Snowday + hearth plans

Hi friends!

Happy first day of spring! I know it doesn’t feel much like spring in New England, seeing as it is another snowday here in Connecticut. But let’s all collectively cross our fingers that this is the very last nor’easter before Old Man Winter packs up for the year. The one good thing about a snowday is it means working from home, and nothing goes better with that than a nice big bowl of cold grapes. :)

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My afternoon snack on this snowday may or may not have involved a few peanut M&M’s. These are miles tastier than regular M&M’s in my opinion… although those are pretty good too :) and they were perfect fuel for my afternoon productivity. Analyzing data is much more interesting when M&M’s are keeping me company.

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We got these flowers 2 weeks ago before our Gender Reveal and they are still going strong! Some of the smaller leaves closer to the bottom have gone a bit crispy, but the blooms are still looking fresh and pretty. I tell ya, this was quite a good use of $7.99.

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I baked up some Amish bread for us the other day. I am not usually big into baking, but it was a lot of fun making this bread from scratch. Just like I do with every recipe, I used almond milk instead of regular milk. Also, the recipe called for baking soda but I did not have that. Luckily despite not following the recipe exactly, the finished product still tasted fine to both Joel and me. Oh, and I don’t have a second bread pan so I made use of the muffin pan for the extra batter. :)

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While waiting for the bread to come out of the oven, I enjoyed a cup of tea courtesy of the very last teabag from my sister-in-law Sonia. I will have to pick up some of this tea the next time I go to a David’s Tea shop. It is so delicious, especially with a dash of almond milk.

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Turns out muffin-shaped bread is kinda great. I loved how yummy the house smelled while the bread was baking! Joel came in from chopping wood (he’s finishing cleaning up the tree that fell during our last snow) and the first thing he said was “mmm, it smells AMAZING in here!” :) He then proceeded to down several of these muffins. The bread is tasty enough to eat on its own without butter or anything else on top, which I appreciate. I haven’t tried it toasted yet, but I imagine that would be good too.

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Dinner last night consisted of Thai curry. Red curry is one of Joel’s favorite Thai dishes and I am happily jumping on board. I used to be all about noodles (pad thai, pad se ew, or any other noodle!). I still have a special place in my heart for noodles, but I have also learned to branch out, and in the process, I have discovered lots of other crazy good dishes too.

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The Thai leftovers made another appearance at lunch today –> this is may not be traditional nor’easter food, but it made for some pretty incredible snowday sustenance. Gotta love cozy foods when it’s all wintry outside! What’s your favorite thing to eat on a snowday? I would not say no to hot chocolate on a day like today.

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Let’s talk about our hearth for a sec. When we host bigger groups of people (ie, our weekly smallgroup, random movie nights, family, etc), we can’t all fit on the couch so the hearth gets used as extra seating. I have been thinking of ways to make this spot more comfortable. In my foray into different pillow/cushion options, I found THIS upholstery cushion¬†which is essentially one huge couch cushion. It looks perfect for what we want, and the price was pretty decent too. It’s a tad longer and wider than our hearth so we will trim it to size. The nice thing about being able to trim it ourselves is that we’ll be able to get a precise fit around the white columns. I also found a great coupon for fabric at Joann Fabric, so we’ll be able to cover it with upholstery fabric that matches the rest of our furniture. I just hope that the nor’easter today doesn’t delay the cushion’s delivery!

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Let’s back up to a couple days ago when I got together with Natasha for lunch at Panera! Natasha is a pretty stellar human. She has 2 kids and is currently working on becoming a nurse. I have acquired some great pregnancy/baby advice from her, which helps to make me feel a little more prepared to welcome our little boy. I’m glad I have so many mommy friends to call in those inevitable moments when I will need advice. Oh, and Natasha also has great general/life tips, like this one: if you download the Panera app, you can get a free bakery item! When she told me that, I immediately downloaded the app and claimed my free chocolate chip cookie, and it was delish. I loved her tip (and my cookie!) so much I thought I would pass it on to you guys… quick, get the app and get your free snack :) What is your favorite order at Panera? I have loved their Frontega Chicken Panini and Broccoli Cheddar Soup for years upon years. So good.

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What are your thoughts on Almond Joys? In Kenya there is a similar candy bar called Bounty, which is almost exactly the same thing except without the almond. I grew up with an appreciation for Bountys, and have always liked almonds, so it was inevitable that I would also enjoy Almond Joys. I know coconut can be one of those “love it or hate it” things, but I’ve always been a major fan. I haven’t had one of these Almond Joys in years but it surely did a fantastic job of satisfying that random hankering for something sweet.

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If you’re getting snow today, I hope you stay safe and warm! :)

Is this a snowday for you too? Where’s your fave place to buy upholstery fabric? Are you a coconut lover or not so much?¬†

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6 thoughts on “Snowday + hearth plans

  1. snow is falling here too. if you like almond joy, but don’t want the almonds you just have to get a mounds bar…. same thing without the almonds. Can’t wait to see what happens with your hearth. putting a cushion on it will help when you have your little guy too

    1. Oh I totally forgot about Mounds bars! I haven’t seen those in a long time, but I do enjoy those too :) I had the same thought –> having a cushion on the hearth will be great for when our little man is mobile! :D

  2. I love David’s Tea!! I’ve ordered their tea advent calendar two years in a row and definitely plan on picking it up again this year. Bounty’s are sold here in the states, but aren’t as common as Almond Joys. I loooooove Almond Joys.

    1. I keep hearing amazing things about David’s Tea, I need to try more from them! I am with you – Almond Joys are such a yummy snack :)

  3. I love the chicken noodle soup at Panera and their grilled cheese; there’s something about multiple cheeses together that just seals the deal for me! I also like their cinnamon crunch bagel toasted with butter on top.

    1. Ooh I haven’t tried their cinnamon crunch bagel but that sounds like it would be right up my alley! I’ll keep an eye out for it next time I’m there :)

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