There is something quite charming about the word gigglemug. Recently, I learned it is an old Victorian slang term for a person who always shared a ready smile and happy disposition with others. Well, there you have it, my goal is to be a gigglemug for life!
Something that put a smile on my face this weekend was making a new, and healthful, recipe. Sitting on my counter were four somewhat-old red apples. You know the kind: too soft for anyone to take a good, crisp crunch out of. Not wanting to toss them, I headed for my computer. Google led me straight to a low-carb version of Apple Dump Cake.
The steps were simple enough. Her recipe called for four cups of sliced apples, but I only had two. No worries. I just planned to cut the recipe in half. After coring, peeling, and slicing the apples, I put the dry ingredients together. Since I had no clue what Swerve was, but I did have unrefined, all-natural Coconut Sugar in the pantry, I substituted the two. Cinnamon Stevia? I'll have to get some of that! For the interim, I just used the unflavored Stevia I had on hand and dashed in some extra cinnamon powder for flavor.
After mixing the dry and wet ingredients together, I sprayed a loaf pan with coconut oil and dusted it with cinnamon sugar which I keep in a special shaker all its own. Smoothing it out as best I could, into the oven it went for 20-25 minutes. I'll say, it is not the prettiest cake or bread, but it was pretty tasty. My boys described it as a spongy, sweet apple bread. It paired beautifully with my dark roast coffee!
Well, that is just lovely, right? But, what does this have to do with writing?
Everything. And, you just read my journal entry, summary, or descriptive essay.
Life is always happening. Sometimes it is exciting and sometimes not. Some days are just simple. However, from all experiences, we likely have something to glean and something to share with others through writing.
Parents, as you inspire your child to write this week, think about the simple things that happened over your weekend. What were the details? How might you use those to create a fun writing assignment? And, perhaps most importantly, what made you and your children gigglemugs?
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Author: Melissa Webb
CA Credentialed Teacher