Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Zhou Dynasty and Millet Muffins

It's been a long time since I've blogged.  Sorry.  I do this sometimes -- take a small hiatus every now and then to focus on other things.  December and January have been crazy, not just because of the holidays and the new year, but because Maggie and I both had a few weeks of being sick and I have been working feverishly on my church's website when we weren't homeschooling, so the blog got set aside for a while.  Forgive me.  I am back.  Let's just pick up again here ...

In history (Lesson 29, The Mystery of History, Volume I), we have just finished learning about the Zhou Dynasty.
After reading in our text about the Zhou Dynasty, we also read about it in our The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History (page 165).  We learned about how the dynasty overthrew the Shang, about the two different classes of people (rich and poor) that existed, and about their way of life.  We learned that millet was a big staple in the farming trade and then we expanded on that by researching millet for ourselves.
We bought a bag at the grocery store and Maggie immediately noticed that it was the same stuff in our bird seed mix.  (We love feeding the birds off our deck.)
We decided to make some and chose a recipe for "Millet Muffins" which Maggie is prepping here.  (The recipe can be found at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/millet-muffins/.)
This girl loves to cook!
Our batter ...
... ready for baking!
Meanwhile, while our muffins were in the oven, we decided to cook the millet according to the package instructions, like rice.
Our muffins came out looking a little dense.
The millet looked like couscous.
Mags wanted to try the muffins first.
She gave it a "thumbs in the middle!"  (We weren't too impressed.)
Next, we tried the cooked millet, with a little butter and salt.
That was much better!  Still, we decided the rest of the bag of millet will go to the birds!
History is so fun!