On Wednesday morning I went to Bible study and there was such a pretty snowfall in the night that I could not resist taking my camera out to the car with me, as I rushed to get going.
There was a dusting of fluffy snowflakes on everything; this snow was on the window. The flakes were so big I could almost make out the pretty patterns.
On Thursday afternoon, I made pretty cookies using the Taste of Home baking cookbook that my dear Hannah gave me. They were titled “Sponge Cookies” and I was very pleased with them because they called for 8 eggs. (I get almost a dozen a day from my flock so any recipe that uses up eggs is a treasure, in my book) I frosted them with blue and dipped some in sprinkles and some in coconut. When Sarah saw the coconut ones, she politely asked, “Is there cheese on them?”
On Friday morning, what fun, there was no school. The whole state of Connecticut was preparing for the blizzard. I made a double batch of cream waffles for the children’s breakfast and I say, they were very delicious. Would anyone like the recipe? There is nothing like a light, hot waffle with butter and real maple syrup (made by Grandpa). The syrup soaks into the holes but the edges all still stay crispy. I ate mine like a piece of toast, with buttery syrup dripping down my hand….lick, lick (there is no time for a plate when you’re trying to keep up with seven eaters).
It was just beginning to snow when I piled the children all into the vehicle after breakfast, to buzz to the bookstore. They were pretty nervous that I would dare to venture out. I chirped, “Snow is silly soft stuff.” (Does anyone know where this quote came from??)
I knew we would be just fine. I’ve driven in much worse conditions in rural New York.
Anyway, on our way to the garage, Ethan said, “There is a cardinal in the pine tree. It would be a nice picture.” So I turned around back into the house for the camera.
We went to the bookstore and when we arrived back home again, Ethan went ice skating on the pond with three of his brothers. I was quite impressed when he took his coat off. I guess all the skating makes him work up a sweat in no time. He is a good skater.
Isn’t Seth a doll?
I went and checked on the chickens.
This is my favorite hen.
The hens don’t like deep snow, but they will go out into shallow snow for a little while. They will eat some and leave adorable footprints everywhere.
I went back inside and made a big, seven quart batch of homemade chicken noodle soup for lunch.
We brought home cousin Abbie after our bookstore trip, so I served eight children lunch. We ate half the soup and a whole loaf of Italian bread.
After lunch, David and I made chocolate chip cookies. Guess what? Because of a miscommunication, he tried putting in five cups of baking soda. I caught him just as he poured in the first cup. Thankfully, we were able to dump it out of the bowl and save the dough. They turned out perfectly, regardless.
Last night we snuggled on the couch and watched Alice in Wonderland (the newer version). By the time we went to bed, the blizzard was going full force. We opened the door to watch, it was wild and beautiful outside and there was a part of me that wanted to dash right out into it. The snow was pouring down from the sky in about a million directions, there were small flakes and big ones, too. David saw a little bird try to get into the house downstairs, but it hit against the window and then flew away. I thought about all the birds, holding on for dear life, in any sheltered spot they could find.
We woke up to drifts of deep snow. Sarah was all excited to show me her window.
Rich has the driveways plowed and currently the snow has stopped and the sun is breaking out. It’s been such a fun couple of days, of snow and food.
Maryland Cream Waffles, from Gooseberry Patch “Blue Plate Specials” cookbook
2. cups flour
4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 T. sugar
1 3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, separated and beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
Mix dry ingredients together; add milk and egg yolks. Blend in melted butter; gently fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Lightly grease a heated waffle iron; add batter and heat according to waffle iron’s instructions. Makes 4 to 5 servings.
Note: I had to double this one, and I decided to use half unsalted butter and half oil. We did end up with leftovers. I have found that the best way to keep leftover waffles is to bag them and put them into the freezer. In this way, a child can grab a couple and put them into the toaster to re-heat. They come out just as good as before.