How to Enjoy Being Snowed-In

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

There’s not much that I like about snow, but being snowed-in is actually a lot of fun. (Who knew!?!)


To start, there’s a roaring fire in the fireplace.


And plenty of red wine.

Mal and I are drinking a bottle of Garnacha de Fuego, which is absolutely perfect for a wintery night. Check out the description:

A bit of smokiness on the nose is balanced by berry aromas of blackberry and blueberry. Smooth flavors of spice, vanilla, and raspberry have a nice finish of subtle tannins that make this wine enjoyable by itself or with a variety of different meals from pizza to a perfectly cooked and seasoned steak.

So yum! 😀

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We also made a fantastic meal for dinner. And, of course, we’re sitting around in PJ’s and slippers! 😉


I’m in the final week of my Cookbook Challenge, so I flipped through The Bon Appetite Cookbook to find a warm, hearty, and comforting recipe for dinner tonight. It didn’t take my fingers very long to find the ‘Stews’ section of the cookbook, and Beef Bourguignon was an easy choice. Ever since I watched Julie & Julia (here’s my review), it’s been on my list of recipes to make. A snow storm was the perfect reason to do so!


Earlier today, Mal and I reminisced about the French cooking class that we took back in June. We had such a blast cooking together, we decided to turn tonight’s meal into a similar affair.


We turned on some tunes, poured ourselves each a glass of wine, and got down to business in the kitchen.

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Mal tended to the meat while I managed the veggies and ingredient prep.

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The Beef Bourguignon was very time-consuming (from beginning to end, it took about 2 hours), but totally worth it!

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It turned out so well! I’m really proud of us! :mrgreen:


The sauce was thick and rich; the meat was tender and flavorful. Delicious.


It tasted especially amazing with a couple of pieces of whole wheat “rustic” bread and a glass of red wine.


For dessert, I enjoyed two pieces of homemade chocolate-covered toffee. I really wanted a third piece, but I waited a few minutes and the urge passed. This is also a small victory for me.

Apparently, being snowed in also includes lots of video games.


And napping.


See ya in the morning!



  1. AH its crazy outside!!! and your night looked perfect! mine was MUCH of the same thing, but we watched toy story 2!!! Red wine—that was a great choice!!

  2. I was snowed in with my parent’s last Christmas for 5 days. I’m glad that you enjoyed it. It wasn’t too bad for me, at first anyway… LOL I guess it’s memorable! It looks like your food turned out good!

  3. I’ve been reading about the Boston storm. Good thing you have that cozy fire 🙂 Stay warm!

    PS…Are you running any races in Beantown this spring?? I usually run a few when I come back to visit

  4. that is a reallly time consuming dish, its the only thing my dad will dedicate more than an hour of his time to cook! i like it with rice. 🙂 i hate the snow! it messes up everything, thank the lord its passing here now, weve been stuck for days! x

  5. You see, when people ask me, “What do you want to do with your life? What is your passion?” I describe a day similar to this. They look at me like I’m a pathetic loser, but I think you get me Tina. Finally, someone understands 😉

  6. I cannot imagine!!! We got like half an inch and everyone panics and no one will drive and I got cabin fever for being at home for 24 hours straight. I really do not know what would happen if my door ever got snowed shut! wow

  7. Now that is a great night!

    I loved being snowed in last year, when we had a blizzard, it was nice to just be stuck home, it made us for once relax, and just enjoy the little things : )

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