Oh, Laura Ingalls. You were my first literary crush. Scrappy and smart, you paved the way for so many other awesome ladies upon whom I would literally crush (Lizzy Bennet! Una from Ahab’s Wife! Kinsey Milhone!)
Of course, the difference here is that Laura Ingalls was a real, live girl (in Minnesota!) carving out a life for herself on the prairie. Her books were the first chapter books I ever read and even now, they’re my literary equivalent to comfort food. Whenever I visit my parents and sleep in my childhood bedroom, I paw through my adolescent bookshelf and pull out those books to have a peak.
One of my favorite parts of the Little House books was all that food. Dripping maple syrup on the snow and eating it! Home-churned butter! Let’s have a try at some of Laura’s maple cakes, shall we?
Little Maple Cakes from Little House On The Prairie
1/2 cup sour cream
Did you read the Little House books when you were a kid? Do you remember the first chapter book you read?