December 16, 2010

Heading Toward Winter Solstice

This time of year is an odd mix of ups and downs.  You can't help but get caught up in the excitement of the season, but then a blast of cold air zips down from the north and forces its way under your winter coat and you start to dream of Spring or at least a warm island somewhere.  We got our first snow of the year and hopefully last, after 2009-2010's repeated blizzards and 78 inches of snow.  Just really a dusting this time but enough to snarl traffic everywhere since the roads were extremely cold from the frigid temperatures of the last week and nothing melted.  It's funny how Marylanders and Pennsylvanians absolutely panic at the first light dusting of the winter, yet later, as we get used to the stuff, we do just fine.  

At any rate, sometimes I just don't feel like making a big production of a meal.  Last night, for example, I picked up a roast chicken at the local grocery store and microwaved some sweet potatoes.  I slathered the sweet potato in goat butter, tore off a thigh, leg, and wing, and I was good to go.  My husband got home a bit later and made himself some chicken sandwiches (he still does the gluten thing) and had the other bit of sweet potato.  

The other night, I made another easy meal. This time I took some grass-fed ground beef, chopped up some jalapeno peppers, mixed the two together and made spicy burgers.  I roasted some cauliflower (if you have never done that, you have to try it).  Just cut up some cauliflower, coat the pieces with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast until lightly browned.  Delicious.  Sometimes amongst all the hustle and bustle, it is just easier to go the simple route.   I'm looking forward to the longer days after the solstice and the inevitable move toward the other celestial landmark, the spring equinox.   It's no coincidence they align with Christmas and Easter and other major religious holidays.   No wonder our ancestors celebrated these two times of year.

1 comment:

  1. Whether it was easy or not, that meal looks super delicious. :)