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Blizzard Activities

First, it was so quiet, we all slept later than usual and then had yummy scones – (yes, smitten kitchen), it was a perfect treat for after digging out of the snow.

Thanks to a great post (Thank you, Facebook), I remembered to clear the furnace vent (FYI, some furnaces vent rough the chimney – some have PVC pipes on the side of the house and clearing them is important – if the vents are it can cause carbon monoxide buildup). Of course, the vent is in the back in the absolute furthest place through snow that was well over my knees but it is cleared. T Our backyard this morning –

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Luckily the power stayed on – except for a short blip before the storm really hit – and I spent the day cooking a gorgeous lasagna bolognese from – where else – smitten kitchen.

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Yes, I made pasta from scratch for the first time…it was easy and fun (looks like I need a pasta maker) and a beautiful béchamel sauce that I was afraid I’d mess up because it got dicey for a bit but it worked…phew.

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The lasagne was delicious, sure, it took all day to make (really, all day) but totally worth it.

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Cooked – in a good way

Friends have a way of keeping you connected and grounded.  They can also teach you a great deal.  This week I learned how to make a delicious rémoulade, baked rice and that stuffing garlic butter and herbs under chicken skin isn’t so gross if you do it with a friend.  I co-hosted a PTO progressive dinner (not here – thank you, R & G) and spent a day prepping dinner, running errands and ironing table linens. My co-host (and an amazing cook) did that and much more.  I will post the full recipes under the recipe page. All wonderful.

My favorite part of the day was, well, all of it. Prep-work flies by when chatting with friends and adding special ingredients and fielding  a flurry of calls for add-on items while shopping keeps things interesting.  The connections are wonderful: a local florist, the fabulously organized friend (and the point person for last night) who delivered gift bags to the hosts on her bike, and the other interesting parents we got to meet and re-connect with last night.  There was a nice balance of quiet and busy time, I ironed while watching an old movie with my children and later our children and a family friend helped serve the dinner and clean up.

Connecting with the school community is more of a challenge when middle school years start.  There are no hallway conversations at drop-off, pick-up or on the playground so you have to make more of an effort to connect with other parents and the school community. Not to worry!  There are always plenty of volunteer opportunities, both large and small.  Help with a teacher appreciation lunch or Principal’s coffee.  Heck, if you have more time – volunteer more!

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