We have one week of school left before our spring break, and I’m feeling a little burned out, so I’m going to hit the bare minimum as far as highlights of this week’s work.
Turkey and Bunny graphed parabolas in math. They read about the Vikings and the early kingdoms of England in history. Ladybug learned about different breeds of horses in science. She also learned about medieval west African kingdoms (Ghana, Mali, and Songhai). Chickadee moved on from just counting money to adding it. She continued to try to read everything she encountered…and was successful a lot of the time! We didn’t get to play tennis this week, because the weather was just too gross…maybe next week.
We just have to make it through five more days of school, and then we can take a break…and if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll even have some spring weather to go with it!
Ladybug and I have been planning to go to dinner at Texas de Brazil in the St. Louis Galleria for almost a year…Saturday was finally the day!
As soon as we walked in, we were impressed…there were color-changing lights behind the bar, which looked really cool through the various bottles!
The table was super fancy, and Ladybug was shocked by the napkin service, which is something she had never encountered. Not only did they place our napkins in our laps when we sat down, they refolded them every time we got up from the table!
If you’ve never been to Texas de Brazil, here’s how it works. After you’re seated, you can visit the salad bar. There were so many delicious options! (But watch out for that plant…it attacked me several times!)
In addition to the cold offerings, there are also some heated options, including their famous lobster bisque, Brazilian black beans, rice, and moqueca (fish stew):
At your table, you’re given a “coin.” One side indicates that you would like the waiters to stop by with whatever carved meat they’re carrying, and the other that you are content with what you have (at least for the time being!):
There are so many meat options, from all of the main meat groups…beef, chicken, pork, and lamb (plus the fish family at the salad bar…I tried all five kinds of meats!). Some are wrapped in bacon, some are seasoned with parmesan cheese, and all are delicious. In general, the meats are prepared medium-rare, but you can request more or less done options. And watching the waiters carve the meat table side is quite a treat!
In addition to the salad bar offerings (both cold and hot), a few side dishes are brought to your table, including garlic mashed potatoes, sweet fried bananas, and Brazilian cheese bread (Pao de Queijo), which I’ve actually made before!
We enjoyed everything we tried, from the drinks (Ladybug had a Brazilian soda, and I had their signature drink, the Caipirinha), to the salad bar (the pineapple carpaccio, couscous salad, and giant capers were some of our favorites!), to the meat (I was so happy to see so many rare options, including filet mignon and plain old steak):
And then the desserts. There was a tray with some of their offerings, including Brazilian cheesecake, carrot cake, and key lime pie), but they also have other choices including Brazilian flan, Crème Brûlée, and Brazilian Papaya Cream.
Ladybug and I both chose the chocolate mousse cake, and we were definitely not disappointed…it was AMAZING!
This was a very fun and special evening. I wish it was a place we could all visit someday, but it’s not practical for a large family. I do hope that I’ll get the chance to go back with somebody someday, though, because I had a great time, and really enjoyed my meal!
Turkey and Bunny learned how to graph circles and ellipses in math, and if you’ll pardon the pun, discovered that there’s a bit of a learning curve to doing them correctly. In science, they studied exothermic and endothermic processes. Their history lessons focused on Basil, Cyril, Methodius and the creation of Moldavia. They also analyzed the rhyme scheme of a poem in creative writing.
Ladybug used what she learned about bisecting angles last week to construct other shapes this week. In science, she learned about the different markings on horses, and the effect they can have. She read about the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal in history. She also read and analyzed a short story in writing.
Chickadee got to read a story about elephants this week, which was very exciting to her, because elephants are her favorite animal! She had a review lesson in spelling, which was also exciting, because it meant she didn’t have a test. She practiced skip counting in math.
So March is finally here, which is always a relief. We’re looking forward to our spring break in a couple of weeks, but first we have to face another snowstorm…but spring will be here soon (I hope!).
We’re stuck inside (yet another ice day), so this week’s picture is from earlier in the week, when we stopped at Schnucks.
They’re remodeling what used to be a Shop ‘N’ Save location to look more like a Schnucks store, and Chickadee has been begging to take a picture with this standee for the last several weeks. I’m glad I finally got a shot, because there’s certainly not much going on at home today!