Sunday, March 27, 2011
Although we technically had Spring Break last week it was neither Spring-like or anything resembling a Break. As I look outside the window right this second, I can only describe the sky in shades of gray--ashen, putty, stone, steel. And the rain is coming down slightly slanted but with a definite vengeance. The daffodils are fighting for it but spring has simply not sprung. If it did, it sadly drowned. As of today, Portland has not had one day hit the 60s since the beginning of the year. We've tried but we've mostly failed miserably. And the inches of rain are still coming down. Wow. Is it time for bed?
Luckily there are some considerable upsides to all this doom and gloom. Please send your upsides to the Five Cent Farm. . . No, I'm just kidding. It has been a good winter to read. I've spend this month finishing Bram Stoker's Dracula which I was not terribly in love with and moved on to Oscar Wilde to finish out my month of reading Irishly. Also rounding out the Irish month is some Irish dinners. Cold weather can be good for something like tucking in to some hearty comfort food including a night of Bangers and Mash along with sauteed cabbage (with brussel sprouts hidden in them---hidden from Reggie but not the kids). The Oscar Wilde and the sausages all taste good with a little Jameson's too.
Here are some pumpkin chocolate chip muffins to warm the weekend mornings when the sun doesn't come out until sometime after 5pm.
We also enjoyed some Banana Huckleberry Scones that I invented using the Grand Central Bakery Cookbook because I had both bananas and huckleberries to use. Turns out to be a winning combination but then anything with enough butter to make a flaky scone can't be all that bad.
And at the end of this winter, what have we learned?
Eat, Drink and Be Merry because outside is gunmetal gray and the weather doesn't care how we feel about it. And also that summer better involve a lot of activities that burn off the extra butter.