When it is not cold beyond reason, you can find the kids outside playing winter Olympics. They carved out a bobsled run in the front yard and have a whole high-fiving, chanting, whooping start to each run they make. We got another foot of snow this week. A whole darn foot and while it is warm enough to melt a lot of it today, the words, "I am over this" keep ringing in my head. Come on Spring, don't be shy now, we all want you to join the party. Winter, you're acting like a drunk fool and it is time you left.
Distraction reigns in my kitchen and sewing room and the extra snow day means every single toy was pulled from the cupboards and employed in an elaborate set-up. The art room looks like this now. However, the blue-brown quilt top is done. I am very pleased about that, though a little nervous to quilt something so big when it has been such a long time.
I finished knitting that huge marshmallow of a cowl for my daughter. She chose it on her last trip to the yarn shop. There are seven strands of lace weight merino held together and the result is the lightest, warmest and softest cowl ever. She can wrap it round three times and has barely taken it off since I gave it to her.
I made ricotta for the first time and was so delighted with the results I made it twice more. I used the recipe in The Homemade Pantry and it was deeelish. I ate it on toast with avocado, used it in meatballs, had it on salads and I won't lie, I ate it by the spoonful too. I blame winter.