Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Traditions of Bygone Days

The perfect meal after playing in the snow 
Now that the weather has turned warmer this week the hope of more snow this winter is dwindling. When growing up in the suburbs of Maryland it seemed we always had a lot of snow during the winter.
Traditions of childhood winters were to put on snow clothes, boots, hats, and gloves and head for the hills with the metal saucer and toboggan. Most of the neighborhood children would gather at the top of some hill and take turns sledding down. Some hills had more trees than others so the key was to get through the gauntlet safely.
We would stay out all day or at least it seemed that way. Coming home half frozen was a kid's right of passage. But mom wold always be waiting to help us out of our frozen pants and she always had Cream of Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for us to eat and warm our bones.
For me this is one snowy tradition that I will always cherish. I always celebrate the snow no matter how little with this dish. This winter we have not had much snow, but I will serving tomato soup and grilled cheese no matter what.

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