It’s all over the news today – Minnesota’s autumn (technically) blizzard. About one foot U.S. has fallen since late last night. I have blown snow from the driveway once and a helpful young man in the neighborhood is working on his second round with all of us. It’s fortunate I have been spending time with the NordicTrack and eating healthy. I was pushing snow and an 8 h.p. dual stage Toro around this morning for 80 minutes.
Local reports indicate this storm dropped more snow than the 1991 Halloween blizzard. [I was amazed to find that Wikipedia has an entry for the “Halloween Blizzard.” Check it out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_Blizzard]
I remember, well, the 1991 blizzard. I planned a big Halloween party for Saturday night. I love Halloween. I got the call at 7 AM Friday morning that the office was closed for the day. I spent much of Friday and Saturday cleaning and preparing for the party. I was worried that the party would be a bust because of the snow. I had myself a little pity party at 8 PM on Saturday when no one was there. Sure enough, people start arriving within the hour – fun party and funny memories.
When I finally admitted to myself that I was stranded in the house for the day, I thought I would try a pumpkin bread (more like cake) recipe that had been waiting a week for me. It is really fabulous, but I may be biased because I love anything with pumpkin and spices. Give it a try. I recommend you double the spices.
It’s a perfect choice for a day like today. Even better that I have Greg Norman Pinot Noir, Penzey’s Mulling Spices, and apple cider. This collection makes Minnesota winter almost magical.