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Winter Ramblings

This past weekend Richmond got hit/blessed? with the first snow of 2017. We got about 6 inches here in the city, but it was a great consistency; light, powdery, fluffy, etc. All that you winter lovers’snow dreams are made of. Someone’s caption on Instagram deemed it “magical”. It kind of was, because the bulk of the accumulation happened over night.

The night before the snow came, I got together with my SGHS (high school) friends for a low-key dinner from Zoe’s Kitchen and wine. It was great catching up as always with these ladies! Thank you Liz, for being the fabulous coordinator and hostess!

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The next morning, as I said, the snow was here, and coffee and eggs were calling my name. I enjoyed looking out of my balcony at the albeit, pretty snow.

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If there was a contest where someone had to occupy themselves for 24-hrs without opening their apartment door, I would win. I can’t recount all the little things I did, but my day went something like this: breakfast, savored coffee, watched the weather, called my mom, called my sister, Face Timed with my bro and family, snacked on lots of hummus, put away my Christmas ornaments and decorations, cleaned apartment, made avocado pesto, and probably my most important activity: making sweet potato fries from scratch!!

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Lastly, I ate said fries, accompanied by GF penne with sauteed onions and mushrooms and my avocado-pesto sauce. After dinner, I curled up to watch a new movie; Bridget Jones’ Baby, which was so funny, and had an amazing soundtrack!

So, you see how I can keep myself busy?

Sunday morning, I knew was going to be the day to venture out, but still enjoyed “sleeping in” until 7:45am, and styled this yummy bowl of strawberry, coconut oatmeal, accompanied by Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut spread and chia seeds. DE-licious!

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After breakfast, I spent about two hours painfully searching for a new background for the blog. I knew all along the look I wanted, but kept searching and getting caught in the rabbit hole of looking at other gorgeous images.

Before I knew it, it was almost Noon! Time flies when you’re not doing anything πŸ˜‰ I suited up in my snow uniform, which consisted of two pairs of leggings, two long sleeved shirts, my new Patagonia pullover fleece that I bought at Clementine for $45!, my plaid infinity scarf, and my Mako Builders wool/cotton hat. Phew! That’s a lot of layers. Oh, and two pairs of socks AND gloves, and my 12-year old Uggs. Yes, you read that right. Twelve years old!

Enough about my snow uniform. I brushed the snow off my car, which was pretty easy , then headed over to my sister’s. My thought was to play with my nieces in the snow, but they had their next door neighbor friend over, so that didn’t happen. But I did help them make Snow Cream, which tasted pretty much like ice cream! Here’s the recipe that we got from my sister’s mother-in-law:

Snow Cream

Serves 3

  • 4-cups snow
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (or vanilla “abstract” as my niece called it, lol)
  • Drizzle of chocolate syrup (optional)

Beat all above ingredients together, and enjoy!

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So there’s my little snow weekend in a nutshell. Now I’m going to cook dinner, enjoy some red wine and popcorn, and watch the Golden Globes!

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Stay warm!

Xo,

Ellen

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