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a snowy weekend

Our very first snow of the season decided to grace us with its presence this weekend.

It wasn’t very heavy at first, but I was still oohing and ahhing over it every time I glanced out the window.  It would have random bursts of thicker, heavier flakes, and then it would taper off again to a light mist.  It was lovely.

Guess what the husband and I did on Friday night?

If you’re thinking we had some friends over, popped open a bottle of vino and stayed up playing charades until the wee hours of the morning…then you’d be wrong.

We slept.  Yep, that’s right.  We layed down on the bed at about 6:30 pm, and the next thing we knew we woke up and it was 11 pm.  I guess we really were just that exhausted.  So, we got washed up, poured ourselves a bowl of cereal and watched House Hunters for a little over an hour.

All would have been just fine had we both gone to bed afterwards and slept soundly until the morning.  But that just wasn’t the case for me…I was so wound up and restless at that point, and I didn’t end up falling asleep until about 3am.  Bah.

Saturday morning I woke up feeling like a train wreck.  I made myself a green monster which significantly boosted my morale, and then we spent some time cleaning up the house and getting ready to head to the city for the day to run some errands and do some top secret investigations (more to come on that soon).  One key thing I had forgotten that was set to happen on Saturday was that the water in our neighborhood was going to be turned off from 11am until 6pm.  We had received a notice on our door earlier this week, but who really ever pays attention to those things?

Anyway, so I had just gotten my green monster all mixed up, and I set out to run some water in my Vitamix so the chia seeds and spinach wouldn’t stick to the sides and never come off (not that that has happened before).  But when I turned on the water, nothing came out! And then it hit me.

Now one thing you must know is that I am very very protective of my Vitamix.  After every time I use it I immediately wash it with soap and water and dry out the inside so there are no water spots left behind to taunt me.  So I was really in a stitch when there was no water and the inside of my Vita was coated in green.  And that’s when the husband came up with a brilliant idea.  First, we went around the house, rooting around desks and through yoga bags, coming up with several mostly empty water bottles.  We dumped those in, and then turned to the freezer, breaking apart the huge ice chunks that had cemented themselves to the bottom of our ice maker and dropping them in as well.  Now we’ve got some soaking action. yesssss.

That things could take on the Titanic, no?  Obviously ice cold water isn’t ideal for soaking, but we made due and my heart rested easy the rest of the day.

On Sunday, aside from staring at the beauty outside, we also went to early service and sunday school at our church and spent much of the afternoon sorting through Outbox stuff.  Tax season is approaching all too quickly, and there is much to do on the home business front.  Every single other year we’ve done our taxes ourselves, but this year I think we’re going to hire an accountant.  Kind of a bummer on the financial side, but with our business and my fourteen (exaggeration) jobs it just seems like the only way to go.  Hopefully it will make tax season a little less stressful and hopefully we’ll be able to get everything taken care of before the first week in April this year.  Fingers crossed.

Obviously the tasks had to be done, and there was one distinct way I could think of to make it a bit more enjoyable.

How about some hot and gooey vegan white chocolate and milk chocolate chip cookies, husband?  yes, please.

Husband’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • chocolate chips of your choice, as many as you want
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar, sifted to remove clumps
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance, mostly melted (should be room temperature)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 EnerG egg replacer egg
  • 2 tbsp non dairy milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray baking sheet with cooking spray or use liner.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together all dry ingredients including chocolate chips.  Create a well in the center and set aside.
  • In a small sized bowl, mix together the melted Earth Balance and the sugar.  Add in the maple syrup, egg, water and milk and stir until well combined.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix by hand.  Dough will be very crumbly after it is all mixed.  You will have to get down and dirty with this dough:)  Scoop a spoonful of dough and use your hands to form it into balls.  Space the balls evenly apart on the baking sheet and then press down with the palm of your hand to flatten it.  The dough will not spread while it is baking – it will look the same when it comes out as it did when it went in.
  • Bake cookies for about 15 minutes.  They will appear to not be done, but take them out anyway and transfer them to a wire cooling rack as soon as they are movable.
  • I referred to these as “alien cookies” because it seemed like they just weren’t getting done. I kept having to put more time on the timer, but when I finally just decided to take them out and let them cool, they turned out great!  Keep in mind that oven temperatures can vary, so it would be a good idea to check them after 10 minutes and then again ever couple of minutes to make sure they don’t burn.

The husband gave these a great review!  He actually loved them even more than I did, although I certainly ate my fair share:)

Perfectly warm treat for a frigid day and a perfect end to the weekend.  Bring it on, Monday.

What was the best thing you did this weekend?  Has it snowed where you are?  Do you love snow?
I say if it’s going to be cold, then I’m more than thrilled to have pretty snow to look at.  I hope we get more!

Also, are you the type of person who gets your taxes done early?  Or do you procrastinate until the last minute?  Do you use an accountant or are you talented enough to figure them yourself?

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a

means by which we arrive at that goal.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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19 Responses to “a snowy weekend”

  1. I want a vitamix sooo bad! lol and that recipe your husband came up with sounds wonderful!

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    candice Reply:

    Well, he didn’t actually come up with it…I just named it after him because he loved it so much, lol. He usually leaves the baking to me:)

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  2. I don’t mind snow if the sidewalks are clear. I really like when there are light flurries and its a little warmer then the deep freeze that sets in come February. By then I am dreaming of the first warm sunny day of spring!

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    candice Reply:

    So true about the sidewalks. I don’t usually think of that as much because my town is not exactly a walkable town, but I remember you saying you walk everywhere. Snowy sidewalks would be the worst!

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  3. Dorry says:

    We got snow in Dallas – always a fun event since it’s so rare. We had a great, low-key weekend. Dinner with some amazing friends on Friday night, including 2 friends who are both pregnant and due next month. Nice outdoor run and home cooked meal on Saturday night and a cozy winter day yesterday.

    I get my taxes done early but mine are pretty straight forward!

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    candice Reply:

    Your weekends sounds wonderful! And how fun to have two babies on the way, especially at the same time:)

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  4. We had our first snow yesterday. Probably about 5 inches where I am. Sounds like you guys needed the sleep!

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    candice Reply:

    I heard that you got a lot of snow! I was watching the weather when I was on the treadmill this morning, and I thought of you. Hope you’re enjoying as much as you can!

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  5. I like snow so long as it doesn’t turn bad and keep me homebound. The last 2 years it snowed and iced for my birthday. Doesn’t make for a nice evening out that’s for sure!

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    candice Reply:

    So true. When is your birthday? It definitely would be a bummer to be snowed in on your birthday…you only get one! Hopefully it will be clear this year:) unless it’s already passed that is

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    amber@SAHM's musings Reply:

    My birthday in Jan 27. Hoping for clear roads ;-)

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  6. Cynthia says:

    Those pictures of your dog are too cute! Here in Georgia, we got our first major snowfall of the season. The roads are a mess, but my dog loves to play in it! I love it too, as long as I don’t have to drive in it. :)

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks, Cynthia! I totally agree – I hate driving in the snow. I used to be really confident about it, but a couple of years ago I got in a wreck and ever since then I’ve been so paranoid!

    How fun that you live in Georgia…I’ve always wanted to visit there.

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  7. I just noticed your new page layout and I LOVE it!! Who designed it for you? It’s amazing (:

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks so much Alycia – my husband designed it actually. It definitely pays to be married to a graphic designer:)

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  8. Since we get snow so rarely I love it when it snows. It’s so pretty to me!

    And I love how protective you are of your vitamix. Heck, that thing is $$$!

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    candice Reply:

    I know, right?! How could I not be? As my pastor says – “the more stuff you have, the more you worry.” Definitely true in this case!

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  9. Anna says:

    I love watching the snow fall from the warmth of my home. When it was snowing last weekend I found myself looking out the windows and giggling because it was so pretty :)

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    candice Reply:

    haha, that’s cute:)

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