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The Snow Day That Wasn’t + Clementine Upside Down Cakes

March 7, 2013

In the morning, she crawls into bed with me and I’m surprised to see her instead of him.  Usually he’s the first one up – loud and waking us all. I roll over and check my phone.  School is cancelled, but no actual snow on the ground. We’re still not sure why it got cancelled, presumably because the weather reports said there was a terrible blizzard on the way, but it turned into a bonus rainy day off  and we used it to relax all day long.

Tater tots with breakfast.
A new tea kettle that should have cost $100 that I got for $7 that’s making me so happy brewing various teas all day long.
Clementine Upside Down Cakes.
Pajamas and random outfit changes all day.

Running in circles while we’re chomping at the bit to get outside more.
Curious George and general tv in the morning, usually off limits during the week
An old Polaroid camera that elicited gasps and awe as the photos come out immediately.
Tuna salad for lunch. I always forget how much I enjoy a good tuna salad. There’s an amazing-sounding lemon and caper tuna salad floating around on Pinterest, but my old standby of mayo+onion+celery+salt+pepper is still my favorite.
Jake and the Neverland Pirates and the word scalawag about 500 time.
Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Mitchell stations on Pandora.

A few favorite books  for grocery planning and for spiritual grounding. We can’t be the only family struggling with a church balance can we? I don’t talk about faith much on here (ever?) so today seems as good as any. We’re both Catholic, or at least grew up Catholic.  He went to Catholic school the whole way through and doesn’t want to have much to do with it anymore. We both have issues with some of the major beliefs of the Catholic Church.  I still identify with Catholicism more than anything else, though.  I also think it matters that we teach our children that we can identify with something and be a part of something without agreeing with everything they stand for.  I just don’t know what it all means or where we go from here.  I’ve been really wanting to get back to church more lately and I think we might go to a few to check them out rather than our main church.  I don’t know.  Anyone else feel this way?

On a lighter and sweeter note: Clementine Upside Down Cakes.  They were even more delicious than we’d hoped they would be.  Crunchy little carmelized bits all around the edges, tiny bits of sour and bitterness mixed with sweetness.  I used this recipe and subbed 1/2 cup of brown sugar for 1/2 of the sugar called for in the cakes and added a bit of vanilla.  {Quick tip for conversion: 225g = 1 cup.}

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2013 11:43 am

    Great update – simple and truthful with such real photos to round it all out. A fan 🙂

    Also I am on the exact same page with you regarding faith – born and raised Catholic, but don’t believe in all of what the church has to say…yet love the idea of the community a church brings and lessons within. Just need to find a good match I suppose….

  2. March 7, 2013 11:57 am

    Love this post: simple, beautiful, meaningful. I miss you posts, and your gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. March 7, 2013 12:22 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for months but its the first time I leave a comment. Your pictures are great and your kids are awesome. Thanks for the recipe, 🙂

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