Once upon a time (About 6 years ago) there was a Norwegian woman and her daughter. They were all alone in a frozen empty city park. She just wanted her daughter to have other children to play with like she did when she was a kid, outside in all kinds of weather. She even resorted to bribery, enticing passing by parents and their children to stop for hot chocolate, coffee and homemade Norwegian waffles.
As you might now know I was that women. It was the grassroots beginning of ActiveKidsClub.com and the outdoor playgroup revolution. My simple idea was if I’m feeling like this there must be other parents feeling the same way. Wanting to be outdoors with their kids and not indoors. Little did I know I would still be doing this 6 years later inspiring many others to the same in their community and connecting with people that are already doing the same where they live. The other day I got a tweet from the UK which said, “You guy’s inspired me so much that I’m going to start an Active Kids Club in the UK”. So I wanted to thank you all for being part of the ActiveKidsClub.com community who inspirers other parents to do the same! Creating friendships and having fun outside with kids.
Here is the recipe for the Norwegian waffle recipe that started ActiveKidsClub.com. Great for an Outdoor Valentine picnic
Adapted from Five and Spice
Norwegian waffels (makes about 8 waffle rounds)
4 Tbs. sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1-2 tsp. cardamom
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 cups milk or buttermilk or some combination of milk and sour cream
3 Tbs. butter, melted butter,
Jam, sour cream, for serving.
In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk together all the dry ingredients. Whisk the eggs into the milk and add bit at a time to the dry ingredients make a smooth batter. Stir the melted butter into the waffle batter. Set aside and allow batter to rest for about half an hour before cooking.
Heat your waffle iron to high. Cook the batter in the iron about ? cup at a time. Butter the waffle iron as needed during the cooking process. Transfer done waffles to a cooling rack so they don’t get soggy.
Serve in little sets of two to make sandwiches, or as whole rounds, with butter or jam (and sour cream or whipped cream if you wish). Vaffler are by far the best when they’re warm and fresh off the waffle iron. I put them in heating bag to keep them warm for a winter picnic.