Skip to content

Country Ice Skating

February 26, 2015

It has warmed up to a toasty 27 degrees. That means it is time to go ice skating. The temperature is almost perfect; not too cold, yet still cold enough that the ice rink is not turning to slush. The sun is peeking out now and then and there is no wind. It’s a great day to skate… for the girls. I am merely a spectator.

Step one in outdoor ice skating: Find the ice rink. If it snows, it snows on the ice too, so time to clear the snow.

IMG_20150225_144558

With the three of us working it only took half an hour. One person shovels and the others sweep what is left behind.

IMG_20150225_145513

IMG_20150225_150851

I did my duty and shoveled half of the area. That was enough. My joints and the cold are not on speaking terms. Next I tended to more important things. I found a wool blanket to put in a chair, built a fire and warmed my toes. I can’t believe I never thought about marshmallows!

IMG_20150225_150001

Note to self: snow covered plastic tarp is slicker than ice. Also: always take two phones out in the snow. The second phone is to search for the first phone that flies into the snow when you step on the snow covered tarp.

Once the ice is partly cleared, you can skate as you clear the ice. This made me think of the strange sport of Curling. I believe it was invented by individuals just trying to clear the snow so that they could skate.

Eventually the snow is gone and now the girls thoroughly enjoy themselves. A year and a half ago they had their first ice skating lesson. One of them even had to hold on to the wall to stay standing. The first few lessons consisted of just walking across the ice. With just a little time and effort they now can perform simple spins and balance on one leg.  It is never too late to start on a dream.

IMG_20150225_153252

IMG_20150225_153930-1

With my roaring fire and wool blanket I enjoyed watching them and being able to encourage them each and every time they said, “Did you see that!?”

IMG_20150225_152814

If you plan on being out in the snow, it is always best to plan ahead. A hearty soup in the crock pot is the perfect warmer-upper after an hour on the ice.

One of my favorites is Sausage Lentil Soup. This recipe is a copy-cat recipe from the internet. It tastes pretty close to Carrabbas Italian Restaurant’s version.

IMG_20150225_201826

1 lb. Italian sausage (can substitute turkey sausage)

Medium onion diced

1 stalk of celery diced

2 carrots sliced

2 14 ½ ounce cans diced tomatoes

1 can lentils drained (organic)

6 cups chicken broth

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tea spoon salt

½ black pepper

¾ teaspoon basil

¾ teaspoon Oregano

¾ teaspoon Parsley

¾ teaspoon thyme

¼ teaspoon red pepper crushed

Brown the sausage then combine all other ingredients.

This can all be put in a crock pot for all day simmering OR combine all ingredients bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, then return to boil and add 8 ounces of stubby pasta. (I do not always use the pasta, and I prefer to cook my pasta THEN add it to the soup so that it does not soak up all of my broth.

Top with grated parmesan cheese.

Now that the soup is gone, it is time for a story by the fire. Stay warm!

IMG_20150225_215536

 

 

 

Advertisements
One Comment leave one →
  1. Bobbi permalink
    February 26, 2015 10:35 am

    Yay!!!! I think it’s been five years since I have eaten that AMAZING soup! As soon as I go shopping, we’ll be eating some. Lol

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: