted to add different kinds of ingredients to see if the cupcakes would taste good.
This reminds me of the time when her mommy was about the same age and wanted to bake brownies. She also buttered the bottom of the pan . . . literally, she buttered THE BOTTOM of the pan.
This reminds me of the time I tried to make gravy and used powdered sugar. It was nice to see that the canisters have now been labeled.
There are other stories about my gravy, but we'll save that for another post.
but . . .
As evidenced by the look on her face, this was not something she wanted to do.
So, she insisted that I do it for her.
It's much easier to dig out egg shells from a separate bowl than when they end up in the batter.
This reminds me of when her mother, not many years ago, made homemade ice cream and did NOT beat the eggs until they screamed.
Ever eaten homemade banilla ice cream with WHOLE frozen eggs ?
Little Miss P is allergic to mango !
It was a bit reluctant to come off the spoon.
We even made a chart of what those ingredients were.
And yes, those ingredients on the bottom row are Girl Scout Cookies.
Should you need a box, just let us know in the comment section.
They are only $4.00 a box.
Her goal is to sell 400 boxes.
She has sold 390.
Somebody out there must need a couple of boxes !!!!!
Then, we wondered if they would come out of the pan.
That buttery-Crisco and flour trick really does work.
Which reminds me of this quote from "The Help" . . .
"Crisco ain't just for frying. You ever get a sticky something stuck in your hair, like gum?...That's right, Crisco. Spread this on a baby's bottom, you won't even know what diaper rash is...shoot, I seen ladies rub it under they eyes and on they husband's scaly feet...Clean the goo from a price tag, take the squeak out a door hinge. Lights get cut off, stick a wick in it and burn it like a candle....And after all that, it'll still fry your chicken.” --Kathryn Stockett
First Dad !
Just for the record, there is a reason that he calls a tennis racket, "A Whack."
1. Ask a question: Will adding different kinds of ingredients make a yellow cupcake taste better ?
2. Do background research: Our only research was to look in the pantry to see what was there that we could add to our yellow cupcake batter.
3. Construct hypothesis: Yellow cupcakes with the ingredients shown above will taste better.
4. Test with experiment: Eat them with a glass of cold milk.
5. Analyze results -Draw Conclusion
The cupcakes with the Girl Scout Cookes were a bit dry. Next time, we will add a little bit of oil t0 those, but they tasted great.
The cupcakes with the buttercream frosting were a bit runny but they tasted great.
The cupcake with the Rolo was Little Miss P's favorite.
The cupcake with the turtle was Gammy's favorite.
6. Hypothesis is true - false - partially true: Our hypothesis is partially true.
7. Report results: Little Miss P had a wonderful time. Gammy probably gained a pound or two.
On a serious note, here are two links that my cousin, Lucy, sent to me.
You might be interested in reading them.
They might change your shopping habits.
If enough people change their shopping habits, it could change the World !