Every good and perfect gift comes from above. This includes the cold weather, right? Freezing temps, blowing snow, amazingly cold wind chill, frozen nose hairs – it’s all a part of living in a state that has long, cold, windy winters.
It’s so easy to complain when we’re too hot or too cold. As for me, I struggle to be content with cold weather by the time March rolls around. I’ve been cold since September, my wool socks now have holes in them, and I’m so ready for sunshine I tear up a little when I think about the rays beaming down on my (pale) face. I know that if I’m complaining about the weather, I’m grumbling against God, because He’s pretty much the one in control of what falls from the sky and blows across the plains. So I’m trying very hard to keep a good attitude and enjoy the fact that I live in an area that has four beautiful seasons. Spring really is coming. Sometime. Really. I know it’s true.
Well, all that to say that I’m doing everything I can to give my attitude a lift. This week, that’s going to include making Strawberry Shortcake. It is definitely not strawberry season here yet. But I found a decent deal on them at the store this weekend. They look nice, and have more flavor than those we get shipped to Nebraska in January. In a desperate effort to believe that spring really is coming, I bought two big containers. For breakfast tomorrow morning, we are going to have shortcake (made from whole wheat and honey). We’ll heap on the strawberries and whipped cream. We’ll pretend like it’s summertime. And we’ll drink hot tea, because clearly, it isn’t summertime and our toes will still be frozen. Fake it till you make it, right?
I’d also like to pretend it’s summertime by grilling burgers and eating watermelon. Seeing as turning on the grill when it’s below zero is impossible, I’m going to have to stick with eating soup and being patient.
Here’s our menu for this week:
Sunday, March 2
Instant oatmeal packets, fruit
Clean out the fridge
Small group fellowship – I’m making baked potatoes and everyone else is bringing toppings
Monday, March 3
Strawberry shortcake and hot tea
Potato soup, sliced cucumbers and carrot sticks with homemade ranch dip
Sweet and sour meatballs (recipe found in lesson 5 of Let’s Do This! eCourse), rice, tossed salad, roasted broccoli and carrots
Friday and Saturday – traveling for boys’ basketball tournament. Packing some food/eating out some.