We just lived through the coldest night in Boston in over fifty years — nine below zero! We’d been warned for days of the severe Arctic chill that was coming this weekend, with wind chills of twenty-five below or more, so Peter and I walked around the Pond Saturday morning and then burrowed into our home for the duration of the weekend. The thermostat read 58° when we got up at 8:00 this morning, the lowest I have ever seen it. Not until noon did it reach 68°. For Valentine’s Day we allowed ourselves a little extra heat, and we were snug and warm all day.
I love these quiet winter days. We walk around the Pond in the afternoon most of the time. Peter prefers morning, but I’ve persuaded him it’s warmer in the afternoon in winter. I like to go later in the afternoon to see the colors of sunset and twilight.
Then it’s home to tea and a good book. This past week tea was tiny slices of my favorite marzipan fruitcake. I make it every Christmas season, and this year I doubled the recipe and froze two little loaves — that size is perfect for teatime. The ginger cookies I made for the first time in January, and that recipe will become one of my regulars. It’s got chopped crystallized ginger and walnuts as well as nutmeg and cloves. The buttery, spicy ginger cookies go very nicely with the fruitcake, which contains dried apricots, cherries, pineapple and golden raisins.