Monday, December 11, 2023

Woes and Peace: Winter Poetry Monday


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Poetry Monday's once a week.
I bet you know which day.
I don't participate every time,
But today I've come out to play.

My friends assign each week a theme,
Winter is what they chose.
Now it's up to all of us,
to put our thoughts into prose.


Woes and Peace

Winter is a time when I
need too many clothes!
Freezing, I must cover up,
from head down to my toes.

Driving's not so easy now, 
it's quite the scary deal.
Has me asking myself twice, 
before I take the wheel.

Full on storms are just the worst,
snow with sleet and ice.
Those days I stay in the house,
indulge my baking vice.

Blackberry Ginger Cookies | recipe developed by Karen of | #recipe #cookies
Blackberry Ginger Cookies

And those storms that never end,
our muscles pay the price,
when we need the snowblower,
to go over the driveway twice.
But then . . . 

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Freshly fallen snow can bring, 
a calming sense of peace,
sitting by a roaring fire,
and all wrapped up in fleece.

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Blackberry Ginger Cookies         

Printable Recipe

1 stick butter, softened
1/2 stick margarine, softened
1 egg, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 3 TBSP sugar, divided
2 TBSP molasses
1 TBSP black raspberry sparkling water
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice blend
1/4 tsp salt 
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup blackberry preserves
18 blackberries, halved

*Cover baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
*Cream the butter, margarine, egg, brown sugar, 1/2 cup of the sugar, molasses, and black raspberry sparkling water, until smooth. Mix in the flour, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda.
*Drop the blackberry preserves into the dough and roughly cut in with a knife.
*Drop by heaping tsp onto the baking sheets. Leave lots of room, they spread. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar.
*Bake for 9 - 11 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately press a blackberry half into the center of each cookie. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely.


  1. We rarely have freshly fallen snow here. Everyone gets excited, but it doesn't necessarily bring peace.

  2. So much of the time, it's hard to see past the storms to the calm and peace that follows. This is such a wonderful example of what we can find.
    Wrapped up and warm by the fire, of course!
    Excellent poem!

  3. Wow, blackberry and ginger are two flavors I wouldn't think to put together but they sound so good!

    1. They really are. I even crushed some of them up and used them as a crust for pumpkin pie.

  4. Ok those bikkies look nice although never been a big fan of ginger
    I also like snow but don't see much of that except in photos

    1. I have to admit that I liked snow a whole lot better when I lived near ski mountains.

  5. When I was a child/teen we could usually count on a couple of significant snowfalls every year. Now, not so much.

    1. We tend to have multiple snowfalls, but not with a huge amount of snow all at once.

  6. Cold is hard on me, but we don't get extreme cold often and snow is rare. Heat is hard on me, too. I need to live where it's in the middle all the time, i keep saying Hawaii, but it wouldn't work.

    I really like your poem, the one time we did have a proper snow that stayed a day it was very peaceful. Partly because everyone here is terrified of driving in it, we don't know how!

    1. I live in an area where snowfall isn't uncommon, and many of the people here don't know how to drive in it either. Unfortunately, many don't seem to know it.

  7. I am very cold intolerant. I think it's a combination of age and a couple of medical conditions I have,. I agree that snow has a certain beauty, especially when you don't have to shovel it (and I'm fortunate in that respect). When I was younger, I used to love to walk in snowstorms because everything was so hushed.

    1. Yes, I remember walking in snowstorms, especially at night, so pretty and so quiet.

  8. I like your poetry. We don't get much snow here but I wish we got a little more at times.

    1. I don't like the snow when we have to be out driving, but I don't mind it on a casual weekend afternoon.


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