Our Wall-E night was a bit action-packed so we will be watching the movie this weekend instead. I had intended to do it this past weekend but it was the new baby’s 6 month birthday. We had a nice little party with my sister and her family and we gave him solids for the first time (Gerber Baby Rice Cereal Starter) but he had an allergic reaction to it and broke out in hives and his eyes swelled shut. It was terrifying! After 1.25 mL of child’s benadryl and an hour of cuddling he was almost back to normal. It’s actually relevant to the movie night because even the plain rice cereal baby food is full of extra additives and ingredients you just don’t need. We switched to Healthy Times Organic Baby Rice Cereal today and he had no problems at all.
Anyway, for the snack we did Wall-e cookies. I found a cute recipe here but I simplified it a little and skipped the white icing and just made the eyes and rivets with some chocolate icing and cinnamon hearts. I used my favourite shortbread recipe from here and they still looked pretty cute (Recipe below).
500 mL butter, softened
250 mL white sugar
10 mL vanilla extract
1 L all-purpose flour
1. For the cookies, preheat oven to 180˚C. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in vanilla; add flour and mix well. Flour counter and rolling pin, roll out dough and cut out eye shapes from the template pieces. Place on baking tray and bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
2. Working with one cookie eye at a time, ice an iris with chocolate icing using a piping bag. Add three rivets to the eye piece. Place a cinnamon heart in the centre of each iris.
3. Use more of the icing to attach each completed pair of WALL-E eyes to the top of pretzel.
For the activity, first the kids and I planted some seeds and raspberry bushes in the garden that they picked out. We had gone for a tree but they were all pretty pricy. Next year, when we are in our forever home.
Then, we picked the garbage off the grass around our house and my son made a sign that said “Happy Earth Day! Don’t Litter Please”. While he was doing that, my daughter was working on researching the oil sands and writing a letter to Steven Harper and our MP asking him to cancel the plans for the Enbridge pipeline. Here is a link to info about it at the greenpeace website. Hope everyone has a great evening!