Four Mile Ridge Weekend Food Forecast, Week 5

Santa has come and gone and this vacay feels absolutely amazing.

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The days leading up to Christmas vacation were nuts.  I’m talking baking, cleaning, wrapping, running and nonstop work.  Why work?  No Snowdays . . .as a matter of fact, it’s been downright balmy on Four Mile Ridge.

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The weather?  It’s making me wonder why we winterized the camper!  Playground, walks in short sleeves?  Panting dogs and confused flowers?

I swing back and forth between a feeling of excitement over the possibility of a long summer and the dread of working months and months with little hope of an unexpected day off.

The sisters and I are already making summer plans:  the beach again?  the Great Smoky Mountains?  a cruise? camping!  I love summer.  I love snow days.  I’m a person divided.

Maybe I’m counting my chickens before they . . . freeze?  Maybe I should knock on wood?  Maybe there’s a blizzard out there, lurking in the forecast as I type.

I’ve been trying out my new 35 mm lens that Santa brought.

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Photography, my new hobby (as if I really needed another???) is frustrating and fun.  I love having this time off to tinker, for sure.

So, what to cook in winter that feels like summer?

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Brussels sprouts (linked) and cheeseburgers on the grill!

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Beer-battered fish and chips (linked) and Cajun Shrimp and Pasta in Parmesan Cream Sauce (linked) for dinner.

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I’ll also be making these awesome Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms (linked), a local favorite, for a little get-together tomorrow evening.

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It’s food for summer, in winter!!!

I’m wearing boots and scarves anyway.

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