Snow…. Snow…. Snow…… SNOW!
I love snow days. Bundle up, make some hot cocoa, and snuggle with the ones you love. In case you missed the news–we got HIT!
I don’t like shoveling. I will procrastinate it like a 12 year old kid. Luckily, Croi doesn’t mind so much. As long as there is cookies and hot cocoa waiting for her. And there always is.
I did help yesterday. We only have one shovel, so I don’t know how helpful I was, but I tried. But watching our neighbors all gather together really moved me.
I see everyone’s yard signs, I know how they vote, where their kids go to school. I know we don’t all agree politically. (2 years ago, our neighbor was putting out a “Latinos for Obama” sign and told me he put it closer to our house than his neighbors on the other side because he knew we wouldn’t feel uncomfortable with it. Made me laugh!) But, here we all were–all faced with this obstacle from mother nature, shoveling & snowblowing cars out one by one. Someone went to knock on doors and explain the plan–we’ll help you move your car now, and then Bob can snowblow where your car was.
It was beautiful.
On a side note–Northeasterners: Where are you putting all of this snow? A neighbor asked if they could store snow IN OUR GARAGE!?! I look around at our piles taller than I am and have more empathy for you!
And then–friends (my favorite neighbors who live across the street and I am so blessed by) came over to eat and watch a movie. Of course, the “On Demand” of stupid T.ime Warn.er Cab.le wasn’t so cooperative. (Re-boot. Let me send some magic signal to your box. Reboot again. Hmm. I don’t know. Did you unplug it and plug it back in? I’ll reboot it. Thanks tech-guy) We were *forced* to make conversation.
For a bit of helpfulness, my snow-day menu:
(I don’t understand the “stock-up before a big snow” mentality. It’s only two days. I have enough food in the house for two weeks!)
*Breakfast–hearty skillets. Frozen hashbrowns if you have ’em, grate potatoes if you don’t. Fry ’em up. Put any veggies–fresh or frozen–that you have in there. I used onion, frozen pepper medley I always have in the freezer, broccoli, garlic, a little chili powder, and spinach. Beat eggs and pour on top. Stir a little so it all cooks. Top with cheese. One pan, hearty for shoveling.
*Lunch–I would usually make a big pot of chili, but our neighbors were coming for lunch and they are vegetarian. I didn’t want to make veggie chili this time. So, I made split pea soup. Warms you up, easy, and for a twist, lots of garam masala or other indian spice. Adds a little more depth if you’re not putting in ham. Favorite neighbor K brought homemade bread with flax.
*Lunch/afternoon snack–These are my famous cookies that I made a double batch of to thank all the shovelers.