Thursday, February 6, 2014

Snow Day!

Today's snow day was so much better than Icemagedon (back in December)! Really the main difference was that we didn't lose power and really that's all that matters. We had a nice warm house so we were able to take the boys out and enjoy the snow! The boys were so excited to go outside this morning.  Ryan wanted to make a snowman but once we explained there wasn't enough snow he settled on eating some falling snow.

And of course Grayson got in on that action as well!

Running around the yard...

After some snow time we headed inside for some hot chocolate! yum!

Grayson loved watching the snow fall

We played a lot inside and when daddy came home he took the boys outside to build a snowman...
Kevin couldn't find his other glove so he is sporting a kitchen glove here...didn't quite do the trick.

Grayson kept wanting to stomp on the snowman balls. 

Kevin put him on the opposite side of the yard (while he gathered snow for the head) and he charged over to try and stomp on the snowman...Ryan was not pleased. Fortunately I was able to stop him. 

Carrot for its nose!

Sadly the carrot wouldn't stay on...
Yes, it was a sad sad little snowman. But at least we tried. Ryan was happy. 

We headed inside for dinner! My mom made some yummy potato soup - seriously, the best I have ever had. We adapted it from the Pioneer Woman Recipe...soooooo yum!!!
This is what we did:

Package of Bacon
8 Green Onions (chopped)
1 cup Cheddar cheese
4 Medium yukon potatoes
8 cups of chicken broth
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
Salt & Pepper

Cook bacon in pan and set it aside. 
Peel and cube potatoes and place them in large pot. Pour in broth and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are starting to get tender. (We also added 4 chopped green onions at this point- the rest will be for garnish) Whisk together the flour and the milk, then pour into the soup and allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes.
Remove half to 2/3 the soup and blend in a blender/food process until completely smooth. Pour it back into the soup pot and stir to combine. Let it heat back up as you taste for seasonings, adding more of what it needs. Stir in half-and-half. Cook 10 more minutes. 
Serve in bowls garnished with green onions, grated cheese and crisp bacon pieces.

So yeah, it's really not like hers at all...much more simple. It's delicious though!!!

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