Too cold to go out for more than a few seconds. Too cold to be bothered with the enormous task of layering children in padded snowsuits and other ridiculous apparel.
The snow is holding me captive in my house. And being in one's house all week with two kids under three is kind of like being marooned on an exotic desert island, except instead of sun, sand and mojitos - crying, poop and Dora the explorer. In Calgary. So not really like a holiday at all.
And so, instead of going out, we've discovered ways to amuse ourselves with as little input from the television as humanly possible. We've been creative. We've been musical (okay I played the piano and sang while the kids glared at me and then leaped on me to stop me). We've been crafty. We've read countless books. We've blown words and notes through cardboard tubes.
And because I'm currently consumed by some kind of strange culinary obsession, I've been baking things I shouldn't because of their fat/sugar/butter content and stirring sauces and whipping up all kinds of things. Some of which are edible.
Still no clue where my running shoes are. Sob.
Cheese straws - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Cheese-Straws-241167
Pizza - either make or buy pizza bases (I made very large pizza bases), spread tomato sauce on dough, spread layers of mozzarella, spinach and artichoke on top and bake for about 30 minutes at 425 degrees F. The other pizza had layers of mozzarella, sautéed mushrooms, onions and peperoni.