Kaia Camp – Day 3

We started the day off with Zucchini Pancakes!!  Yum yum!!  Yep, gotta get the veggies in my girl any way I can.  She said she really liked them.  How do you make them?  Glad you asked.

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Mix all of this in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl mix:

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 oil (I used olive)
  • 2 cups zucchini or squash (I julienned them, but puree works fine too)

Pour wet into dry and mix.  Pour ~1/2 cup onto a med-high buttered pan and cook as you would any other pancake.

We enjoyed ours with a black raspberry drizzle!!

After breakfast, Kaia and I tried our hand at making our own lava lamp.  Here’s what  you do:

Gather an empty clear plastic bottle, cheap cooking oil, water, food coloring, and alka seltzer.


Pour the cooking oil into the plastic bottle until ~5/6 full.  Then add water almost to the top.


Add your food coloring.  You can do one color or a mix.  After a while, the colors will mix up.


Break up a tablet of alka seltzer, put it in the bottle and close the top.  Watch your lava lamp bubble!  (the carbon dioxide created by the mix of alka seltzer and water carries the coloring in bubbles to the top.  When the bubbles pop, the color falls back down.


Try putting it over a flash light in a dark room!

After this, we thought we’d start our Rubber Egg experiment.  We boiled an egg and put it in a jar of white vinegar.  The vinegar reacts with the calcium in the shell and dissolves it.  After 2 days, you change out the vinegar and let it sit for a week more.  After this time, the egg should be so rubbery that we can bounce it.  I’ll let you know how that goes :-)  (oh, if you use an egg that isn’t boiled, you will be able to slosh the insides around, but don’t try to bounce it!!)


And the fun just kept on going!!

With our delicious ice cream from Monday, I really wanted a nice magic shell topping.  So, I decided we should make it ourselves.  So we mixed equal parts of cocoa powder, coconut oil, and agave syrup and heated it on the stove, just until melted.  Simple!!!  And it worked like a charm.  Then I found this link for Home Made Magic Shell.  I might try their recipes next time and jazz it up a bit.

To finish off a wonderful day of Kaia Camp, we sat down to watch a bit of Little House on the Praire.

6 thoughts on “Kaia Camp – Day 3

  1. What a wonderful time at camp. Can I come too….

    The lava lamp looks like great fun! Have you seen the recipe for the silly putty stuff with borax and white glue? My kids love that one.

    With all the rain here these are great projects to give a try. Thanks.


  2. The pancakes sound good! That style of lava lamp is my girls’ favorite. I love Kaia’s expression! I think our girls would have a great time together. I showed my girls your house blog, they were fascinated with the roof.

    BTW, do you have a favorite herbal book? I have all the basics, Rosemary Gladstar, Weed, and many others. Looking for one that gives more details; for example, the herbal energies. Thanks.
    Lisa 🙂

  3. Karyn – That silly putty sounds fun! I’ll have to try it!!

    Lisa – I love getting into the energies of the plants. Once I started learning those, it really seemed like my treatments were more effective! For example, when I was pregnant with Kaia, I tried ginger over and over for my nausea, but it didn’t do a thing. Everyone else swore by it, but I was sick from 2 am until 11am every day!! Then, I really got to thinking about it and realized that I am a hot natured person and ginger is a very heating herb. So, it was just exacerbating the problem. This time around, I used Peach leaf tincture. It’s great for nausea in that hot/pitta type person. Worked like a charm, and helped me sleep too!

    The energetics are just cool!!!

    Two books that I really love for this are newer ones by Matthew Wood called The Earthwise Herbal. He Has one for ‘Old World Medicinal Plants’ and ‘New World Medicinal Plants’…. Fantastic reference books!!!

    Yes, I bet our girls would love to play together!!! Maybe one day we will get them together!

  4. I have my students do a variation on the whole egg thing that might be fun for kaia – it’s actually to teach osmosis, how water moves in and out of cells. Once you remove the shell with the vinegar on an raw egg, weigh/measure it, then put it in any kind of syrup or jam overnight which will make it shrivel up, then into clean water and it will poof right up. You can also get an egg “Stuck” in a jar this way, if you put it into a narrow necked bottle after the syrup and then pour in the water. 🙂 Hugs, Shannon

  5. OK the Kaia camp is sooooo cool! What a fun mom…love reading about the belts for hooping and the travel I Spy toy…how great are those?? Go, Maria!

    🙂 Robbyn

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