A year ago this week, Atlanta was in the midst of “Snowmageddon”, a once in a decade storm that shut the city down completely. What were the chances that we’d wake up yesterday to another snow day? Excellent as it turns out, even though there wasn’t any actual snow; just plenty of ice on trees … which made them fall and take down power lines and shut down roads … you get the picture. We had the good fortune to escape all that messiness around town and simply enjoy the blessing of a free day.
How to spend the time? Baking of course. What’s a snow day without sweets? Especially on Fat Tuesday? I rummaged through the fridge and pantry, grabbing ingredients for cinnamon bread. Instead, I found some homemade pie crust and detoured with blackberry jam “pop tarts”. Apparently I baked the same thing for last year’s snow day AND the year before, so I guess it’s a tradition at this point.
Thinking ahead to lunch, I found fig jam, blue cheese, and fresh thyme and turned the remaining pie crust into savory tarts for lunch.
Opting for relaxing instead of achieving (actually harder than it should be), we buried ourselves with books and snuggled doggies for a while, but soon discovered that the dogs were out of treats. Horrors! Bake to baking, but for the dogs this time.
In the spirit of Toss It Tuesday, we turned a bag of sprouted wheat flour (that we were probably never going to finish) into two varieties of delicious (to them) dog treats: Chicken Cheese (on the left) and Almond Butter Oatmeal (on the right). The dogs were literally camped out at the counter most of the afternoon begging for just one more.
You’d think that after all that food we’d be stuffed, but you’d be wrong. You see, we took a long, LONG, brisk walk amidst all the ice coated trees and worked up quite an appetite. Again, trying to use up items in the fridge close to expiration, I cooked up a vegetable lasagna with whole wheat noodles, ricotta, asiago cheese, carrots, dried mushrooms, onions, cabbage and a butternut squash sauce.
Here is what the Toss It Tuesday bucket looked like:
What you can see (clockwise from the top):
- old, wilted stock flowers
- outer cabbage leaves
- dried out & browned sage leaves
- carrot peels
- onion skins & stem ends
- stalks from flowers
What you can’t see:
- lemon peels
- lots of loose tea leaves
- espresso grounds
Interesting, with all that baking and cooking, I never did end up with any sweets.