You are probably tired of hearing how much I appreciate the cold or even how I keep writing about the weather.
But, I write these articles about what is happening in my life and right now, it is winter.
Winter is happening. I have only lived through a few Minnesota winters and this one seems to be the coldest, the whitest, and the longest.
This is a photo of Wendy’s salmon salad with balsamic glaze.
The snow pushed up alongside my driveway is higher than I ever remember seeing.
My front steps are missing completely.
Oh, logic tells me they are down there somewhere nestled in their snowy blanket; but, I can't see them.
Salmon salad with balsamic glaze dressing:
Time: 30 minutes
4 salmon filets
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp honey
1 head of Romaine lettuce
2 lemons, quartered
Pour olive oil into a skillet and heat on medium high. Saut onion and garlic in pan until onion is clear.
Set the onion and garlic aside.
Place the salmon in the skillet and sear for four minutes on each side (until opaque in the center and brown on outside).
Set salmon aside. Pour vinegar and honey in skillet and heat on high until reduced to glaze.
Tear up the lettuce and place on plates. Set the salmon on the bed of lettuce. Put the sauted onion and garlic on the salmon.
Drizzle the glaze over everything. Add lemon wedges to squeeze.
I was so excited for the first, the second, even the third snow day. Now, they are getting a bit commonplace.
Victor Hugo (French poet, 1802-1885) wrote, "Winter is on my head but eternal spring is in my heart."
I still look out at the frozen branches glistening in the sunlight and smile.
The stark contrast of the bright red cardinals against the white backdrop takes my breath away.
The powdery untouched snow covering the fields where no farmer has been in months looks smooth and peaceful.
The most impressive winter sight I have been blessed with is the sunrise as I take my children to the bus.
Some days we wait in the dark but on other magical days, the sun is beginning to rise and the sky is a cascade of blues, pinks and oranges.
Last week, my car broke down at the bus stop and I had to walk home. It was this gorgeous sunrise which made me feel happy with each step.
Don't get me wrong, I long for spring. I love the sunlight and the warmth from the sun. I'm dying to work in the garden.
Our heating bill is killing us this winter. My kids' little faces look red and chapped from the harsh winter wind.
My entry way is never clean due to the snowy muddy boots traipsing in and out.
I don't enjoy driving in the night with icy roads beneath my tires. I don't look forward to having to push up on my icy garage door because it has frozen closed overnight. I'd like to stop having to take vitamin D pills daily due to my lack of sun.
But, even in the winter, it's important to keep spring in your heart. It's necessary to appreciate the good that is around you no matter what season you are living in.
I laughed out loud the other day when I locked myself out of the house and had to walk around to the back door to make my way in.
I tucked my jeans into my boots and began trekking through the snow.
Before I knew it, the snow was past my knees. I looked ridiculous.
There was no need to have tucked in my jeans as the snow was caked inside my boots by then.
All I can say is that this is what winter is supposed to be.
This is what you read about when you read about winter. I just have to love it.
Think about ice skating, hot cocoa, warm fires, hot coffee in the late afternoon just to warm your bones, happy squirrels and rabbits when you leave some food out for them, snow ball fights, hot tasty soup, stews, and chili, hot bubble baths at the end of a long cold day, snow days when you don't have to leave the house, sledding, tubing, and icicles.
I have never seen such huge icicles before this winter.
Decide that the snow and ice don't affect your mood in a negative way, and you will feel the difference.
And remember, there are only 32 days until spring.
We are in the home stretch. It is almost over. I know Punxsautawney Phil says there will be six more weeks of winter; but, we can't believe everything that groundhog says. He doesn't even really speak.
In the meantime, we can eat like it's spring just to get us ready.
Go out and find yourself some delicious wild caught salmon filets and make a hearty and appetizing salad.
A reader reminded me recently of the importance in buying wild caught salmon versus farmed.
Doing so will benefit your health as well as the environment.
Furthermore, it has been said that the nutrients in salmon my boost your mood and decrease feelings of depression.
Salmon may assist in creating eternal spring in your heart.
I already knew that salmon was a low fat food.
However, looking into the nutrients found in salmon and other fish with high levels of Omega 3 fatty acid, I realize it's crazy not to eat more of it.
Not only may it lower your risk of heart disease, salmon can reduce blood clotting which may lead to strokes, and it could lower your chance of getting cognitive problems such as Alzheimer's disease.
It's like a miracle food. A food which may make me happier, healthier, smarter and slimmer? Yes please!
Visit my blog to watch a movie of me making this salad.