Tuesday, March 27, 2012


On a recent trip to the supermarket, I saw a toy that I thought would interest Jackson and Olivia. You may have memories of it from your own childhood. I do.

The idea is that you take these little sponge creatures and soak them in water for several hours. When you come back to check on them, they will have magically grown!

No growth yet...

Still not growing, Olivia reports...

OK, they were a bust. We left them in water for 48 hours and when we dried them off, they were still about the same size as when we started.

Oh well. The kids still thought they were fun to chase each other around with. "My lobster gonna eat your turtle, chomp chomp chomp!"

For dinner I made Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup, from Peas and Thank You. During the last few minutes of cooking, I stirred in some chopped spinach from our garden. Since this soup is full of Indian spices like curry and garam masala, I served it with some fresh naan from a nearby Indian fast food place.

We all loved it.  At least this experiment was a great success!


  1. Naan and soup is a great idea for a combination. This looks great! Shame about the magically expanding animals - what I disappointment.

  2. bummer about the toy - we got a snake like that once, and it really did grow. craving Indian now!