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There is something that occurs every March at my house.  No, we are not all going crazy, though winter makes can make us feel that way.


It is the lull between deep winter and true spring.  College basketball has begun.

Here’s the funny thing.  I went to a big sports school (Go Orangemen!) and yep, you better believe I participated in being the most outgoing spectator there ever was.  But come graduation, my attraction to college sports pretty much fell off the map.

When I got married, sports started creeping slowly back into the house.  My husband is not a “watch sports all Sunday” kind of a guy.  We’ve got too much going on around here – ice skating rink, chickens, bees, the garden.  He earns his keep.

Until March Madness descends upon our house.  And then, watch out.

It actually is a perfect time of the year to hold the basketball championships. Still too cold to garden, or tend to bees, we are simply waiting for it to get warmer around here.  March Madness gives us purpose and something to live for besides the weather report and a 50 degree day.

My  husband can get pretty fanatical about it (so much so that he wrote his own blog post on his law website). Brackets are printed and handed out to the kids and me, to be diligently filled in. No money is exchanged, just a whole lot of glory if your team beats their team.


All this basketball watching means a lot of time sitting in front of the TV.  Sitting in front of a TV for really long periods of time can mean lots of time to snack.

Last week I declared that it was time to get back to business with snacks around here.  So I started in.  Last week was bites (so addictive!).  This week: granola bars, carrot cookies (grab these recipes!). A giant basket of fruit on the counter.  A reader had mentioned that her kids don’t even notice fruit unless it is cut up and placed in front of them. That frequently happens here too. More chopping, less displaying.  Whatever works.

The best thing about March Madness is that the end of it means the official beginning of spring at my house.  The rink comes down, the hut disappears, new packages of bees arrive, seedlings get planted. The TV finally goes off and we get outside.

What are some of your favorite family snacks?  Share in the comments below, we all need new ideas!