More snow? More snow means more time in the house with the family. Snow days are always fun and special. We love to stay snuggled up in our cozy houses, curled up on the couch with a good book or movie. You make special meals and spend hours in the kitchen conjuring up warm surprises for your delighted family. It is picture perfect: warm house, happy family and the dog lying by the fire…..
Winter is a perfect time for experiments in the kitchen. I have tried two new recipes during the most recent weekend snowstorms. I whipped up King Arthur Flour’s Crumb Coffee Cake (page 98)from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion. This coffee cake was most delicious and devoured up by everyone. I would say a definite win in my house. The next recipe was picked out by my daughter. I had brought home Rachel Ray’s Look + Cook and she had flagged the Chicken Ragu recipe (page 28)as one that she would like to try. Off to the kitchen I went, excited with my new recipe in hand. I was so proud of my new concoction and it was delectable.
In my house, you can always find a head or two buried away between the pages of a novel. During these dark and cold evenings, we like to have a pile of books stashed on our kitchen table. We are currently ensconced in the following OWL reads:
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. The novel is about an uncompromising architect who refuses to change his designs, and when he discovers the plans for one of his buildings has been altered, he destroys the structure and tries to defend his actions.
Next in pile is the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This futuristic story delivers equal parts suspense, philosophy, adventure and romance. The games are harsh and cruel as each district in the state has to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death broadcasted on live television. The Hunger Games is heart wrenching as well as action packed. The young adult trilogy consists of Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
For my own reading, I welcomed two favorite authors. They never disappoint me. Curling up on the couch and reading these books were as comfortable as my old sweats and my Red Sox blanket. I read Bad Blood by John Sandford, a Virgil Flowers novel. Flowers digs up the dirt on a cultist church, romances the town sheriff and has an old fashioned shoot’em up as he stops the villains. I then welcomed Deception by Jonathan Kellerman, another adventure with the mild mannered psychologist Alex Delaware and the nonconformist LA detective Milo Sturgis. This mystery is less about action and more brain power to solve the puzzle.
Movies are also a favorite past time during our winter evenings. We enjoyed watching Winter’s Bone; a movie about a seventeen-year-old girl who sets out to find her father who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. The father was arrested for cooking crack. If she fails to find him, she and her family will be homeless. Challenging her family’s code of silence and risking her life, she weeds her way through the lies and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to discover the truth.
The movie marathon continues as we then watched The Town. The film is about a longtime thief who tries to balance his romance with a bank manager who is connected to one of his earlier bank heists.The movie is set in Boston and having Fenway as part of the film won some points in my house.
While they were watching The Town, I had the pleasure of watching one of my favorite Doris Day movies, With Six You Get an Eggroll . She plays a widow with three sons who elopes with a widower with a daughter. Together, they must deal with the antics of their children.
I am very thankful that the eight day forecast does not have any snow in it! Maybe we can all thaw out a little.