Orange-Scented Molasses Cookies

There is an ice storm passing through and every shape outside from earth to sky–only grey–a heavy, wet, chilling shade of grey. Every once in awhile, a neighbor burdened with the task of catching the downtown bus, walks cautiously past my kitchen window, skidding, catching himself at the last minute. I’m so lucky that I… Continue reading Orange-Scented Molasses Cookies

Top 10 Reasons Why I Need Winter

10. To wrap myself up in a long, quilted coat, a scarf, hat, mittens, wool socks and boots right at dawn and go sit on a folded blanket on my front porch bench, sip a mug of steaming coffee while listening to the gentle chorus of winter birds. 9. To breathe in the ice crystals… Continue reading Top 10 Reasons Why I Need Winter

There is Time Right Now

It’s Saturday morning, and I have a moment to think.  There are patches of sun covering the snowy front lawn and the brittle branches of the bush waving back and forth outside my kitchen window makes me think that at eight degrees fahrenheit, I am the owner of an optomistic weather thermometer. Looks like another day of… Continue reading There is Time Right Now

Granny Smith Apples with Orange, Lemon and Cinnamon

In the late afternoon of a short winter day, my grandmother  would peel an orange for my sister, brother and me hoping to hold us over until dinner.  So patient and so focused on the bright citrus ball in the palm of her hand, she would slowly peel back the thick rind in long vertical pieces taking… Continue reading Granny Smith Apples with Orange, Lemon and Cinnamon