Winter Solstice

December 21, 2010

I know many were psyched about the lunar eclipse today, but I had something else I was looking forward to. . . .

the last day of losing daylight!!

Today marked the shortest day of the year.

Sunrise – 10:14 a.m.

Sunset – 3:42 p.m.

Approximately 5 1/2 hours of daylight! eek!!

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Here’s a look at the progression.

(These pictures were actually taken yesterday because I knew I would be at a dentist appointment this morning during the sunrise. It was cloudy yesterday morning, but I think you’ll get the idea.)

9:00 a.m.


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9:30 a.m.


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10:00 a.m.


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3:15 p.m.


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4:00 p.m.


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4:30 p.m.


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5:00 p.m.

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Now here are some pictures from today.

9:30 a.m. this morning prior to my run (that bright glow at the top, center is a street light, not the sun)

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another shot at 9:30 a.m.


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10:15 a.m. when I got done with my run


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Can’t deny it wasn’t a beautiful sunrise.


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2:00 p.m.

You can see how low the sun is in the sky during the winter here.


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For lunch I had a Quinoa-Stuffed Pepper.

I actually made these last night for dinner, and they turned out quite good.
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Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

(Based off this recipe.)

Ingredients

1/2 can (7.25 oz.) no-salt added diced tomatoes undrained

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup quinoa

2 large red peppers

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 large onion, finely chopped

1 large garlic cloves, minced

4-5 fresh mushrooms, sliced (I only added these because they needed to be used up.)

1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce

1/3 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/2 can (8 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed

1-1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

1/2 cup cheese (I used a soy cheese, which is why it didn’t melt all that well.)


Directions

1. Drain tomatoes, reserving juice; set aside

2. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

3. Meanwhile, cut peppers in half lengthwise and remove seeds. In a large pot, cook peppers in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water; invert onto paper towels.

4. In a large skillet, heat oil and cook the onion and mushrooms until onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Stir in half the can of tomato sauce, corn, quinoa, tomatoes, parsley, paprika, salt, pepper flakes and pepper over medium heat; heat through.

5. Spoon into pepper halves. Place in a 13-inch x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine half of the reserved tomato juice and remaining tomato sauce; pour over peppers.

6. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until peppers are tender. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.


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Craig and I both liked these. The spices were just right, and I loved the variety of ingredients.

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Tonight we are headed over to my in-laws to decorate their tree. They didn’t do it earlier because they were waiting until Craig’s brother got home.

Question

Did you watch the lunar eclipse?


6 Comments
    1. Hi Michelle,

      You live in a beautiful and cold place. Great pictures.
      The winter solstice is great to experience here in Ireland too. Although it was pretty cloudy.

      I love your recipe, it looks so delicious.
      Thanks for sharing!

      Merry Christmas!

      Naomi

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