In this week's The Willowbee Tree story, “Through the Hedgerow,” Piper comes home feeling tired of all the same things. From multiplication tables at school, to over-familiar snacks and games at home, Piper is tired of things being “always the same”.
When the Willow Tree takes her, Clancy, and Little Ty to a verdant land of grassy fields and beech hedgerows, the local cows show her that adventures abound in their neck of the woods. But the cows' definition of “adventure” is a bit different from what Piper was expecting.
Do you ever get a little envious of cows? I do, sometimes. Particularly on spring days, when the sky is a gleaming aquamarine and the grass smells warm and sweet. Wouldn't it be nice to nap in the fields? To have nothing to do but eat and make milk?
Baked off for just a few minutes, the resulting cracker is a crunchy treat that — even if you can't quite call it an “adventure” — is certainly a welcome variation to “always the same.”
“Just Cheese” Crackers
1 cup shredded cheese (feel free to use a mix of leftovers to make your own unique blend)
Leaves from 5-10 sprigs of fresh thyme
½ tablespoon garlic powder
Toss together the cheese, thyme, and garlic powder.
You will have to make these in batches, so don't get tempted to pile on more cheese. They should look sparse, and if you use too much cheese you'll end up with floppy, soggy crackers.
Bake the crackers for 5-7 minutes, or until they're mostly brown, even in the center. Remove them from the parchment and move to a rack to cool.
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The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.
Meryl lives in a hundred-year-old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two preschoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion — showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun — in her Sparkle Kitchen posts.