Little experiment this morning making doughnuts.
Today we tried out a recipe from Pinterest for homemade crispy bars. Jack really likes the bars from Tesco so was excited to have a go at making his own.
We used a mixture of half vegan milk chocolate and half dairy free dark chocolate. The recipe only needed two other ingredients: coconut oil and rice crispsy cereal.
Jack measured out the ingredients and mixed everything together once the chocolate was melted. After spreading out on a tray they only took a couple of hours to be set and ready to eat.
We have had a busy week of mostly working on DIY challenges this week and Jack has now completed his Puppeteer and Chef patches and finished the full six challenges to master the Lego skill.
Jack helped me make some gluten and dairy free pasta for vegetable lasagne which came out pretty well. The dough was very crumbly until had been through the pasta machine once and then it stayed together better for further rolling. The recipe we used was:
2 cups gluten free self raising flour – we used Doves Farm
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 – 1 1/2 cups water
Jack’s laptop stopped working so we had to return it and ended swapping it for another one. The only one in price range was a smaller netbook but it has turned out to be easier for him as he can sit with it on his lap much easier and doesn’t need to always use it at a table which is nice. Will be good to take on train journeys as well as it is much smaller and lighter than the full sized laptop he had. He has been back on Reading Eggs and brain Pop and of course You Tube! Brain Pop topic today has been ‘Where we come from’ and he has been happily watching videos about how babies are made and grow and telling me all about X and Y chromosomes.
Kirby is still a big favourite at the moment and his Pokemon obsession has defiantly died down some, for now. We have talked about making a Kirby themed t-shirt as another DIY challenge and will probably do that using the printer transfer paper soon. The warm weather has meant Jack can get out in the garden more, most of which has involved playing with water and having water fights.
Jack has a pet snail at the moment, called Marks after a Kirby character. He is always asking to keep various insects and creatures so I decided it couldn’t hurt to have it for a while. We used to have African Giant land snails so we have a similar set up and Marks is now living with two slugs that I noticed have appeared – with plenty of help I’m sure! lol
This week has been full of lots of practical activities. The home made goo is still around, though only about half is left (where the rest is I have no idea! :s) and I think it is something we will do again in future. Jack chose to grow black sugar crystals and we have set up the experiment and will leave it until Monday before seeing how well the crystals have grown. Jack posted a photo on DIY of some of his rock collection as part of the geologist challenge and the sugar crystals will be his second. One of the challenges is to break open a rock to see the inside which would be good to try but think we need some safety goggles or similar first.
Yesterday we were going to go bowling but Jack was in such a bad mood it didn’t work out but today we have been to the Special Sports group at the Surrey Sports Park which was really good and great value at £4 per family. Jack had a go on their big trampolines and at climbing. He was nervous at first but once he started climbing did great and got all the way to the top! In the hall they had soft play stuff, various balls, hockey sets, badminton and table tennis to play. Jack especially liked the giant yoga type balls and had a go at using one like a basketball and then as a football. Everyone was really friendly and Jack spend a while building a house from the soft play blocks with another boy. We ended up getting home later than I expected so glad I had put my veggie Mexican spag bol in the slow cooker before leaving.
Tomorrow we are going to an autism friendly screening of frozen at the cinema in Guildford and maybe a walk round town after.
Yesterday we went to Alice Holt in Farnham. We had originally planned to go with friends but when they couldn’t make it Jack wanted to go anyway. Normally when we go we go in at the Bentley station end which is the opposite end of the forest from where the play area, cafe and trails are so this time I wanted to go in that way. Too us a while to get there as I didn’t know what time the buses when and it turned out they didn’t connect up well. It was freezing waiting in Aldershot but once we got to Alice Holt it was much warmer.
We started at the cafe as Jack was hungry and had already eaten most of his lunch and after that Jack used a map to find the wooden play area.
After the park we decided to try one of the discovery trails and Jack chose Willow and enjoyed looking out for the next marker arrow and figuring out which way too go. He chose the trail as it also had some rainforest activities and that is one of his big interests. We also found some interesting sights and a partly constructed den and spend some time playing there and adding some more sticks and fern. We also crossed two log bridges.
Jack asked for squid again for dinner but the Tesco fish counter didn’t have. They had some sea food cocktail (prawns, mussels and squid) so I went for that and Jack tried and liked mussels. He also tried and liked a samosa on wednsday. Normally he won’t et food he can see all of or is mixed up so that is a big step for him. Our plan for this afternoon is to make some gluten/dairy free pastry and make some homemade vegetable samosas.