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Tuesday, March 1

Spending the Day with Yinks

It's Dr. Seuss week and our entire homeschool lineup for the next five days is dedicated to his stories.  Today, Adventure Girl attended a birthday party for Dr. Seuss at the local library.  They colored and read and ate Cat in the Hat Popcorn (popcorn drizzled with white chocolate and tossed with red and blue sprinkles). 

The librarian chose One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish to kick things off.  If you've never actually read it, then you may not know what the book truly contains. It has very little to do with fish.  It's actually a collection of strange Seuss characters doing those odd word-family, rhyming things that Seuss characters do. 

Adventure Girl became endeared with the Yink. 

The Yink drinks pink ink.  The Yink has a really cool long yellow and pink tail. 

The Yink became our Seussical focus of the day. 

To start, we decided to make Yink ink to drink.  I knew that I could cheat and just use Nestle Quick strawberry milk mix... but to be honest I'd already been out of the house once that day and the thought of packing the kids up yet again did not entice.  I told myself that that mix was full of junk anyway. 

A quick Google search yielded the solution: homemade strawberry simple syrup. I found a recipe from One Hungry Mama, scanned it over, got the gist, and made my own. 

Roughly, I threw a cup of water, 6 tablespoons of local honey, and 10  strawberries (I often have a cache of frozen berries from summer in the deep freezer) into a saucepan and simmered for 30 minutes.  I used a potato masher to break down the strawberries.  You can stop there, but for kicks I let my daughter give it one solid squish of neon pink food coloring. 

Once cooled, we added several teaspoons to a glass of unsweetened almond milk.  Add a pink straw and voila!  Yink Ink. 

Wink like a Yink while you drink your "pink ink".

We also fashioned a quick and cute Yink Tail for Adventure Girl to wear.  I put that in a separate blog post just so I could get some dinner on the table.  Click HERE.
Happy Seussing!

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