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Burr, it’s cold outside February 13, 2018

Posted by liajo in flowers, good things, life, seasons, snow, strawberries, Uncategorized, weather.
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pexels-photo-280204.jpegFebruary usually cycles many small snow storms through Colorado and it’s doing that just that this year.  Snow on Saturday, 40 on Sunday, cold all day today.  And burr it’s cold outside now.  February is the closest month to spring and often the coldest of the winter months.

Yes, I get it, we need the snowpack since it’s our summer water.  Being a gardener I understand that.  I know my strawberries with benefit a lot from this cycle.  I know the clover is just soaking this up, or will when it defrosts.  I know my wildflowers will bloom with beauty in a couple of months.

Even knowing all of this, I wish it was warm enough to rain.

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Snowy Morning February 10, 2018

Posted by liajo in good things, Mother Nature, seasons, snow, weather.
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pexels-photo-764562.jpegIt’s a beautiful morning and the sun hasn’t risen yet.  We got a dusting of snow last night.  Just enough snow to cover the winter-brown grass and flower beds, the street, and sidewalks making everything white.  The cloud cover is heavy and grey but it’s not foggy.  There is no moon or stars visible, but it’s bright outside this morning.

I’m sure the brightness has something to do with porch and street lights bouncing back on the pure white snow.  I’m also sure a meteorologist has some big and fancy name for the effect.  But magic works for me.   Mother Nature at work, the beauty she is giving us is a trade-off for the cold and bad driving conditions.

All of my loved ones are safe inside and cookie making is on my agenda today.  I’ll enjoy the beauty of the newly fallen snow this morning and thank Mother Nature for the wonderment of her power.

 

 

 

Foggy morning February 8, 2018

Posted by liajo in fog, good things, life, weather.
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cold-snow-black-and-white-road.jpgI love the fog.  I hate driving in it, but if I’m safe inside, I really do love the fog.

This morning was foggy, but only after I got to work, which is a little unusual.  The fog usually comes early and burns off after sunrise.  Not this morning.

The sun looked like the last full moon.  It was almost perfectly round and white, that’s correct, I said white.  Veiled in the heavy fog it looked white.  It was beautiful but almost spooky, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.  The fog would thicken and the sun would almost be gone but in a minute or two it would be back to the white orb.  I won’t forget this morning anytime soon.

Somewhere around 11am the fog burned off and the sun returned to normal, but I have the image in my mind and I’ll hang onto.  I’ll also count my blessings for being lucky enough to witness the white sun this morning.

No Candy Making Skills Needed February 3, 2018

Posted by liajo in chocolate, comfort food, good things, granddaughters, How to tips, life.
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dark-brown-milk-candy.jpgMy granddaughters don’t always agree on everything, but chocolate is usually something they can agree on.  So yesterday making chocolate bark was the project of the day.

I love baking, but candy making is not my thing.  I’ve never been good at it.  However, anyone, even preschoolers, can make a good chocolate bark.  There is no candy thermometer, no soft ball stage, just some fun.

Here are the very easy instructions.  Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.  You know how, 30 seconds, stir, repeat until melted.  I did put about a teaspoon of Crisco in because it makes the melted chips easier to work with.

Pour into a parchment lined baking sheet and spread to the thickness you want.

Top with whatever.  We did dried cranberries and shaved almonds.  Press these into the chocolate just a little.

Put in either the freezer or refrigerator until hard, about an hour.

Break into pieces and eat.  It is pretty yummy and way simple.

The chocolate bark project was a success!

 

Making memories February 1, 2018

Posted by liajo in crafts, good things, granddaughters, insects, life, seasons, weather.
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christmas-crafts1I love playing outside with my granddaughters.  It’s a great excuse to literally play in the dirt, or sandbox again.  Chasing miller moths, butterflies, and grasshoppers.  But it’s had to do those things in the winter and two little preschoolers shouldn’t be outside too long.

So we make our memories inside.  Craft time is great.  A little glue, some construction paper, and glitter made out of dyed Epsom salt.  Add a few buttons and stickers and popsicle sticks and we can make almost anything.  It’s a lot of fun and their mom, my daughter, gets all these wonderful things to decorate her mantel with.  Each girl has a memory box, and some of their creations go there after being displayed.  Some of them go into moms decoration box for use again next year.

If you haven’t crafted with a preschooler in a while I would suggest doing it.  It’s almost as much fun as playing in the dirt.