Midwinter and Time for Love
We passed mid-winter on Candlemas (AKA Groundhog Day) February 2, and days in the northern hemisphere are getting noticeably longer. Though there’s still time for some quiet wintery introspection, there’s no shortage of celebrations this month. Lunar (Chinese) New Year this Sunday, February 10 is followed by Mardi Gras on the 12th and Valentine’s Day on the 14th. And then (in the US) comes Presidents’ Day on 18th. And of course (again in the US) there was the Superbowl last weekend. Are these many February party-ops coincidental? Or are they the result of a collective cabin fever that everyone experiences at this time of year, inspiring us to get active, connect with others, and get a little crazy before we go a little crazy?
|Neighbor's Rose Garden|
You might want to start planning your 2013 garden this month. It’s getting harder to avoid genetically engineered seeds (GMOs). Here’s a guide to avoiding GMO seeds, and a list of safe seed companies by state. I’m going with Renee’s, right up the road from me as well as on the safe list. You can also pick up some 20% off flower seeds from her until Valentine's day.
Enjoy the last full month of winter and do reach out and party a bit if you’re so inclined.
|Winter Cheer: First of Many Camillias|
Kale 3 Ways courtesy of Green Tea & Chocolate
Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Linzer Heart Cookies courtesy of Tate’s Bake Shop
Bananas Foster courtesy Brennan’s Restaurant
Hurricane Cocktail courtesy of Emeril
Chen Pi = Dried Tangerine Peel: make now to enjoy later