Many people may not be familiar with the festival of Martinmas which is on November 11th. In Waldorf families and schools, it is a celebrated festival filled with lanterns, songs, games and baking. And if you do not already know, Little Acorn Learning has just released a HUGE new e-book filled with ideas, tutorials and recipes on how to celebrate this festival along with Thanksgiving.
In Germany, the tradition of celebrating St. Martin’s Day is a big deal and this yummy sweet bread, Weckmann, is a common treat to make. The dough is usually shaped into little men with white pipes. My girls and I did our best to make them true to form but could not think of a way to make the pipes. I’d love to hear what other people use to make them. I was thinking maybe white chocolate chips?
While writing a new book can be very overwhelming at times, it really brings my family closer together. I wish I could say we do a lot of baking together year round but the truth is that I often get too busy and other things get in the way. When I have to test out recipes for my books, it helps us to stay grounded and do the things we love. This was also the case when I provided childcare in my home. It kept me focused and I was able to be a more hands-on parent.
In other exciting news, in order to save on our astronomical electric bill each month, we have installed a new woodstove. We also had some stonework done on the wall behind it and I love it so much. Today is the first day I have really been able to use the woodstove and the house is so warm and toasty even though it is a freezing autumn day outside. PLUS my heat is OFF!