Every February and March, a feeling washes over us as the winter rains hit their peak, the creeks flood their banks and the animals stand in muck for days, sometimes weeks, at a time. Will the mud ever dry? Will the horses know clean again? Will we see that beautiful blanket of green spread across all of the pastures soon? Of course, the answer is Yes. Yet, as we await the confirmed coming of spring, and mostly on the rainiest days, we still sometimes have our doubts…
So before posting the happy “Spring is here!” photos in the weeks ahead, here’s a little look at Mud Season at Cerakko Farm.
While we wait out this deep freeze down South, we’ve been playing with recipes that warm the body and soul. This drink is so nice, we made it thrice. : ) To make your nights and time by the fireplace a little bit warmer, here’s a fine little recipe for Winter Spiced Wine.
Winter Spiced Wine
4 cups spiced apple cider (we love Trader Joe’s)
1 bottle hearty red wine, like a Cabernet
1/3 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
Fresh zest of 1 orange
Fresh-squeezed juice of 1 orange
5-10 whole cloves
Pinch of whole allspice
4-5 star anise/whole
Orange peel for garnish
Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Pour into warmed mugs and top with orange peel. Drink up, warm up!
December has brought so much happiness and joy, but one of the biggest surprises was a snowstorm nobody quite expected. Our part of the state reported a record 11 inches. Not bad for Alabama. And while roaming the property simply in awe of all the beauty, hardly another thought popped into my mind for those two quiet hours. It was a ‘winter whites’ meditative kind of walk…one we’ll always remember.
We were lucky enough to catch Chris Thile’s Show last weekend at The Town Hall in NYC. And this little gal came on with her guitar midway through the show and simply blew us away. As in tears flowed it was so beautiful. We are now BIG fans of the lovely and talented Sarah Jarosz. From The Blue Heron Project, commissioned by the FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts, here’s her Painted Blue.