Yep.  Seriously.  It freaking SNOWED last night.  We have had this gorgeous week and the garden was doing so lovely and then last night it started spouting winter from the sky again.  I don't know why I am so shocked.  I mean, it has actually snowed on DERBY before, but we are SOOOOOOO done with winter here on Payne Street and I need copious amounts of sunshine to make it through the rest of this school year.  The snow is not a happy place for me right now.  One more night and then I pray it's over for good! 

We actually had to go out and cover the garden up last night and left it covered for the forecasted flurries tonight as well.  It hurts my heart to see it like this.  The straw is down as a new experiment this season.  We put wet newspaper down in the rows and covered that with straw in an effort to curb those God forsaken weeks!  I heard from folks that know that this is the best way to try and stop them.  Or at least slow them some.  It seemed like we weeded too much and it needed it more than we actually were in there last summer.  Fingers are crossed it works.

It has been a pretty rockin' week here at our house.  It started with the delivery of our new dining room table.  And when I say dining room table, I mean 80" of glorious table that will seat 8 arm chairs at it!  I have never had a proper dining room table and have made due, but it was time to purchase the real deal with the matching chairs.  The whole nine yards.  It came and it is beyond beautiful and last night we christened it with a big family dinner.  My menus have been boring me to tears lately, so I did some different flavor palettes with an Ancho Chile Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Baby Carrots, a Mexican Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, and Polenta.  The dishes were all a home run.  The salad was a flavor explosion and great, bright flavors.  The hands-down winner of the evening was the Polenta, though.  I have never made polenta from scratch.  Honestly, it made me a little nervous.  Not sure why, just one of those mysterious dishes that I had no experience with if it wasn't out of a tube.  But I looked up a dozen or so recipes and Frankensteined one and it was the so good I could've eaten that alone and been satisfied!  Really it's just enough Polenta to hold the butter and cream together.  And totally easy!  Comfort food at it's best.  Yep.  Seriously.


2 cups Chicken stock
2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 Cup Polenta (not instant)
1/2 Cup shaved Parmesan
2 Tbs Butter
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

Heat stock and cream over high heat until boiling.  Add Polenta and whisk so no clumps begin to form.  Turn heat to low and continue whisking until thickened, about another 10-15 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Whisk in salt, Parmesan, and butter.

   I have one more week until Spring Break and I am holding on, white knuckled, til then.  There will be more gardening and a visit to one of my favorite cities, Atlanta, for some visits with friends, good dinners, and an epic trip to the Dekalb Farmer's Market.  It is only one of my very favorite places in the world to be.  I will take lots of pics of the amazing things we bring home from there.  Until then, we will be praying to our Native American ancestors to send us some Spring weather!  Yep.  Seriously.     

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