Snow day – Part II

It snowed again last night.  And all day today.  Again.

"Not again!"

“Not again!”

It started around bedtime.  It woke me at 1:30.  And 3:00.  And 4:00.  I would say it was the windiest storm we’ve had since arriving on PEI.  They were predicting 35-45 centimeters of snow but it’s hard to say exactly how much we actually got.  The snow falls sideways around here.  I think it’s got something to do with the gravitational pull on the east coast.

Our backyard is relatively bare of snow, but the front is another story.  We have two driveway markers at the end of the driveway – they’re almost 3′ high and are currently buried under the snow.

Back yard/Front yard

Back yard/Front yard

So today, as usual on a snow day, we spent our time in the kitchen.  Vanessa was baking – biscotti and coconut tea buns.

Collage biscotti

I made another batch of the pickled radishes I wrote about on our last snow day.

Collage radish

 I also dehydrated some fruit.  The supermarket had apples on sale, so I made some apple chips….

Collage apples

….and some banana chips.  I also love dehydrated pineapple – dried until just chewy.  The flavors are so more intense.  You really only need/want a couple of pieces.

Collage pineapple

Dehydrating these fruits takes anywhere from 8-16 hours.  Once done, I’ll post some pictures of the final product on Facebook – so be sure to find Our Old Island Home on Facebook and “Like” it (if you haven’t already).

For now, I just keep reminding myself Old Man Winter’s days are numbered.   Spring is only a month away.  Tomorrow we shovel.  Then demo will continue upstairs.  Until then, I will conserve my energy and nourish myself on biscotti and tea biscuits.

Happy Family Day / Islander’s Day, everyone!

Snow day

So the first major winter storm of 2014 hit us today.  Actually it continues to hit us.  As I’m typing, the wind is howling and the snow is blowing.  It’s not even fit for a dog today.

"Open this door!"

“Open this door!”

So demo and cleanup is ruled out.  Even though we filled our first disposal bin yesterday and managed to get an empty one exchanged before the snow started this morning, there’s no way I’m hoofing any garbage outside today.

So what’s one to do when the weather makes a detour to your plans?  You roll with it.

Whenever we get house-bound for any reason, Vanessa goes full-on-baking-mode.  Today was no exception – the jar of fresh biscotti and a couple loaves of homemade bread on the kitchen counter proves that.


And as much as I’d like to just sit by the fire with a coffee and some of that biscotti – I kept busy too.

We bought a few bunches of fresh radishes this week to attempt something we hadn’t tried yet – pickling them.   And this is about as easy as it gets.


Wash the radishes, cut off the tops and root “tails”, quarter them and add them to a mason jar.


I’m sure slices would be fine – and probably easier for sandwich stacking, too.  In a small saucepan, boil 1 cup vinegar (cider vinegar would be nice, too), 1/2 cup water, 2-3 tablespoons honey (or sugar), 1-2 teaspoons salt and two or three cloves of sliced garlic and pour into the radish-holding mason jar.


Allow to cool and store in the fridge.


We didn’t water-bath these pickles for long-term storage – it didn’t seem necessary as we only one made one jar.  And to be honest, we’re probably going to eat all of these by the weekend, anyhow (they’re that good).  The radishes have a nice, peppery/pungent flavor that’s not like a typical pickle and retain they their crunch (because they’re not cooked, as such).  Guaranteed, we’ll be making these in a large batches come the spring with the radishes we grow in our own garden.

So, as it turns out, snow days aren’t so bad.  If it means you can’t do Plan “A”, there’s always Plan “B”.  And when you’ve finished Plan “B”, move on to Plan “C”.

Plan "C"

Plan “C”