I’ve been cooking a lot of Paula Deen’s recipes this past week, which are hit-or-miss with me. I made her Chicken Brunswick Stew, substituting smoked pulled pork, and it was perfect. I made her Banana Pudding for an office pot luck, which I am on the fence with how it turned out. I used 2% milk versus whole and I felt the recipe called for too much corn starch, which made the pudding “starchy” tasting. And last night, I made a modified version of her Naked Chicken Wings for Super Bowl Sunday, which were wonderful. I caved in and bought a deep fryer. Baked wings are NOT the same; I don’t care what they say!
This is what we woke up to yesterday morning. It was gone (mostly) before the game started. It made for a nice, sleepy, chilly Sunday indoors:
I love the snow. It’s so pretty and I love how everything is so quiet and bright. I love how the snow allows you to look deep into the woods and see as far as your eyes will let you. We haven’t had very much this year, but we’ve had more snow days than we’ve ever had since we’ve been up here.
We are in the process of building our veggie beds for this year. It’s not been easy, since we’ve had to cut down a few trees and build a small retaining wall because the area is on a small slope. Once we finish the wall, we will bring in some fill dirt, level the area, and then build raised beds on top of that. My goal is to have it all done by the end of February so I can plant any cool weather loving seeds in March.
I’m looking forward to this year’s adventures in gardening. This will be a first for me. When we were renting, we didn’t have the opportunity to experiment with many of the plants up here, but now nothing can stop us except this awful clay soil. Gotta learn how to play with that!