I think this time of the year is the most difficult for me. I sit and wait with anxious anticipation for the renewal that Springtime inevitably brings, but it is such a slow march to those slightly warmer spring days. I start to long for the smell of fresh-cut grass, and the pretty pink buds on the cherry blossom trees that soon will be bursting into a froth of pink petals and blooms. Oh…it feels as though it will never be here. All it seems to be is day after day of rain and grey. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain as well, but after the holidays are all put away and done with, I really need a good dose of sunshine and light. How about you, has this winter taken its toll on you? It really has been a crazy one all across the country. I think we are all ready for longer days and the warmth of the sun.
Here, is my go-to quick fix for the days when I have the winter doldrums. First, I try to give the house a quick clean-up. Just dusting, vacuuming and putting the clutter away. Second, I head out to the grocery store for a few items including some spring flowers to bring home and place in a pretty vase. Third, I light some fresh(floral or citrus) scented candles. Forth, I brew up some fantastic Jasmine tea…soooo good! Then, I put on some happy tunes and do a little baking. This time it’s Grandma’s Banana Bread. It's always a hit with the whole family. Not to mention the fact that it feels so good to use up a few of the bananas that are slowly taking over my freezer.
I've tried several kinds of jasmine tea in my search for the perfect one. I believe I have found a match in this one. I found it at Uwajumaya. The "pearls" are good for at least three steepings, so while it is a bit more expensive than some of the other teas you are able to stretch each single serving into about three.
Now, my winter time blues are gone. I have some yummy bread to eat while I look at my pretty tulips on the table, and daydream of the coming spring.
I hope the sun makes an appearance in your neck of the woods very soon!