Tuesday, February 22, 2011

~ Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed ~

This months theme for Families Create! is Heroes and Heroines and again we have found the perfect book. Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson illustrations by Fumi Kosaka.

"You see, when Mrs. Bishop made muffins from Mary's blueberries, not only the paperboy, Billy Parker, but the other four people, too, made five people smile, and those five did, too, and after a while - in only fifteen days- love was sent to every person everywhere!"

If we were to do one nice thing for one person and that person did one nice thing for 5 people and those five people did one nice thing for five more people, in 15 days 6,103,515,625 people would have something nice or kindness shown to them. Pretty incredible!!

And, to go along with our story the kids and I made blueberry bread. They wanted to make muffins but the muffin papers were gone and all I have is aluminum muffin tins so blueberry bread was the next best thing.

Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins/Bread

6 eggs

5 tbsp butter or coconut oil melted

6 tbsp coconut milk or whole milk

3 tbsp honey

3 tbsp rapadura

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp bourbon vanilla

1/2 c sifted coconut flour

1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder

1 c frozen blueberries

Whisk together liquids and the add the dry. Whisk really well until all the lumps are gone. Stir in blueberries. Pour into a glass loaf pan and bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Enjoy!!

Lesson Plan for Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deeds

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  1. LOVE THIS!! How did you like the book itself? Did it hold the kids' attention? My library doesn't have it, so I'm going to have to order it - would it be worth the money? Thank you for the recommendation!!

  2. They really liked it, we actually read it four times in a row.

    Can you request books for your library to buy? We are very blessed and have a large library network to request books from.

  3. Where are the blueberries? :-)

  4. Thank you Becky for catching my error! Oy, I am a bit embarrassed!

  5. Thanks! Not having read the book, I wondered if possibly there really weren't blueberries.
    My little guy's food issues have recently made us a grain free family, so I'm looking forward to making this!

  6. I'll have to see if our library has the book. I bet my preschoolers would love it. The muffins sound perfect to go along with the book!

  7. I've never heard of rapadura-the recipe sounds yummy. I'll have to check out the book.

  8. Mama G ~ rapadura is a very minimally processed sugar, you can use all honey if you wish.

    Mandy ~ yes it is!

  9. Megan, I so love this! The whole concept of paying kindness forward is just plain beautiful and inspiring, isn't it? And I adore that you went into the kitchen with your kids! Blueberry bread- yum! Just yum! Well done, Mama! :)