We woke up to this fantastic sight this morning.


Very, very, very early snow!


We always have snow in December here, but normally just a dusting. The bigger snowfalls wait until January or even February. But winter decided to come early!


I just measured and it is at about 5 inches on our patio and it is still coming down. It is SO exciting to have snow on the ground during Christmastime. I can only vividly remember one white Christmas in my entire life (I also remember one white Halloween). There is just something so right about snow outside and a blinking Christmas tree inside.


Since I was in a very Christmasy spirit this morning, of course, we had to have a holidays-infused bowl of oats.


This may have been the best bowl of oats I’ve ever eaten.


In the pot:

1/3 c. water
2/3 c. eggnog
1/3 c. oats
1/2 banana, sliced thin
1 tbsp. chia seeds
Two shakes of cinnamon
Pinch of salt

And yes, I do actually measure out my oatmeal ingredients.

Pre-cooking. Note whole naner slices.


Post-cooking. Banana slices are no where in sight.


They’ve dissolved into sweet, gooey blobs of yum.



Cinnamon chips
More Banana
Maple Granola
PB Blob


I really doubted I’d be able to taste the eggnog in this, but I was so wrong. Sweet, spicy, earthy and totally eggnogrific. If you like eggnog, please go make these! They were ah-maz-zhing.


Santa chai!

santa chai

Why no, that isn’t one of my bathroom hand towels. I don’t know what you are talking about.


Today will involve a whole lot of Christmas crafting, with breaks for snow play. I’ve been informed by the Babyface that this is excellent snowman snow. Also, the Puppyface needs at least four or five more chances to stick her entire head in snow drifts. It’s her favorite winter pastime. Hope you are enjoying the snow if you got some! 🙂


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  1. Still reading my way through your archives 🙂
    (Totally not in a creepy way – I promise! And I realized I changed my blog template to the same as yours – again, not creepy!)

    I’m certain these oats will be in regular rotation once I can find eggnog in stores. Mmmmm.

  2. Look at you!
    I am so behind on my reading. I use bananas in my oatmeal too! I love how it sweetens it up without having to add sugar! Love it.
    And thank you for turning me on to chia seeds. I love the extra protein which I always have a hard time getting enough of!

  3. Fantastic pictures. I’m not a huge oatmeal-in-the-morning person, but that glob of PB on top might have sealed the deal and force me to try it. (p.s. the use of chia seeds is a rather unique addition…I’ve added them to water before, when running).0

    1. Oh yes! You have to try both of those. The chia seeds help to thicken the oats without turning it cakey (like what would happen if you just added more oats).

  4. “it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas”? Just want to remind you, that Christmas spirit is not in snow or food.
    However, Christmas spirit is by doing good 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  5. We here in Melbourne Australia are sweltering through a humid early summer and your early snow looks like heaven on earth… we never get a white Christmas here, unless we celebrate it in July! Love the eggnog oatmeal, it looks yummy..

    1. I have always wondered this, so do all of your Christmas decorations have snow and snowflakes on them? Or does your typical Christmas decor covered in sun and scenes from the beach? Ha! Stupid question. 😛

      1. Yes all our decorations have snow scenes and are winter themed..Goes along with Santa and his suit I guess. Plus, most of the decorations of course come from Asia, which is also having a Summer Christmas, but they obviously make them for Europe and the US. The greatest irony is of course here we are singing all the winter carols for Christmas and using the songbooks to fan our sweaty faces! Merry Christmas 🙂