Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Five List: Snow Day!

So, as we get hammered with one of the biggest snowstorms we've had in a long time, my muscles are sore from shoveling the driveway twice already. Thankfully I have some really nice neighbours who came over and did it a third time with their snow blowers. Days like this make me want to hibernate, so here are five ideas for staying warm and enjoying the snow.

1- Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows: Good quality Mexican hot chocolate that is made from pure cocoa is generally gluten free.  Some are dairy free as well.  If you can't have dairy, make it with water (which is how it's traditionally made anyway) or use rice milk and add some mini marshmallows.  Heaven.

2- A hearty soup or stew is almost mandatory on days like this.  I'm making Boeuf Bourgignon, but if you want something lighter but still hearty, try my White Chicken Chowder.  Or a hearty Meat Lasagna.  Six ingredients, Really, it will be ready in less than an hour. 

3- Cuddle up under the covers.  One thing I love to do with the kids when it gets cold is cuddle in bed.  Everybody brings something to do (book, toy, etc.), we make a huge nest with the blankets and then hang out in our pajamas, watching the snow fall.  It's awesome.

4- Movie Marathon: Sometimes just curling up on the couch catching up on movies or TV just feels right.  Make a bunch of popcorn, find a comfy spot, and catch a flick or two.

5- Check on a neighbour:  I'm lucky to live in a neighbourhood where people help each other out, but it's easy to forget that sometimes people need help in this weather.  Help clear someone else's drive, or knock on the door of a neighbour who lives alone to see if they have all the supplies they need. 

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