Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thanksgiving for Cold Days

It had been two weeks and this weekend's drive to our farm in Pennsylvania was shaping up to be like any other... except the landscape had turned golden, rust and brown and there was a definite sharp cold in the air.  As we pulled up, the woods surrounding our house were suspiciously gray and bare, the view of neighbors' flattened corn fields in full view.  It was true, winter would be here any day.

It was the kind of day you want to curl up with a good book, looking out through the window at the cold sky.  So that is what I did.  After all, grace is needed during this subtle transition from fall to winter.  It's colder, the days are shorter.

Thankfully, it is in this time of gloom that lovely blessings abound in disguise.  Here are just a few.
The desire to cook and bake accompanies the desire to warm oneself. 
Sheltering dear friends from the cold with warm coffee and bread.  
No yard work. 
Indulging oneself in reading, comfort foods and watching a good BBC movie.  
Yes, there is plenty to be thankful for.  Soon enough the days will be long busy with digging, planting, and weeding. Right now, it is good to just be here. 


Enjoy These Chill Chasers For a Cold Day

Spicy Warm Coconut Cream:  Heat Coconut Cream with a teaspoon of turmeric and dash of nutmeg. 

Spice-Flavored Coffee:  Sprinkle your favorite ground spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves) into your coffee grounds just before brewing for a natural flavored coffee.  Add a teaspoon of honey to your brewed cup and your favorite cream.

Energy-Boosting Simple Lemon:  Twist a slice of lemon into a mug of hot water.  It's so simple, but tastes great and boosts energy.  Sweeten with honey.

Garlic Tea:  Crush a clove of garlic into hot water.  Add a teaspoon of honey and a twist of lemon.  Steep for 5 - 10 minutes. Great to chase away colds.  Start drinking as soon as you feel a tickle in your throat.  Drink 2-3 cups a day and the cold will disappear.

Peppermint Tea:  A simple way to dress up black tea.  Pinch off a few leaves of peppermint and infuse for 5 - 10 minutes in your cup of tea.

 Keep Warm,
--Two Peas

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