When the kids where younger we always had fun stories and activities planned for Groundhog Day. My latest favorite Groundhog Day book is Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons. I really enjoy Gail Gibbon's books, always full of great information. Her book about Groundhog Day is full of interesting facts about the holiday and its history, as well as facts about groundhogs.
This book is a fun read for both children and adults alike, me and hubby both read through it while it was sitting out today, fun quick way to absorb little facts about Groundhog Day.
Here is my Amazon affiliate link for more info on this book.
Another fun Groundhog Day tradition we have enjoyed for the last few years, is baking a batch of Groundhog frosted sugar cookies. I found a very easy sugar cookie recipe online a few years ago that I enjoy using for our Groundhog cookies - here is the link for The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies recipe. This recipe makes a lot, so I only made a half batch, which still made a little over 3 dozen cookies.
Here they are right out of the oven.
In years past I have piped on frosting, this year I decided on a Maple Glaze with a current for the eye.
The Maple Glaze is very easy- I used about a pound of powdered sugar, and thinned it with a little milk, and flavored with Maple flavoring about 3/4 of a teaspoon and maybe a drop more if needed- I use Mapleine brand , we love maple frosting and glaze. If your glaze is too thin add more powdered sugar, if it is too thick add more milk. Super easy. :)
I found the groundhog cookie cutter at Amazon, here is my affiliate link for this cute little cookie cutter.
In addition to watching the famous Phil's predictions I will also be tuning in to local news to find out what the Oregon Zoo's hedgehog predicts. Whether an early spring or not, I plan on starting Spring cleaning next week, and am looking forward to the upcoming spring holidays.
I would love to hear your customs for this day, anyone live near Phil? Maybe you have your own local weather predicting critter?
Here is a link to my Groundhog Day 2010 post.