H. in the street, shoveling our driveway! <p>
We finally got winter! We are so excited! I could not wait this year as it seemed like it was just wet and yucky and the boys get so stir crazy, but then it snows and they have something to do outside! Yay!
It has been snowing now for a bit, and we got about a foot last night and it snowed more all day! It is so beautiful. It is all dry and fluffy so it almost looks fake! The roads are not the most fun to drive on though!
<p>P. waving at the camera!  This was day before yesterday, so now the van is practically buried, well, not really! = )
The other two boys inside where it is toasty and warm, playing with their airplane!
I made a big pot of spicy potato soup today for supper….it warmed us all up through and through! It uses up all our potatoes we have too! It is really easy!
In large pot brown 1/2 pound ground beef with 1/2 c. diced celery, 2 cloves garlic, minced fine and 1 T. italian sausage seasoning. Add 6 c. chicken broth, 6 diced potatoes and cook until soft. Use a masher to break up the potatoes and stir in a big scoop of sour cream. Salt and pepper to taste.
We served it with a bit of cheddar cheese  and  whole wheat bread. Yum! The sausage seasoning makes it spicy, but if you like it spicier you can add some cayenne too!
<p> Yesterday, I baked a big batch of oatmeal cookies. They were really good and healthy too! I took our regular recipe and added some ground up persimmon someone gave us as well as flax seed, whole wheat flour, oats so the only things bad were the sugar and chocolate chips! I froze some so they will last awhile as otherwise they vanish! <p>
I actually did go to the store today as yesterday I did not feel like it and did not today either, but  I ventured out and  figured I need a menu plan.  It  is like another world out there in all the snow! Tomorrow we go caroling, so I hope it is not too cold! <p>

Wednesday: Broccoli and chicken stir fry and rice
Thursday: Spicy potato soup, cheese and bread
Friday:  Leftover soup, homemade bread, Caramel corn or apples and caramel dip, not sure which
Saturday: Broccoli/Cauliflower soup, crackers
Sunday:  Baked potatoes, steamed broccoli
Monday: Beef stew, bread
Tuesday: Beef pot pie with leftover stew

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