Back when we lived in Pennsylvania, it seriously had to look like this:
…for Penn State to cancel school.
Now that we’re down in Alabama? A light dusting:
…is enough to send everyone running (actually, driving…very, very, very slowly) to the grocery store. Businesses close down, everyone talks about the SNOW!!!!!!, and—yep—school is canceled.
Fine with me! Normally Ryan teaches all afternoon and evening on Thursdays, but yesterday, we were all home together, enjoying the snow day!
Luckily, we’d taken a trip to Target the day before and picked up some new “winter weather” toys for Lila, so we had the perfect thing to occupy her for hours:
If there’s one thing Lila likes, it’s a ball. Simple pleasures are the best, I guess. We got this HUGE package of balls from Target for ten dollars, and she was going crazy for them. Works for me!
Last night, we were in the mood for something warm and comforting for our snow day dinner. I cooked up this chickpea and apricot stew:
…which was perfect for the chilly weather outside.
Chickpea and Apricot Stew
1 onion, chopped
6-7 garlic cloves, minced
1.5 cups dried apricots halves
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can chickpeas
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. garlic salt
4 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
Heat olive oil. Add onion and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, until soft. Add garlic and apricots, and cook for 5 more minutes. Add spices, tomatoes, and chickpeas, and stir to combine. Add chicken broth, bring a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, until thickened.
Serve over couscous.
Well, turns out we have another snow day. Or, rather, a snow morning—classes don’t start until 10, and I teach at 8:00 and 9:00, so I’m in luck!
Lila just sent out an e-mail to my students:
…and now we’re off to enjoy our Friday!