Dumb stupid phone and stupid computer and stupid technology. I have a picture of Matt at the field trip on Monday and want to post it here, but the computer is choosing not to "recognize" the phone. And the phone is miffed because it keeps saying "connect USB cable" when I try to access the picture. The stupid USB cable IS connected! And it has to be the right USB cable, because a) it fits both ports, and b) all the other USB cables in the drawer are for other devices--this particular one has to be the one for my phone.
Anyway, picture Matt in a white hair net, with a mug in his hand; the mug is filled with soy protein powder and he's waiting his turn to dump the soy protein into a funnel that leads to a small plastic bag. That's the picture I wanted to post. The elementary student council went to Feed My Starving Children to package food for starving children around the world. I urge all of you to do this at least once if you live around this area. Packaging food for malnourished kids is a great way to make a difference in our world and it is actually quite fun! Matt had a great time, until the soy protein dust aggravated his allergies. I had no clue he was going to get itchy eyes and nose or I would have brought the medicine. But he lasted almost the whole 2 1/2 hours. Not a single kid who went on this field trip complained about the work. Every kid participated enthusiastically, even when it was time to wash containers and sweep the floor. The experience made us all feel good. We got to try the food that is sent and it is surprisingly good. It makes kind of a rice mush, but it is flavored with chickeny salt and has dehydrated veggies in it. Most of the kids liked it, but thought it would be kind of hard to eat it day in and day out. We all came away reminded of how extremely lucky we have it here in the US.
Speaking of food, I went to an enrichment class on provident living last night and we learned how to make ricotta cheese from dry milk. It's hard to post how excited I was last night without over-using exclamation points. But you can't even tell that the cheese was made from dry milk! It's a little drier than store-bought, but much tastier, especially if you season it. We tried lasagna made with it and it was so good! We also ate it plain--it makes a really good salad ingredient. We also tried a custardy cheesecake make with homemade sweetened condensed milk. SO GOOD. And we have recipes to make homemade mozzarella and cream cheese, all with non-fat dry milk. The ricotta took only 20 minutes to make and it was SO EASY. You need three ingredients: water, nonfat dry milk, and vinegar. If you are interested in the recipe, just comment on this post saying you want the recipe and I'll send it to you.
I wish I had brought my camera to the class last night so I could have a visual to go with this post. We'll have to make do with a picture of Matt sitting on our new chair (new as of last fall) playing DS.