Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fall of Rome and Mosaics

Sonlight Week 36 and SOTW Chapter 42

Since we're winding up the year, we just wean off of many activities and extras.  I hope you enjoy your summer!



Things we get from Ancient Rome



Make an edible mosiac!  Buy or bake flat gingerbread (see recipe below), spread frosting, and make mosaic design with M&Ms.  If you are brave, try the gingerbread recipe below or just buy premade gingerbread dough (which is my style!)

FLAT GINGERBREAD (don’t make this much!!!)
Cookie Dough:
1-1/2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons baking soda
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1-1/3 cups light or dark molasses
9 cups all-purpose flour

Line 12 x 15-inch rimless baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whip cream and vanilla until it holds soft peaks. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon. Beat in the molasses and whipped cream mixture until well-combined.
With mixer running, gradually add flour, beating until completely mixed.
Lightly flour a pastry board or mat. Roll out a portion of the dough until flat, but not so thin that you cannot pick it up without it tearing. Drape it over the rolling pin and move to the prepared baking sheet.
Continue rolling the dough to an even thickness on the baking sheet. This is easily achieved by placing two equally thick wooden strips on either side of the baking sheet to support the rolling pin. An even thickness is important. Lower areas will bake darker in color and be more brittle.
For 1/8-thick slabs, bake in preheated 300 F. oven for about 1 hour; for 1/4-inch slabs, bake at 275 F. about 1-3/4 hours; and for 3/8-inch slabs, bake at 275 F. about 2-1/4 hours.
When pieces are finished baking, loosen gently with a flat spatula and let them cool on the sheet another 5 to 10 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.

Extras!  Extras!

Curator Collection game

Mosaics and Murals



  1. Where did you find the what we got from rome lapbook page above? I have been unable to find it or anything that good.

  2. I apologize for not linking that! This is from the SOTW1 lapbook found at http://runofthemillfamily.blogspot.com/p/story-of-world-resources-for-volume-one.html .

    This particular printable is from Chapter 42. I hope that helps!