Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017 Valentiny Contest, Entry 2: Buddy's Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

Here's my second submission to the 2nd Annual Valentiny Contest hosted by Susanna Hill, found here: Happy reading and Happy Valentine's Day!

Buddy's Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt
by Penelope Aaron

“Woof!  Woof!” said Buddy to Tyson as he licked his face.  It’s time to wake up! thought Buddy.  There’s a heart shaped paper on your nightstand and I don’t know what it means!
Tyson sat up.  “Look Buddy!  This heart says to go to the playroom for a Valentine’s Day surprise!”
Buddy jumped off Tyson’s bed, ready to follow him anywhere.  He could feel Tyson’s excitement even though he didn’t understand what it was all about.
Tyson ran down the hallway with Buddy at his heels.  Tyson searched the shelves full of toys while Buddy sniffed around the toy box. 
“Woof!” Buddy gave one quick bark to alert Tyson that he had located the heart. 
Tyson rushed over to him.  “Good dog!” he said and patted Buddy’s head.  “It says to go to the kitchen.  Let’s go!”
Buddy galloped behind Tyson into the kitchen where Mama was sitting at the table. Buddy smelled something delicious.  
“Good morning boys,” Mama said with a smile.
Tyson’s plate was piled high with heart shaped waffles and strawberries and whipped cream.  He read the heart next to his plate.  “Buddy, it says Happy Valentine’s Day!” 
Buddy noticed the large bone in his dog dish.
“Thank you Mama. I love you,” said Tyson. 
“Woof! Woof!” said Buddy in agreement. 

2017 Valentiny Contest, Entry 1: Abuelita's Valentine's Day Surprise

This is my first submission to the 2nd Annual Valentiny Contest hosted by Susanna Hill, found here:  Happy reading and Happy Valentine's Day!
Abuelita's Valentine's Day Surprise
by Penelope Aaron
“What are you doing, Abuelita?” asked Tomás.  He slid a barstool up to the kitchen counter so he could get a better look at his grandmother.  She was surrounded by bags and containers and small cups and spoons.  “What is all this stuff?”
“It is a surprise or una sorpresa,” Abuelita said.
“A surprise!  I like surprises!  What’s that white stuff?” Tomás asked.
“Flour— la harina.”
“And what’s that?” Tomás pointed.
El azúcar— sugar.”
“And that?”
“Butter— la mantequilla.”
“And what’s that?”
Los huevos— eggs.”
“How about that?”
“Vanilla— la vainilla.”
Abuelita showed Tomás how to mix all the foods together in a big bowl.  When it was smooth, they rolled it out into dough.  They rolled the dough until it was a big flat circle.  They cut the dough into heart shapes.
“Like this mi amor,” said Abuelita.
She showed Tomás how to put them on a pan.  Then Abuelita put the pan into the oven.  A few minutes later the timer rang and Abuelita pulled the pan full of hearts out of the oven.  The kitchen smelled wonderful.
“Cookies!” cried Tomás.  He clapped his hands.
, cookies— las galletas.”  Abuelita passed a cookie to Tomás and said, “Happy Valentine’s Day mi amor.”
Tomás smiled and hugged his grandmother.  “I love you Abuelita.”