No, we haven't pulled off any actual growing this winter (unless you count some very resilient and battered kale). Our garden beds are sleeping under their blanket of snow. Still, we like to visit our plot, compare dreams for next season, and hike the surrounding trails.
We got Little Smith his very first pair of skis for Christmas this year. They just clip onto his regular snow boots and our plan is to get him going on some of these gently sloped cross country trails as a warm up. We thought we might get him out there this day (which is why you see them, along with his helmet, on the backpack), but the light was low, it was cold, and he was in no mood. Instead we settled for a short hike. Little Smith actually might have agreed to stay out longer, but I made the rookie mistake of wearing my wellies and my toes were literally freezing off!
I'm embracing winter, but also so happy that the days are getting longer. My photographs are suffering with all the low light, I'm just not skilled at dark conditions. The white balance in these makes me cringe so much I want to remove the post. I'm letting it go though, and if I can't improve my skills, at least I'll have a couple more minutes of daylight to work with tomorrow (which is my mother's birthday by the way- and since it's past midnight that's today! Happy birthday mom, even though you just-say-no to computers and won't be reading this :))
*And if you are looking for some inspiration for your winter kitchen, check out Seasoned, a new food and living quarterly by Julie at Cinnamon Girl. I was honored to contribute to this winter edition with a couple recipes and some reflections on the season. It's full of treasures and gorgeous pictures, click on over to Julie's blog for all the details.