This was the wacky week of two seasons! Rain-boots and bikes . . . snow-pants and mittens . . . mud and snow . . . lemonade and hot chocolate!
The first thing Colin noticed were the pine boughs gently curved to the ground from the weight of the snow. He gave them an intentional whack with a stick and giggled at how they popped up from the ground like toast from a toaster!
“Interesting is when something catches your attention and you want to look at it a little longer.”
Ice formed on a wreath, snow melt that resembled a Valentine’s Day heart, a Black-capped Chickadee boldly singing his winter song, and a ragged Gypsy Moth Caterpillar nest – all interesting! To them, the most interesting thing of all was the stream, and they played “beaver dam” near it until we were good and cold and ready for:
Vanilla Sugar Hot Chocolate adapted from Martha Stewart
- 3 1/2 cups vanilla sugar
- 2 1/4 cups cocoa
- 1 TBSP sea salt
1. Pour all of the ingredients into an airtight container and shake to mix.
2. Use 2 TBSP of hot chocolate mix to 1 cup of heated water or milk (2 minutes in the microwave is sufficient to heat 1 cup of liquid in a mug). Stir well. Add homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows and enjoy!
To make vanilla sugar, slice many vanilla beans in half and gently scrape out the seeds. Store the seeds and the beans in an airtight container filled with sugar for about 1 month, stirring occasionally. When it is ready, your sugar will smell like vanilla and you will see vanilla beans distributed amongst the sugar crystals.