Cold Winter Days

It has been really cold lately outside.  Frigid weather.  I had to go to Keene, NH yesterday and coming back home at sunset, there were beautiful orange, red and yellow combined skies in the distant views of the mountains.  Just really pretty.  I stopped at Starbucks and got a Peppermint mocha “tall” (which is small) drink to enjoy on my way home.  I mean $5.00 for that?  Won’t be wasting my money on that again any time soon.  Would of, could of, should have gotten a coffee. Starbucks coffee is really good and tastes extra good on a cold day.

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The salad to have in winter seems to be Kale Salad.  I saw three recipes for Kale Salad in my facebook newsfeed yesterday.  I have a recipe for kale salad from a while ago that calls for artichokes.  I found a jar of grilled artichokes that combined with the Cannellini beans, red onion, my own dressing that I shake up in a small mason jar and over the kale is just one of my favorite kale salads.  Then shaved parmeson on top with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.  Yum.  But I printed out 3 more kale salad recipes that I am going to try.  Cranberries, feta and walnuts sounds good.  The secret to a good kale salad is to massage the kale with oil and vinegar and let it set at least 10 minutes.  And then let all the flavors of the salad blend in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.  Kale does not wilt.

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Powerball last night was 500 million dollars for the lottery.  No one won and next week it will be even more.  Can you imagine winning that?  I usually get one number and win nothing.  But at that rate of the winnings, I am willing to risk $2.00 for one ticket.  I’ve seen the whole office all go together and buy 100 tickets and win nothing.  So chances of winning are slim to say the least.  But wouldn’t winning that lottery warm up a winters day.  I think I would go to Florida for a week and then take a cruise to one of the islands where they have white beaches and crystal blue water.  Get one of those neat blue tropical drinks while soaking up the sun and getting all healthy and tan.  Enjoy all that and then in the Spring take a trip to Paris, France.  Send a postcard from the top of the Eifel Tower.  Then go to London and then go check out what Italy has to offer.  Go back to the states and take a train across Canada and enjoy the rocky mountain views.  Then land at the northern part of the states and rent a convertable sports car and drive down route 1 the big Sur.  Then drive back across the states enjoying all it has to offer.  After that a spa visit for a few weeks.  Then shopping and buying clothes that I have only been able to dream of having.  Designer labels and all.  Before all that, I would divide the winnings so my two sons would be set for life as well as the grand kids.  And a big boost for all my friends to enjoy some pleasures.  Doesn’t it make you sick when someone wins and they do nothing with it?  Like they keep working and act like they have not got a cent.  Maybe leave it to their cats or research in Africa to find a cure for toenail fungus on frogs or something.  Life just is not fair at all.  Or sometimes someone wins that doesn’t need any more money as they already have a 6 figure income and money means nothing to them.  If I can’t win, I would like to see someone that could at least enjoy and use the money win.

The following is a winter coat in Florida.  It’s the Casablanca trench coat.  I think it is so stylish and would be a neat coat to have even in Vermont in the Spring or so.  The coat has a belt to wear or not, but no belt loops on the coat.  I like the shoes, sun glasses and also the turquoise rings.  Then the skinny jeans well worn and faded looking even if they are brand new.  It’s what extremely rich people do I guess.

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Back to cold weather.  It’s a good time of year for slow cookers or crockpots.  I have collected a ton of recipes from spaghetti sauce to pot roast.  So neat to just fix it and forget it as one of the crockpot cookbooks is titled.  I would like to some day have a personal cookbook with all tried and true recipes for all my favorite recipes for all 4 seasons.  Maybe have them on my tablet and be able to bring up the recipe on the screen and have music playing while I cook and prepare recipes.

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My latest thing is to mix up seasonings to use in cooking.  Like I have a chili seasoning I found a recipe to make up.  Then a taco seasoning and I have Paula Deen’s house seasoning that can be used on everything.  I have these neat little jars that have a chalkboard label on them.

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Little things like this make me smile cold weather or not.

 

 

 

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