My dear friend Meg is guest posting today! We did our master's together in Edinburgh, Scotland. She's awesome. She and her husband Matt are the best.
I'm on my second snow day today and thought she could give us some tips on living it up! Goodness knows Boston has seen their fair share this winter! Take it away Meg!
If you haven’t heard on the news, Boston got hammered with 7 ½ feet of snow in the past 3 weeks. It’s not that the Boston area isn’t used to snow- we get it every year. However, back-to-back-to-back storms of 1 foot or more is way beyond the norm. These winter storms with names (Juno, Neptune) have resulted in tired, cold and angry Bostonians. Needless to say life has come to a halt for days at a time. Which got me thinking about what my “life is better with” during a snowstorm.
Ask a Bostonian what is on their grocery list before a big storm?
There is no better way to ride out a storm. I’m not just saying this because I’m guest posting on Graylin’s blog, but her margaritas are my favorite to make in a storm! They make me think of warmer times. What else am I having these days?
My sister got Matt and I a gift basket for Christmas that included 2 mixers and etched Boston glasses. Matt still thinks this was his favorite Christmas gift. Well-done Katie! On the theme of tequila, our favorite mix is the Sriracha Margarita. As if sriracha couldn’t get any hotter right now…
This Boston based startup is still relatively local but can be found in stores from Maine to PA. Why call it “Downeast” you ask? When ships sail from Boston to Maine (which is technically east) and the wind is at their back, the downwind is referred to as “Down East.” This is fitting as the founders of Downeast Cider came up with the idea in their senior year at Bates College in Maine. Two years later, their product and story have put down roots in Boston and is spreading fast. I love this cider as it’s unfiltered: likening the taste to a non-alcoholic cider straight from the orchard in October. Give it a try if you see it in the store, or visit the cider house if you visit Boston!
On the topic of winds, if you return to Boston from Maine you are sailing “up wind,” hence the term, “shipping up to Boston.” Just re-watch The Departed or Good Will Hunting, and our Boston history lesson will be complete. In all seriousness, we are not all like that, but tend to drop our r’s when there is too much snow to pahk our car!
I’m a huge fan of Pinterest, particularly for recipe gathering. The snowstorms have given me the time to try out new breakfast recipes. Here are some of my favorites:
I adapted this with whole slices, adding in raspberry jam and a little cream cheese in the middle. What a treat!
Matt and I ate well and drank well during this last few weeks. I am thankful that we haven’t lost power or wanted to kill each other. We’ve finished books, caught up on our shows, and spent way too much money at RedBox. We are looking forward to seeing the ground again…only 32 days until spring!
Stay warm everyone.