Snow Day!

Hi There!

Yesterday Richmond got about 3 inches of snow, and while that might not seem like a lot up North, it is for us! Even at a prediction of snow, the city seems to shut down, schools are closed, and businesses have delayed openings. I conveniently had the day off anyway, so I spent it doing the quintessential “snow day” activities.


I began my day with a wonderful cup of coffee (or 1 1/2). I saved the last little bit of my Silk Hazlenut creamer, as I knew I would want to enjoy it on my morning off. I’ll definitely be buying more when I go to the grocery store on Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

I lounged around for a couple of hours, then decided I should get up and be “productive”. I checked on the batter I had whipped up the night before for Peanut Butter Power Balls. I’m bringing these as dessert to a potluck dinner I’m going to on Friday. It turns out that I left them in the fridge for too long!

When I tried to form the “dough” into balls, it just wasn’t happening. So in an attempt to save them, I added about 1/3 cup of brown rice flour, an egg, and about 1/3 cup of applesauce. Unfortunately, with these added ingredients, the power balls are no longer “raw”, but more like a cookie. I baked them at 400 for about 15 minutes, and viola!


I hope they are well received ๐Ÿ™‚

After baking, I did some light cleaning; dusted, vacuumed, and swiffered. I’ll clean the bathroom and scrub down the kitchen this weekend. Although I live in a small space, I still have to clean in stages.

Once done cleaning, I bundled up and went out for a walk in the snow! I wore two pairs of leggings, a heat sealed long-sleeve shirt, my double lined coat, heavy socks, Uggs, a knit hat, and two pairs of gloves!! I was definitely warm enough, but you can never be too careful. I don’t think the temperatures rose above 15 degrees yesterday, and it was windy too!


I covered about 2.5 miles, and even broke a sweat! The monuments looked angelic with snow around them.


I am embarrased to admit that I have discovered that I can watch past TV episodes without having DVR! I watched a marathon of New Girl and a “live” episode of Modern Family last night before conking out to bed. ‘Twas a great day!

What do you like to do on a Snow Day?



2 thoughts on “Snow Day!

  1. Joan Barnard says:

    Hey Babe-
    I just found your blog and love reading up on all the recipes. Also, you happen to look fantastic!

    Can you speak to gluten free desserts that actually taste good? Or maybe something you’ve baked?

    Great job, Ellen!



    • Thanks Joan!! I really appreciate the compliments. And you look fantastic yourself! Yes, I have made a handful of GF baked goods, and they DO turn out good! The Peanut Butter Power Balls calls for the following ingredients:

      1 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Quick Oats
      2/3 cup unsweetened toasted coconut flakes
      1/2 cup natural peanut butter
      1/2 cup ground flaxseed
      1/3 cup honey, maple syrup
      1 T chia seeds
      1 tsp vanilla extract

      Since the mixture didn’t hold well for me, I added 1/3 cup of GF Brown Rice Flour, an egg, and about 1/3 cup of applesauce which can be used as a substitute ingredient for eggs.

      Thanks again for the encouragement, and stay tuned for more GF goodies this winter!


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