Having a windowsill herb garden in my kitchen has been a huge sanity-saver this winter. I love that I have had something green growing through all of the cold and snow.
It’s been a tough winter, even by Minnesota standards. We’re all getting a little bit weary of the relentless cold and desperately hoping that March is kinder and gentler than its predecessors. Maybe it’s the residual effect of soaking up the sun in Mexico last week, or maybe it’s just my deep hope and longing for spring’s eventual arrival, but I’m bound and determine to find the positive in our latest stretch of negative temperatures. So far I’ve come up with the following list:
- This polar vortex isn’t quite so bad, so our low temps are only in the teens below zero (instead of the twenty-somethings)
- The sun is noticeably more powerful these days, cleaning off snowy surfaces despite the bitter cold
- There is now daylight until 6 p.m.
- We’re only a couple of days away from the first day of meteorological spring
- There are only a few more weeks until seed starting begins
So take comfort, fellow Minnesotans: spring IS starting to make itself known.
But what is one to do in the meantime, when you’re stuck in another polar vortex with a plethora of fresh mint?
Make mojitos, of course!
In the bottom of your glass (or half pint mason jar, because every garden cocktail is better in a mason jar), muddle a dozen or so fresh mint leaves with a generous teaspoon of sugar and the juice from a lime wedge. Add some ice, a shot of white rum, and top it off with club soda.
And then raise your glass to the warmer gardening days ahead. They are coming, I promise.
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