Counting with coins

In Chloe’s room, we keep a piggy bank. And when we have leftover coins, we put them in together. She gets so excited for it.
Chloe is a pretty good counter considering she just turned 2 in July. She can count to about 12, although she often forgets 8. I decided a good way to practice counting while learning new words would be by counting up her coins.

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I dumped out her coins onto the floor and let her touch them all.

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Then, we started sorting the coins. I told her the names : nickels, dimes and quarters.
We laid the dimes in rows of 10, so we had to practice counting to 10 several times.

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We rolled up the coins so that we can go take them into the bank. Chloe needed to help at that part too.

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In the end, we rolled $17 worth of coins.

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I’ll have to keep putting coins in her piggy bank because she loved this activity and will be excited to do it again!

Money saving vegetable stock

A few months ago, I was looking at a recipe that required vegetable broth. I felt kind of dumb because I had never used or made vegetable broth and didn’t know how to make it. I had made chicken and turkey stock many times before, but not vegetable.

On Pinterest, I found a really interesting post about vegetable stock. It says to keep a bag in your freezer for all your vegetable scraps. Once your bag is full, make stock from those veggies. I think that is such a good idea since those things would have just been put into the organics bin (at our house) or the garbage.
I wasn’t sure what vegetables, other than the ones I use for my other stocks, would be good to use. This post also talks about good vegetables to use and ones not to use. I did use some of the ones on the do not use list, like a very small amount of cabbage and broccoli. My vegetable stock is usually used for making quinoa or soups and I haven’t noticed a strong flavor.
My freezer bag full of vegetable scraps.

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The scraps in the pot with the water. I think I boiled mine for about two hours on low.

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And finally, the product.

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I also want to point out that I don’t do the last step of straining through mesh. I’m fine with the small amount of sediment.
I make vegetable stock probably once a month now. And I don’t have to buy vegetables specifically for making stock.