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Children at the CC Balloon Festival

Children/Kids at the Second Day of the 9th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon PA.

#ccballoonfest #ccballoonfestival

- Andrew
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Banana Bread Kids

So starts the second week of Summer Vacation, and it is raining…

Since vacation has started, my kids have eaten more bandwidth than food!

What to do?

Well, being the frugal person that I am, and seeing that we had 5 ripe bananas…

I Googled three recipes, printed them up, and had the kids review the recipes, and create a common ingredient list:

5 Ripe Bananas
2 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 Stick Melted Salted Butter
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Preheat Oven to 350ºF. In large bowl, mash the bananas; Mix in the Eggs, melted butter, brown sugar, baking soda/powder, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour mixture into buttered loaf pan, and bake until center is cooked and crust is deep brown (60+ mins).

This helped Logan with this reading, while Madison learned more about units and measurement conversions!

What was also fun, was to comparing ingredients, such as white vs brown sugar, and deciding which one to use.

They also gotten to use a mortar and pestle to ground the fresh cinnamon, which was finished off in a coffee grinder.

I encouraged them to taste it, and explained why it was not a good idea to try the fad trick of trying to swallow a tablespoon!

And let us not forget the mashing of the bananas!

During clean-up, we also had the chance to “test” the classic Baking Soda vs Power with vinegar trick!

As I set up and measured, the kids kind of knew what was going to happen, but they were still very eager to see what would happen!

Finally, as the bread pan went into the oven, we used some of the leftover flour, to test our drinking glasses for fingerprints!

Update

I have since started this post, and the lights in the house flicker off and on because of the storm passing over us.

The house is beginning to smell good!

Update 2

The loaf is out and the smell!

The kids don’t seem to understand ‘cool down on a rack’…

Homemade Banana Bread
Homemade Banana Bread

Update 3

“I like the taste, but the texture is weird…”

All the more for ME!

A belated Father’s Day ‘gift’ to myself!

- Andrew
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Adobe Ideas Photography Software

Image Keepsakes for Kids

Every parent wants pictures of their kids, especially over the years, but have you ever thought about trying something different to capture that moment?

Here are a couple of ideas to try out!

Got Kids?
Got Kids?

These images are easily done with today’s imaging software, and can be very unique!

Going Down Hill... Fast!
Going Down Hill… Fast!

and with summer right around the corner, why not start planning your shoots today!

If you need some help, please let us know!

- Andrew
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Kids Archaeology Game 01

A new Kids Archaeology Game…

Get your kids to clean the family couch together!

Get them to identify the various objects found.

This game is also good in introducing kids to forensics.

- Andrew
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Studio Play (Brother and Sister)

It has been a while, but once again, I have calmed my photography studio space back again!

I lose the “studio” every couple of months, to some family life event…

Which is good, in the sense, because I have to clean-up and set-up, which forces me to be more efficient.

In theory…

Anyhow, after a morning doing another set-up, and a half-day of school for the kids, I had them sit in front of my camera, to take some pictures.

Can you tell they have been in front of the camera before?

and the sugary snacks helped a little!

Now off to Girl Scouts!

- Andrew
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