Small Success Thursday: Winter Wonderland Edition


This week, so far, we had 5 inches of heavy, wet snow and then an ice-to-rain “event.” Thanks, Punxsutawney Phil. Thanks a whole lot.


erins vegetarian chiliWhile it was snowing and I had nothing better to do but stay inside and cook, I made a big batch of spaghetti sauce with meatballs and, later, a slow cooker full of Erin’s Vegetarian Chili (I added a can of pink beans and a generous amount of corn). Middle Sister baked some Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies.


I was the Substitute Librarian/Tech Teacher on Tuesday morning. Not only did I get paid for doing something I love, but I had all kinds of fun

  • reading Snowmen at Work with the first grade. Twice. Because their teacher changes the words to “1A Snowmen” when she reads a Snowman book with them, and they needed me to do the same.
  • reading Pink Snow with the second grade. We don’t usually choose nonfiction books as read-alouds in the library, but I was looking for something not too babyish for this class, and I wanted to stick with the snow theme. The kids were spellbound and asked good questions. One teacher, whose daughter is in that class, told me Wednesday how much her daughter really loved that book.
  • attempting to convince an eighth-grade girl who was working on a “Contemporary Americans” report that you can’t use rumors as sources for a research project, even when those rumors are published in celebrity-gossip rags. Especially when those rumors are published in celebrity-gossip rags.


I finally got the Christmas decorations boxed up and moved out of the living room. They’re not completely away yet, but I need the snow to melt so I can get the boxes out to the shed. My deadline for getting that done is the next time Big Brother comes home to spend the night, because right now those boxes are in his room.

Give yourself a little pat on the back for things you’ve accomplished this week! Join us over at Small Success Thursday at–leave a comment or link your blog.

And while you’re over there at, don’t forget to link to your favorite meatless recipes at our Meatless Friday Link Party! We’re getting our souls–and our kitchens–ready for Lent!

2 thoughts on “Small Success Thursday: Winter Wonderland Edition

  1. What a great bunch of successes. And I’m with you… I’d like to smack that Phil! Hmmph.
    Meatless Friday Link-up sounds fun. THANKS! I’m going to check it out.

    Blessings Barb. Always love reading your posts.

  2. A week full of many joys! How wonderful.
    How funny that you post that recipe for the oreo cookies – my friend and I were *just* talking about those. I am DEFINITELY going to try those. Have you ever heard of cookie-dough flavored stuffing in oreos (instead of white creme filling)? I haven’t tried them yet but it’s going to be very dangerous for me if I ever find those!
    Enjoy your weekend Barb!
    ~ Erika

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