Sunday, December 9, 2012

Norway


 The past couple weeks we have spent beginning our tour of Europe!  Our first stop was Norway.  We had lots of fun learning about this cool Scandinavian country.  Mostly because our crafts worked out really well this time and were fun for the kids to do. 
We spent some time learning about the Norwegian art of rosemaling and practiced it by decorating some wooden trinket boxes.
 We also learned about the Lapps and that they use clothes made from felt.  They mostly use blue decorated with bright yellow and red so we decorated some pieces of felt even though we didn't have the right colors!


 Of course our favorite part is always our final day when we have a party or feast with traditional food!  We started by making some Norwegian flatbread that we ate with cheese.  It was really yummy so I thought I would shared the recipe with you.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour  
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda  
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt  
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature 

 Directions: 

In a large bowl combine the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, oil, baking soda, and salt. Add enough buttermilk to make a stiff dough. Knead dough for 30 seconds on a well-floured surface.

Roll 1/4 cup handfuls of dough into balls and pat into a flat circle. Using a rolling pin, flatten dough into 10 inch circles. I did this on my silicone baking sheet to make it easier. Place onto ungreased cookie sheet. Cover remaining dough to prevent drying out.
 Score pieces by running a knife along but not through dough. Repeat process with remaining dough.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack briefly before breaking along scored lines.



We also enjoyed a traditional Norwegian meal of baked salmon, boiled potatoes, and cucumber salad. Delicious!

While this picture doesn't have much to do with Norway, I had to shared because I love when I find things like this happening around our house.  Lovebug was laying on the floor looking at his book and Peanut wants to be like her big brother so she had to get out a book to look at too! :)
 We do lots of read alouds for school and this week we read Snow Treasure about Norway during WWII.  I don't think my kids have ever begged more for me to keep reading a story.  After every chapter they wanted more!  If you are looking for a good read aloud with your kids, I highly recommend Snow Treasure, whether you are learning about Norway or not!
 
Blessings,



 

1 comment:

Mom said...

Michelle, you are such a wonderful teacher! Looks like the kids enjoy school at your house because you make it so much fun!

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