When I awoke this morning to a text proclaiming “Welcome to your first official snowstorm of 2013!” and looked out the window to see nothing but swirling white, I wanted to burrow back down into bed with a book and never get out.
— got up and made maple peanut butter oatmeal alongside two cups-worth of delicious coffee in my French Press
— bundled myself up and walked to and from the grocery store, shoes sinking through pillows of snow the whole way
— came home, baked these Gluten-free (and Dairy-Free) Raspberry and Vanilla Friands (friands are joyful goodness)
— roasted a mega-lot of buttercup squash and ate it all for lunch with tahini
— baked Coco-nut Macaroons (story to come)
— shovelled over a foot and a half of snow in front of our house and sidewalk
— made more delicious coffee
— read some of my book
— all while texting six different people back and forth with words that make living in Canada seem truly worth it, despite the weather
— and now, I’m heading out for a holiday potluck with new friends who have been making my soul radiant all week.
As lovely as staying in bed might have been, it turns out that dancing around productively was the far better life option.
Postscript: These gluten-free raspberry and vanilla friands were a huge hit at the dinner party. Dense and moist with nutty almond goodness and heady with vanilla, the crisp chewy crust added a deeper tone that provided the perfect foil to the bright tang of raspberries. These are easily (and not noticeably) gluten-free and dairy-free, though you can also make them with normal flour and butter.
Post-postscript: Shout-out to Amy for the incredible dinner she created: herb butter-basted whole roast chicken plus extra grilled chicken breasts; roasted baby potatoes, mushrooms and carrots; a kale, quinoa, feta and craisin salad, and cheese and green onion spelt cornbread. And to Laura, for her lovely salad (lettuce brain!).
Canada is leading me to some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever known.