Nonstop Snow

It’s still coming!

The snow stopped for a few hours yesterday afternoon, but then started up again last night. We don’t have big snowflakes anymore, but it’s coming down again as I type this.

Yay for lazy + snowy weekends!

 

Nick and I went back outside yesterday after our hot chocolate lunch and played with some of the kids from across the street.

We helped build a snowman (and provided the carrot nose) and I slid down our hill on my butt a few times. I’m too chicken to get on the sled because our hill is pretty steep, but snow bibs are slick, so I was still going pretty fast!

We came back in, changed clothes, heated up leftover picadillo for dinner and watched a movie. It was a nice cozy night.

This morning, we woke up to see it snowing again! I thought it would really be done yesterday, but I’ll take it when I can get it.

Without having to get up or use an alarm clock, you’d think that we would have gotten enough sleep – but Nick and I got out of bed this morning, laid on the couch to watch some news and we both fell back asleep and took a little morning nap! I guess we were just worn out from yesterday.

Once we woke back up, we got started on breakfast.

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Nick made some biscuits and bacon and I cooked some eggs for us.

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We also made little apple turnovers with some puff pastry for dessert last night and had some apples that wouldn’t fit so we heated those up to have with breakfast.

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I had some eggs, 1 biscuit with some of that awesome Frog Hollow Farm Apricot Conserve, 1 slice of bacon and some apples.

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And lots of coffee :)

 

We’re about to brave the snow and go up to the store.

I’ve got a lot to do today!

  • Clean the house
  • 1 load of laundry
  • Get started on Christmas gifts!!!

 

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Pizza for Breakfast…

and hot chocolate for lunch!

What a fun Saturday  :)  We are officially snowed in, probably for the weekend. Church is already cancelled for tomorrow, so I doubt we’ll be leaving the house unless it’s to play in the snow or walk around the neighborhood.

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We got somewhere between 10-12 inches at our house, but I know a nearby town reported that they got 24 inches!

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While I was working on breakfast this morning, Nick played outside for a while and started to clean off our walkway and the cars. Everything was completely covered!

It may be messy in the next day or two, but it’s beautiful right now.

Since I had all the ingredients and I wanted a fun breakfast, I planned on making something that I’ve never made before.

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Breakfast Pizza – aka, the best breakfast to make for your husband or boyfriend.

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I saw this recipe on Joe & Betsy’s blog (they’re getting married this weekend!!) and just had to try it, but I did “health” ours up a bit.

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  • I cut the dough recipe in half since I was only making one pizza for us and I used almost all whole wheat flour.
  • I only cooked about 2-3 oz. of local Virginia sausage and used 1% milk in the gravy.
  • We only used 2 total slices of bacon and maybe 1/2 cup of cheese?

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Just imagine this –

  • whole wheat pizza crust
  • homemade sausage gravy as the “sauce”
  • scrambled eggs
  • bacon
  • cheese

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I can’t even describe how good this is!!! We ate almost the entire pizza this morning, but we didn’t eat breakfast until almost 11 am, so we were both starving.

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We also got to try out some new coffee this morning. I received this from Cleo Coyle herself!  :) Cool, huh? I was so excited to try it.

We got this Amaro Gayo coffee from gimme! coffee and decided to try it this morning in the french press and using our antique coffee grinder.

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This coffee is a light roast, so it’s very different than the Columbian and Kona we normally drink, but I loved it! You could definitely taste the slight berry finish in the coffee.

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After eating breakfast (and watching 2 episodes of One Tree Hill) :), Nick cleared off more the walkway and I went over to talk with our neighbors and watch them all have a snowball fight.

I got caught in the crossfire a few times, but it was fun to be out there.

Nick and I took a drive around the town to see how bad the roads were, and most of them near us still aren’t cleared off. I have a feeling the roads will be pretty bad tomorrow because it’s all going to re-freeze tonight.

By the time we got back, it was 1 pm but neither one of us is hungry! so, I just made some hot chocolate on the stove top.

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I just used the recipe on the Hershey’s Cocoa box and it turned out great. I haven’t had real hot cocoa in a long time. Cocoa, vanilla, sugar, water, and milk – that’s all you need.

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And a spoonful of fluff on top :) This filled me back up!

Oh yeah! For my family (and anyone else that wants to see), here’s my new haircut.

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More bangs + shorter. Ah, it feels so much better! I needed a trim so bad…I couldn’t see past my bangs the other day. They needed some TLC and they finally got it on Wednesday.

 

*Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! Winner will be chosen / announced Monday at lunchtime.

Let It Snow…

It’s snowing!!!

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These pictures are from just about 30 minutes after it started (about 2:30 this afternoon), and it was already sticking to the ground.

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Just one hour later.

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That’s Nick, sledding down our hill :)

And it’s still coming down!

We already have between 6-7 inches right now and the brunt of this storm isn’t supposed to hit until later tonight and into tomorrow!

I don’t know how much we’re going to get, but Nick, Roxy and I are ready to be snowed in this weekend.

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About an hour after it started snowing, Nick and I drove up to the store across the street to pick up some beer for a recipe tonight – no dinner out tonight, sadly. The roads would have been way too bad and I’m kind of glad we didn’t try to get out to the restaurant.

Even just an hour after it started snowing, the snow was sticking to the roads and slushy + slippery! They’ve been salting the roads and getting ready for this storm for the past couple of days, so I wasn’t expecting it to build up so quickly.

But dinner was great!

I stared working on it while Nick was out sledding with our neighbors  :) No worries – we’ll all be out there playing tomorrow, I’m sure.

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Picadillo!

The perfect cold + snowy-night meal.

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I used this recipe from MyRecipes / Food and Wine as inspiration and changed just a few tiny things.

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  • I used Virginia (!) ground bison instead of ground beef and only 1 lb. total
  • I used 2 15 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
  • I forgot the tomato paste! Just realized it.
  • I used 2 large sweet potatoes and cubed/roasted them in the oven for 30-40 minutes (with olive oil and salt) instead of cooking them on the stovetop

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I loved the sweet potatoes + raisins in this! It was such a great balance with the salty olives and the cumin + coriander spices.

We had some steamed broccoli with the picadillo, along with some of the beer that was also in the picadillo.

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We love Starr Hill! This was our first time trying their Winter Lager, and it was great. I think we’ve tried just about every one they make and have enjoyed every one. We’ll have to visit someday – maybe a trip to Charlottesville needs to be planned.

Right now, Roxy is napping Nick’s lap and I’ve got one load of laundry to fold.

Other than that…it will be a pretty lazy weekend I think.

We’ve got one movie from Netflix plus a DVD with 3 One Tree Hill episodes  :)  Nick won’t be happy about that, but I think I might make him like it. We’ll see!

 

I can’t wait to see how much snow we have when we wake up! That’ll make breakfast even more fun.

 

Homey Lunch, Festive Dinner?

Okay – plans definitely changed.

Today is actually Nick’s graduation!!!

But, we’re not attending. The ceremony is not supposed to start until 3 pm and this is what the radar is showing (as of an hour ago, now):

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It’s a’comin’!

Sadly, that also means that we won’t get to see our families this weekend. My parents, Nick’s parents, my sister and grandmother were all supposed to be coming in today for graduation, but everyone is staying home instead. I’m glad they’re not coming because of the harsh weather we’ll be having tonight + tomorrow, but I’m sad we won’t get to see everyone!

At least Christmas is next week, and we’ll get to see everyone then.

Nick ended up coming home at lunch today and to decide about going to graduation or not.

Lunch was…

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More potato soup!

We finished it off today at lunch and had some awesome salads along with it.

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  • romaine
  • broccoli
  • apple
  • carrots
  • pecans
  • cranberries
  • dressing made of: blue cheese dijon mustard, blackberry pear balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper

We kept lunch on the light side because we’re going to try to go to one of our favorite local places for an EARLY dinner to celebrate if the weather isn’t too bad.

I guess we’ll see! If not, I have a good meal I can make at home so I’m not sure what the plan is for tonight, but it should be fun either way.