Hi everyone and welcome to Friday’s blessing list.
We’re having a “good old-fashioned winter” here in Canada – and in the States, too, from what I hear. And what does that mean exactly?
1. Snow! Lots of it here on the Island. And a few storms thrown in the mix, though not as many as my blogging friends in Ontario have experienced. But there’s usually a fresh fall of snow every morning and you know what that mean – winter photo ops!
Tired, dirty, half-melted piles of snow don’t work for the camera. We’ll get plenty of those in the early spring. But for now, while we’re in the deep of a Canadian winter, I’m thankful for pure white winter loveliness.
3. And for more winter cosiness, there’s nothing like the fragrance of home-baked goodness from the kitchen. My sweet daughter in law, Kathleen, asked her facebook friends what their favourite smell was. I put ocean air, clover and lemons. Mmm mm, I love lemon fragrance. So when I saw this recipe for lemon raspberry muffins, I gave it a try.
They turned out perfectly – moist, flavourful and packed with a lemon punch. I added more lemon zest than the recipe suggested – next time I think I’d replace even more of the liquid with lemon juice too) The recipe called for raspberries, which I didn’t have on hand, but frozen blueberries worked perfectly.
Raspberry Blueberry Muffins – delicious!
4. Even when you enjoy winter, January, in particular, seems to drag a bit. Events like Music PEI Week, add some excitement and help break it up. Our sons’ band, Paper Lions, was nominated for seven awards this year.
The Song Writer of the Year award was announced on Thursday and Paper Lions won for My Friend, from their album of the same name.
The rest of the awards will be announced tomorrow night at the Gala. We have our tickets. Looking forward to a lovely evening out with my beloved. And fingers crossed for the band!
5. The excitement doesn’t stop there. Tomorrow is February 1st. A precious little bundle is due to make an appearance this month. Anticipation is mounting. Maybe the arrival will coincide with Grampie’s 60th birthday – wouldn’t that be sweet?!
Keep your eyes open for those winter blessings – they’re all around!
Thanks for visiting!
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