For days, they’d been hyping a big winter storm for us this weekend. Colorado is in the bullseye, but the system is so large it was expected to spread copious amounts of snow our way, too.
With this in mind, we took the necessary precautions. I brought my laptop home from work just in case, took the snowblower out of storage, and hit the grocery store a little earlier than usual in order to avoid the crowds.
That was a fail.
Jeeze, you’d think these people had never seen snow before. Then again, I was at the tail end of said line, so I really can’t be throwing shade, can I?
We woke up bright and (too) early (damn you, Daylight Saving Time), but there was nary a flake to be found. As the hours ticked by and the radar showed that band of snow remaining stubbornly to the south, I was beginning to think we were going to get the shaft. I went for a hike in the Skyline Wilderness Area, just for something to do. Aside from a few flurries, nothing much was happening.
And then, bam. Just two hours later, the scenery looked dramatically different.
We’ve now had heavy, wet snow falling for several hours and there is at least 3″ on the ground. They’re predicting 6-12″ before it’s all over. Which is actually great, because we’re in the midst of a drought and really need the moisture. And if roads are terrible in the morning, I’ve got my laptop, so I’m set.
With wintry weather in full swing, it seemed like a good day for spaghetti. I have a family recipe that’s been passed down through the ages, and it’s a bit labor intensive but so worth the effort. I’ve got a pot of that going on the stove and the house smells amazing.
I know people start longing for summer weather this time of year, but there’s a lot to be said for a cozy house full of delicious smells.
BTW, I finally figured out the secret to perfect meatballs. Whenever I’ve made them in the past, they’re hit or miss. Sometimes they end up perfectly seasoned, other times they are bland. A few months ago, Tara mentioned she’d read an article that suggested you make a tiny test meatball, cook it up, and taste it. Then, you adjust the seasonings as needed. This seems so obvious in retrospect, but I never would have thought to do it before. Genius!
Now, I’ve got perfect meatballs every time.
Got any practical cooking tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!