Post by Nancy Gordon
Forgive me for complaining, but winter seems to last forever,and I get tired of the overcast skies. I know I shouldn’t complain, especially since I am a Southerner. I’ve heard how harsh the winters are in the North. I am glad to live where I do for that reason. But are you feeling this way too? I am over always being cold and going out into the frosty air. My once cute sweaters and boots that looked so inviting way back in the Fall, now look tired, boring and dull. But instead of wallowing in self-pity I have decided to do a few simple things to change up my routine and scenery. I’ve written down a few of the things I do to keep my wintertime blahs away.
Below I share them with you.
*For starters, fresh flowers are a must. Nothing says springtime like flowers. They brighten any room. Aldis had half a dozen lovely roses for just 3.99. I bought a some pretty white and pink ones. I stuck them in a vintage blue mason jar, set it on my kitchen table, and every time I look at them, I smile.
*I also keep Christmas lights up until day light savings time. Yes, I have a nice long strand of white lights strung in my bay window. We eat breakfast and dinner when its dark outside, this bring cheeriness to our breakfast nook.
*I’ve discovered it’s a good time of year to look for house plants at your local hardware store. I found tropical plants on sale there for only five dollars! I bought a cool spider plant and a tall cane tree. The greenery is just what these empty spaces in my home needed. Tropical plants are easy to care for as they don’t require a lot of watering. They like dry soil and bright light, so I have mine near windows and they seem to be doing just fine. And they remind me of warm, island days!
*I wear pink. It reminds me of spring flowers such as pink hyacinths and peonies. Get out of your everyday black. Maybe pink isn’t your color of choice, but it’s one of my favorite colors. I wear lots of it, especially this time of year. And I’m so glad it’s a popular color this year. I bought a really warm, pink chenille sweater back in December and have worn it so many times. It never fails to make me happy. What’s your favorite pastel color? Baby blue or pale green, there are so many choices out there. Buy one and wear it on those dreary cold days and it will be sure to make you happy.
*This is the time of year for short day trips, such as a visit to the nearby art museum. There you can bask in the Impressionist paintings of lakes, blue skies and green trees. The still life paintings of flowers and the landscapes of oceans and fields remind us that warmer days are coming. We are fortunate to have the coast nearby. My husband and I were recently invited to go to the beach and to stay with friends. While the weather was still cold and overcast, it was the beach. There’s something about walking on sand and listening to the ocean that soothes the soul.
*Bake something citrusy and light. I love lemon scones with crème fraiche or lemony chicken breasts. If you don’t enjoy baking buy a nice loaf of homemade bread and a jar of marmalade. Feast on that goodness and think warm thoughts.
*My daughter and I are going to sign up for a yoga class. Classes are a great way to keep fit in the wintertime, if you don’t like to brave the cold outdoors. Or maybe you do, then bundle up and try a new hiking trail. Once I get moving, even I start to warm up and it’s fun to look for signs of spring. Maybe some bushes are beginning to bud in late February, at least they are in the mid-south.
There are so many other things you can do to brighten your day and your outlook in the midst of these short days and bare trees. I know for some people seasonal blues is a more serious issue and I’m not trying to trivialize it. Hopefully theses ideas will foster even more ways to bring springtime inside your home.
And the good news is that Spring always comes. Solomon, a very wise King in the Bible, once said, “See, the winter is past;the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come; the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance” (Song of Songs 2:11-13a).
I look forward to those days of new life when the earth awakens from its long nap. The daffodils and forsythia will bloom and brighten my yard with their sunny yellow blossoms. And I can pack away the sweaters and boots until the chill in the air forces me to bring them out again. But today I will patiently wait for springtime.
Here is my lemon scone recipe.
Low Carb Gluten Free Lemon Scones
1 cup blanched almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
3 TB granular sweetener, I use Pyure
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp Himalayan salt
2 TB melted coconut oil
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
2 TB fresh lemon juice
1 TB melted refined coconut oil
1 TB granulated sweetener, I used Pyure
2 TB fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In one bowl, combine dry ingredients together, almond flour through salt.
In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla, egg, lemon zest and lemon juice.
Fold the wet mixture into the dry until a dough forms.
Place dough on lined baking sheet and form a circle about 1 inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges and move apart about 1 inch. Bake for about 18- 20 minutes until golden brown. Scones firm up as they cool. Do not overcook.
To prepare the glaze combine all ingredients in a blender and puree. Let scones cool before drizzling the glaze on them.