The blizzard was bluffing!

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I thought the storm’s wind was going to rock the house right off the foundation last night, but it turns out it’s bark was worse than it’s bite.

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Ben only had to clear a couple inches off our driveway this morning, which he was mighty pleased about. :) (eek I think it’s time to put the bee stake away!)

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We finally have our White Christmas and I can’t stop humming Christmas tunes. The snow has gone to my brain! :D

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While Ben was scooping, I was busy finishing my second baking project from yesterday, to take to my parent’s house for lunch this afternoon, Garlic Knots aka homemade rolls topped with melty, garlickly butter!

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Last night I made the dough with water, sugar, yeast, flour and a few other ingredients, then let it rise and sit in the fridge overnight.

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This morning I rolled out the dough onto an oiled board and cut it into strips.

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The Type A in me made sure everything was trimmed and neat! :)

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The knots themselves were a cinch to make. 

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Just roll the dough strips into a snake and literally tie the dough into a knot. Just like with a piece of string – it’s super easy!

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I laid my knots out and let them rise under a towel until they doubled in size.

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They actually weren’t rising fast enough on top of an oven set to 300 degrees, so I took them over to my parent’s house to continue to rise until we were almost ready to eat.

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We arrived to a Christmas wonderland! HOLY STOCKINGS! Can you guess which one is mine? ;)

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Every year my Mom decorates her house to the nines for Christmas. My favorite is this little snow village that sits on top of their entertainment center.

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Its got everything from carolers to snowball fighters and even a little frozen ice skating pond, aka a pond-shaped mirror. I used to LOVE to help set this up with her! :)

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For lunch, she had set out an entire Baked Potato SOUP bar for us with all the fixins’! Bread bowls, cheese, bacon, green onions and TWO different kinds of baked potato soup!

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I chose the thicker of the two and poured a big ladle-full into a fresh bread bowl, alongside some cornbread.

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I’ll try and get you this recipe, because it was so, so, so delicious. Thick, creamy, cheesy – luscious.

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It’s a Panera copy cat recipe – I know that for sure. It tastes exactly like theirs!

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My parents still get the paper everyday and my Mom is always clipping recipes from it to try. One of them was this Corny Cornbread she made today. It’s basically Jiffy Cornbread Mix with both creamed and kernel corn added. At first I couldn’t decide if I loved it or hated it, because it wasn’t super sweet like I normally like, but my feelings were clear two pieces later. Loved it! ;)

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Pulling up the rear were my garlic knots.

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After they bake up you smother them with melted butter, garlic powder and Italian Seasoning.

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The seasoning and texture of the inside of the rolls were great, but the outsides were kind of hard & flaky-ish. Not overcooked hard but, ‘I left my bread dough out in the open air’ (which I really didn’t) hard. Hard to describe. ;) Seasoned bakers – any insight? Either way, the boys demolished them and said they were good, so, win?!

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You know it wouldn’t be Sunday lunch at my parent’s house without a little dessert action. My Mom left us speechless with a Peanut Butter Fudge Trifle!!!!

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Ok, check. this. $%&*. out. We’ve got layers of Peanut Butter Ice Cream SANDWICHES, Cool Whip, Peanuts, Fudge and Caramel, TOPPED with crumbled Heath Bar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OMG I die for this dessert!! For Heaven’s sake, it’s made with ice cream sandwiches!! Show stopper!

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Finn was excited about it too! Unfortunately he couldn’t partake – what with being allergic to dairy and being 1 1/2 and all… ;) (ps, he’s WALKING!)

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I am now in a peanut butter/fudge/caramel coma (which I really don’t hate) but I have to hydrate and get my rear to the gym this afternoon. I have been a slight slacker this week and my restless legs are itching to get moving.

Afterwards I’m going to hunker down with our new Netflix trial membership. Ben and I joined last night, watched Iron Man (amazing) and found about 10 different National Geographic Documentaries we want to watch. So much to learn, so little time!

Have a WONDERFUL Sunday everyone!

PS There are only SIX more days left in the Breakstone Blogger Challenge!! Hope I can bring it home!! :D

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What’s the last movie you watched? What kinds are your favorites?

I LOVE, love, love movies – especially comedies and action movies. I’d stay in and watch them every weekend if I could…which it sounds like I might start doing with this new Netflix membership! 8O