Monday, May 25, 2009

Ballet Leo

Hi all, would any of you mom's have a short sleeved pink dance leo I could borrow for Reagan's recital? She has SO many leo's and I really don't want to buy another just for one performance. She wears a 4T but I am sure we could get away with about any size, right?

Thanks for your help!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lemon Curd Cheesecake Recipe

Hi Ladies. Several of you asked for the recipe for the cheesecake from the party last week. Here it is!

For lemon curd:
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces For crust:
1 1/3 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs (5 oz)
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For filling:
3 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Special equipment: a 9- to 91/2-inch (24-cm) springform pan
Accompaniment: blueberries

Make lemon curd:Whisk together zest, juice, sugar, and eggs in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Add butter and cook over moderately low heat, whisking frequently, until curd is thick enough to hold marks of whisk and first bubbles appear on surface, about 6 minutes.
Force lemon curd through a fine-mesh sieve into a wide shallow dish, scraping bottom of sieve, then cover surface with wax paper. Cool completely, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
Make and bake crust:Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Invert bottom of springform pan (to make it easier to slide cake off bottom), then lock on side. 3Stir together crust ingredients in a bowl, then press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of springform pan. Place springform pan in a shallow baking pan and bake 10 minutes, then cool crust completely in springform pan on a rack.
Make filling and bake cheesecake:Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
Beat together cream cheese and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add eggs 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Beat in sour cream and vanilla until combined.
Pour two thirds of cream cheese filling into crust, then spoon half of lemon curd over filling and swirl curd into filling with a small knife. (Avoid touching crust with knife to prevent crumbs getting into filling.) Repeat with remaining filling and curd.
Bake cheesecake until set 1 1/2 inches from edge but center trembles when pan is gently shaken, about 45 minutes. (Center of cake will appear very loose but will continue to set as it cools.) Transfer springform pan to a rack and immediately run a knife around top edge of cake to loosen. Cool completely, about 2 hours, then chill, uncovered, at least 4 hours. Remove side of springform pan before serving.

Cooks' Notes: ·Lemon curd can be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered.·Crust (without filling) can be made 1 day ahead and kept, covered, at room temperature.·Cheesecake can be chilled, loosely covered, up to 2 days. Cheesecake must be completely chilled before covering to prevent condensation.

The recipe is from Epicurious

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Displays in Your Home and Math in the Early Years

Parenting Partners ;),
The most recent trainings I've been working on and teaching focus on 'Displays' and 'Math' in the Early Years.
A fundamental key to the ROOTS philosophy is priortizing the child while taking initiative to foster positive communication in the child's world of home-providers-community.
Thank you to all of you that send digital pictures, comments and/or share examples from your home. You are making a positive difference and I encourage you to think of my email box as a home for your great ideas, finds, questions, etc.
Should any of you like to get together sometime to learn more about ways to work with your young child in math or learning more about ways to display your child's work and interests in the home, let me know.
We're developing a terrific team of parents, professionals and community members that are eager to share information in support of the whole child.
Thanks again, partners!

Sneak Peak for Craft Tomorrow

Project for PS I Love You 5/7/09

We are making journals...

Not the journal type? Here are some other ideas to use it for (mostly courteous of
  • Things I Want
  • Gift Ideas
  • Got a Minute? - Things we would like to do when we have time.
  • Watch, Read, Listen
  • Goals
  • Bucket List
  • Don't Forget
  • Great Ideas
  • Grocery List
  • Gardening Journal/Record
  • Child's Journal (I made one for E & T this week and they carry them everywhere: "write my grocery list, draw, "write" a story, etc.)
  • Try a One-Sentence Journal. I love this idea and have at times kept one. Low key, no pressure - just what I need in a journal. I have been wanting to start one this year and now I will! (Idea from The Happiness Project.)