This is what one’s living room may or may not look like when their heat has been out since Wednesday night and they are living crammed into one room so as to make the most of the space heater and fireplace (i.e. forced family bonding).
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This is what one may choose to do if school is canceled on day two of their heat still not working (for the record, Cam wasn’t doing the actual driving; I was, much to my boys’ disappointment because apparently I drive like a grandma). To all my past Minneosta and Wisconsin friends and neighbors: this, to you, is a delightful spring storm; this, to my little town, is a crisis.
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This is how one may choose to make rolls and spaghetti sauce and cinnamon rolls a) in order to get ready for company that had to cancel later because of roads and b) in an effort to possibly heat up a little more space with the oven.
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This is what one may choose to drink after playing in the snow and coming back inside to, did I mention, a house with no heat. One may or may not drink their body weight in hot chocolate. No judging here. And this is how one would stay dressed the entire day. Snow bibs make awfully warm PJ’s.
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This is how one would spend their day if they were Maggie and completely unaffected, and actually frantically excited, to romp around in and eat the snow.
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Hope your weekend is much warmer than ours!

(Our heat will be fixed Tuesday after we pay an astronomical amount to get the needed part blue labeled from back East, in the meantime, we really are making the most of this adventure; huge jigsaw puzzle, lots of playing in the snow, stew in the crockpot, tons of cuddling with warm blankets and movies, and wearing winter gear 24/7.)

40 Responses to Snapshot Saturday: Cooking in a Parka…

  1. Sound Beacher says:

    I feel your pain. After Super Storm Sandy here in CT we had no power for a week!! and no school. While it was warmer weather. We kept warm by putting pots of water on the gas stove and just had them simmer all day long and closed the doors to the rooms off the kitchen. Great humidity, good for the skin, but can’t see out the steamed up windows. At least you have electricity that’s a help! Best of luck with the situation.

  2. Jenn says:

    Mel, your family is adorable! Kudos to you for keeping it together during the “adventure”.
    I absolutely must make these rolls. We already have a ton of food planned for Thanksgiving but homemade rolls must happen! Thanks Mel!

  3. Heather bell says:

    Oh man well everyone looks happy!! And how could you not be? Cinnamon rolls 😉

  4. Sandy says:

    I am a grandma, warm and toasty in my Pacific Northwest home this morning with no heat problems…but, I would give anything to be where you and your family are today! You are blessed and sure know how to turn something that could be difficult into a time your children will never forget. Enjoy this perfect day. Yes, those are the most adorable children and I LOVE the hot chocolate faces 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jackie says:

    Oh no! I am so sorry! This is a terrible week to have your heat not working, where did this snow and cold come from? Wasn’t it in the 70’s last week? You and those adorable kiddos are welcome to come stay warm at our house, especially if you bring cinnamon rolls!

  6. Lauren says:

    So sorry about your heat! As a New Englander, I know how challenging this situation is…good thing you have all your do-able deliciousness right at your fingertips. Your recipes make any situation better in my book. (The beef stew sounds perfect!) After a REALLY long day at work yesterday, I came home to chix caeser salad wraps I had thrown together that morn. Sooooo yummy! I then threw together not one, but two, desserts to make the weekend sweeter: your apple crisp & choc chip bars both were simple to make & beyond delicious, as usual. Thank you for all your hard work, Mel. It’s meant the world to my family & to me.

  7. Marilyn M says:

    Making the best of things is always tough in situations like this, but it certainly seems like you are doing just that! This cold weather is hitting our part of the country too, and staying warm is a priority! I’m sure the memories your family is making right now will be ones you will cherish in years to come 🙂

  8. This reminds me of my life in PA. Cold, no heat and fun.

  9. Karen Durfee says:

    Candles, sounds crazy, but if you can light half a dozen safely with the children, will make a room really comfortably.

  10. Char says:

    So your the one that got all the snow! (it looks beautiful…sorry, I love snow.) It’s good that you can keep a sense of humor through all of that. Your setting a great example for your children.
    And I’m taking notes in case (when?!) I’m ever snowed in.
    Hang in there…keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Char says:

    OH, one more thing….your children are ADORABLE!

  12. Kathleen says:

    Sounds like you are making the most of a chilly situation! You and your family have an awesome attitude!

  13. Teresa R. says:

    Hang in there. This is one of the times you’ll look back on with fondness. It may seem somewhat stressful now, but when your kids are older, much older, you will wish you could go back in time to this chilly adventure with your little ones.

  14. Helen says:

    I absolutely love this post.. Everything about it!! Well, except the part about no heat.. and the cost to fix it!! You are the coolest Mom ever and are making such fun memories for your kids! Homemade food & hot chocolate on a snowy day, what could be better!!

  15. Debbie Treasure says:

    What would your life be like w/o your wonderful adventures, Mel? I love your positive outlook on life. You continue to make delicious memories for your family! I saw your yummy cinnamon rolls on Studio 5 this week. They need YOU to appear next time, along with an amazing recipe. As always, you are my go to girl for fabulous meals, neighbor gifts and pick me ups. You are one amazing woman, mother, wife and sister!!! I appreciate you!!

  16. What a trooper. I’m sure people from the mid-west and east coast handle storms a lot better than we on the west coast do. We cancel school at the thought of snow, don’t get the roads taken care of too well and according to my husband “people don’t know how to drive in the stuff”. I of course stay home.
    Ok, on to another subject. Is that a microwave over your stove? Does it vent out the smoke/grease or just back into the house? Our last house and the farm we just moved to both have the microwave over the stove and it doesn’t vent worth a darn. We are looking at putting a hood in but then I will loose counter space by putting the microwave on the counter. I’ve heard that you can vent a microwave out the roof but does it work as good as an actual hood. Sorry to go off on a tangent but I wondered how your set up works. Thanx!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Karen – yes, that is a microwave above my stove (it’s a Kenmore microwave – we just got it a month ago) and it has a vent on the underside so I use it when there’s a lot of steam/smoke (heaven forbid). It seems to do a great job!

  17. linda says:

    Is this snow in Idaho in the month of Nov.? I live in the Pacific N.W. and we are having cold but no snow. I should feel guilty………when the power goes out we have a gas fireplace, gas cooking stove, and gas hot water heater. I am sure if the outage was for very long I wonder if natural gas usage might be a problem ? I do love a white Christmas and always wish for a White Christmas. Sorry you are bundled and it is so cold.

  18. my husband and I are cheap and try to save money by not using our heat or ac. This week we finally caved because it was 50 degrees in our house! I’m sorry your heater isn’t working, what a fun family experience though. Also, I love your pup in the snow, mine is also unaffected by the snow and in fact she LOVES it! 🙂

  19. Hugs to you, Mel! You have the patience of a saint. We lost our power for three hours the other day, and all I could think of is how people lived like that in the past (and some still do), and now we are so dependent on all of our electronic luxuries. It just put things in perspective. Sending good, warm thoughts your way.

  20. Ruth Higham says:

    These are very memorable times for you and your family. Glad you are able to still make your very yummy recipes for them. You are blessed. Hope you get your heat back on soon. Thanks for sharing all your great pictures.

  21. Laura says:

    Hi Mel! It seems that we have the opposite problem on the opposite side of the planet. Today it is getting up to 40C or 104F in beautiful Queensland, Australia!! I have the fan going full blast in front of my laptop so it doesn’t have a meltdown; or myself for that matter!!
    However, I did grow up in rural Ontario, Canada so I feel your pain Mel. Good on ya for making this an ‘adventure’ for the kids instead of a horror story.

  22. Cathy says:

    As I look at my phone and see its 9 degrees here I feel like you should at least bring your family over and sleep at our house!! You’re a saint and have probably earned an extra jewel in your crown!

  23. Tracy P says:

    I must have missed it. Where did you move to? Here in central MI we have maybe a quarter inch of snow. The rest of the state seems to be snowed in, or getting snowed in. Heh heh.
    My kids are currently trying to play in the dusting. 🙂
    Have a great day, and try to keep warm!

  24. Brooke says:

    Why are you so awesome?

  25. Lindsay says:

    Wow! You are a rockstar when something like this strikes! I love it. Good thing it’s not the power too and you can still cook! I’d probably turn the oven and and toast smores. 🙂 Stay warm! And I hope it gets fixed on Tuesday for sure!

  26. Laura M says:

    You look gorgeous in your parka!

  27. julie says:

    Mel, I thought you would enjoy hearing what my husband said when I pulled up your webpage and saw your bundled up picture: “Look, she took a Melfie!” haha best of luck with no heat and thanks for working hard to pass along delicious recipes and general cooking knowledge! The name Mel gets thrown around into conversations nearly every day around here (as if you were a personal friend). Thank you, thank you!

    • Mel says:

      Oh my gosh, Julie, that made me laugh out loud (which is saying a lot considering we still don’t have heat, pipes have started freezing – nightmare – and one of my kids started puking tonight)!

  28. Ashlee T says:

    Mel you’re kids are so dang cute! Love those hot chocolate kids! Love that you are making the best of no heat!! I secretly wish we were the ones coming over to eat your yummy food

  29. Sylvia M. says:

    I thought I was the ONLY one suffering without heat?!? Our 20 year old furnace bit the dust this week while Colorado suffered RECORD lows! We are talking negative numbers! I’m currently typing this while sitting next to a trust Costco heat dish. Kids sleep in multiple layers, the DOG has slept between my husband and I since LAST MONDAY! I’m tired of waking up to puppy kisses. New furnace is set to be installed sometime this week 🙁

  30. Sheila says:

    Been there, done that . . .the last snow storm took out our heat, water and electricity for 8 days. We live in the country with well water so that means “no water” when the electric is out so I was surprised to read of all the cooking. Hauling water for toilet flushing, “sink” bathes, and dish washing is not fun. But the rest of the snow storm adventure is fun! We make beds in the great room (which is toasty warm from a gas fireplace), light the lanterns, and have lots and lots of conversation about getting a generator. 🙂 My husband constantly checks kerosene heaters in the basement to try to keep the pipes from freezing. I did not realize how incredibly blessed we were that thus far we have not experienced any “puking”. Oh, Mel, this too shall pass!

  31. Kim in MD says:

    Mel- I love your spirit and sense of humor, and especially love that you make lemonade when life gives you lemons! :-). I love your “Melfie”, and you and your children are absolutely adorable! I will say a prayer and keep my fingers crossed that your heat is restored tomorrow and the whole family doesn’t get the bug your little one came down with last night!

  32. Anna says:

    Oh your sweet little family just always makes me smile. Sorry to hear about your heat, if there is a silver lining maybe it’s the epic memories your making for you kids.”remember that one time when the heat went out and we had to live in our snow pants” 🙂

  33. Bridget says:

    Last winter when I had to get up every morning (chilly at 4:30am) and go to the basement to whack my furnace a couple times to get it to start up I KNEW we were getting a new one over the summer. Which as it worked out could not be installed until a couple weeks ago. 🙂 Still, I am thrilled to go home to heat. Also thankful that my kids have only barfed twice in their combined 8 years!

  34. Oh my goodness! The kids are too cute. And I must admit I have cooked in a coat before. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do! Hopefully it’s warmed up your way a bit. We’re currently experiencing 20s with major wind. Ugh! Loving my coffee slippers and robe these days.

    Have an awesome day!

  35. Meghan says:

    You look cute in the Parka… thinking about you guys and hope you get heat soon

  36. Meghan says:

    Your kids are adorable!!!

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