Monday, February 9, 2009

The Snowy Day

With our recent trip to the mountains of Colorado, we can now say that Emmy is a Snow Bunny! She LOVED the snow. She enjoyed sled riding, skiing and ice-skating, but her very favorite thing was pretending that she was a mountain climber. She could spend all day climbing up a snow pile and then sliding down the other side. Watching her reminded me of the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. As soon as we returned, I shared this book with Emmy and it quickly became a favorite. She now enjoys mimicking the main character, Peter, by finding a very big stick, hitting a tree branch and pretending that snow plops on her head. If you are not familiar with Ezra Jack Keat's work, please check out the series of books about Peter, a young African American boy who lives in the city. In 1963, The Snowy Day was awarded the Caldecott Medal for the delightful illustrations. 40 years later, this tale of a young boy experiencing the first snow of winter continues to charm young and old alike.

Here is a delicious recipe to add to the snowy fun!

Snowflake Sopapillas
Flour tortillas
Powdered Sugar
Honey or syrup

Fold a flour tortilla in half, then half again, and half again, so you have a triangle. Using scissors, cut small shapes and score into the sides of the triangle without cutting all the way through, and then unfold. Heat a frying pan and add oil, then lay the tortilla on the heated oil until it browns (about 1- 2 minutes on each side). Lay on paper towels to remove excess oil, then transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with honey or syrup. Enjoy!

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