good day to you, February

Good day to you, February!

I welcome you to the comfort of my kitchen. I’m warming the oven – and myself – after a long, dark, cold January. I’m baking today. Seven cabinet doors flung wide from the gathering of ingredients and tools and bowls. Evidence I was here. Cookie dough spins in the mixer and the sun just arrived … at 6:58 … same time as last year on this day. (I checked.)

I smile to think of who I am this February compared to last. At 6:58 or any other time. And then I think, how nice it is to smile about such as that, about me as I am. Yes, February, I’ve added the right ingredients: plenty of rest, drinking my water, moving my body, reading lovely books, loving my people as best I can, and of course, hope.

Hope was a little harder to find last February. Maybe sometimes hope is tucked away in the back of the cabinet, behind the molasses, just waiting for me to pull it out, dust it off, and share it with others. Hope, like the cookies I’m baking today, is meant to be shared. And February, you with your earlier sunrises and later sunsets – give hope. Just when we need it most, I think.

So today I’ll be sharing cookies, February. And if you’d be so kind, please share some hope. In your month of love, remind me to love my neighbors, to offer warmth, to welcome … and accept … everyone. 

Open my heart wide, February. 

French Love Cakes

1 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup finely chopped, roasted pecans

Sifted powdered sugar (about 1/2 cup)

In large mixing bowl beat together butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until fluffy. Stir in flour and pecans until combined. Shape into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 325 ° oven 20 to 23 minutes until golden. Remove from sheet to cooling rack over parchment paper. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 30.

-adapted from Country Home Magazine, February 1999

8 thoughts on “good day to you, February

  1. Love the way your words painted a picture for us of your baking activity! I really like the image of hope in the back of the cabinet, just waiting it come out! 😊

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    1. Thank you Suzanne! You’ll likely find me in the warmth of my kitchen baking at least once a week. This weekend’s plan: sourdough English muffins! I always feel thankful when you pay a visit! ❤️

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  2. Loved your conversation with February, Barbara. And how kind of you to share your recipe! The right ingredients for my kind of Midwestern February include candles and fairy lights to chase away the gloom, Smartwool socks and long underwear to keep warm (!), soup simmering on the stove, and herbal tea in my Ember mug that keeps the last sip as hot as the first. I don’t mind the quieter, cozier months of winter–I’m a homebody at heart! (Plus, after forty years in Florida’s heat and humidity , I’d had enough of summer!)

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    1. Your February sounds all kinds of warm and cozy, Nancy! I love a good pot of soup on the simmer or chili in the crock pot! I discovered wool leggings this year and they’ve been wonderful to wear when I can get out for a walk. And yes – candles are a must! Thank you for your kind words!

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