Clay and Cookies

The seventh grade Literature book for fourth quarter is “A Single Shard”. It’s about a boy in 11th century Korea who is fascinated by the celadon pottery a grouchy master makes. The story talks about some pottery that is inlaid with different colors.

I saw an idea online to use a recipe for cookies that are “inlaid” with hard candy. It seemed like the perfect activity!

I got some pre-made sugar cookie dough, then crushed up some Jolly Ranchers. The kids cut pieces out of the un-cooked cookies, then filled the holes with various colors of candy.

The room smelled like fruity candy.

The room smelled like fruity candy.

The kids made many creative designs.

The kids made many creative designs.

The cookies puffed up a lot and obscured some of the designs.

The cookies puffed up a lot and obscured some of the designs.

The finished products were a little disappointing because the dough puffed up and swallowed the candy. Also, the cookies are a little weird to eat. The cookie is soft and easy to chew, but the candy was still Jolly Rancher, and really hard to chew. I was worried I’d loose a crown.

Still, the kids had fun, and now maybe they understand a little better what “inlay work” is.

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One Response to Clay and Cookies

  1. Lauren says:

    Brilliant!! Just brilliant! I think your application of the process is maybe the most noble and clever I’ve seen. You are right that they are going to remember this. Very cool, Brad. 😀

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Pointed Words

I am leading chapel this morning. This is my fifth time this year. I still really enjoy giving chapel messages. Since I’m new to this school, I’ve been able to re-use my most successful message ideas.

Today I will be using my movie prop replica of the sword “Glamdring the Foe Hammer” for my message. I’ll be talking about how the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. We use it to defend ourselves from attacks (like Jesus when he was tempted), and to go on the attack ourselves (but only attacking sin, not people, because “our struggle is not against flesh and blood”). And we only have the strength to wield it because God gives us that strength (“For the Spirit God gives us does not make us timid, but gives us power”).

The end of the year can make the kids antsy, but I think a sword will hold their attention just fine.

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Moving Stuff Around

My lanai has gotten cluttered. Mostly it’s because I can’t seem to stop buying plants. But also, I have a lot of furniture out there.

I wanted to get the plants up high to catch the sunlight, so I bought some storage shelving to put plants on, but it is made of plastic, so it sagged under the weight of the heavy pots.

The other big piece of furniture is a big table. I bought it from craigslist, thinking I’d use it to put my TV on. I didn’t end up using it, and couldn’t find another spot for it in my apartment, so it went to the lanai. And took up a ton of space.

I was going to buy sturdier shelving, and get rid of the table and old shelves, but I came up with a better idea: I would get a tarp, cover the table to protect it, and put plants on it.

I forgot to take a proper “before” picture, but I did take an “in progress” picture:

The plastic shelves were in the corner.

The plastic shelves were in the corner.

The “after” lanai looks like it has much more usable space. I still need to find homes for a couple of the plants. They were impulse buys that I’ve had second thoughts about, and now I want to be rid of them.

I don't like how the table tarp is bunched up, but at least it's protecting the table from water.

I don’t like how the table tarp is bunched up, but at least it’s protecting the table from water.

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Being a Visitor

I went on a field trip to another church yesterday. This time I went to the church by Target that has the fountains in front of it.

It’s an Assembly of God church. The worship was quite different than my usual Lutheran fare. It was fun to see the differences though. The service was an hour and forty-five minutes long, but being in a new and unusual church kept my attention the whole time. It was also nice that the service started at 7:00am. Even after the long service, I still had a lot of Sunday.

The choir was fun to listen to.

The choir was fun to listen to.

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Out of Context

Some friends of my mom’s from Seward are here on Maui. They have been visiting several of the Hawaiian islands. They were on the big island the day of the earthquake and volcanic eruption. They left only a couple of hours before it happened. They even toured the volcano area that day. Freaky!

They’ve been on Maui a couple of days, then they’ll go to Kauai, then home.

I met them at their hotel in Ka’anapali for some shave ice. I see them at Seward when I visit, but it was so fun to see them outside of their usual surroundings.

The hotel was beautiful. The resorts here are really amazing… full of beautiful landscaping and gorgeous appointments.

The swimming pool had waterfalls!

The swimming pool had waterfalls!

This particular hotel seemed to specialize in having exotic critters. There were parrots, swans, ducks, and… penguins!

They were all standing together for a group photo.

They were all standing together for a group photo.

These are apparently penguins that don't need cold.  It was so weird to see penguins.  Ha!

These are apparently penguins that don’t need cold. It was so weird to see penguins. Ha!

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