November Snow

Dear children of mine,

I interrupt your regularly scheduled school day to bring you this special report.

Last night while we slept – it snowed.
SnowSix inches of wet sticky snow.

And although you may think that it’s really quite exciting and even somewhat pretty, I must bring a touch of reality to your morning.

The heavy snow has knocked down the electric fence and all the cows are all out.

While you were drinking your hot chocolate for breakfast – they were walking across downed wire and eating the hay bales set aside for their winter consumption.

snowPlease drop whatever you are doing and immediately put on your winter coats, snow boots, gloves and hats.

You will find them still in the tubs in the basement where we put them last spring -because your mother somehow missed the 6 inches of snow in the forecast last night and was not prepared.

Then report to the back pasture for a morning of adventure.

We’ll call it PE.

Thank you,

Your mother


Hot Chocolate Cookies

Hot Chocolate Cookies It’s snowing!

No wind, no cold, just snow – lots and lots of snow!

When I see snow – I think of cross country skiing – and cross country skiing makes me cold – and when I’m cold I think of hot chocolate.

And when I think of hot chocolate I get hungry for cookies!


Those New Year’s resolutions lasted a long time didn’t they? 🙂

These were a new cookie for us this year – and a big hit whenever we shared them!

I won’t even tell you how many Aunt Julie and I ate when she was here – nope, not gonna do it. You wouldn’t believe me anyway.

These delectable little gems actually have hot chocolate mix right in the batter – along with lots of butter and 3 kinds of chocolate chips.  Yes – 3! It makes me almost giddy just thinking about it! 🙂

Hot Chocolate Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter – at room temperature
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cups flour
4 – 1 oz packets of hot chocolate mix (or 1/2 cup) Do not use sugar-free!
1 – 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, hot chocolate mix, salt and baking soda. Add to wet ingredients slowly, making sure it is all incorporated.

Fold in all 3 kinds of chocolate chips.

Chill the dough for about an hour, then using a 1/4 cup scoop, place the dough on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let the cookies cool slightly before removing from the pans. Cool on wire racks or eat them hot and gooey from the oven!


I’ve linked this post up with Tasty Tuesday over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday over at The Well, Tuesdays at the Table over at All the Small StuffChocolate Fridays over at Knit1Kids4 and Saturday Swap over at Quit Eating Out.

Let It Snow! Let It Snow ! Let It Snow!

Living in the Midwest allows us to celebrate four distinct seasons, and although we enjoy some seasons more that others, we try to celebrate the arrival of each one here at the homestead. Winter is one season that I don’t joyfully anticipate, but even I can get excited about the first snowfall. As an experienced Midwesterner I can feel it in the air! I remember my days in the classroom as both student and later as teacher; just as soon as the first fat flakes started coming down it was impossible to settle down for any kind of work!

That excitement happened again this year, the day before Thanksgiving with a record snowfall blanketing the capital city where we were visiting Grandma’s house. Traveling was treacherous with a layer of ice under the snow, so we gladly hunkered down with all the cousins for a day of games, hot chocolate and of course, our Snow Cake.

The tradition of Snow Cake began when I was a young mom and Matt and Laura where just little tykes. It was so exciting to see the first snow through their eyes that I decided we needed to celebrate it! We made a chocolate brownie and then cut a snowflake out of paper, laid it on top of the cooled brownie and sprinkled it with powdered sugar. When the paper was removed, the children saw the powdered sugar snowflake remaining and were awestruck!

That first Snow Cake was a hit and a new tradition was born! Now, no matter when it happens (and some years the timing was awful!) when those first snowflakes of winter start falling, we celebrate with a Snow Cake!