Saturday, December 26, 2009
Blizzards and peppermint candy canes....
It has been a cold, windy, blustery, blizzardy Christmas. The storm we thought was only going to drop 1 or 2 inches of snow and pass on decided to get stuck over us and swirl around and around and dump a whole lotta snow on the plains and hills. (It feels very North Pole-ish here) We probably received a foot of new snow on top of what we had but it is very difficult to measure when the winds are whipping at a sustained 35 mph. Blizzard. The ski resort that is an hour and a half from us got a whopping 50 inches of snow. A new record. The kids are excited to get up there with their snowboards.
We were blessed to get out on Christmas Eve to attend Candlelight Services at our church and then gathered with our kids at my parents' home for a nice prime rib dinner. Oh, it was so lovely. The night was cold, but quiet and calm, just like you would imagine a Christmas Eve to be. But after the drive home, the blizzard conditions descended.
Since Christmas Eve, we've been in the house playing lots of cards and cribbage. I've been sniffling and sniveling with a little cold that just leaves me feeling tired. Nothing serious, but today I decided I needed some soothing as well as a little decongesting. I watched one of the boys sucking on a peppermint candy cane and thought it would be just the thing for me. Peppermint always makes me feel better whether I'm all stuffed up in the nose or if I have a tummy ache. I thought hot peppermint tea would be just the thing to sooth my throat and nose, but I didn't have any. I did, however, have a bottle of peppermint oil so I put 2-3 drops in my tea mug and added a little bit of honey and water just off the boil. It was the perfect soothing treatment I needed. I also added a few drops of peppermint oil to the pan of water that is on the wood stove adding a little humidity to the dry air in our home. The smell wafted through the kitchen and living room and just gave everything a fresh "flavor." I'm feeling much better.
The blizzard passed this evening at about supper time. I'm looking forward to a little sunshine tomorrow.
If you have more candy canes than you can eat, check out this recipe for Candy Cane Syrup from Storybook Woods!