July 6, 2012

geeking out

If I can make it through the next three days of work without losing my temper or what little motivation to work I have left, I will consider it a success. By Wednesday it will not matter. I will be on vacation — glorious, glorious vacation. But even as thrilled as I am about freedom, what has me completely excited is what I will be doing for those few days.

My mom and I are attending LauraPalooza. For those of you who don't know, Laurapalooza is a conference where scholars and fans of the Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder to gather in Mankato, Minn., to dish on the author, history, culture and other elements surrounding the famed books and TV show.

I know, this sounds nerdy, but for someone like me who has loved the books for 20 years (since I was 6, folks, I'm still kinda young), I am way excited. I served on two committees for this year's conference, and after more than six months of work it will be a delight to see it all come together.

Growing up, I did not have many friends who shared my love for these books. I can hardly imagine what it will be like to find myself completely surrounded by fellow fans. Maybe I will make a few friends who agree with me that Laura and Almanzo Wilder's love story is one of the most romantic ever told.

I'm totally geeking out.

As part of the weekend, we will visit Walnut Grove, Minn., where On the Banks of Plum Creek took place. After visiting Pepin, Wis., and De Smet, S.D., last summer, I look forward to checking out another Little House site.

But the most exciting part of this whole experience: Mama C and I are presenting at Camp Laura, the version for kids. We'll be sharing our cooking know-how by teaching a group of 5-10 year-old-girls how to make sour-dough starter and sour-dough biscuits.

If you follow my Reading in the Kitchen series, you know LIW's books are some of my favorite to draw inspiration from. Previously featured recipes include:
Buckwheat Pancakes from The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Feb. 8, 2012)
Green Pumpkin Pie from The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Sept. 9, 2011)
Molasses and Snow Candy from Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Dec. 9, 2011)
Getting to share my always-developing culinary skills and my love for LIW with the next generation is something I am honored and humbled to do. I also realize how lucky I am to have a mom who, when I called and told her my idea, did not hesitate to join me. She took the lead on making the starter, so without her this session could not happen.

I just hope the girls have fun and the biscuits we bake turn out delicious.

Look for updates during and after the conference here and on my Facebook page. I will also post a Reading in the Kitchen devoted to sour dough after Mom and I return from the conference.

Wish us luck.

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    1. I hope so. I'll be the silly woman fretting about her sourdough mix.