Blizzard of 2008

Cabin in the snowI am officially dubbing this the Blizzard of 2008, because it is the closest we’ve come to one in a good long while here in Southern Indiana. We woke this morning to white swirls floating down gracefully and collecting on the ground like a group of women gossiping on a Sunday morning.

The snow hasn’t accumulated much. Maybe an inch or two, but it is soft and powdering, creating pretty drifts up against the sides of the houses that resemble Mount Everest’s peaks. One can almost imagine a tiny person climbing those powdery drifts in a struggle for life.

They are forecasting up to 10 inches more overnight, again with drifting. It is one of those days when you just want to snuggle up in your house. I thought it might be fun to share with you what the Soard family does when this weather hits. Poor Dad has to try to make it home from over in Louisville, while we snuggle up and just enjoy our snow day.

The next few days will include these activities:

Playing in the Snow – One of the great things about having kids is that sometimes you get to be a kid. When we get a lot of snow, the girls and I bundle up and we go out and make snow angels. Our Golden Retriever, Scarlette, loves the snow almost as much as we do. She will frolic alongside us, make snow doggies (she even rolls on her back) and she loves to stick her nose down into the snow and fling it up in the air, especially when it is this powdery. We love to have snowball fights, but this snow probably won’t be good for that.

Building a Snowman – Even though this snow is powdery and not good for building a snowman, that won’t stop us from trying. The fun part isn’t really in the building of our somewhat awkward snowman. The fun is in dressing the snowman or snowwoman. We love to add scarves, twig arms with gloves, hats, carrot noses and so on. We even put a boa on a snowlady one time and a big red hat.

Hot Cocoa – When we’re done playing outside, we’ll come indoors and make hot cocoa. Recently, we’ve gotten into making things from scratch and homemade, so we won’t use a packet mix. As we sip the hot cocoa, we’ll talk about other snow days from the past and other snowmen and good times. Even though the girls are getting older, they still want the traditions we’ve always had. If I forget something like the cocoa, they start asking questions and wanting to know where the cocoa is. Or maybe they just like chocolate.

Hot Soup – Dinner has to be something warm like chili or soup. Tonight we had chili. Tomorrow we will have some “hobo stew” which is my specialty. Hobo stew is a mish mash of leftovers. I keep a container in the freezer and add that one tablespoon of green beans here and another cup of leftover corn there. Hobo stew never really tastes the same twice, but is always yummy. When I’m ready to make hobo stew, I either make a pot roast the night before and use the juices and leftovers for the soup, or I add some hamburger and beef base. I actually prefer it with the hamburger. There is nothing better with hobo stew than homemade bread. We now make bread from grinding our own grain and baking from scratch. This is much healthier and it tastes wonderful. It took a few tries to get it perfect and I’ll share about that another time. Making this bread does take some before thought of several hours. I usually grind the grain in the morning. If the bread is in the bread machine by noon, it has time to rise and is ready for the oven within a couple of hours. I let the bread machine do the kneading and rising work and then I pull it out of the machine and bake in the oven in metal pans. It is soooo delish!

Imagine a cold, blustery day, but inside you have warm soup and hot, fresh bread dripping with a little butter. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Jammies & Movies – Another thing we love to do when it snows is to take our showers and put on fresh pajamas, which we stay in all day. we put on slippers or warm and fuzzy socks and we pile up in bed and watch movies all day.

These are our favorite things to do when it snows. One thing that a blizzard can make you do (or even just a little snow) is to slow down and appreciate your home. You are stuck inside for a change, instead of running here and there and everywhere. Here are some tips I leave you with this winter:

  • Take a minute to just enjoy your home life.
  • Take the time to hug your kids.
  • Play a board gam.
  • Appreciate life’s blessings, such as a hot bowl of soup.
  • Bake something. The smell will make your home seem warmer and more comforting.

Even when kids are grown and have children of their own, they remember the smells of home. I remember the smell of biscuits baking in the oven. The smell of cornbread still reminds me of my great grandmother. What smell will remind your children and others of you? Pick a signature scent. Mine is the homemade bread. Yours might be as simple as Pillsbury cookies baking in the oven.





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