A few days earlier, we had picked our lesson topic out of our FHE box (did I ever tell you about that? Hm.. have to do that soon!) and it was “The Word Of Wisdom”. If you are not of our faith, you can read a little more about the Word Of Wisdom HERE. It is essentially a law revealed of God on healthy living for both our physcial and spiritual benefit. Since we were going to be teaching them more about the Lord’s plan of healthy eating and living, we took a drive out to a small town near our city where there was a wonderful garden, filled with fresh veggies and fruits to pick. We had so much fun wandering around. Even our local school takes the kids on ‘field’ (ha) trips there each year.
We could immediately smell the fresh dill, and our eyes were blown away by not only the veggies we were familiar with, but many we weren’t – like the green cauliflower (above) which we had NEVER seen before. We loved the eggplants as well – something we had never tasted! So what did we do? We bought some cobs of corn and, yes, an eggplant to take home and try.
Before I go on, I just have to share the recipe I used to cook the eggplant – HUGE hit over here and a yummy alternative to a meat dish! Here it is:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 large eggplant
1 tablespoon water
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tomato, chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Italian-style salad dressing
|1.||Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet or pizza pan with olive oil.|
|2.||Slice the eggplant into 8 round slices, each 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Trim the skin, maintaining the round shape of the slices. In a small bowl, whip together the egg and water. Place the breadcrumbs in a separate small bowl.|
|3.||Dip the eggplant slices one at a time into the egg and water mixture, then into the breadcrumbs. One by one, place the coated slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet or pizza pan. Top the slices with equal amounts of tomato, Parmesan cheese and Italian-style salad dressing.|
|4.||Bake in the preheated oven approximately 15 minutes. Change oven setting to broil, and continue cooking 3 to 5 minutes. Check the slices frequently while broiling to avoid burning.|
This recipe was so easy, it was right up my alley. It came from Allrecipes.com.
Just after we finished eating, we set out another blanket in a prime spot for the parade! Each year they hold a Ducky Derby and celebration – we were so excited to be there for it!
These guys clearly had the best ride in the parade. Though you might get sick after an hour of going up and down, and up and down.
After the ride we went over to the kiddie corral. To my dismay, I realize I had to stay there with them. Some corral! And I had a hot date planned! Well, what can you do? B spent most of her time playing in the corn box. It was a sand box filled with dried corn. Neat!
We finally made our way to the corn maze, and set about trying to make our way through it. The corn was HIGH and the day was HOT. It’s a good thing I’m not claustrophobic.
… Oh…. wait… I am! Everyone had a good time, though 🙂
Our day didn’t end there, though the photos do 🙂 We headed back into the city, had a delicious meal, reviewed our lesson on the Word Of Wisdom, played a rousing game of pictionary (also chosen as the activity from our FHE box), and even had some time for a game of Monopoly, which BB won! Pretty good for a 5 year old, and WHO taught her to buy tonnes of houses for every property? Maybe she’ll be a real estate tycoon someday. It was a wonderful Labor day. I loved every minute of it. Can’t wait for next year!