It's hard enough to get up in the dark every morning (I'm still adjusting to the time change) without wondering if I need to scrape the snow off the car.
I've also been super busy at work, so to distract myself from worrying about deadlines, I turn to my favorite hobbies. I drove all over town trying to find the ingredients for these Sunflower Chip Cookies. They just made me think spring!
Trader Joe's had a whole display of Sunflower Butter, but they were out of the sunflower seeds. So I stopped by a local Kum & Go gas station, and sure enough, I found the sunflower seeds there. That's where my husband always buys them; it's one of his favorite snacks.
Unfortunately, my hubby didn't really care for these cookies. But I did discover that I love sunflower butter! Who would have guessed?
A couple days later, I saw another spring-time recipe for Strawberry Cake that I couldn't resist trying. Really, I look for any excuse to buy strawberries. And I was happy to see these were Florida-grown. Do you ever look at the country-of-origin labels on produce? I try to buy USA-grown whenever possible. I'm a big supporter of American farmers.
Anyhow, back to the cake, it turned out beautiful. But again, my (picky) husband wasn't a fan. He said he expects a cake to "wow" him, and this one didn't. I disagree, however. I thought this was a lovely, old-fashioned cake.
One more sign of spring for me is the beginning of the 5K race season. I ran the Iowa State University Doughnut Run 5K this weekend. Sadly, the race was a little too fast, so I couldn't stomach eating any doughnuts while running like the college kids can. But I got this cool glass to take home.
How are you getting ready for spring?