Thursday, January 22, 2015

Blueberries for Sal

It's chilly outside and there's nothing better than letting a book transport us to somewhere warm and sunny. We love pairing books with food, it's the ultimate experience for kids to learn with all their senses. Is it too soon to select Blueberries for Sal for a book pairing? Should we wait until summer? We think not! We are pairing this book with some delicious blueberry pancakes. We have also included links below to more great blueberry recipes and educational activities.

Blueberries for Sal is about a little toddler and mom who go picking blueberries to can for winter, and a bear with her cub who are eating berries before winter. Little Sal can't help but eat all the berries she collects. Accidentally wandering off, both toddler and cub end up following the wrong mother up blueberry hill. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is pure joy.

Fresh, local blueberries are out of season in the winter, so we use organic frozen wild blueberries in recipes. Using frozen produce in recipes is a great opportunity to talk to your kids about the seasons and how fresh fruit can be picked and frozen right away so we can have it through winter. Just like Sal's mom is picking berries to can for the winter.

There are so many great recipes to be made with frozen blueberries. Here are a couple delicious suggestions:

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes from Sally's Baking Addiction - we added the blueberries, they aren't part of the original recipe but are easily added to the batter.

100 Days of Real Food Blueberry Muffins - the trick to adding frozen blueberries to a 'fresh' blueberry recipe is to give them a quick rinse to take any frost burn off, then they're good to go.

Blueberry Cornbread from Spicy Southern Kitchen - how good does this look?!

We added defrosted blueberries to these Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes from So delicious!

Blueberries for Sal Scholastic Lesson Plan

Blueberries for Sal Preschool Lesson Plan - Looks like so much fun!

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