Our computer at home is having some issues. The list of events that has led up to its present condition is extensive. My friend Blake is a computer guru and came over last night to take a look at it.
Has anyone heard of Amish Friendship Bread? This bread comes to you in a large ziplock bag. It is just 1 cup of liquid mush. You are not suposed to refrigerate it or have anything metal come in contact with it (spoons or bowls). While in the bag it ferments, so each day you are to mash the goo around and let the accumulated air out. Then on day 6 you add milk, sugar, and flour. Mush it some more each day until it is ready on day 10. Last night was day 10 so Tasha was in the other room working on it.
This is where the friendship part comes in – you add some more milk, sugar, and flour then mix it up and then put 1 cup of the goo into four new ziplocks to pass on. Once this is done you add the rest of the ingredients and bake the bread.
Blake brought over his oldest son Ethan, who is about to turn four. I quickly realized that our house doesn’t really have stuff for kids to do. So while Blake was being the computer guru I was trying to entertain Ethan.
Activity 1: coloring with washable markers. Ethan loves monster trucks and Jesus. Tasha and I work in the children’s department once a month and Ethan used to be in our room. His parents came up to us awhile back and asked what we were teaching their son. They explained that they had asked Ethan what he learned in Sunday school and he said, “Jesus and trucks!” So we drew trucks, castles, birds, a fish, and even traced our hands. Check it out…
(scans of our artwork will soon be uploaded for your viewing pleasure)
Activity 2: help Tasha in the kitchen. The batter for the bread gets really tough to stir but you aren’t supposed to use a mixer because the blades are metal. My bright idea – put a plastic spoon in my cordless drill. Check it out…
Ethan is very independant. I had to hold the buttom on the drill so he only got to move my hand around. However, when it came to the spoon, he wanted it all to himself.