This blog started as letters to my daughter to chronicle our family's hands-on journey to reduce our ecological impact. Through conversations, compost, fabric, and small baby steps, these letters reflect our evolution into something more healthy, local, aware, and community-centered.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
We love our gingerbread. We throw gingerbread parties every couple years, bake it often, and go so far as to call our love of the cookie a lesson in kitchen chemistry. This week while my children rolled, chopped, and shaped their latest batch of gingerbread, I read The Magic School Bus Gets Baked In A Cake: A Book of Kitchen Chemistry to them. We talked about how the ingredients work together to make a fluffy cookie. I read various poetry (Shel Silverstein, Mary Oliver, and Jack Prelutsky) as we drank a pot of licorice tea. After washing hands and popping cookies into the oven, we watched the same story in video form: The Magic School Bus Ready, Set, Dough: Chemistry- It's A Piece of Cake. Hannah was thrilled to finally see a Magic School Bus video. What a treat to spend this time together, baking cookies for friends, cozy and warm as the storms rain pours outside.