Ah, finally, the last week of February! In Colorado and Kansas, 2014’s “Mud Month” (Old English Solmonath means Mud Month) has been one for the books. But as my parents always said, “Don’t wish your life away…enjoy every day.”
In the spirit of that wise advice, here are four dates to celebrate the end of February in style!
Today, on February 22 (or any day before the end of the month) celebrate George Washington’s birthday with one or more of his favorite foods: Cream of Peanut Soup; Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut; String Beans w/ fresh Mushrooms. Or, his favorite breakfast food was Hoe Cakes—basic pancakes made with cornmeal. (See one public-posted soup recipe at end of post.)
Don’t feel like cooking? February 27 is No Brainer Day. This is the perfect day to enjoy tasks or activities that require little or no study, talent or work on your part. Kick back and laugh, applaud, appreciate or grin at someone else’s efforts. My favorite (with thanks to Nancy Gibbs)—and I promise you’ll love this—is Bubbles and Bella– http://www.youtube.com/embed/RR0BlQzbOUk?rel=0
End Mud Month with a double-wonderful last day: February 28 is both Floral Design Day and Public Sleeping Day. My favorite cheer-the-harshest-winter-day flowers are tulips and lilies. Both brighten even the snowiest day and make me hopeful for spring.
And on the same day, what says “Good-bye Mud Day” better than Public Sleeping Day? Conserve your energy (or make a public statement about working too hard); say no to demands and take a nice long nap, even in public if you want (but not while driving, operating machinery, holding a scalpel or a weapon, etc. You get the idea.)
March 1st is just around the corner. You want to be well fed on Washington’s favorite foods ~ happy and encouraged by the antics of Bubbles and Bella ~ inspired by fresh flowers ~ and refreshed by a long nap. Like every month, March will have challenges of its own, and you’ll want to be prepared!
|NEW WILLIAMSBURG PEANUT SOUP|
1 med. onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3-4 chopped fresh tomatoes and/or sweet red peppers
1/4 c. butter
3 tbsp. flour
2 qts. chicken stock or canned broth
2 c. chunky peanut butter
1 3/4 c. light cream
Saute onion and celery in butter until soft. Stir in flour until well blended. Add chick stock, stirring constantly, and bring to boil. Add peanut butter and cream, stirring to blend thoroughly. Heat, but do not boil. Serve garnished with peanuts if desired. Serve with cayenne pepper for each person to use as desired.