Spring is certainly dragging its heels this year. I think it’s snowed three times since I last wrote at the beginning of April.
At this point, I have no patience for the cold. It makes me cranky. But, as there isn’t much point in complaining, and there certainly isn’t anything one can do about the weather, we have been trying to make the best of it – entertaining ourselves as best we can while we wait for warmer temperatures to arrive.
What do we do, you ask?
We dress up the dog.
Between snow storms, Ginger walks the rabbit.
As you can see, there’s very little green in the yard.
Ginger also designs houses on Minecraft. This one is my favorite.
We dash out to the barn (in the snow) to collect eggs.
The snow melts, then the next day, it snows some more….
I paint. If I can’t see blue skies, at least I can create them.
And, when all else fails, Pepper bakes us chocolate chip cookies.
Here is her no-fail recipe (similar to the Toll House recipe, but with less butter):
Pepper's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies 2 1/4 cups flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 3/4 cup softened butter 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 large eggs 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by well-rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack until completely cool. Makes about 36 cookies.
My sincere hope is that you are seeing more of Spring than we are right now. If you aren’t, you have my deepest sympathy. In the meantime, I think I’ll dig out a couple of logs and have a fire this evening. It’s truly that cold.
From the dining room table, with more snow in the forecast,
CategoriesArt Baking Books Brewing Camping Celebrations Chickens Cooking CPT's Lens Crafting Critters Family Garden Ginger's Snaps Hiking Homeschool House Housekeeping House Plants iPhone photography Kitchen libraries Marriage Mrs. Smythe Mrs. Smythe Stories Museums Musings Old Books On the Home Front Out & About Pepper's Lens Photography Poetry Pollinators Reminiscing Renovations Science & Technology Seasons Shopping Tag Sale-ing Toys Travel Week in Review