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Weekend Reading: Snowbound Edition

March 1, 2013

Kansas City was hit with back-to-back snowstorms this week and last. The second snowfall started at night. I snapped this picture when I got up to let the dog out.

It was almost dreamlike outside.

KC Snowstorm 2013

The snow was beautiful and, since we’re still in the midst of a drought, the moisture was needed.

Kansas City Snowstorm 2013

The city ground to a complete stop, especially during the first round, which dumped snow on us at a record rate.

Kansas City snowstorm

Four days off of school for the kids, and two work-at-home days for my husband, meant a lot of family togetherness. Luckily, some of us are easily entertained by, say, watching a snow plow work. :)

Snow Plow

Right before the second snowstorm, I ran across this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe on Pinterest. There is nothing better than soup on the stove (or in the slow cooker) when you’re snowed in, amiright? Thanks to Baked by Rachel for the original recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe Here are some things from around the web that I especially enjoyed and wanted to share with you here:

  • 4 Obstacles to Decluttering and How to Beat Them at Houzz.com. It’s a family heirloom. I might need it someday. It was a gift. I paid a lot of money for it. Any of these sound familiar? Yeah, me too. Allison Hodgson tells us how to keep these things from getting in the way of a decluttered home.

Outdoor Dresser Planter

A quick note: This week was the last week for my daughter and I to post on our blog at the U.S. News & World Report education site. It was our choice, but we were sad to have to make it.

U.S. News has been the best experience for us; the ultimate mother/daughter project for two girls who love to write. But Lindsey’s busy life was getting even busier and, to be frank, we felt like after a year and a half of weekly posts, we had about exhausted what we had to say about college.

We were happy to find out, however, that the posts we wrote will continue to live on the site at this link: Twice the College Advice. So if you’re ever in the mood for some parent/child thoughts on college, please check it out. I’m sure Lindsey and I will be perusing there for old times’ sake too.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
















  1. That top photo is beautiful. I don’t get to experience snow on a regular basis (heck, on any basis really), but I enjoy looking at snow-covered photos. It’s very serene. The tortilla soup looks yummy too. And, though snow is great in small amounts, hopefully spring is on it’s way. :)

  2. I love your pictures of the snow! In GA, we had a few flakes on our way to church this morning and the kids went crazy. My poor southern, snow-deprived children:).

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