The President and Mom's Apple Pie has been read so many times in this house that I believe my husband and I have it memorized. The President and Mom's Apple Pie is written by Michael Garland and is a fictional book that follows President William Howard Taft through a small town in search of the "wonderful aroma" he smells as he gets off of the train. The little boy takes the President to three restaurants, but it turns out that President Taft smells an apple pie sitting on the windowsill of the little boy's house. After their long search, the president is invited to sit down and have a slice of pie with the little boy and his mom.
This book is wonderful! It has adorable pictures of a small town in 1909 and I love the vocabulary that the author uses. Words like befuddled, beguiling, nimble, and wooshed are used as all of the townspeople chase the president down the streets. The book makes references to the songs "Hail to the Chief", "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow", and "Camp Town Races". There is also a short biography of William Howard Taft in the front of the book that has some fun facts about him.
This book is definitely in my top ten favorite books to read with my kids. You can't help, but love the picture at the end when Taft "twirled in a circle like a ballerina."
|Helping Mom make applesauce|
4 Red Delicious apples (I have tried other apples, but these are my favorite for this recipe.)
2 TBS apple cider vinegar
4 TBS brown sugar
cinnamon (We just sprinkle away since we are fans.)
1/4-1/2 cup of water
Peel and cut the apples into one inch pieces. Put them in a microwaveable bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 12 minutes. Let the apples cool and then pour them into a food processor. If you like chunky applesauce blend it just a little. If you don't, blend it until it is smooth. Enjoy!