Wordless Wednesday: Marmota monax



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Wordful Wednesday

OK all you Midwesterners and Easterners, I’ll be thinking of you and hope you come through the next few days in good shape. 

Looks like the ground hog will not see its shadow tomorrow-- should be an early spring.
http://www.groundhog.org/ 

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks or marmots, are the largest members of the squirrel family. Did you know they have been found in Alaska ? 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog

I didn't realize just how much trivia about groundhogs is online. Here's a few:

Want to play a game? How about the  Groundhog Game

Photo credit: http://www.juniorsociety.com

Aren't these cute? Find the recipe at:
http://www.juniorsociety.com/2010/01/27/punxsutawney-phil-pudding-pops/

Also, there's a Groundhog Cookie Recipe! Yes, order a groundhog cookie cutter at
www.groundhogstuff.com

2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk
1 egg, slightly beaten
Currants or raisins

Sift together first seven ingredients. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Blend in molasses and yolk. Stir in flour mixture and mix well. Form into a ball.
Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill overnight, several nights or freeze.
Place small amounts of dough on a sheet of plastic wrap, and cover with plastic wrap. Roll 1/8 inch thick. Cut out cookies with lightly floured cutter.
Place cookies on greased baking sheet. Brush with slightly beaten egg. Decorate with currants or raisin eyes. Repeat until all dough is used.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes 72 or more medium-sized groundhogs.

 


I must confess, the #1 favorite movie for my hubby and son is Groundhog Day!! 




How about you?







“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis



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