A week after Hurricane Sandy had her way in our neck of the woods – a nor’easter is battering us with the first snow of the season.
Just now, mid-day Wednesday – it’s large and luscious snowflakes blanketing the landscape in stillness and silence after a freezing rain coated the ground with perfect sticking conditions.
As the day wears on, though, more hazardous conditions will be the concern with freezing temperatures and heavy winds. Our millions of displaced citizens on our shoreline still without heat and power and desperately working in a massive clean-up effort are taking the day off and just finding some shelter from the cold. How thankful I am for the privilege of home and hearth on a day like today.
I cancelled my regular homeschool classes with driving conditions worsening as the hours pass. This gives me time, I guess, to catch up on my teatime post I started work on yesterday. Involving – of all things – SNOW!
A springtime “sugar-snow” as recorded in in this passage from the first of two of the most delightful chapters in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s, Little House in the Big Woods! Here, from her five year old child’s perspective she recounts simpler times of innocence and cozy home life in the early 1870’s America – when liberty, literacy, and love of God were flourishing in our pioneering days.
Yes, well, that’s as political as I’m choosing to get one day after elections.
I’m presently teaching my elementary homeschool students this book – and an abridged version of the series for my smallest scholars.
We just wrapped up their seven week “Little House” adventure with much celebration, certificates, and their own “little house” building projects:
For my older students, we’re smack dab in the middle of the two chapters dealing with the making of maple syrup and ensuing family celebrations of such with a belly full of sweetness direct from the running sap trees in their own backyard!
I’ve been planning this one for a while, actually! Ever since summer when I came across this terrific log cabin teapot at an estate sale – taking it home to my collection for a mere five dollar bill!
The week after that find, I picked up this trio for about the same in cash – a contemporary set with oak leaves and acorns just screaming for a staring role in an autumn teatime post.
Well, it all came together with our “Little House” study.
A trip to the health and imported goods store in town put the means for quite a tasting treat on the table for us all. Maple Cream!! I set up my teatime in my classroom with the “Little House” paper dolls as a backdrop.
I have to say, the kids weren’t any too impressed with the log cabin teapot. I’ll give them time to grow in appreciation of such treasures.
However, they loved the maple cream – taste-tested on spiced wafers!
The kids were suitably impressed with my new Vintage Rose Teas’ Rooibos Maple Tree Tea –
Fascinated by the look of it and delighted by the tiny autumn colored maple sugar maple leaves that gives the tea a sumptuous scent, tasting oh-so-glorious going down one sweet sip at a time!
Of course, at the end of the day, Miss Kathy takes her own rest and renewal teatime before starting dinner. I must say, I had to try the maple cream on my latest experiment – Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dollops!
I was NOT disappointed! Laid out on a plate with apple slices, goat cheddar slices, and a cluster of grapes, I smothered a frosting of the cream over my tiny bite-sized dollops and sat back in bliss as they melted in my mouth!
I have gone to using mini-muffin tins to bake scads of these dollops with gluten and dairy free ingredients so hubby and I have some sort of healthful and digestible snack to enjoy. Here’s what I did to make these:
So, with another stormy day in my life – I am resolved to enjoy the simple pleasure of a sweet teatime and watch the snow fall and perhaps catch up on my curriculum writing.
Life goes on – and my calling and purpose in this world – at such a time as this – is unaltered. From a Biblical perspective: God is on His throne and all is right in the world.
Sharing Sugar Snow and Maple Tea this week with:
Kathryn’s Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Bernideen’s Friends Sharing Tea