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Winters last(?) laugh

I thought we were in the clear. I got back from California Sunday evening and was pleasantly surprised by the near lack of snow in the city. By Monday afternoon they had even called off the “Winter Parking Restrictions” (which basically meant that I could only park on one side of the street because the snow pretty much takes up the width of an entire lane). I was looking forward to taking my bike out around the lakes over the weekend and just being able to walk down the sidewalk without having my eyes permanently downward, looking out for ice or puddles. I was dreaming of flower gardens and finding a CSA (community supported agriculture).

But then I woke up to this.

Snow. Again. Multiple inches of it. In fact it snowed for most of the day.

WTF?

I ask myself (once again) “Why does anybody, and more importantly, why do I live here?”

In order to deal with this completely unwelcome development I made a giant pot of soup.

Roasted butternut squash soup topped with croutons and apple cider cream.

I love this soup. And, like most soups, it is pretty easy to assemble with relatively few ingredients.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Start by rough chopping:

1 small butternut squash

2 small apples

4-5 small carrots

1 large onion

Season with salt and pepper. Roast in a 450 degree oven for 45 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, heat some butter in your soup pot and add some chopped celery. Cook until soft, about 15 minutes.

Add a few pinches of dried thyme.

And a dash of cayenne pepper.

Take the vegetables out of the oven.

And transfer them to the soup pot.

Add 4 cups of stock (vegetable or chicken).

And 1 cup of apple cider.

Bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes.

Working in batches, transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.

Return to the soup pot, bring to a simmer and add 1/2 cup of cream.

Now for the apple cider cream.

Cook 1/2 cup of apple cider until reduced by half.

Mix into 2/3 cup of sour cream.

That’s it.

Now that my belly is full, I am going to go back to dreaming about California and ignore all the snow that is currently outside.

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Dear Minneapolis

To those of you who claimed that “Minneapolis is a fantastic place, and yes, while it snows a lot, at least they are well equipped to deal with winter,”

Why would you lie to me?

This place sucks.

I am tired of the snow emergencies and the hour+ bus rides.

The snow is not magical, nor does it make me feel like a kid again.

I hate not wearing my cute skirts and dresses and how flat my hair gets from wearing hats.

I want nothing more than to move to Florida, be with my beloved and never deal with snow again.

Sincerely,
Meleah (and Puck and Kudzu)

Written during the most convoluted 114 bus route known to man as an outlet for extreme frustration. Decided this was a better than killing our bus driver.

So it snows a lot in Minnesota

I have mentioned before how completely unprepared I am for a Minnesota winter.  That hasn’t really changed and winter is continuing to kick my ass.  It snowed, and snowed and snowed some more yesterday.  You could barely see out the window.

We got about 20 inches of snow yesterday and are officially in a “snow emergency.”  Which means that I had to move my car so that they could plow the streets.  Had I been slightly smarter, I would have moved my car before we had accumulated the nearly two feet of snow.  But I didn’t, and so had to get up early this Sunday morning and dig my car out.

It took nearly an hour.  Thank god one of my neighbors left a snow shovel in the entryway, as I don’t have one.  And I thank the kind stranger who gave my car a push so that I could be on my way.  And, thankfully, they will plow the streets (and in a timely and organized manner).  At least this city knows what it’s dealing with.

The cats took the right approach.  Napping on the couch in the warm and cozy apartment.

Now, I am trying really, really hard to embrace this whole winter thing.  After the snow storm last week I decided to venture outside and take a walk around Lake of the Isles.  It was rather pretty and definitely put me in a holiday mood.

I was tempted to sit and contemplate this scene -if only the bench wasn’t totally covered in snow!

This one reminds me of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the streetlamp in Narnia.

And this one just amuses me.

This week, I think the longest walk I’ll take is around the corner to Lucia’s for brunch and maybe to Lagoon Cinema to watch Harry Potter.