Yup more snow than the car could take

Lucky me, I’m working from home today.  But I did try to get to work and successfully got stuck 10 feet away from my apartment garage.  It took 2 minutes to get stuck and 30 minutes to shovel and rock the car back into the garage.  I really did need to go into work today but since they have closed all of the schools in three counties (Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha) not many people will make it into work either.

Some details on the pictures:

This is where the car was stuck looking at the garage.  Like I said I did not get that far.  I didn’t take pictures when it was stuck because I was too busy shoveling it out.

Where the car was stuck

From the stuck car point looking at the road:

Where the car was stuck 2

My shoveling job!  Yes I shouldn’t complain but part of my rent is to pay for snow removal:

How much I shoveled

What spinning tires can do to clean the lot. A better job than me but at the loss of some rubber from my newish tires:

Clean from spinning tires

This tree is normally as tall if not a little bit taller than my 2 story apt building, but thanks to the heavy wet snow the tree is almost on the ground:

Tree

So if you are in the area please be careful on the roads.  If you are off of school, go play in the snow!!

Keep warm!

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It’s a bit snowy out

It’s winter in Wisconsin and we are finally getting rounds of snow at least once a week.  Here are some pictures from the snow falling this evening.  They are all from inside because after an hour and a half (normally 30 minutes) drive home I really didn’t feel like going back outside.  If I end up working from home tomorrow, I’ll try to get outside and get some more pictures.  Enjoy!

Snow melting on the window

Snowy tree and road

Snow in tree

Snow on balcony

Snow on balcony 2

Keep warm!

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Outfit of the Week – Adult Snow Day

We finally have some snow! Well, we did last week but this weekend’s rain made it disappear quite quickly. Hopefully there will be some more snow soon. But for those out in the northern east coast, you have plenty of snow for some fun snow activities! Playing in the snow is something that most of us did as children. I remember wishing and hoping every time it snowed that we would get a snow day, but not even 1 foot of snow over night would cancel school. No snow days for me, on the other side of that we did get to go out and play in the snow for recess. As adults we do not take the time to go outside and enjoy the snow. We make time to go online, Facebook, Twitter, play games on our phones, ect but not for snow. Why not? Have we forgotten what it is like to go and play in the white and cold snow? Well, this week’s outfit and accessories will help you with some ideas for snow fun!!

Snow Day Wear

Coat | Shirt | Snow Pants | Socks | Snow Boots | Hat | Gloves

Snow day Toys

Cross-Country Skis | Boots | Ski Poles | Snow Shoes | Snow Tube

Snow tubing, cross-country skiing, and snow shoeing and just a couple of things to do. You can down hill ski, snow board, snowmobile make snowman, snow forts, and have an adult snow ball fight (try not to hit the face). So if you have snow outside, go out and play in it! It will make you feel better!

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Weekend Links

It’s Friday!! Ho-rah, you made it through another work week!  Here are some interesting things I found on the web this week.

Cute ponies in sweaters in Scotland 

I love french style, some day I will visit there, until then I read on what to pack

How to tie a scarf, because it’s winter and you probably wear one everyday

These faux fur blankets look so warm, if only I could have a couple in my apartment.

This four-corner villa makes living in the woods look magical.

With winter storm Nemo leaving only 6 inches of snow here in Milwaukee, we didn’t have to worry to much about being stuck in doors. Nemo is now heading to the East Coast were it is expected to stall and dump about 2 ft of snow. Here are some links to help prepare for the storm and some of what to do while stuck inside.

Prepare:

http://www.mnn.com/family/protection-safety/stories/how-to-prepare-for-a-blizzard

http://www.whathappensnow.com/getPrepared.cfm?cat=4&sub=1

Ideas for activities when you are stuck inside and bored:

E How –How to keep entertained during a blizzard

Blog Fun Mama – Things to do during a blizzard

10 Things to do during a blizzard

If you are one of those lucky ones that has nice weather this weekend, go outside and Enjoy it!

Have a great weekend!

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Shortbread Cookies

I made these cookies about 2 weeks ago when it was -25 outside.  I really wanted something sweet to eat and did not want to go out, so I decided to make some cookies.  Of course I did not have all of the needed ingredients for most cookies, i.e. no milk or eggs.  But I did have all the ingredients for shortbread cookies!  here is the step by step of my cookies I made.

Here is the recipe in short, you can view the entire recipe here on Martha Stewart’s Website

Ingredients:
1 cup of unsalted butter
3/4 cup of sifted sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Making shortbread cookies - set up
There is a section of the recipe for dipping the cookies in chocolate but I was too lazy to do that to all of them 🙂
1. Start with soften butter.  Please make sure it is softened not melted like I did.  I was too impatient for the butter to ‘soften’ and tossed it in the microwave for a bit too long.
Making shortbread cookies - melted butter
2. Add the sugar, vanilla, and salt to the soften butter and cream with a whisk.  Since I have melted butter this really didn’t cream, it kind of mixed together, sort of…
Making shortbread cookies - butter, sugar, vanilla, salt
3. Add in the flour and mix it up.
Making shortbread cookies - flour
4. Chill in the refrigerate for a short time.  The dough becomes very hard really quick.  If you leave it in the frig for more than 30 minutes, you will have to let it sit out for about an hour to be able to remove the dough from the mixing bowl.
Making shortbread cookies - mixed
5. Roll out the dough and cut shapes.  Ya, I forgot to take pictures of this until almost the end.
Making shortbread cookies - cookies cut
Ducky Cookies!
Making shortbread cookies - ducky cookies
6. Place your lovely shaped cookies on a baking sheet and cook for about 18 minutes at 300 F degrees
Making shortbread cookies - ready to bake
7.  The slightly golden cookies.
Making shortbread cookies - cookies baked
8. And all the cookies cooked, minus the ones I kept eating.  You have to do quality control on each tray!
Making shortbread cookies - all cooked
9.  Enjoy a cookie or two, I did dip these in chocolate, with a wonderful warm drink!
Perfect afternoon snack
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