Friday Favorites: The Week With the Blizzard

We had quite a week here this week!  Even though we got lots and lots of snow it was actually warm(er) most days this week than it has been in weeks and we got outside for lots and lots of hiking and walking.  


We had such a fabulous day on Friday! We met our friends for a hike and ended up hiking nearly 2 hours!  We found a new trail to try and it was gently snowing by the time we made it back to our cars.






After a 2 hour hike we were all starving so I took the boys out to lunch.  They convinced me to try Railside Tavern and oh my goodness was the food ever fantastic!  I got a chicken Caesar wrap with their hand cut fries and it really hit the spot after working up such an appetite.  

 





While the actual blizzard we got on Saturday was not a favorite of mine I did enjoy a low key day hanging at home around the fireplace. I cooked up some chicken soup, Dutch oven bread, and chocolate chip/chunk cookies.  YUM!

 

Just one of the small snow piles that accumulated near our house






Another favorite this week was our family snowshoeing walk!  We went out in our woods for about an hour making trails/tracks with our snowshoes; mostly walking single file since it's easier to follow in someone else's tracks.  










My husband and I enjoyed a great date night out at the Black Dog Sunday night after dropping Alec for a make up driver's education class.



Tuesday, Ian, my mother in law, and I went snowshoeing around our woods again; mostly walking the same trail we had already forged over the weekend and adding a nice challenging hill in the middle.  



Can you tell where the path is? 



We met up with friends of our on Wednesday for another snowshoe hike; we had never tried snowshoeing at Bigelow Hollow and we were looking forward to meeting up with two other families for an outdoor adventure.  






I finished up all my Valentine cards this weekend (I'll have a full post with photos of them on the blog on Valentine's day).  


Thursday afternoon Ian, myself, and my mother in law played another few rounds of Rummikub before Ian took my mother in law out on the RZR for a snowy ride.  



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  1. Hasn’t the snow been magnificent! You guys got even more than us! I’ve loved cozying up and I baked some cookies as well! So serene. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Love how you always get out to walk and never let the weather stop you- so inspirational and yeah for date night!

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    1. I try! I just know I am a happier person after some fresh air and exercise but it can take a lot of work to get myself motivated to get out there.

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  3. I love all the snow. I love Rummikub. Have a wonderful day.

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  4. I'm just in awe over all of the snow that y'all got. It is just so beautiful. It's been 70 and rainy here... I'd rather have the snow! Have a great weekend!

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    1. 70?! I'm happy if it's in the 20's & 30's! LOL. It's rainy, icy, and snowy all in one today. I would pick straight snow or straight rain over the messy mix if given a choice.

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    1. Yep! We sure did. Some drifts were up to my oldest son's waist!

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  6. Gorgeous snow pics! And it sounds like you ticked all the snow day boxes--great food, snow walks, time with family, games. Almost enough to make me wish I still lived in snow country. Almost.

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    1. Yes! We had a great snow day. Now spring came come and I'll be perfectly happy. :)

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  7. Hi Joanne. I'd heard that folks up in your corner of the country got some heavy snow. If you're safe and warm, it sure is beautiful.

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  8. I had a couple kids home for.the blizzard so I cooked up a storm, and after they left, we had a nice, quiet snow shoe walk.

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  9. Lovely photos and great you all got out on the snowshoes. That pub lunch looks so yummy!

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    1. It was delicious! I can't even remember the last time we ate lunch out.

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  10. Gorgeous photos! Kudos to you for hiking 2 hours through the snow and ice. Then, it's so nice to share good, hot food indoors.
    Carol
    https://www.scribblingboomer.com

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  11. You got a lot of snow. And then the cookies after that. Sounds amazing. I want to go snowshoeing and we just haven't done that this year.

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    1. It was so much work snowshoeing in our deep powdery snow. It was much easier snowshoeing towards the end of the week when it had melted and turned a bit slushier; that way we didn't sink nearly as much.

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  12. The snow was so fun here! I love Rummikub!

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    1. It's such a quick and fun game; we usually play a good 3-4 rounds.

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  13. All that snow up against your house - OH MY GOSH - makes me feel claustrophobic
    Those fries look DELICIOUS!

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    1. LOL. Luckily the doors open in so I know I can get out. Those fries were so good; the whole meal was just delicious.

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  14. What beautiful photos you got from your hike. Everything is so pretty when it's covered in snow and the snowshoe walk sounds like fun. x

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  15. It's always SO impressive how you get outside even when the weather is less than ideal Joanne. But snowshoeing would be so fun especially in all of that snow.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  16. You really made the best of that snow with your hikes and snowshoeing! Going out to lunch is my favorite and it looks like you had a great lunch date! Way to make a great date night out of driver’s ed. Have a great weekend!

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  17. Wonderful winter scenery and outdoor activities. Your fresh baked cookies look delicious. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  18. Your blog always makes me hungry...hahaha! We got several inches of snow so today was spent digging out! I hope to get out and get some pictures before it gets tracked around in too much! As always, I love the photos!

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    1. I hear that from a lot of readers! LOL. It helps to have a baker in the house.

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  19. How cool doing snowshoeing walks! I've only heard about them being a "thing" in Italy until I read this post. That's a lot of snow there! But your photo of the book in front of the fire was my favourite. Have a lovely week!

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  20. Yes, definitely a cookies by the fire kind of day! Love the picture of the birds by the window.

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    1. Thank you! The fist time they plopped down there I thought; what are they standing on? Not really thinking the snow was THAT high.

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  21. I can't believe how much snowshoeing you've done! We tried it for the first time and it was fun but more challenging than hiking! I love cozy snow days....but prefer them on weekdays when I get off from work! Hope you had a great weekend!

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    1. We think it is far more challenging than hiking too but I was so surprised that my Weight Watchers app logs them the same!

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  22. I know the snow isn't your cup of tea, but oh my goodness, am I jealous! I LOVE snowstorms, and I especially love a good blizzard when there's nowhere to go!

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    1. I don't mind the blizzard itself but hate the huge piles of snow everywhere after. LOL. It makes it so hard to walk, drive, see...

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  23. It's a whole other world to an Australian Summer, although it's been a pretty et and mild-mannered one here, although not all round. It's a big country. Your photos look great and I'd love a few of your cookies, although it's Apricot Pie and ice cream tonight here.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  24. It's all so pristine and white! Very different to your Summer photos. Glad you could get out and enjoy the outdoors and have somewhere warm to recover afterwards. I'm not sure how I'd handle all that snow, but it's beautiful to look at in pictures.

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    1. LOL. That's pretty much how I feel about snow; having lived here my whole life I do know how to handle it but I much prefer looking at snow than having to deal with the actual snow.

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  25. Sounds like you had a really great week! Lots of hiking and good food is always a plus!

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  26. I admire you for going outside even when the weather's like this! That pub lunch sounds delicious. What's Dutch oven bread though? I'm from the Netherlands and I have absolutely no idea. #MMBC

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    1. I make a crusty and easy no knead bread using my cast iron Dutch oven; it's quick (for fresh bread anyway) and tastes soo good! (https://www.jennycancook.com/recipes/2-hour-fastest-no-knead-bread/)

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  27. Everything is so pretty in snow and ice. I'd love to go snowshoeing. That wrap looks amazing!!!!

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  28. That snow is just beautiful. So pristine. Love the photo of the frozen brook. The way the water froze around the rocks. Would love to try snowshoeing. Maybe we need a getaway sometime to a location where there is a lot of snow. One year we had reservations to go to somewhere snowy...I can't remember where (how sad) and we had a very unexpected snowfall here in El Paso and our flights were canceled.

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    1. What are the odds?! We tend to not travel in winter because it's quite common for the weather to wreck our plans.

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  29. Beautiful snow! Makes for such gorgeous photography.

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