It’s looking like winter once again here in good ol’ New England. We had quite the nor’easter a couple days ago which gifted us a fresh blanket of snow. It looked very pretty and serene!
Despite looking very pretty, the snow was very wet and dense. All that heavy weight took out a lot of trees and power lines in the area, which meant a lot of people lost power. Our power went out in the evening, which was a bit of a the bummer. We were right in the middle of watching Wonder Woman (which is very good!) when everything suddenly went dark. I was worried that the house would get cold (we have gas as our heat source, but the fan that blows the hot air through the house is electric). Thankfully the temperature in the house didn’t change too drastically and the power came back at around 3am.
During the blackout, we decided to break out our jigsaw puzzle. Let me tell you, it is HARD to put a puzzle together by candlelight! Every piece looks identical and your eyes play tricks on you lol. It probably didn’t help that the puzzle is quite intricate and the pieces are tiny. It made for a good activity though, and we even managed to get one of the edges almost completely done –> I feel pretty accomplished about.
We woke up the morning after the storm to find that a couple of trees on our property had fallen over from the weight of the snow. Joel is working on chopping these up, and we’ll probably need to call a company to help with the bigger pieces. He also wants to secure some of the trees that started leaning over so that they are upright again. Hopefully doing so will help them to re-root.
After my book club made quesadillas last week, I felt inspired to recreate them. Since I don’t have a quesadilla maker, we did ours in the oven on cookie sheets. We went the non-traditional route and decided to fill them with unexpected ingredients — mostly to use up what we had in our fridge. We had some “regular” stuff in there, like shredded cheese and black beans, but also included other things like leftover paneer (soft cheese), vindaloo curry, and BBQ ribs.
These “fusion quesadillas” were enjoyed with sour cream and salsa. I didn’t grow up eating sour cream (not sure why but I guess it’s not a big thing in Kenya?) so it’s not something I naturally gravitate to. It’s one of those foods that I feel totally neutral towards… I don’t love or hate it.
We added the 2 leaves to our breakfast table and now it is at it’s largest size. Normally we like it at its smallest size, but it sure is nice to be able to seat more people at at a bigger table. I wish we had more matching chairs… the dark brown chairs are from our dining table which we don’t use as often as the breakfast table. Fun fact: the breakfast table and 4 matching chairs were the first purchase we made for our house when we bought it. It was quite the steal on Craigslist and we refinished it ourselves in the garage. Sanding everything took forever and made my arms sore (we did it by hand because we do not have a power sander). After a couple coats of poly, the set looked pretty much brand new again!
Tacos happened. Who else prefers tacos over burritos? I feel like tacos taste way better. Why do burritos taste so bland to me? I filled this taco with steak, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and guacamole. Pretty delicious! The only way it could have been better would have been if there were also some raw onions in there. I miss all the really good tex-mex that we had at our fingertips in Houston. One of my favorite places to go was a restaurant called Chuys – they have the best beef fajita tacos and margaritas! Connecticut needs to get some good tex-mex :)
Hot chocolate kept me company while getting some work done at home. When snow is on the ground, hot chocolate always sounds killer. Is it weird that I was never into hot chocolate before my 30’s? I didn’t dislike it, I just never reached for it. Another thing I don’t really do is add marshmallows to my hot chocolate (again, I have no idea why because marshmallows are delicious).
We ran a couple errands in preparation for our Gender Reveal party. One of these errands was to go on the hunt for faux flowers. The Michael’s near us did not have any that we liked, so we ended up picking up some fresh flowers. These definitely won’t last as long as faux, but I love how they perk up a space. Our grocery store has a lot of good options for fairly inexpensive (I think I spent $7.99).
We settled on this happy little bouquet, which adds a nice breath of fresh air to the room. I hope these flowers last a good long while! The vase was a wedding gift and makes an appearance every now and then. Speaking of wedding gifts, our first set of plates as a married couple is starting to fall apart! In the past several months, 3 of those plates have been thrown out due to having cracks. The cracks go right through the plate so that anything liquidy would drip right through. Weird, right? Thankfully we have another set of dishes that we bought a couple years ago, and those ones are going strong so we aren’t going to run out of dishes anytime soon :)
I signed up for Amazon Prime again because I figure that it will come in handy for baby stuff. I got rid of it a while ago because we weren’t using it much, but then realized how much I missed it when I had to wait more than 2 days for something hah. One day I am sure all online purchases will have same-day delivery.
What are your favorite quesadilla ingredients? Did you get any snow this week? If you haven’t already, feel free to throw your guess as far as the baby’s gender! :)