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!
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?