This morning we woke up to snow. A little late in coming but it’s here and has continued to flurry all day long. Last year was considered Winter Lite and I actually was disappointed because I didn’t have the chance to prove myself to the natives. To all those people who pooh-poohed and oh yeah-ed at us. As in – “Oh, wait ‘til we have a REAL winter. You haven’t been through THAT yet.” This said with a dastardly chuckle and tinge of glee, as if they couldn’t wait to see our frost burned faces amidst Minnesota shock and awe.
The real shock, however, was reading in the Star Tribune that there had been a few tornados south of “the cities” yesterday. Granted they were only rated EF-0, which is low in weather-speak, but they did generate 80 mile an hour winds. One person described seeing the power lines flash “like the sun was crashing out of the sky” and an 80 foot tree pulled up out of the ground and thrown onto his car. Twisters are supposed to come in the summer and not with the snow.
Which leads me to the thing most often on my mind lately and the fact that I was most disheartened by the realization that in three presidential debates there was not one mention of Climate Change. That is, until the bitter end of the campaign when a mega storm brought attention to the obvious that something is amiss with Mother Earth. And suddenly there were rumblings of concern in the media. Just a little.
Is this the new norm? Is it possible the Arctic Ice is really melting and will impact more than just a few polar bears? Are drought and floods and all manner of hell-breaking-loose, the future of our planet?
I’m concerned with jobs and the economy and unrest about the globe and immigration policy and women’s right and health care. And a whole bushel of other things. But honestly, if we lose the planet none of it matters a hoot.
Whew. That’s my thought for today. On a happier note – the pumpkin pie was divine. Thank you Rick for growing them and thank you T.M. for baking, pureeing and draining.
In case you’d like to make one for Thanksgiving –
Beat together until light – 3 eggs, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar.
Stir in 2 cups pumpkin puree, 1 tsp. ginger, 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. cloves, ½ tsp. allspice, ¼ tsp. cardamon.
Stir in 1 ½ Cups half and half.
Bake in pie crust at 450 for 8 minutes and another 40-50 minutes at 325 degrees, or until knife inserted comes out clean.
Cut out designs from pastry scraps with cookie cutters or be creative with your knife. Use egg wash and sprinkle of turbanado sugar and bake on separate tray until brown. Watch carefully.
Or come to my house. I have enough puree for 10 pies!