In my family, instead of fighting winter, we try to embrace it. We get out there and make the most of the season. This year, all winter long I’ll share ideas for short winter field trips to make the snow and cold a little more fun. My hope is we’ll convert a few of you as you read about our winter outings.
Bake a Cake!
When it’s snowy and blowy or just plain cold, head for the kitchen; it’s the perfect time to bake. Last week we spent our weeknight evenings poring over my grandmother’s cookbook, America’s Cookbook, from 1942. I marveled at how much has changed and then at how much has stayed the same. My son drooled as he marked possible recipes with dozens of sticky notes.
When Sunday rolled around, we decided to make Gold Cake. I asked P to make sure we had the ingredients we needed and to add those we didn’t have to our grocery list. We spent the afternoon in the kitchen warmed by the heat of the oven.
P learned to separate eggs, sift flour, grease a pan with his fingers and shortening, and he tried his hand at frosting a cake. We both learned a little something about reading recipe directions carefully and I taught myself how to slice off the “well done” edges.
It doesn’t matter whether you bake from scratch or a mix. Any way you bake it, spending time in the kitchen as a family is a fun way to spend chilly winter days!
Join us in embracing winter
Embrace winter this year…or at least follow along with us this winter from the comfort of your computer screen. Need ideas to get started? Click through for Six Great Winter Outings in Northeast Wisconsin or any of the previous Embrace Winter ideas: