Buried in Snow!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to write a quick post for those of you that follow me and may be wondering where I have been.  Over the last few weeks, my life has become consumed with snow removal.  You may have seen the news that the Boston area has been buried in record setting snow.  Our weekends generally consist of removing snow the day before a snow storm just so we can make room for the new snow, removing snow the day of the snow storm (normal), and removing snow around the house and other areas the day after a snow storm.  And, yes, we have been out of room to put snow since the first blizzard dropped almost 3 feet of snow on us.  Between snow blowing the driveway, shoveling, roof raking, chipping away at ice in our gutters, and fighting ice dams and leaks on a daily basis, I haven’t had a chance to write any blog posts (I have some good ones coming up).  And, if I never have to research or talk about ice dams again, I will be one happy girl.  So, I just wanted to send a quick note while you wait for an actual post.  Hopefully, things will be back to normal in the next few weeks…at least I can only hope 🙂

Here are some snow pictures…

The First Blizzard...and I thought this was a lot of snow

The First Blizzard…and I thought this was a lot of snow.  I could even still see my plants, which are now crushed.

Thank God for snow blowers!!!!!

Thank God for snow blowers!!!!!

You have to have a little fun in the snow!

You have to have a little fun in the snow!

This is after the latest storm...the piles keep growing

This is after the latest storm…the piles keep growing

Yup that's me...can't see out our front windows anymore

Yup that’s me…can’t see out our front windows anymore and you can’t see the plants anymore.  And, yes, those are panty hose on our roof filled with salt to try to battle some ice dams (it actually works)

That used to be a swing set...

That used to be a swing set…

This screened in porch looks a lot better in the summer :)

Dreaming about this screened in porch in the summer 🙂

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Superbowl Champs Again!

That Superbowl was amazing!  Patriots win…haters keep hating!

Not much could make yesterday’s Superbowl any better, besides maybe some delicious buffalo wings.  It was my first attempt at making wings, but they were the perfect pairing to an evening of football.  This recipe was really easy and they came out tender, crispy and spicy.  If you don’t love buffalo style wings, you can put any type of sauce you want on these.  I also made some homemade mac and cheese and topped off the menu with a few beers.  Football may be over for the season, but that is no reason to not give these a try!

Buffalo Wings - LiveDineParty

Adapted from Alton Brown

Ingredients

Directions

Remove the tips of the wings and discard.  Using kitchen shears or a knife, separate the wings at the joint.  The wings we bought actually came separated so we didn’t need to do this step.

Bring a large saucepan with a steamer basket and about 1-inch of water in the bottom to a boil.

Place the wings into the steamer basket, cover, reduce the heat to medium and steam for 10 minutes.  Remove the wings from the basket and pat dry.  Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a baking sheet lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  It is great that you can start these ahead of time and just do the next steps once you are ready to serve them.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Replace the paper towels with parchment paper.  Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 40 minutes, turning the wings over after 20 minutes.  The meat should be cooked through and the skin should be golden brown.

While the chicken is roasting, melt the butter in a small bowl.  Pour this along with the Frank’s hot sauce into a bowl large enough to hold all of the chicken and stir to combine.

Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to the bowl and toss with the sauce while the wings are still hot.  Serve warm with extra napkins.