Snowpocalypse: Day 3
We don’t get to see snow too often. We’re lucky if we get more than a dusting one time over the course of the winter. There have definitely been years where we’ve seen virtually nothing. This year, we’ve seen snow twice in about 3 weeks, the most recent – historic. Our weather records here go back about 132 years and this is the first time in that history that we’ve had snowfall on three consecutive days. It was beautiful, but it can melt now.
Let me save you the trouble of thinking this up on your own… I would never survive as a stay at home mom. Never. At least not without far more wine than is appropriate. Our local (and my favorite) meteorologist, Brad Panovich, has this awesome Snow to Bread Index he humors us all with. I have the Whine to Wine Index. I had my fill by mid-day Wednesday and ran away to a friend’s house for a glass of wine before the storm really kicked up. Also, I needed to grab a litter box for Kitty-Kitty, as Wednesday was his first official night as a full-time house cat (at least while there is snow on the ground.)
Yeah, yeah. We got bread and milk – but only because it was our regular grocery day and we were running low. My kids like cereal and toast. We grabbed eggs too, even though we weren’t out yet. As Wednesday drew to a close, I needed something to do with my hands. I whipped up a simple French Toast for dinner. Eggs, Milk, Sugar, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Sandwich Bread. Whisk it, soak it, fry it. Hit it with a little powdered sugar and some syrup. Yummy.
It’s been a while since I made a cobbler. Since I had frozen berries and time to kill, I decided to whip up a Berry Cobbler too. I threw it together while my French Toast was cooking and let it do it’s thing in the oven while I enjoyed the aforementioned syrupy goodness. I used my Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler recipe and replaced the strawberry and rhubarb combo with the bag of frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.) 45 minutes and done. Delish!
If you’ve seen Frozen, I’m sorry I just made you sing that in your head. I couldn’t help myself. My Facebook feed was full of “Who made Elsa mad?” posts, and by mid-day Thursday, I gave up on keeping the kids inside and we headed out into the nearly 10 inches of snow and ice that Mother Nature dropped on us. There was a snowball fight, sledding, snowman building, driveway shoveling and one full blown meltdown. In the end, we stayed out about 3 hours and I think we all got in our fill of the frozen stuff.
Most people come in from playing in the snow, strip off their wet clothes, put on something comfortable and sip hot chocolate or coffee to warm up. Not us. We came inside, half frozen, and made Snow Cream. You can do the whole “cream, sugar, vanilla” things, but we take a short cut… Evaporated milk. Shake the can, open it, stir in a teaspoon of vanilla, pour over your bowl of snow and stir gently (more like folding in than stirring.) We happened to have a little fudge topping handy.
Back To The Grind
Between the previous snow days and this storm, the kids have officially missed a full week of school due to snow. That doesn’t happen here. Ever. I headed back to work today, but with no school and no daycare, the girl got to spend the day with her favorite teenage babysitter and the boy headed to the office with me. There is still A LOT of snow and ice on the ground, but with temperatures expected to be 70 in less than a week, it shouldn’t last much longer. If we have another storm, I may need you to save me.
If you live in an area prone to bad weather, how do you handle the kids being out of school?