Sam I Am

Today is a fun day, not only because it’s Friday but because it is Dr. Seuss’s 104th Birthday and the famous children’s book, Cat In The Hat’s 50th birthday. To combat the literacy crisis, all across America today parents, teachers, children and Dr. Seuss fans are participating in NEA’s (National Educational Association) Read Across America Day for the nationwide read aloud of the Cat In The Hat, which is taking place at approximately 2:36 pm. Why 2:36 pm? The creative genuis himself, Dr. Seuss wrote this book using only 236 words with vivid and colorful illustrations. Can you believe that?!!!

In honor of the man himself tonight when you are making your children dinner, I recommend making a Ham and Cheddar Quiche with of course added GREEN food coloring (Get it? Green Eggs and Ham).

Ingredients

2 Tbl. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. half-and-half
3 eggs
2 slices Swiss cheese
1 9-inch, single crust pie
1/2 C. chopped fresh spinach
1/2 C. canned mushrooms
1 (4.5 oz.) can ham, flaked
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
Green Food Coloring

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together flour, salt, half-and-half, and eggs in a medium bowl and add a couple of drops of green food coloring. Place Swiss cheese flat in the pie crust. Arrange spinach evenly over Swiss cheese, then cover with mushrooms. Pour the flour and egg mixture over mushrooms. Cover with flaked ham and top with Cheddar cheese. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until surface is golden brown.

If this recipe doesn’t work for you and your children you can always find a recipe that your kids enjoy eating and just add green food coloring. For more kid friendly meals and ideas just click here.

Here are some fun websites you can visit with your kids to learn more about how to help, participate in, play games and make crafts.

Read Across America – NEA
First Book.org
Seussville
KidsKonnect

Enjoy this day and let’s celebrate the gift of books and reading!

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