January 14th, 2019 — Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory

I miss the weather we had when I was a kid.  It was so simple; snow day or school? Shoes or barefoot?  Coat or not? Now every day has to be infused with drama, heightened with danger and hyped to the hilt.

Everytime a snowflake falls to earth it gets a name.  And not even a name with any sort of impending doom associated with it.  Instead of Maleficent we have Bruce. Cruella? Nope, just plain Jane. Who can take a storm named Jane seriously?  Do you rush out to buy cat litter to keep in the car? Stock up on bread and milk because Jane is coming? Worry about how many snow days you can spend with your kids stuck indoors before sanity seems like a far distant memory?

As farmers we have to be watchful of the weather.  Do we need to haul hay to the cows before the snow gets too deep?  Will the water freeze? Can we cut, dry, bale, haul and stack hay before it rains and ruins the crop?  Is it too soon to plant the garden or will frost kill the tomatoes? All the hype and drama adds to the difficulty of accurately planning what we should or shouldn’t do for our animals to keep them safe and healthy.

Why is a simple weather forecast with fairly accurate odds of precipitation, snowfall or rain totals, wind chill and wind speed so much to ask for?  When did the weather take on all the drama of a telenovela during sweeps??

I should have included a spoiler alert at the beginning that a rant was about to take place.  But maybe then you wouldn’t have read to the end and all my effort to organize my thoughts, a daunting task even on my best days, would be for nothing.  I hate to waste effort so I decided to throw caution to the winds, where it can be carried away by winter storm Bernice and let you amble through to the end.

Gluten Free Pear Cookies

3 medium apples or pears about 1 ¾ cups

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

¼ cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs – I use a flax seed substitute of 1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 2.5 tablespoons cold water = 1 egg. Mix and let sit until gelled and you are ready to go.

4 cups gluten free flour

2 teaspoons gelatin

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon cloves

Preheat oven to 375*F

Cream butter and add sugars and vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy. Add eggs or egg substitute.

Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add to butter mixture.

Grate pears and add.

Mix well.

Drop tablespoon sized globs onto baking sheet and bake about 14 minutes.

Enjoy!

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