outdoors

Savoring winter

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." Hal Borland, American journalist/nature writer This time of year, I try to think like a skier, savoring what remains of winter rather than looking longingly at the March and April calendar pages. It's winter. And, while spring-like warmth is sneaking in a bit here and there,… Continue reading Savoring winter

family life

How to stay warm

"A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” Markus Zusak, Australian writer, The Book Thief It is freezing here. Literally. Snow is falling outside the window seat where I am working. Tiny flakes, but it's dense enough one can tell it means business without consulting The Weather Channel. Yet more… Continue reading How to stay warm

recipes

Spicy butternut squash soup

“Roses and violets from summer gardens, sun-drenched Sicilian lemons squeezed of their juice and mingled with juniper from the frozen north. Saffron threads and gold leaf from the Indies waited to be turned into something magical." Laura Madeleine, "The Confectioner's Tale For days, it has been hovering near 90, too hot to even sit properly… Continue reading Spicy butternut squash soup