Before Jeff Daniels became famous and opened his local theater, The Purple Rose, Chelsea's claim to fame was that it was the home of Jiffy Mix. Chelsea is the only place in the world where those little boxes of Jiffy Mix are made.
Chelsea Milling also gives free factory tours. Some of the equipment is over fifty years old. I love the old mechanical machinery. The box builder machine is great. I could stand and watch that for a long time. P is not old enough to take the Jiffy tour; you have to be 6.
For now, we will watch Mr Rogers DVDs from the library. I enjoyed watching Mr Rogers with the boys too. I never did like the other kids' shows that were on TV. They were, and I guess still are, too fast paced for my taste. They were like MTV for little kids. Mr Rogers was different. He talked TO his audience. He asked questions. M would always answer. M liked Mr Rogers a lot. He would wear cardigan sweaters and would always leave them hanging on hangers in his dresser when he was not wearing them. M liked that his dresser had a door like Mr Rogers' closet. He wore this sweater that P wears now. No, I did not knit it; I got it for 50 cents at a garage sale! I did put new buttons on it, though.
P watched her first Mr Rogers episode with me the other day. He toured a pretzel factory. She was mesmerized. First, they showed how to make pretzels by hand, and then they toured the automated factory.
P is very eager to make pretzels now. We will be trying that soon. Does anyone have a good soft pretzel recipe that they would recommend?