It has been unusually cold in the Pacific Northwest. We had two separate snow storms that cancelled school for 2 1/2 days in mid-December, and yesterday, a snow/ice/wind storm rolled in. Here’s a picture of our backyard. We didn’t get that much snow. Clearly we got a lot of wind, as you can see by the debris on the patio. But what’s harder to see is the layer of ice on top of the snow. That’s what shut down the city. And that’s what cancelled my birthday celebration with my family. I’m not bitter or anything.
Not all was lost though. I had a cozy, stay-in birthday weekend celebration with the hubby and kiddos. We watched movies we checked out from the library, played games, made banana bread and cookies, all the while staying sane being cooped up for 2 full days. I think one reaches a point you become too old for a pity party. Continue reading
Hi friends! I was going to wish you a happy Friday, but then I realized that it’s only Thursday. Don’t you hate when that happens? Saturdays are particularly hard days for me because I wake up early in a panic thinking my alarm didn’t go off in time for me to get ready for work, only to realize a minute later that it isn’t a work day. Does this happen to anyone else? Please tell me it does; I want to feel normal.
For those of you who have been following me for a little while, you’ve probably noticed two things in the past few or so months. One–I haven’t been posting as often as I used to. Two–many of the recipes I’ve been posting are not desserts.
Here’s my reason for both of those: I am 17 weeks pregnant. I wanted to share the exciting news with you earlier, believe me, but I had a miscarriage at seven weeks back in September, and I told a few people. Not that it was bad that I did, but when I had the miscarriage, I then had to call those people I told and relive the heartache all over again. So, this time, I made sure this little one was going to stay. And between the morning sickness which lasted morning and night (with a few hours of relief in the middle of the day–something I hadn’t experienced in my first pregnancy) for almost 4 months straight, and being tired from working and taking care of a toddler, baking was low on my priority list. Continue reading
Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. That’s been my mantra the past few weeks. I try to tell myself that the rain is good, and it’s what makes the Pacific Northwest so green, but it has been raining for 10+ days straight, and I’m getting a little fed up. April showers bring May flowers? Yup, been thinking that too. The end of March and the beginning of May have been so utterly dreary.
So to combat that a little, I made some soup. You know, thinking about it, it’s kind-of funny that so many people use food as comfort, but when you get down to really thinking about it, it makes sense. If you feel good about yourself, it changes your outlook on life. And eating yummy food, especially comfort food, helps things look brighter. I won’t tell you that eating this soup will all of a sudden make the sun shine, or your problems go away, but you will certainly feel in a sunnier disposition, and sometimes that makes all the difference. Continue reading
I know that spring is not officially until next week, but with these past four days filled with cold temperatures, wind, and incessant rain, it is not a sign of spring to come–it’s a sign that winter is still here. We even had snow Tuesday morning, which is really uncommon in the Pacific Northwest in March. I have been standing next to various heaters in our house and using electric blankets to stay warm. For whatever reason, I just can’t keep the house warm enough. So my last resort was to make some comforting, warm-to-the-bones soup. My 20-month-old son even ate it; that is, only when I could get him away from his trucks.