Thursday, February 11, 2010

Shoveling Snow In Texas, Seriously?

This winter has been a winter to remember! It has snowed at least 4 times, which is a lot for us down south. The snow has been insane too! I think we got about 7 inches so far, the most we have had in 30 years. It is still snowing, it has been snowing since 3 am, and it is not expected to stop until midnight!

So, I ventured out in my Jeep to go to work this morning. I was proud of my Texan self being able to successfully make it to work despite the odds. But really, I don't mind driving in the snow. It actually puts me in a good mood. I love to see the huge snowflakes hit the windshield of my car. They are so magical and they make me wish I wish I were in Santa Fe!

I got off of work a little early today and the drive home was not bad either. The hard part was getting up my driveway. I tried but had to park it on the side of the street while Jeff and I shoveled snow. Out of all my almost 31 years, this is a first for me. It was fun.

The dogs love the snow too. I guess Millie was not too keen about the depth of it, it is the first she has seen snow this deep too. But, Luna loved it! She tried to get Millie to play along but she was not having it. I have a video of this but am having trouble posting it, I will try to post later.

By the end of the day, the Chiminea was covered in snow!

Snow put me in a cooking spirit so we had raspberry grilled chicken on a bed of almond rice pilaf with roasted broccoli. Yum! The chicken was very good. Here is the recipe for you (perfect Valentine's Dinner!):

1/2 c. raspberry vinegar
1/2 c. red wine
1/4 c. worcestershire sauce
1 tea. black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
4 cups cooked brown and wild rice pilaf (I used near east toasted almond pilaf)
fresh or frozen raspberries for garnish

In a large baking dish combine, vinegar, wine, worcestershire, garlic and pepper. Place chicken in dish turning to both sides. Cover and refrigerate for one hour, turning after 30 minutes.

Preheat the grill. Grill chicken over medium-hot heat turning halfway through and brushing frequently with marinade, for 15 minutes.

Arrange chicken on the hot pilaf and garnish with raspberries. This is a South Beach Recipe!

I also made marshmallows this evening to get in the spirit of Valentine's Day. Perfect with a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy day! I will post pictures tomorrow after they are done setting over night.

Here are some action shots of Jeff dusting the snow off our satillite. There was so much snow built up on it that it kinda went on the fritz this evening risking our visual stimulation for the rest of the night!

Despite his efforts, it did not work. I suggested he take the water hose to it. So, he braved the cold and it worked! When we thought that the satillite would be down all night I tried to get him to watch The Lost Boys with me instead but he was not having it. My poor parents had to rent a hotel room because they lost power!

Ah, the woes of snow. I love it!


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