What kills me about February is the instinctive need to cram everything you would normally do in 30 or 31 days into just 28.  Though, it’s not like the end of the month is finite, where there are no more days continuing after it (although some preppers may say otherwise), but I always feel so insanely rushed in February.  Here’s my attempt at slowing down and enjoying what’s happening around me this month.

loving winter 2013

1.  I am a complete snow-lover.  Blizzard Nemo hit us with a ridiculous amount of snow here a few weeks ago and while our house we *only* got about 2 ft, other towns towards the middle of the state had closer to 40 inches!!  Work was closed for 2 1/2 days (Friday afternoon, Monday, and Tuesday) so the city of New Haven could have a chance to clear the roads and the abandoned cars…and I couldn’t have been happier about being home!  It was like a mini-vacation without having to use my own vacation days.  I did get a chance to go out an play on Saturday and even helped Kyle plow the driveway.  And then I proceeded to hang out inside with some white hot chocolate.  (Photos above clockwise from top left: our driveway after a snow dusting one night, plowing the driveway with the John Deere, our snowbound house – notice the 3+ ft drift on top of the porch roof?, early morning view down our street)

veggies from seed

2.  Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  On the heels of all of this snow, I can’t help but admit that I’m a little excited for spring to get here.  I mentioned to you guys a couple of months ago that we’re going to start raising chickens  this spring and expand our vegetable garden space to approximately 300 square feet.  It will be a huge undertaking for just the two of us – we are DIYers all the way – but we’re both so stinking excited!!  Amidst all of this planning, I ordered a ton of seeds from Baker Creek, a seed company dedicated to preserving heirloom seeds from around the world with the assurance that all of the seeds they sell are non-GMO.  Even with it still be February in New England, we got some of our early-season seeds started this week.  I’ll share more about that later this week and give you a super-fantastic tutorial for starting seeds early in colder climates.

Adam Levine hotness

3. Adam Levine.  I’ve been going through some Adam Levine withdrawal recently.  The unedited version of Payphone has been played no less than 25 times since Friday.  I need The Voice to come back.  March 25th.  Be there.

NY-style bacon egg & cheese
4. Eggs.  In all forms.  I’ve been obsessing over them since the beginning of January and I seriously cannot get enough.  My weekday breakfasts have routinely been egg white sandwiches on high fiber English muffins with a little cheese (whatever is in the fridge) and a squirt of ketchup.  Don’t judge.  The sandwich above happened on Sunday and my weekday breakfasts are the only way I can justify this monster.  What can I say?  You can take the girl out of New York but you can’t take the bacon egg and cheese out of the girl.  Or something like that.

 

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  • February 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Baker Creek is great, I’ve had much success with their seeds. Being a native New Englander, I also love and support Fedco, a fantastic co-op in Maine.

  • February 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I just got my Baker Creek seed order today! I’ll be starting my seeds soon, too 🙂

  • February 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    I’m itching for the return of The Voice too! I’m curious to see the dynamic with the new judges on the panel – I’m not sure anyone can really replace Cee Lo 🙂

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