Sunday, February 12, 2023


 Australia, the Land Down Under!  This continent/country is often talked about in terms of its unique wildlife (marsupials, anyone?), harsh terrain (like the Outback), or famous celebrities.  This study gave us a chance to focus more on what everyday life is like there: the cities and peoples, the history and culture.

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 We also had fun seeing which musical artists from Australia we recognized.  After checking out this fun list of iconic Australian foods, we ordered an Australian snack box from Amazon that looked to have some of the classic treats from the list.  While the box was small (only about 6" x 9"), it held a decent assortment of snacks.  My main disappointment, though, was that it didn't include any ANZAC biscuits despite them being in the picture.  Instead we go Tiny Teddy biscuits and some Scotch butter biscuits.  Both tasted fine (like Teddy Grahams here in the US and butter cookies), but ANZAC seemed like it would be much more Australian.

The Vegemite was a challenge to get our kids to taste, as its reputation had preceded it, but eventually we all had some.  It is very salty and tastes to me like yeast smells when you are using it to bake bread.  Not horrible, but definitely something you want to pair with something else, as it is not a super-appealing flavor on its own.  Shapes didn't taste like barbecue, but almost like a zingy Chicken-in-a-Biscuit cracker.  Cherry Ripe tasted like a Mounds bar with a hint of cherry.  Violet Crumble is honeycomb (not actual, but the crunchy sugar-spun variety) coated in chocolate, and it was good but with a bit of a burnt aftertaste.  Caramello Koalas were delish with a good amount of caramel inside.  Cheekies ... were questionable in all aspects: the design, name, and flavor.  Normally we like gummies, but the 'chocolate' flavor was not something any of us enjoyed, and the rest of the bag will probably end up in the bin.  Clear winner was Tim Tam!  Really delicious, they went quickly and was a unique treat we would definitely buy again!

We also made some fairy bread, essentially just butter and sprinkles on bread.  I think that we needed a lot more sprinkles to be authentic, but this seemed like plenty for us.  😅

Friday, February 3, 2023


 This section of the world doesn't often get a lot of attention in school or in the news here in the United States.  So it was really neat to be able to learn some really cool facts about Armenia!  For example, did you know its capital Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world, even older than Rome?  They also have their own alphabet consisting of 36 letters.  It's a beautiful place we would love to visit!

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Here in Texas, they hold an Armenia Fest in October at the St. Sarkis Armenia Church in Carrollton.  It wasn't the right time of year for us to participate, but we did have fun reading through their trivia page.  And while we weren't able to find any Armenian restaurants near us, I was able to use this list of must-try Armenian foods to help me pick out some Armenian gata on Amazon to order.

The gata came much faster than expected, and it looked and tasted fresh and super yummy.  It is like a nice cream cheese danish, but less sweet.  We heated it up a bit in the microwave to freshen it up a bit, and it was absolutely delicious!