I know that most people are not loving the cold and snow that we are ”blessed” with this week. Having grown up in the midwest with endless drifts and biting winds, moving to Tennessee 12 years ago was a welcome relief. Or so I thought. We moved into our home in December and I was stunned when I went out on our back deck and saw the most beautiful roses blooming in December. And I was informed that we could have flowers all winter long. Are you kidding me? I was used to cold and ice and brown and dreary.. I must admit that I was a big fan of no snow except for Christmas, for many years. Then you just wish we’d get that one big snow. The one that keeps us all inside snuggled up with hot chocolate and a fire. The one that affords us the chance to stay in our jammies and watch Lifetime movies with the dogs snoring beside us! I have to say that I’ve enjoyed the past couple of days. I’ve been able to relax a little bit but more exciting than that – I’ve been trying new recipes. We have more food in this house than we will ever eat! We went on a Western Carribean Cruise over Christmas so I came back with some great recipes from the cruise line. I made a Coconut Curry Chicken that was just so delicious and followed that up the next day with Polenta and Balsamic Mushrooms, Fresh Spinach and Pine Nuts. Both were as good as I remember in our on board cooking demo. So then I decided to do more – I was on a roll! Made lots of cookies for the kids hot chocolate, tried a new recipe for Spiced Mixed Nuts (which I am adding to the menu) , my grandmothers brown bread which is a combo of sweet and savory and I am getting ready to roll out some homemade pretzels too!
I love these days where life slows down just a bit and I can roll up my sleeves and get in the kitchen and be creative. I can’t wait to share these new yummies with you!