Let It Snow…

It’s snowing!!!


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



Just one hour later.




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.


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.



The perfect cold + snowy-night meal.


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




  • 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


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.


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):


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…


More potato soup!

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



  • 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.


S’more Cinnamon

Finally, my days are lining up  :) It IS Friday and it feels like Friday.

Sadly, our fun weekend plans have pretty much been squashed from this storm that’s supposed to come through here today and tomorrow, but it does look like we might get a lot of snow!

Breakfast today = healthier dessert


S’mores Oatmeal!


I bought a jar of Fluff last night and just couldn’t resist trying this today.


The base is my normal oatmeal mix:

  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • sliced banana
  • lots of cinnamon

I just can’t have oatmeal without cinnamon – no matter what the toppings are.


With some fun toppings!

  • graham cracker crumbs
  • dark chocolate peanut butter
  • fluff!



Do you like having snow?

I love it if it’s a pretty snow AND if it gets me out of work  ;) And that’s not happening yet today, but we’ll see!


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My week is so off! I totally felt like today was Friday – every single day this week has felt off for some reason.

My boss took our whole office out for lunch today, which was nice. We went to this new Mexican restaurant and they have a salsa bar! It has like 10-15 different salsas and things like corn salad (yum), cucumber salad, cactus salad, etc. It was pretty fun picking out all kinds of salsas to try with our chips and meals.

I got enchiladas with mole sauce (and topped them with lots of their corn salad) and had way too many chips, too. Having all those salsa choices made it hard to stop eating those dang chips!

I was full the rest of the day at work and I still smelled like Mexican food, so my only snacks this afternoon were water, gum + mints  :)


We’re actually supposed to get a lot of snow tomorrow and Saturday – like 8-13 inches! – so I went up to the grocery store after we got home from work to pick up eggs, milk, bread, and all the baking stuff I need for this weekend.

It. was. nuts.

I think everyone in our town was at the store tonight! I guess I just didn’t think everyone else would have the same idea. It took me about an hour to get the things I needed and get back home. By then, it was 7 pm and I was finally ready for some food.


I made myself a salad with some romaine, carrots, garlic almonds and a little ranch dressing. I needed some veggies today! Other than the ridiculous amounts of salsa I ate at lunch, this was it.


Nick and I also heated up some leftover potato soup, which is now almost Mashed Potato soup – it was so thick tonight! Just as good as last night, too.


I put the groceries away, put my pjs on, and am about to dig into a baked apple mess  :)


Chopped apple + cinnamon + cinnamon raisin pb + graham cracker crumbs


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Time for me to relax with my snack  :)