Tuesday, January 17, 2012

View From My Window

I'll Have A Blue Winter
(view from my window)

Winter has its own pleasures. Unlike the frenzied pace of summer, winter gives you permission to stay indoors, and, while in, explore creative things or enjoy foods not usually served in summer.


11 comments:

Suzanne said...

I know exactly what you mean! I am getting alot of knitting done in the eves and last night enjoyed a homemade chicken pot pie which I never make until the cold weather arrives:-) Comfort food and knitting, can't get much better than that...LOL!

Tami said...

That is so beautiful! I live in the south where it never snows and rarely gets even cold. People love that you can always be outside and always have something to do in our glorious weather. BUT, I do dream of having a winter where it forces you inside and gives your mind, body and spirit a place to relax. A little down time. I enjoy reading your blog! God bless…..

LadyLydia said...

My family is from the south, and even in Texas we experienced snow sometimes--in April!! Climate has a pattern, and every few years we would get snow there! However, in the south it does not force you indoors. People are so excited about it they go outside...

Emmarinda said...

Happy New Year, Lydia! I have been AWOL from leaving comments and writing my own blog most of this past year, but have faithfully read your posts, and of course, am always built up by them. I agree with you that winter has many charms, and look forward to reading the continuation of this post. Regarding the previous post and the white flour from Walmart, I don't know that we have it here in Virginia, but I noticed the other day they had something they called white wheat flour. It might be from the softer or spring wheat, but I don't think that would be good as pastry flour, but rather it would probably make a softer loaf of whole wheat bread. Anyways, I will have to check. Great to be back online writing and I hope you have a lovely winter day!

Ginger said...

We are having nice balmy days after a white, cold December. Both have their charms. Lovely Photo.

LadyLydia said...

I agree that the warmer weather makes people want to be more active, going here and there, and trying to do everything. If you get snowed in, you are stuck, and forced to pay attention to things that need doing in the house.

Emmarinda said...

And forced to be together with the family and to get along. A good thing.

Far Above Rubies said...

I'm learning this quiet truth. So beautiful. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I love the photo you posted with this.....I have similar views outside my windows. And yes, winter does force us to slow down a bit, which is rather nice. I am knitting a shawl for myself, & it's coming along nicely! Soups are often simmering on my stove in the colder months, & baking goodies is always more fun when it's not too hot. Last night I made a no-crust coconut pie (makes its own crust as it bakes) & it was the perfect treat after our dinner of oven stew.

Enjoy this relaxing time, Lady Lydia!

Brenda

Mrs. V. said...

We're having a cold and wet day here ourselves today. I have a hearty sausage, chicken, and barley soup in the crock pot for tonight. I love fixing soup on cold days. Each season has it's lovely traits. What a blessing from God they are!

LadyLydia said...

I was going to put something here about the slow cooker. It saves a LOT of labor, gives a wonderful meal, and makes the house smell good in the winter. Confined to the house, it is reassuring to have the next meal in process. I like that now the crock pots have a removeable dish you can put on a hot pad on the table, and also it fits easily in the sink for washing.

I have thawed a honeysuckle turkey breast with gravy packet, in the fridge, and tomorrow will cut the string mesh from it and remove it before I put it in the pot, pouring the gravy over it and adding only a little water. Then I'll add peeled whole potatoes on top, and carrots on top of that, followed by two bags of frozen whole green beans. By the time we get home from church, it will be ready, if it is turned on the high setting.

Using the oven is sometimes hard on the back, and you have to keep checking it. Stovetop cooking is fine, but again, it is hard to just fix it and forget it, as burners cannot always be trusted just to simmer the food. The slow cooker saves all that time and washing up, so that time can be spent in other home pursuits, whether it be extra cleaning, sewing, or reading.

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