Welcome to the other side

For those of us in North America, we’ve made it through the time change and now are on the Spring side of the looking glass. It’s a delicate time. Despite turning the clock, it’s still cold outside. No one is accustomed to the light — why is it so very dark at 6:30 a.m.? Everyone is a little more put out, a little more irritable than usual. Or maybe that’s just my family.

We spent yesterday combatting this feeling with copious amounts of chocolate — much like Professor Lupin advises Harry Potter to eat after being attacked by the dementors. (Yeah, I tossed in a Harry Potter reference — I’m reading J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy now, and I’m feeling nostalgic). I’ve said it before: chocolate is my dad’s secret weapon #1 for fighting everything from a bad mood to a broken heart. And it definitely helps.

Need a new chocolate recipe? Here’s a few to try:

1. Ingrid’s Homemade Faux-Cadbury Eggs. Oh my! We are huge fans of The Egg, but unfortunately, with a food allergy in the family, the store-bought ones are persona non grata around here. When I saw Ingrid’s homemade version, I was thrilled. I’m going to try to make these secretly and then sneak some into the baskets when the Easter Bunny isn’t looking.

And a quick philosophical question: if I eat the whole trial batch while no one is looking, did I really eat anything at all?

2. Maura’s Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. You have to go check this out — it’s made with white beans! I’m planning to give this a try as soon as I can buy the ingredients. Oh. my.

3.  Leah’s Paleo-Friendly Nutella (and Nutella Fudge). Leah made a low-sugar version of the Nutella that I always crave and then she kicks it up a notch and makes fudge. That’s another one for the Easter basket — the Bunny won’t know what hit him!

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Other things besides chocolate that will help ward off the Daylight Saving Time dementors? I find new projects and cute diversions tend to lift my mood. How about sharing a little happiness from blogland?

1. How to Knit Series from For the Knit of It. I’ve heard from a few people that they’d like to give knitting a try, but they just don’t know where to start. Anastasia has your back. She’s recently started a blog series to help people learn to knit:

2. PackIt! Giveaway from Cobwebs, Cupcakes and Crayons. Love this lunchbox! Have you seen it? Kelly is hosting this giveaway on her cuter-than-cute blog. And who doesn’t like a chance to win free stuff? Just a note — her contest ends this week so click over to read all about it if you want to enter.

3. DIY Personalized Kid’s Umbrella from Northstory. Alex posted this tutorial, and I immediately wanted one for me. I think we all need a cute umbrella to combat the dreariness of rainy days and spring thaws, so if you see a frazzled-looking mom searching for her minivan keys while holding an excellent umbrella, you’ll know it’s me. Stop and say hi, won’t you?

If you live in North America, how did you handle the springing forward?

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About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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33 Responses to Welcome to the other side

  1. Micha says:

    As if a Monday after Daylight Savings isn’t bad enough, we had early band rehearsal drop-off this morning which is about 2 hours earlier than our normal school day. Uggh. We were not happy campers. On a more positive note, all the trial batches you make do not count whatsoever! Have a good week!

    • That’s rough! And man, 2 hours earlier than normal??? That’s enough to throw your whole schedule out of whack for days….

      Thank goodness trial batches don’t count! Unless I get caught, that is… 🙂

      • Micha says:

        You’re right – crankiness abounds until about Wednesday. This is for district band which thankfully ends next Monday. Then the regular rehearsals start but they are closer and not as early. 🙂
        I think you need a lookout. I’ll happily volunteer!

  2. Cul de Sac says:

    chocolate… I could eat that stuff all day long…! and nope, trial batch doesn’t count, you need to eat it in order to know if they are worth doing again!

  3. mtetar says:

    Thanks Joan for sharing, and being supportive of others. I did read Ingrid’s post, and she always shares great DIY on her recipes. Her blog is beautiful, and very impressive. I’m definitely going to visit the others mentioned in this post. Be Blessed, http://projectsbyMtetar.wordpress.com

  4. mtetar says:

    Ingrid is also very supportive. Mtetar

  5. Susan Bahr says:

    I do believe I shall make a gooey chocolate confection today. Daylight savings time is wonderful and awful at the same time! I’ll have to check out your recipes!

  6. Leah says:

    What a cute round-up. Thanks for the shout-out, Joan. I’d love to hear what you think of the Nutella spread/fudge if/when you get a chance to make it!

    Love the HP reference too haha. Speaking of JK Rowling, how is her new book? I’ve been hesitant to check it out because I don’t want to be disappointed… pessimistic, I know.

    • I’ll definitely let you know what we think — but I’m going to guess it’s going to be nothing but thumbs up! After all –it’s Nutella fudge!

      I know what you mean about Rowling’s new book and I think that’s why I waited for a while. Okay — so I’m liking “The Casual Vacancy” so far. I think she’s a great writer, but the trick is to try to not compare to HP. It’s a different setting/characters/vibe in this book.

  7. Thanks so much for the shout out, Joan!! And if no one is looking, it doesn’t count…it’s sort of like cookie crumbs (not really a cookie, it’s just a crumb) and popcorn at the movies (part of the entertainment)…totally doesn’t count.

  8. Hhmmm… I slept well and I woke up refreshed. As I drove home from work I decided to miss my Monday yoga. i did not want to spend 90 minutes in a dark room with my eyes closed most of the time. I went for a long walk instead wanting to enjoy some sunshine. It was a bit chilly but very invigorating. I hope to sleep well tonight. Love all the links you created to some wonderful blogging friends! ~Thea

  9. Thank you Joan for the shout-out! 🙂 so happy you will be trying these! hope you like them as much as we did 🙂 I want to know how they turned out! also loving how you are sharing the other chocolate recipes from your bloggy friends!!! & ouf! we went to bed really late last Saturday night (forgot all about it again), Sunday morning we woke up with no sun 😦 baby was up and then he went back to sleep (he slept in!) and putting him to bed Sunday night was difficult and Monday morning was difficult too! this always happens! 🙂 Hope you will have a great week!

    • I personally think the time change gig is the roughest on parents with small children who can’t possibly understand that an hour has just vanished and now they should adapt overnight to a new schedule. I remember thinking I’d been hit by a bus when the twins were babies and we “sprung forward.” Nap times get out of whack and sunlight later in the evening, while lovely for adults and older children, is horrible for convincing little ones that it’s actually “bedtime.”

      I can’t wait to try those homemade Cadbury Eggs — you have made my husband and me so happy by sharing that recipe!

  10. This daylight savings is kicking my behind! Day two and it was still so hard to wake up this morning! I definitely need some chocolate to make it through today!!!

    • I know what you mean. Usually everyone is up and running between 6-6:30 at our house, but these past few days — nothing. Not good when 5 people need to be up, together and out the door!

  11. amyp22 says:

    Feeling the blahs of winter too long and the change in sleep rhythm.

    Going to check out the knitting blog. Thanks!

    • Me too. I’m having a harder time shaking it this year. I think it was easier last year because the weather was unreal. It was warm and green and lovely in 2012 — I think 2013 has some explaining to do!

      Enjoy Anastasia’s site — she even included videos to show how to knit.

  12. Joan I laughed SO hard at your comments on the keys in the rain! Thanks for the shout out!

    • Seriously, Alex, that’s me every single day with or without the rain. Rainy days just add another layer of frizz to my hair and another couple of things to juggle. But with a cute umbrella, I feel sure I could pull it off. (Just nod — that’s what my family does.) 😉

  13. daniellajoe says:

    I will definitely be looking out for the umbrella 🙂

    • Hi — thanks for stopping by! We are just starting our Spring Break here, and I think my daughter and I are going to make those umbrellas. So cute!

      Not being able to find my keys in snow/wind/rainstorms is a way of life for me — so I’ll be easy to spot. And I figure, even if you say hi to the frazzled mom desperately searching for her keys in the rain and it’s NOT me, you’ll probably make her day — don’t you think? 🙂

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