Farewell Australia!

It's been so nice learning about Australia and we've had a wonderful time trying yummy snacks, painting beautiful pictures, watching all our movies and reading tons of wonderful books but it's time to say good bye and move on.

We started our day with math again.  All three boys had a color by number sheet.  The older two boys had a groundhog multiplication sheet where they solved the equations and then colored in the groundhog while Evan added and colored.  Evan's sheet was very tricky since most of the equations were with larger numbers.  I was impressed with how easily he was able to figure out 9+8 or 12 +3.  The older boys worked on their math minute for the five times tables and Ian was thrilled he manage to get them all today and earn yet another ice cream scoop.

While we were at the kitchen table we just kept plugging away at the day's work.  Evan and I played a sight word board game together-- I found this great pack of printable winter games.   While Evan and I played the older two boys had a sentence correction page.  I gave them two different sheets today so they could work together but they'd both have to work; and partly because I'm trying to "use up" our worksheets.  I'm trying really hard not to print any more worksheets off since I really want to get back to a more hands on method of learning. 

Once all our seat work was done we cuddled on the couch and read another 20 or so pages in The Last Gold Diggers.  We didn't want to put it down!  It's such a funny book.  We also read another couple of Stories from the Billabong as well as glance through and read a few snippets of  Australia and Oceania. 
The best part of our day was trying to make last Australian treat-- we made Hedgehog Slices

At least we attempted to anyway.

We had to make a few substitutions (as best we could) and adjust the amounts called for in the recipe as well.  Hopefully they will taste as yummy as they smell!

We started by smashing some shortbread cookies.  I found some plain shortbread cookies by Murray at our local grocery store but wasn't sure how many packages or cookies we'd need.  We bought 1 but after reading the ingredient list I think we should have bought two; so we halved the rest of the recipe.

Once the cookies were fairly crushed we melted a stick of butter and combined it with the cookies in a bowl.

We added 1 tbsp. of cocoa, a half a can of sweetened condensed milk, a 1/2 cup of shredded coconut and a 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows.  Once all the ingredients were well combined we pressed it into a 7x11 Pyrex dish and put it in the fridge to harden.

 After an hour or so (which was really just after lunch for us) we heated up some chocolate frosting and poured it over the top of the cookie base and then set it back in the fridge to harden again.

Once everything was cool and hardened we cut them into small bars and gave them a try.  They were quite yummy!

Sugary and sweet; but very delicious.

The boys loved them; even Alec who hates coconut thought these were very tasty. 

If I were to make them again I'd definitely increase the amount of shortbread cookies.   It was the perfect way to say goodbye to Australia.

He was a bit scared to try them since he knew he did not like coconut 


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