Celebrating Earth…

Carrot cake cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting made with loads of love

Upon waking up this morning, my Norwegian Elkhound, Ellie, proceeded to bark and howl at me. She was reminding me that today was none other than Earth Day. She knew. She eagerly danced around me while I sleepily threw on some shoes, grabbed her leash, and we headed out the door. Immediately, I was struck by the brisk air while Ellie bolted down the stairs in excitement at the turn of weather! Unwillingly, she went back indoors while I dressed more appropriately for what felt like winter weather before we went on a long walk.

Out our front door in the rain with the Allegheny Mountains in the distance

Today was dreary, drizzly, and bitter cold outside. Not the ideal weather to spend Earth Day outdoors, so I improvised. I decided that since I was not going to be playing outdoors enjoying Mother Nature, I was instead going to play indoors using the gifts that Mother Nature provides us. I tuned into the radio to listen to Tyler call the baseball game while I baked and cooked with fresh organic veggies! I make deliciously spicy carrot cake cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting. I added walnuts and some ginger for added flavor. For dinner, Tyler and I made vegetable tikka masala with zucchini, mushrooms, snow peas, and cauliflower over rice that warmed us up to fight the chill outside.

The other direction from our front door

Now as we are settling in for the night, we are awaiting (and hoping) to be hit with the winter storm that the weather channels are all discussing.  It is April 22, and we are expected to get up to 2 feet of snow in the next 36 hours. Weather is unpredictable to say the least. We agreed that it feels like grade school when one would do all of their nightly rituals for a snow storm to come through and cancel school.  Have I mentioned that I love this new town?

As I gaze out our front windows from the kitchen, I am taken aback by how beautiful and scenic our street is with the Allegheny Mountains in the distance, the sun going down, and the faint lights reflecting off the rain that has left the streets glistening. Overall, this has been a wonderful way to spend Earth Day.  I hope wherever you were today, that you had the opportunity to enjoy this great Earth as much as I did.