Thursday, January 20, 2022

It Snowed

That snow I was talking about in my last post came to fruition.
Sunday morning we woke up to a beautiful blanket of snowy white.
Looking out the back windows, it appeared that the wildlife were busy making tracks in the early morning hours.

Even the birdies were leaving their tracks in the snow.
So cute!

As the day progressed the snow gave way to sleet.
Clearly we were not leaving the house so I did something that I haven't done in many years.  Stayed in my pj's all day and read.  I've been working my way through Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles mystery series.  If you've not read this series, each book finds ex-lawyer turned herb shop owner, China Bayles, solving a mystery while also tossing in a lot of facts and sometimes recipes about various herbs.

Having just finished Rosemary Remembered, I came across this sweet potato recipe that I had torn from a Cooking Light magazine.
It is basically mashed sweet potatoes with salt, pepper and minced fresh rosemary added.  The topping was an interesting mix of finely sliced shallots caramelized with a bit of brown sugar.  It added a nice pop of flavor to them and the shallots got slightly crispy which was an added bonus.
I tend to tear recipes out of magazines with good intentions for trying them.  Once I try them they either get tossed or earn a place of honor in my recipe binder.  This one is now in the binder along with a few other sweet potato recipes.
We eat sweet potatoes often and it's nice to have a few different methods to prepare them.

Now, on Thursday, there is still some snow lingering and rain is falling.  The weatherman is tossing around the snow word again.  If we get it, I don't think it will amount to anything.
In the garden my chives are partially buried in snow.  No doubt wondering what the heck is going on.  Tonight I've got potato soup on the menu.  Not sure if it's worth stomping through the soggy snow to clip a few to garnish the soup.


  1. You did get snow and not just a sprinkling, either! It's nice to take a day off and spoil oneself. Reading, drinking endless cups of tea ( or coffee).
    I'm putting Susan Wittig Albert's name in my "authors to look for" and once I'm done the series I'm reading now I'll request her books at the library. I'm always happy to look for books others have enjoyed.

  2. The sweet potatoes look delicious!

  3. Ooops! just started a comment and it took off somewhere - maybe you see it maybe you don't! Anyway Kim just wanted to say I've stopped by but just not commented during the holidays due to 'unforeseen circumstances.' Don't know what you were alluding to but hoping all is well with you and your family.

    We had family upsets over the past months, plus I have mobility problems with back issues. We are looking towards this new year being better for us even if it means stepping away from some things which we have no control over. We feel COVID has already stolen two long years from our rapidly decreasing life lengths, so we will move on best we can and enjoy them.
    You had much more snow than us last weekend! Love seeing the wildlife tracks. Our birds are busy eating their way through everything we put out, and last evening there were three deer in the front garden - probably checking out the suet feeders as there were hoof marks and empty suet feeders this morning!!!!!

    Another storm coming through tonight but doubtful there will be much snow as it's not too cold.
    Stay well dear and be happy. Right now I'm feeling like your blog title - HAPPY at HOME. No place better!
    Hugs - Mary

    P.S. Belated Happy New Year

  4. Too bad the sleet had to come after the snow.
    The snow pictures are so pretty though.
    I'll have to give those books a try. Thanks.
    I don't think I have ever stayed in pj's all day. :)

  5. Spending a snowy day reading while in your pajamas sounds like a perfect way to enjoy the event. The bird tracks are so cute.
    The sweet potato recipe sounds delicious. We eat them almost every week.

  6. That series reminds me of the Janet Evanovich books my aunt got me hooked on some years ago. Sounds like these books would be good, easy reads, too. I love sweet potato but prefer to just have it diced, drizzled with olive oil and roasted. Had a whole sweet potato the other day along with roasted brussel sprouts. So yummy. I have way too many saved recipes and tons of screen shots on my phone that I really must try/get rid of. Too easy to keep saving and then forget about them. Stay safe and warm.

  7. Yes, it will be worth it to gather some chives! A jammie day is always a good one!

  8. I'm in northeast IL and we have have little bits of leftover snow on the ground here and there. We're behind on snowfall, which is fine with me. We're due to get a few inches overnight tonight.

    Your mashed sweet potatoes with the shallots looks delicious. I'm going to look the recipe up online and see if I can find it there.

  9. Hi Kim! I bet you did stomp out and retrieve some chives! We just bought a juice extractor and I know you can juice sweet potatoes. I can't believe that the juice from my beginning efforts actually tastes okay! Beets! Who knew? The books sound good!

  10. Is the snow still there? Brrr, cold

  11. No, the snow is all gone now. It has warmed up and the spring flowers are blooming. Thank you for visiting.


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