30.6.14

Mulberry Summer

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It's time for another edition of Poppins Book Nook, and this month we are all sharing about The Great Outdoors. The rain came down at the beginning of the month, and we all enjoyed a few days staying inside reading as our library summer reading program kicked off. The mud puddles are finally drying up, and we are enjoying the great outdoors early in the morning and late in the evening. Mid-day here in Louisiana is already hot, hot, hot. This summer for us has been filled with berries. Right now we are harvesting blueberries, but earlier this month we picked buckets filled with mulberries. It seemed perfectly fitting to me to include a favorite Dr. Seuss book this month: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.


This was the first book written by Dr. Seuss, and it was written over 75 years ago. 

Sometimes I have my son read aloud books that are a bit below his reading level. He is able to read them easily, so he can add expression to the stories as he reads to us. After reading this one, we pulled a few other favorite Dr. Seuss books from his shelf to enjoy together. 

I found several websites including seussville.com
Are you ever too big for Dr. Seuss books? I think not! I found these "Seuss spa day" ideas  that even my teenage daughters could join in. 

We had fun trying a recipe that paired with our folktale last month, so I have two special mulberry recipes this month. 


mulberries in strainer


Mulberry Lemonade:

This is quite simple. Pour about 1/8 cup mulberry juice in the bottom of a clear glass. Fill with ice cubes, then gently pour in lemonade. My daughter prefers pink lemonade which looks pretty with the dark purple juice. Enjoy! 

Mulberry Sorbet:

Make a sweet fruit syrup by cooking 3 cups of berries in 1 cup of water, mashing as they gently simmer. Strain. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to juice and stir until completely dissolved. Chill. Pour over ice in blender and blend until all ice chunks are ground. A trick I learned from Trim Healthy Mama: you can also add a tablespoon of glucomannan powder while blending which can help the texture be even smoother. See it on Instagram.

We also enjoyed homemade buttermilk scones with mulberry jelly.
mulberry jelly

Join in the fun with us in this virtual book club for kids with Poppin's Book Nook. Each month there is a new theme. 

Visit the other blogs in Poppin's Book Nook for more folktales:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

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Jennifer


Poppins Book NookGreat Outdoors Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the classic storybook Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping as no one brings that certain flair and fun to the great outdoors like Amelia Bedelia. The winner will also win an Uncle Milton Nat Geo Starry Night Lantern so whether you live in the countryside or in the city your child can experience some of the great outdoors while reading your storybook.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:



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5 comments:

  1. We love the Dr Seuss books and "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" is one of my son's favourites. Thanks for sharing the Spa link, that is going to be something my girls and I will have to do :)

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  2. We love to go camping and geocaching.

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  3. I love mulberries but have never heard of it being made into lemonade before. Definitely going to give that a try ! Roll on summer

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  4. We enjoy the outdoors by hiking! We love going.

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  5. This is a fun book that stands the test of time. We make mulberry cobbler from time to time, I will have to bust this book out for the next time we make a yummy berry cobbler.
    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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