Madeleine just had a half birthday – she is officially 10 ½!
The half birthday started in preschool. Madeleine has a July birthday, not a part of the school-year calendar, thereby missing out on the much-anticipated event of celebrating your birthday at school.
To top it off, her birthday is July 6 and planning a gathering with her friends so close to the Fourth of July is always difficult. One year, we tried bringing treats in May before school let out, but it didn’t feel special, as birthdays were celebrated nearly every day that month between the actual May birthdays and every other child with a summer birthday. Thus, the tradition of half birthdays began.
It really is kind of fun, and her half birthday is in January, which adds some variety to what feels like the longest month of the year.
Now that she is a fifth grader and is getting too “grown-up” for many elementary school traditions, I think this will be the last year we celebrate the half-birthday (well, at school at least).
In keeping with the spirit of the frozen tundra in which we are currently living in and her “half-birthday,” we made half-melted snowmen cookies.
We took baked sugar cookies (homemade or purchased) and placed a large marshmallow on top of each one.
Then we used melted white frosting heated to a pouring consistency and poured it over the top of the marshmallow and cookie. Our first attempt was with vanilla candy melts (as suggested) but they were still too thick when heated so I don’t recommend using them.
(Note that cookies are resting on cooling racks placed on cookie sheets lined with wax paper to catch the drips.)
After the cookies had set, we added faces (from decorations that came in a kit, but black frosting and orange sprinkles would also work) and scarves (made from sour gummy strings) to our half-melted fellows.
Once upon a time, Madeleine’s favorite book was Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. These little fellows look like they came from the book,
“One wintry day, I made a snowman very round and tall. The next day when I saw him, he was not the same at all! His hat had slipped, his arms drooped down, he really looked a fright – it made me start to wonder. What do snowmen do at night?”
While, my girl thinks she has gotten too big for this book, it is a great winter book for the 6 and under set, and would be fun to read while munching on these yummy cookies!
If the winter blues and frigid temperatures have gotten you down, this is a fun little project that would work equally well with cupcakes.
Happy half-birthday, Madeleine!
Mary Cornforth Cawood is a Fruita mom of two daughters. Read her Tuesdays on Fruita Moms.