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Snowed In Monday

My alarm went off at 5 a.m. this morning and I peeked out the window to discover this (but imagine it in darkness):

The snow that was predicted happened. About 15 minutes later I received a phone call from my supervisor at the Y that my 6 a.m. class was cancelled. I went back to bed and woke up again at 7:30 to discover that my office was open but we had the option to work remotely.

Given that our street looked like this…

…and nothing in our neighborhood had been plowed, I opted to work from home. I had moments of guilt and contemplated going in but after a quick poll of road conditions on Twitter, decided against it. The risk was just not worth it.

I had a bowl of “snow oats” for breakfast.

I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to eat more than a hot bowl of oatmeal. This bowl was featured apples and cinnamon.

I worked through the morning and then Brandon, Sullie and I went on a walk during my lunch break.

Snow days are Sullie’s favorite. 🙂

The only unfortunate thing is that Sullie’s fur is so long in places that huge snowballs hung off of her paws and legs and made her uncomfortable. I had to melt them with a warm cloth when we got home.

She didn’t let it slow her down for most of our walk though!

I felt good about my choice not to drive in to work today when I spotted this on the streets while we were walking.

Ice. Apparently, it’s supposed to get even worse tonight but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s not as bad as they’re expecting. I really need to get to work tomorrow and would love to make it to yoga.

Sullie has been passed out all night after her big day in the snow. She went to bed super early!

She makes me so happy! 🙂

I made a quick lunch after our walk before jumping on some calls this afternoon.

Great Harvest Dakota with mashed avocado, a smear of light ranch, spinach and colby jack. Cherries on the side.

I was in the mood to bake this evening before dinner and whipped up a batch of Oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans.

Brandon’s favorite cookie combo is oatmeal chocolate chip so I decided to put a twist on them today by adding coconut and pecans.

I loved the addition of the coconut. These were awesome – super moist and chewy.

We played Scrabble in front of the fire before dinner but both of us were having a hard time focusing. We had terrible letters and the board just wasn’t going anywhere. Hate when that happens. I also got extremely distracted by the Eric LeGrand story on ESPN during the national championship pre-game. If you haven’t heard about him, you must read about his story. Amazing proof of what a positive attitude and a fighting spirit can do for healing.

Soon enough it was time for dinner. Unsurprisingly, Brandon requested chili in honor of snow day and the national title game. I made a batch of my standard beef chili for him and defrosted some veggie chili for me.

I had a major craving for cornbread with honey and made some to go with dinner.

I tried a new recipe tonight and I think it is the best plain cornbread that I have ever made. The texture was perfect – fluffy and delicious.

Even better topped with butter and honey!

Is anyone else experiencing winter weather? What are your favorite ways to stay busy when you’re snowed in?

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Matt January 10, 2011, 10:29 pm

    The university was closed, but I still had to work 🙁

    At least it was like free money!

  • 2
    Alaina January 10, 2011, 11:25 pm

    We’re waiting for our snow tomorrow night! I’m working back to back shifts so I’m crossing my fingers that I get to stay at the hotel!

    Random question: do you have any recipes that involve a food processor? I just got one for christmas and the only things that come to mind are dips and dough. 😛

  • 3
    Claudie January 11, 2011, 1:00 am

    I did, in December, while I was away to Europe. Part of my trip was Paris-Nice-Strasbourg, and my hubby and I managed to leave Paris a day before the big snowstorm (which caused the airport to be closed for 2 or 3 days), get to Strasbourg before the other big snowstorm there, and then leave Paris before a third one… Though, while near Strasbourg, we had plenty of snow and plenty of ice too, especially on Christmas… It was quite beautiful to watch from the inside with some hot red wine! ;))

  • 4
    Becky January 11, 2011, 7:28 am

    I love walking through my neighborhood in the snow and I think my dog loves it even more. Sullie makes an adorable snow puppy!

  • 5
    Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) January 11, 2011, 8:14 am

    oooo major cornbread craving RIGHT NOW

  • 6
    branny January 11, 2011, 8:22 am

    We were snowed in today, too. One of my dogs adored the white stuff – the other one sat on the porch in her winter coat the entire time, waiting to go back in. My husband and I snuggled up all day and read books and chatted 🙂

  • 7
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 11, 2011, 8:22 am

    Aww you guys look like you have so much fun and Sadie is so CUTE! Can I join your family please? 😛

    That cornbread looks delicious! Been WAY too long since I’ve had that!

  • 8
    Lou January 11, 2011, 8:23 am

    The snow day was a nice little holiday after your busy weekend away, huh? We are still snowed in but thankfully have power so we are watching a few movies by the fire and playing in the snow! That cornbread looks amazing–I’d like a slice for breakfast:) Sullie is so super cute in the snow!

  • 9
    Tracy January 11, 2011, 8:55 am

    My eats were almost exactly the same as yours yesterday 🙂 Hope it clears up for you- it’s still pretty bad down here!

  • 10
    Kasey @ The Balanced Bicyclist January 11, 2011, 9:14 am

    It’s supposed to snow all week long here, and we already have over 50 inches of snow already! Well, I guess that’s how it goes in North Dakota 🙂

    That cornbread looks wonderful! I think I might need to make some this weekend. Love your blog 🙂

    • 11
      Jen January 12, 2011, 9:54 am

      50 inches!!!! Oh my gosh, I can’t even imagine.

  • 12
    Cyndi @ Weightless Life January 11, 2011, 9:26 am

    We’re supposed to get another 10-16 inches of snow tonight. I usually spend my snow days curled up on the couch with the dog, a good book, and some tea.

  • 13
    Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) January 11, 2011, 9:44 am

    We’ve got the same snow and ice (being that I’m only 30 minutes north of you, not a big surprise :)). Last night we had chili and cornbread, too!

  • 14
    Emily January 11, 2011, 11:14 am

    How cute is Sullie?? I love to watch our retriever play in the snow also…too cute. When it is cold/snowing/rainy outside, I tend to bake as well. I made cornbread last night also, with a chicken gumbo. I love “snow day” food! Your cornbread and cookies look amazing!

    • 15
      Jen January 12, 2011, 9:50 am

      Oh yum, I love gumbo and haven’t had it in forever!

  • 16
    DCrunner January 11, 2011, 11:15 am

    I rarely have trouble with baked goods, but corn bread is one thing I cannot seem to get right. I’ve started making beer bread with chili instead. But I’m planning to make chili and would love some old fashioned comfort food… please share your cornbread recipe!

    • 17
      Jen January 12, 2011, 9:49 am

      I will definitely share it. I’ll try to get it up tonight. Hope that’s not too late for you!

  • 18
    Katy (The Singing Runner) January 11, 2011, 5:23 pm

    It’s not snowy here in Florida, but it’s definitely damp and cold. 🙁 Boo!

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