Kentucky might get snow this weekend and I am excited!
Of course, that excitement will last all of about 5.46 minutes or until I have to actually get out in it and drive. (We Southerners are not known for our winter driving skills.) And dear Lord help us when the weathermen get on TV and give a flake by flake update on the storm’s progress.
Still, it is the FIRST snow of the year and with comes all the wonderful feelings that “firsts” often give us: Anticipation. Wonder. Joy. Hope. Magic.
Nothing brightens up a dreary, gray winter day then a blanket of snow. A pristine white coverlet that tucks us in like the children nestled in their beds with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. The lights from the windows of our neighbors seem brighter, more welcoming. The smoke of fireplaces burning with different woods blends with the crisp, cold air into an exquisite bouquet.
My critique partner and I were talking about that first snow today. At night, she observed, at night is when it’s the best. The stars twinkle and all the harsh sounds of the world are hushed into a peaceful quiet that soothes the soul. You can feel the connection with something greater than yourself. You can believe in that one moment that wishes do come true.
The first snow has its fun side too. Just take a walk around the neighborhood and you’ll see a vast array of snowmen and snow forts. Heck I even saw a snow dragon once! Kids and adults working side by side sculpting masterpieces out of frozen water. One of my favorite pictures from my childhood show me and my brother proudly standing beside our snowman with the pointed head, a carrot nose and crooked sticks for arms. So I’m going out and buying milk and bread. (If there’s any left after the forecast announcement today). I’m snuggling down in my PJ’s and writing and reading my favorite books. I’ll watch old movies and after a while will put on my boots, drag on my warmest coat and go outside and...
Oh, and I’ll also make a batch of these Christmas Rum balls which….depending on how many I eat….will increase the wonder considerably.
Kentucky Christmas Rum Balls
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2-1/3 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
½ cup sugar
1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
½ cup dark rum
Chopped pecans, toasted.
Slowly melt chocolate chips in a double boiler. Remove from heat and add sugar and corn syrup. Stir in rum. Stir in vanilla wafers and pecans. Mix well. Chill for 1 hour.
Form into small balls and roll in a mixture of powdered sugar and chopped nuts. Place in small individual paper cups and keep refrigerated. Caution: Potency increases as time goes (hic) on.
See! Even the GR loves snow!
One lucky reader will receive a Christmas present from Joanie T. (Sorry, it’s not a gladiator). Using my highly scientific process of drawing names from a hat I will send a lucky poster a $15 Borders gift card. Merry Christmas to all our Romance Bandits friends!