Here in the Portland-Metro area of Northern Oregon, we’re experiencing the heaviest snowfall in 40 years. Making this my biggest snow storm ever, since 40 years ago, I wasn’t even born yet (very close though, I was on the way). For the first time in quite a few years, I’m working from home because the drive in was just too treacherous. The snow is quite beautiful, and I do enjoy it, but with Christmas soon approaching, it’s making planning, shopping and holiday gatherings very difficult. We’ve already had to cancel several holiday parties, and if this doesn’t clear up soon, Christmas with the family may be in jeopardy.
This storm started with about 8” of snow, followed by 1/2” to 3/4″ coating of ice on top of the snow, now being followed by more snow. We’re currently running about 10-12” deep at our house. I know, for those of you in areas where this is normal, it probably wouldn’t be a big deal, but we don’t get much snow here, maybe just an inch or two once or twice a year. We don’t have personal snow blowers, engine block heaters or, in many cases, even a snow shovel. Yes, we are somewhat ill-equipped to deal with snowfall of this magnitude. My biggest fear, at the moment, is that the trees that took a heavy dusting of snow, ice and snow are leaning over and could fall. Several neighbors have lost limbs from their trees, while others have lost entire trees. But, there is nothing we can do, but make the best of it. Thankfully we, unlike many others, still have power.
So, for now, I’m trying to make the best of it. I’m spending evenings doing some holiday baking, though I’m concerned about baking too much and having no place to take it – I rely on my family to eat what I bake so I don’t end up with a huge stash of butter-laden goodies at my disposal. But, I must bake. It’s built-in. If I don’t bake, I just may explode. I’m sure at least a few of you out there can identify with my feelings.
Regardless of whether you bake because you love it, or you bake because everyone expects you to, I do hope you’re getting some joy out of baking for family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers. I can’t think of many memories I have of the holidays that don’t have pretty strong ties to the food that was served, especially the desserts!
I hope you will all enjoy your holiday season this year, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or even if you don’t celebrate a holiday this time of year, I hope you all get to enjoy the special changes in peoples attitudes (for the better), the lights and displays, or for the budget-minded, the sales. There seems to be something for everyone to enjoy this time of year.
For many, times are tough and the outlook has been a little bleak. And so I don’t fall prey to the negative thinking, I am going to be thankful every day for what I have that day, I am blessed. I hope you can find a few moments today to stop, let the worries of the world be pushed aside, and be thankful for what you have, rather than worrying about what you don’t have. Things will get better. This is an amazing country and an amazing world filled with amazing people. Yes, things will get better.
As for me and my family, we celebrate Christmas, so for those of you who join us, let me take this opportunity to extend a very Merry Christmas!
To all of you who take the time to stop by my little blog. I’m excited to see every new and returning visitor as that is what keeps me motivated to continue posting. Thank you for stopping by, and as always, please leave your comments, I love to hear what you have to say. Happy Holidays to all of you from Erik ~ Baking in (Snowy) Oregon
By the way, if you’ve stopped by today looking for something you can use for the holidays, let me suggest the following recipes from previous posts:
- Flourless Chocolate Cake
- New York Style Crumb Cake
- Orange Pecan French Toast (great make-ahead breakfast!)
- All-Purpose Holiday Cake
- Spritz Cookies
Or just click on the ‘Recipes’ tab at the tope of the page to see some additional recipe ideas.
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