Since we are in the middle of spring we are surrounded by wonderful growing greenery of all shades! When I am asked what my favorite color is I usually settle on green. It is nice by itself, but it also accentuates all the other colors nicely.
GREEN BOOKS – These seemed to be in short supply both on my own shelf and in the library. In addition to the few listed below we checked out books on green frogs and green lizards. Green sea turtles would be another option.
Verdi by Janell Cannon Fun story of a young python’s growing pains.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss A classic of course! None of my kids are fans of eggs dyed to a green color, but a quiche stuffed with kale or spinach that’s been finely diced in the food processor and sautéed with onion, salt and pepper suits them just fine.
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger A beautiful book that illustrates numerous shades of green in the world; small cutouts on some pages incorporate a portion of one painting into another.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Has a lovely green cover!
GREEN FOODS are abundant. I could begin naming them, but the list would quickly get overwhelmingly long. Since we already eat green foods on a nearly daily basis I decided to make a treat out of this dip to eat with green, i.e. Granny Smith, apples.
1 cup yogurt cheese**
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
honey to taste, I used 1-2 tablespoons
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Enjoy with apples of your choice. Amount of honey used would probably vary depending on the sweetness of your apples.
**Greek yogurt will work if you don’t want to make yogurt cheese. Cream cheese could also be used, but you may need to thin the dip with some milk. If you do want to make yogurt cheese, line a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter and place over a bowl. Fill strainer/filter with about 2 cups plain, unsweetened whole milk yogurt. Allow to sit for a couple hours until a cup or more of whey has been strained off. You will need to pour the whey out of the bowl periodically if it is not large enough to keep whey level below strainer. Use the remaining thick yogurt “cheese” for your dip. Don’t throw that whey out! Use it as a base for a smoothie or in place of milk or water in any pancake or bread recipe. My bread (either sourdough or yeast risen) always turns out best when I use equal portions whey and water for the liquid.
GREEN ART PROJECT
We used various greenery (and a few flowers) collected from the yard to create plant poundings. The kids loved using the hammers!
We placed the plant pieces on sheets of corrugated cardboard, placed the fabric squares over the plant pieces and pounded away. Everyone was happy with their creation regardless of wether the full impression of the leaf came through clearly or their efforts simply resulted in a lot of green circles!
Since Mother’s Day was approaching, we used the results to create cards (that I neglected to take pictures of).
For the older kids:
Aaron and the Green Mountain Boys by Patricia Lee Gauche
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
What state is known as The Green Mountain State and why?
The Green River What state(s) does it go through?