Yes, Happy Grammar Day. This is the only date which is a complete (imperative) sentence. How sad is it that I know that, and how much sadder yet that I celebrate it? Anyway...
I posted the recipe for pretzels, which we got from the Calvert School Kindergarten curriculum, a few years back. It's easy and fun, and well worth repeating. Heck, some of you might even want to make grammar day pretzels for you own celebrations. More likely not.
1-1/2 cups warm water
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3 tsp yeast
Sprinkle the yeast into the water to soften. If using a bread machine, add the flour and salt and let it run for about 10 minutes, to combine the dough. To mix by hand, stir in the flour and salt, then knead on a floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth. Let it sit 15 minutes, then break off pieces and roll into 1/2" diameter tubes. Twist them any way you'd like - letters, numbers, even the traditional pretzel knot! Brush the tops of the pretzels with warm milk, then lightly sprinkle sea salt or kosher salt over the top of them. Let them rise until doubled in size, then put in the oven at 400F. Toss a handful of ice cubes in the bottom of the oven, turn it off, then back to 400F to force the temperature back up, and bake for about 15 minutes, until nicely browned.
Of course, be sure to leave the salt off a couple of pretzels, so the dog in your life can have some. Just look at Thor's face a year or 2 back; see how eager he is for his pretzel?
We won't be making our Grammar Day pretzels until after Ryan gets home from school. A traditional brother activity cannot be done solo.
Happy Friday, everyone!