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Harvesting the End of Winter

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This afternoon I wandered around my tiny yards, both front and back, looking for signs of spring. Although there are still small piles of snow here and there, and although it may snow again tonight or tomorrow, the signs that the wheel is turning to spring are everywhere. In the front yard, the crocuses are poking the first of their dark green foliage out of the ground, noticeable because they’re the only spots of green in otherwise unrelenting brown. In the back, the daffodils are doing the same, but what truly delighted me was discovering the tiny, bright green leaves of the cowslips I planted last year. I worried they wouldn’t come back this year, but it turns out I worried for nothing. I can’t wait to see their graceful yellow flowers blooming this spring.

Two handfuls of Paris market carrots that survived the winter.

Two handfuls of Paris market carrots that survived the winter.

I also rummaged around in the vegetable garden and pulled out two handfuls of Paris market carrots that made it through the winter. Though my larder is kept fully stocked all year long and I don’t have to rely on what I grow in the summer to see me through winter, there’s something about harvesting the end of last year’s garden in the tailĀ end of winter that makes me feel connected to the past. Today I’ll roast these little jewels with some olive oil and sea salt, and celebrate making it through another winter with spring just in sight.

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Am Ready for Winter To Be OVER

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I haven’t done one of these in a very, very long time. Every Tuesday I mean to do it and somehow don’t, but this week is the week!

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Am Ready for Winter To Be OVER

  1. Garden: I am so ready to start my garden and reap my first harvest.
  2. Deck: I can’t wait to get our deck set up to hang out on again. I have a second rug for it this year, and so many plans. I have PLANS.
  3. Warm: It will be so nice to not have to bundle up from my eyes to my toes just to bring in the trash cans.
  4. Money: Although our heating bills haven’t been as bad as I worried they would be, it will be so nice to be in that period where I don’t need heat or air conditioning.
  5. Circulation: Those spring days when all the windows are open and fresh air breezes through the house are heady and sweet.
  6. Dryness: My skin has been tight and dry and itchy all winter. While I don’t look forward to humid summer days, I am excited for spring with its less dry days.
  7. Shocking: I would really like to turn on a light or touch a cat without being defibrillated. (It’s a word if I make it a word.)
  8. Flowers: I am so excited to see how many of the hundreds of bulbs I planted survived the animals’ winter feedings. I can’t wait to see their colorful blooms dotting my property.
  9. Moonroof: Going for long drives with the roof open and the sunshine streaming into the car… sign me up. Even running errands is nicer with the moonroof open.
  10. Repair: Spring means getting outside to fix and renew things around the outside of the house. It may get old the longer I’m a homeowner, but for now it’s new and exciting.

Beer Beef Stew

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2.12.2013 beef stew

This stew is one of my go-to recipes every winter. It’s easy, delicious, and filling, and is a special delight on a cold day. Leftovers are even better the next day and it freezes well for easy meals later on.

I say “recipe,” but it’s not so much a recipe as a process. The ingredients change depending on what I have on hand. Sometimes I use pork instead of beef, sometimes sweet potatoes instead of potatoes. Though if you make that change I recommend not using the carrots. Sweet potatoes, beer, and carrots all together make it a little too sweet.

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