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On a day of dreariness, what else can one do but cook!

I am a Methodist and I am an American. Today I am struggling to deal with all that is in the news and then you add the loss of sunshine and warmer temperatures as another winter storm roars in and others line up.

Some days are just plain ole’ dreary.

There are always typical household chores to do–laundry, dusting, vacuuming and even gathering trash–but that just does not perk me up or distract me enough to manage the dreariness that I feel within my soul.

So what does one do?

I could knit. I could work on my latest rug hooking project. I could study my books. I could write (other than a blog). Well, today I also looked in the refrigerator and realized I needed to clean out a few things.

So today, I cook.

What does one cook? The problem I found was I had some blueberries that needed to be used or tossed. Now tossing just does not seem appropriate. Then I discovered I had some older types of bread–hot dog buns, ends of a sourdough loaf, and even some homemade banana bread.

So, I pulled out a bowl, grabbed the ingredients for bread pudding and mixed them all up. Right now I am waiting on it to cook, but in the meantime this is what it looked like:

Blueberry bread pudding going into the oven. Always have to make a sample when trying something new.

I used the blueberries fresh, and I added some fresh ginger, vanilla, brown sugar and milk. I sure do hope it turns out. At least it is beginning to smell good in the kitchen as it bakes. I may have to add an update when it finishes.

One thing for sure: on a cold, dreary Wednesday (Hump Day as the Geico Ad reminds us) nothing beats something cooking in the kitchen. I certainly believe it will improve my mental outlook on the day.

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