Is It April or December?

Not only are all the days blurring into each other, but now the seasons are too.  With all the snow and cold weather we have been having lately, I really am not sure if it is truly April, like the calendar says it is, or if it is December?  Did I just fall into a deep sleep and lose track of all time?  The news said we got about 10.5 inches of snow where I live, with more expected tomorrow.  Again, is this April or is it December?  Or am I just in the Twilight Zone?


Since we can’t go anywhere now, not just because of the snow, but also because the whole world is locked down and shut in, it was another good day for a puzzle.  We did a puzzle exchange with our friends and neighbors Angie and Brian the other day, so we worked on one of their puzzles.  Their puzzle is the deluxe model, whereas ours were just the Target version – that would be Tarjay, not Target.  This puzzle is a handmade wooden puzzle, with all the shapes being so uniquely cut.  It is a really cool puzzle too.  I like it so much, I might just have to get one or two for us, that is if I can convince Larry it is worth the price.  These handmade puzzles are not cheap.  It was definitely a challenge, but we were up for it.  And even better, this puzzle was made in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, right down the street from where I work, or worked before we got locked in.



Of course, our little puzzled panther wanted to help as well, but NO WAY.  Not this time; not this puzzle.  She tried, but got booted off the puzzle table numerous times.  We did let her pose with the puzzle once we finished it though.  That seemed to make her feel a little better, like she had still helped and done her part.


Well, with weather like this, regardless of what month the calendar says, it is good weather for soup.  For Easter, I cooked a big 11 lb ham and there was just the two of us eating, so I had a lot of ham leftover.


I LOVE split pea soup, so a good portion of the ham was used to make a big pot of delicious split pea soup, which was perfect for a cold, indoor puzzle day. Split Pea Soup.  I still have more ham left too, as well as a lot of soup too.  Some will go into a quiche and the rest ended up in the freezer, to be used and recreated at a later time, in another way.


Stay safe and stay well Everyone.  ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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