Small Success Thursday: Snow Day Edition

Small-Success-Thursday-400pxYes, it’s another Snow Day here in southern NJ, where the winter weather has been overachieving in a big way. It’s been snowing since before midnight and is expected to continue until after midnight tonight. I don’t know how much we have because there’s plenty of old snow underneath the new snow, so who can measure?

I’ve got a nice big list of things to do around the homefront today, so I don’t mind being housebound. I’ve already checked off “eat bacon” from my list, so it’s time to join up with the Small Success crew at and look back on how the week has gone.


Proving that I can, indeed, roll with the punches in an actual emergency, the second grade and I survived Monday, when I became the Substitute for the Substitute on 5 minutes’ notice. I was in for the librarian, but was called to abandon ship there and head to second grade when the substitute teacher already in that class was suddenly hit by a stomach virus. It turned out to be a pretty good day.


I did the traditional pre-snowstorm run to the supermarket for French Toast ingredients. Wanting to avoid the crowds, I went on Tuesday night (since I spent Tuesday in the school library as the substitute librarian.) I made it a menu-planning Snow Day Win by picking up a whole chicken and some fresh parsley. The chicken was roasted yesterday for our dinner, and I saved the carcass to use for chicken broth today–that’s where the parsley comes in. It’ll be on the stove soon, and it can simmer all day long.


I turned a Juggling Fail into a Small Success. ShopRite had containers of 30 eggs on sale. We go through a lot of eggs here (Little Brother eats 2 or 3 eggs a day) so I was all about buying the bulk package. It’s a new package, though–flimsy plastic, like this:


and when I went to get it out of the car the container flipped out of my hands and landed upside-down in the driveway.


I was amazed that almost all of the mess was contained in the package, so I ran it inside, set it on the kitchen counter, and went about seeing if anything could be salvaged. Little Brother removed 17 unbroken eggs and put them into another carton. I got an ice-cube tray for the rest. Yes, you can freeze eggs in an ice-cube tray. Now, I only did this because I knew when those eggs got cracked. But only 3 eggs were so far gone that I couldn’t save them.

Just pulled the raisin bread out of the oven. It’s a new recipe, and either the yeast was really overachieving today or there’s a mistake someplace in that recipe, because there was a serious overflow. Some of the raisins were trying to escape. I hope I can get it out of the pan, but if I can’t, I’m just going to cut it right out because it smells amazing, despite its odd appearance.

raisin batter bread overflow

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8 thoughts on “Small Success Thursday: Snow Day Edition

    • I have resolved never to purchase eggs in that kind of package again. Give me back the old cardboard carton!

  1. Your overflowing raisin bread looks amazing! I think the overflow gives it a little extra character. πŸ™‚ Hope it tasted as yummy as it looks!

  2. All of my friends back East are over the snow. Bless you all!
    That said – GREAT JOB on the egg save. You got more than half not broken and sounds like you saved the rest. WOOHOO.
    At first glance, I thought that was a potato… but I couldn’t figure out the black. BUT on my computer now and can see it’s bread. HA! I love raisin bread. YUM.


  3. So, since several of you mentioned it…the raising bread was pretty good, but not what I was hoping for. I’ll keep looking for a better recipe. My resident raisin-haters enjoyed it because it was really easy to find and remove the raisins! I have definitely never have read overflow in quite that manner, so I was glad I got it out of the pan and it was actually cooked on the inside. πŸ˜‰

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