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winter out my window

I love seeing the newly fallen snow sitting on the tree in my front yard.  I love the way it clings and piles up on the smallest surfaces.  It doesn’t last long, though, as any little breeze is prone to knocking it down and if the sun comes out it will melt and drip.  The sleds and shovel, the empty bird house and ski poles are all indicators that winter finally fully upon us.

Hope you are enjoying the new year, and that you are finding a touch of beauty n your day.


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more snow

100_6105 We awoke Saturday to snow on the ground and in the air. 

I have never seen snow in this area so early, and it does send a message of urgency!  We began to clean up all of the fall progects, just in case this one doesn’t melt off, but a little after breakfast the sun broke throughthe clouds and things began to melt.  By today, it was all gone.

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our first snow


This morning we woke to the sound of rain on the roof.  So much for my plans of digging the garden!  As I fixed breakfast I wondered if the sun would come out and dry things up or if I would have to make new plans…

That is when Benjamin came in from his chores yelling, “Come look, everyone!  It is snowing!”

The boys all rushed the window, eager for a view of the first flakes… And I thought it was bad when the first snow fell at the end of October last year.

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For months, Gideon has been avoiding going out.  Avoiding it, because it means wearing snow boots.  But, the other day, he saw mommy take the trash out in bare feet, and now he has become an escape artist. 

It matters not why the door is open, he is there.  He sneaks out as we haul firewood in.  He sneaks out as dad gets home from work.  He runs out laughing, every time his brother head out to play.

It is finally warm enough to avoid shoes!

Those puddles are cold, hard evidence of it.

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Warm temperatures greeted us yesterday afternoon, and we revelled in them.  I think it was about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.  Oh, yes, chilly still, but not so cold that we didn’t enjoy some school on the front steps, and the bikes have been dug out!

If this weather continues, I will be planning my garden, knowing full well that it will be at least two months before we can till the soil.  The town cop will be waving as he drives by while I sit on the porch, knitting — despite the snow!

Are you enjoying spring?

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snow cakes

This morning we tried a new recipe and loved it, so I wanted to share it with you!  The original recipe is from The Young Housekeeper’s Friend, c. 1859.

Snow Fritters

Stir together milk, flour, and a little salt, to make rather a thick batter.  Add new-fallen snow in the proportion of a tea-cupful to a pint of milk.  Have the fat ready hot, at the time you stir in the snow, and drop the batter into it with a spoon.  These pancakes are even preferred by some, to those made with eggs.

What I did:

  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix thoroughly and then stir in:

  • 2 cups new snow

Fry on a hot greased griddle.

These pancakes were dense and delicious!  We served them with Peach Butter.

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The world is a big beautiful place, just begging to be explored!  Every where you look, there is something to be discovered.  Something to learn about. 

As the seasons allow, we spend time learning about the world around us.  In the spring, birdwatching takes priority, as many beautiful breeds migrate through the area.  Due to all the snow, our bird feeders draw a crowd.  We spend hours a day looking up different species and reading about them.

When the snow melts, we explore the new plant growth and examine the first bugs to emerge from the ground.  This is also the time of year when the boys notice the rocks and their varying features. 

Since it is too cold to begin gardening, we often hike on these muddy days.  The boys collect snail shells and identify footprints, keeping a look out for bears that have recently left hibernation, and for young strawberry plants.

When summer finally arrives, we begin gardening.  They love to dig in the warm soil and watch the new plants emerge.  They enjoy sneaking extra potato eyes into the garden, and ‘tricking’ me into thinking it is a wild potato.  They love to see how many things reseed themselves, and how they change from year to year.

Summer also brings bugs, worms and fishing.  The boys are wonderful little fly tiers, concentrating on making something that looks like a real bug.

As fall draws near, we begin harvesting.  The onions above are known as Egyptian Onions.  They produce sets, not seeds.  In November of 2006, I was given five tiny sets, and told to plant them somewhere where I could just leave them alone for a year or two.  I did, scraping through the snow to put them in the ground, and in the spring of 2007, five little scallions emerged.  This past fall, 2008, I decided it was time to collect the sets and replant them.

We carefully cut the tops of the onions off, brought them in, and counted them.  We had 580 new sets!   They ranged in size from a lentil to a quarter.  We planted them in rows, and are anticipating making pickled onions this spring.  The original five, which bunched into 20-30 new plants, are still in the ground, and will make us a supply of sets for next year.  I am guessing we will have a couple thousand!

Winter is a time for skiing and indoor study.  Sitting around the fireplace and reading novels.  Manny joins us for many of the activities, and chooses many books to share with his sons.  This winter, they are building an igloo.  They are learning so many things about snow, ice, insulation and heat.

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