Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Word of the Week Wednesday

Good morning my raviolis. Today is word of the week Wednesday and the word for today is:


I know you are all familiar with the verse, "While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads", from Clement Clarke Moore's popular poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas."  (you may know it as "The Night Before Christmas.")

This was originally a poem written by Henry Livingston Jr. and rewritten by Clement Clarke Moore, first published anonymously in 1823.   It is Mr. Moore's rewritten version that gave us the poem so many of us know by heart and it is in this poem that we are first introduced to a sugarplum.

So what is a sugarplum?  Well, the dictionary defines this as a word from "old English" and it means "small sugar confection."  Confection is a big word for a sugared candy or treat.  Early sugarplum treats were made from sugar (of course) and nuts and fruits all ground up fine and rolled together.  Grandma-ma has made real sugarplums from a Victorian English recipe that was over 100 years old. 

 I used dates, apriocots and nuts and ground them all up very fine.

I added spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, grated orange peel and honey.  These spices all smell so good.

Everything has been ground up fine and mixed together.

Now you roll these into tiny balls ... they almost look like a sugarplum already.

Grandma dusts her sugarplums with confectionary sugar and also rolls them in fine powdered chocolate.

Can you use sugarplum in three sentences today?  Here is a sentence you can use, "My grandma-ma makes sugarplums for Christmas."

So my raviolis or should I call you "Sugarplums" today?  Have a wonderful Wednesday and  be good.  Grandma-ma.

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