But let’s not talk about climate change. In fact it could be dangerous for me to mention. After all the Attorney General of my own fair state, a global warming skeptic, is currently trying to prosecute a University of Virginia professor for fraud because of grants he received to study that oh-so-controversial subject. Watch out academia! Nothing is safe here. Studying, say, the mating call of the double-breasted cormorant could be next on Mr. Cuccinelli’s hit list. Mating. Double-breasted. It could happen. After all, this is the man who has redesigned the state seal to cover the naked breasts of the Roman goddess Virtus with armor.
Instead, let’s discuss what to do about the wintry months ahead. Today we’re going to talk about our favorite things. And when I say “we?” Listen up. That means YOU, too. In fact, I’m going to make sharing your favorite things worth your while, because I hope one of them might be an autographed novel from Emilie Richards. Details at the end of the blog.
Meantime, here are a few things that make me smile. Remember this piece of advice: “When the snow falls, when the ice forms, when I need to thaw, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so. . . blah.” (Ouch, so sorry.)
A Few Of My Favorite Recipes:
- Cuban style black beans. I have better results with 2 cups less water than this recipe calls for. Practice making and eating before reading Sunset Bridge.
- Oatmeal bread. A variation? Three packages of Quaker Hearty Medleys cereal and enough boiling water to make 2 cups, in place of oatmeal. No honey needed.
- Cheese grits. What more can I say? If you don’t “get” grits, can’t explain. But this recipe’s fabulous and simpler than many.
- Otsu. I make this with regular soy sauce and rice vinegar. Can’t describe how wonderful this vegetarian dish is.
A Few Of My Favorite CDs:
- Somewhere Along the Road by Cathie Ryan. Really anything sung by Cathie Ryan.
- Songbird by Eva Cassidy. Again, anything sung by Eva, but “Fields of Gold” on this album is one of my all-time favorites.
- Part II by Brad Paisley. Okay, not a huge country music fan, but when my husband and I heard “Two People Fell in Love” on our radio on a road trip, we pulled off at the next K-mart and bought the CD. His recent CDs are also great. So okay, they’re mushy, who cares?
A Few of My Favorite Websites:
- Pat Sloan’s Quilters Home. If you’re a quilter, Pat, an energetic dynamo, has something for you. She’ll keep you busy in a blizzard.
- The Secret Life of Diane Chamberlain. My good friend, plus an automatic buy for me when a new book is out. Curl up with a DC novel or ebook.
- Harney and Sons, Master Tea Blenders. The perfect tea for a chilly afternoon.
- Terrain. Just one of many “wish list” websites to browse. I just bought their chalkboard labels.
- Uncommon Goods. Lots of tastefully fun things when you need a laugh or a splurge. Who does NOT need an emergency clown nose?
- Peak Definition Productions and Two Ring Studio, and not just because a son is one of the owners. Because the photographs are just so beautiful.
So now it’s YOUR turn. What’ s just one of your favorite things, something specific that might make the rest of us smile or sigh contentedly? Tell us by clicking on “comment” at the top of this post, and you’ll be entered in a giveaway for one of five autographed novels to help wile away your winter evenings. Obvious spammers will be eliminated at my discretion, of course, and only one chance per commenter, although you can add as many favorites as you like. No links required. You have a week. Random.org will make the selections.
Come on, make somebody happy today. Spring’s on the way, I promise.