Tomorrow – Day 1 of Kindergarten. Is pre-schooler Dave ready? Does he know his alphabet? Did doting mother and helpful big sister carry through on their months-long endeavor to teach Dave the shapes and sounds of the 26 letters? Did the weekly collection of toys into the cardboard alphabet box help, – an airplane for ‘a‘-week, bears for ‘b‘-week, puzzles for ‘p‘-week, and a rocket for ‘r‘-week? We hope so. But none-the-less, our family ate lots of yummy treats in the process – baked cinnamon Apples, Cranberry Cookies, King Lingonberry coffee cake, spiced N–O-se cake, and the grand Volcano cake for V. But now, 24 hours before the big day, have we done it – have ALL the letters received their honorary celebration?
We proudly answer, YES! In fact, the grand alphabet game was completed with days to spare. That’s right, last Thursday we finished off letters W,X,Y and Z with a one-day flurry of cooking and eating. No, I did not bake cakes in the shape of a yak playing the xylophone and a zebra eating watermelon as 8-year-old sister Lauren had suggested. Instead, I made Jello wigglers.
The recipe for the wigglers is on the back of the Jello boxes. (Just note that the same recipe, meaning identical proportions, are printed on boxes of different sizes. If you make Jello wigglers with a small, 3 ounce box of Jello, it’s best to halve the proportions in the wiggler recipe.) After the Jello set, Dave and Lauren set to cutting out letters W,X,Y, and Z with letter-shaped cookie cutters. We also used an O-shaped cutter and then put our letters together to spell ZOO, YO-YO, OX, and OW.
That night we further honored the letters at dinner by enjoying baked Yams, roasted Yello Zucchini, and sliced Watermelon. These accompanied sauerkraut and X-tra special grilled bratwursts. Click on the link for the X-tra special bratwurst recipe. Click on “continue reading… for the baked Yam and Yello Zucchini recipes.