Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

It is a tale of transformation, of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, of the wonderful things that can happen anywhere to anyone. In Sassafras Springs, MO, in the summer of 1923, Eben McAllister, 11, is fascinated by the Seven Wonders of the World. Pa assures him that there are marvels right under his nose. In fact, the man challenges him to find Seven Wonders in seven days in Sassafras Springs. If Eben can do so, his father will buy him a ticket to visit his cousins in Colorado where he'll be able to see a mountain. Perfect for reading aloud. (Blatantly lifted from Amazon's website, FYI)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Funnel cakes!

Here is the recipe for funnel cakes:

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Heat 1 1/2 to 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees.
In medium bowl, beat egg with milk. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix until smooth. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into a funnel, with finger covering the little hole. Drop batter into hot oil, making snake-like coils. Cook about two minutes on each side. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy. This recipe makes 6 funnel cakes.