Kentucky Shakespeare’s Globe Players’ Production of Love’s Labour’s Lost

Today we went to Love’s Labour’s Lost by the Globe Players and it was a very interesting play. Here is a short summary of the beginning. In a camp called Camp Navarre there are 4 boys that are studying and then 4 girls come so the boys make an oath not to touch or look at the girls so they won’t be distracted or they will be forever humiliated. All 4 of the boys break their oath and get humiliated and then fall in love. One of our favorite characters is Costard, played by Patrick Koshewa, because he was really funny like the time he calls the 4 boys in Camp Navarre traitors because they broke their oath. Our other favorite character was Armado, played by Grace Ording, because it was very funny when he said mustache in a funny accent and when he acts like his spoon is a sword. We think that Custard and Jaquentta should not have been offended when they were called turtles because being a turtle is not a bad thing! We really think you should go see this play because it is really good.

By Turtle and Moose

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String Quartet Op. 33 No. 2 “The Joke” By Haydn

Today we listened to Haydn’s op.33 “The Joke”. It got its name from all the pauses in the middle. We thought it was over but it started up again. We thought that was hilarious. Haydn was born March 31, 1732 and died May 31, 1809. This piece is on the Summer Listening Program by WUOL, but we listened to it here by the Areal Quartet. They were funny!

By Moose and Turtle

Riverside: The Farnsley-Moremen Landing

Today I went to Riverside and it was cool and interesting. There were 2 houses. The first house was the Farnsley – Moremen house and my favorite room was the Traveler’s room. The Traveler’s room was a room for all of the people who traveled on road or by horse to stay for 1 night only. The doorway into the Traveler’s room from upstairs wasn’t there when Farnsley or Moremen owned it so Travelers couldn’t go in the family house. When I saw it, there was a bench and lots of toys that might have been there after the Traveler’s room wasn’t used by travelers anymore. The second house is the outside kitchen that was separate so it wouldn’t get the house hot or burn down the house. The kitchen had a lot of cooking supplies like 2 butter churns. There was a root cellar under a trapdoor were they stored cold stuff like potatoes. The riverbank had a platform were people got on and off the boats. Lots of boats passed there like The Spirit of Jefferson. Farnsley and Moremen sold wood for steamboats passing by. People on the boats slept on the boats instead of the Traveler’s room. The tour guide’s name is Mr. Jim and he was really nice. I think this is another great place on the Louisville Cultural Pass.

By Moose

Tofu Crumble and Black Bean Tortillas with Mexican Rice

Tortillas (from Kids Can Cook – Vegetarian Recipes by Suzanne Havala)

  • Measure into a bowl and stir with a large spoon 2 cups flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 cup water
  • Put a little oil on your hands and knead the dough a couple of times. Cover the bowl and let sit for 15 minutes
  • Lightly flour a rolling pin and pastry mat or wooden board. Shape the dough into 6 small balls and flatten out each on the board. Flatten in many directions so the tortilla stay round.
  • Heat a skillet and fry each tortilla for about 30 seconds on each side until just starting to turn brown
  • Brush one side of the tortilla with melted butter and stack them up until ready to use

Mexican Rice (from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mexican-rice-ii/)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add rice. Cook, stirring constantly, until puffed and golden. While rice is cooking, sprinkle with salt and cumin.
  • Stir in onions and cook until tender. Stir in tomato sauce and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Tofu Crumble and Black Bean Tortillas

Ingredients

  • Tofu crumble
  • Tortilla for the recipe above
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 cup shredded pepper back cheese
  • Sour cream and salsa (optional)

Directions:

  • Make the tofu crumble from the tofu enchilada recipe.
  • Heat 2 cans of black beans in a pan, mix in some of the taco seasoning from the tofu enchilada recipe or other spicy blend.
  • Lay out a tortilla and top with the tofu crumble, a large spoonful of black beans, some shredded pepper jack cheese
  • You can either fold the tortilla over to make a burrito or eat it open-faced
  • Top with sour cream and/or salsa

This is a very tasty recipe. It was very fun to make; but be careful – the flour is very messy. But be sure to use plenty of flour or the dough will stick to everything.

By Moose

Rauch Planetarium

Today we went to the Rauch Planetarium at University of Louisville. It was very neat. There was a show about black holes. The scientists used supercomputer simulations and pictures from a telescope to let people imagine what is inside a black hole. A black hole takes in gas, dust and solids and in one theory some of the gas can come back out. A black hole is created when there is a supernova or a massive star exploding. One theory about black holes says that they will send whatever is inside, even light, to another universe. If something solid hit the black hole it would be ripped to shreds from the impact.

We also saw a show about summer stargazing. It talked about constellations in the summer nighttime sky. Some of the constellations were Hercules, Aquila the Eagle, and Draco the Dragon. There also lots of objects in the constellations. The Cat’s Eye Nebula is in Draco. It’s called the Cat’s Eye Nebula because of how it looked in the Hubble Space Telescope. If the sky is very dark and there aren’t any light, you can see the Milky Way Galaxy, our own. There are three kinds of galaxies: irregular, spiral (like the Milky Way), and elliptical. We think this is another great place on the Louisville Cultural Pass.

By Turtle and Moose

 

Spinach, Tomato, and Onion Omelets and Blueberry Muffins

Spinach, Tomato, and Onion Omelets

This recipe serves 5

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of frozen spinach
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • 10 eggs
  • Milk
  • ½ cup diced green onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Thaw the spinach in the microwave and squeeze out the extra water
  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  • Crack open 2 eggs and add a 2 tablespoons of milk. Beat the eggs until well mixed
  • Pour eggs into the frying pan
  • Cook until the eggs are bubbly and not runny
  • Slide a spatula under the eggs and flip the omelet in the pan
  • Add spinach, tomatoes, onion, and 2 slices of cheese to one half of the egg
  • Fold the other half of the egg over on top
  • Cook until the cheese is melted and the vegetables are thoroughly heated.
  • Slide omelet onto a plate and serve

The omelets were very yummy. The tomatoes went very well with the eggs. Cooking the omelets was very hard; I got very nervous when my dad was flipping the eggs over for me.

Blueberry Muffins (from Kids Can Cook – Vegetarian Recipes by Suzanne Havala)

  • Pick over, rinse, and dry on paper towels 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • Coat 12 large muffin tins with oil or use baking cup liners in the tins. Heat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Sift together in a medium bowl 2 cups flour, ¼ cup sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt
  • With a large spoon, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1 egg, ½ cup oil, and ¾ cup water
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the well and combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring only 20 to 25 times with a spoon. It’s ok for the batter to be lumpy
  • Add the blueberries to the batter and stir as little as possible to make sure they are mixed in
  • Spoon the batter into the oiled muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full
  • Set a timer for 20-25 minutes and bake in the oven until lightly browned on top
  • Run a knife around each muffin to loosen it in the tin before lifting out to a serving plate.

This recipe made some the best muffins I have ever tasted. But remember not to stir the batter too fast or it will splash all over your face and make a huge mess. I speak from experience.

By Turtle

The Speed Art Museum

Today I went to the Speed Art Museum. It was really fun. I made a collage of a horse wearing sun glasses saying “Nnnnaaaayyyy!” I also made a tower of Jenga blocks that went really high. My older brother, orangutan had his tower fall down! The Speed is also on the Louisville Cultural Pass which is cool. There were dream catchers and yarn weavings hanging up on the walls. They were interesting and fun to see. I really think you should go there because it is really fun. The main Speed is reopening in 2016. I can’t wait!

By Turtle