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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kit and Hobo Stew

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Yesterday was our "Kit" American Girl class.

We made decorative clipboards. Kit would have enjoyed this as we used magazine pictures (American Girl catalog!) as a way of recycling. The word "recycling" was not used during the Depression but I believe that's when it began. Plus, Kit wants to become a reporter and every
great reporter needs a fancy clipboard.:)

It was wonderful to see all the girls' creativity in action!

We also worked on a Kit mystery puzzle (thanks Goodwill!). The mystery was solved thanks to a hobo code symbol in the pictures. The
hobo code was a series of pictures that hoboes would leave on fences,
barns, etc. to let other hoboes know what to expect. Danger, kind woman,
sleep in the barn, etc. Very interesting!

We made Hobo Stew! Our cold, rainy day was perfect for it!
During the Depression, hobos (people without homes and jobs) would look for odd jobs they could do during the day. In exchange for their
work people might offer them a meal or perhaps some vegetables.
Any food they were given they would bring back to the Hobo Jungle to
contribute to the stew pot.

So, all the girls completed some chores and were given
vegetables as their payment! They brought the vegetables to class
and we got busy peeling and cutting. We had garlic, green beans,
carrots, potatoes, black eyed peas and chicken broth...

After simmering for an hour it was delicious!

Oh yes, we had some pasta, too!

Next month... Addy and our Christmas party!


Yarni Gras! said...

what a neat idea!

NicNacManiac said...

Oh my gosh...I so wish you were my Mom...you are the best...
xOxO Nerina

Lindsay-ann said...

Love the clipboards. They look great. You always organize such fun activities at your American Girl classes Lori. Everyone looks to be having a great time. I would love to have made a clipboard too and also tasted the hobo stew. Am I too old to join?

Shawnee said...

Too fun - I want to come to the next one!

Tristan said...

seriously..you are the coolest mom ever!!


Robin Beck said...

What a great class! Love the idea of creating the Hobo stew-These girls are learning lessons they can take thru their whole lives.
I love how you can tell the girls are having a great time by just looking at the photos!
P.S. Tim is on vacation this week though it didn't seem like a vacation today! Hopefully the rest of the week will go smoother!

Sherri said...

Lori, sounds like a wonderful day and the girls seem to have such a great time!

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

That is so cool! Hobo Stew sounds awesome. I never knew about hobo codes, I like it.

Fran. said...

This is such a great post! I loved learning about the hobo's! The clipboards are a great ideal using the magazine! Love the upcycling! Oh to be a child again! XO Fran.