The Weekend Report: When It Was Still FROZEN (GIVEAWAY)

The Weekend Report: When It Was Still FROZEN (GIVEAWAY)


The weather is starting to warm up here in Utah, but back a few weeks ago this is what it looked like at Bear Lake.  It was like an eternal winter. Truly. I couldn’t imagine where all that snow would go.


We invited up a few of our close friends to hang out with us. We hid out  in the warm cabin while buckets and buckets of snow came showering down.

I could swear there was at least 4 feet of fresh snow.


We didn’t mind a bit. We chatted, and visited…played some cards…


indulged in a few delicious confections. Might I recommend this  fabulous Almond Joy creamer. Please  pour it in a mug of  hot chocolate at your earliest convenience. It’s heaven in a cup, baby.


After we had been inside for quite a while, a few choice individuals couldn’t stand it one minute longer. The eternal winter was closing in, man.  This particular wild cat threw off her comfy socks, rolled up her pjs and just Let It Go, baby.  Can you believe all that deep snow out there!


She couldn’t believe it either. For The First Time In Forever, she ran around in circles with snow up to her knee caps.


And then, my guests started dropping like flies. Out into the snow they went…


running and jumping around like they didn’t have a care in the world. I may or may not have passed out on the living room floor from laughing so hard. Now, I don’t know much, but there is one thing I know for sure…I always want to have wonderful people around to laugh at with. That familiar saying  about laughter being the best medicine? It rings true for me.


Running through the snow in your bare feet is funny to watch, but it turns out to be a little more pleasant when you put your shoes and socks back on. Note to self.


Cool cat.


Whoa, who let that girl with the yellow hat out of her cage? The hat was 25 cents at Walmart, okay. I just could pass it up. Now that I see it from a distance and on my actual head, I may never wear it again. Another note to self.


We did a bit of sledding…


had a snowball fight or two…


or three…


and then we  played in the snow until it was dark outside and we felt like drinking some  more Almond Joy Creamer Hot Chocolate. There was a lot of laughter to be had right in the middle of the FROZEN winter. Who would have thought. It was one of my best winter memories, for sure.


We have been loving Disney’s  FROZEN soundtrack all winter long, have you heard it?  I hate to admit it, but sometimes I listen to it when my kids aren’t around. I know, juvenile isn’t it? I can’t help myself. It puts a big old smile on my face and quite frankly I feel proud to be walking the same planet as the people who are talented enough to write something so clever and endearing. Love it. There are a lot of great messages there.

FROZEN is coming out on DVD this week, on March 18th I believe.  I would love to give 3 of you a DVD/SOUNDTRACK combo pack. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me one of the things you loved doing this past winter.

Before you know it, spring will be showing her pretty face…

edited tulips

…and that is a beautiful thing in its own right.

The Giveaway will be open until Tuesday March 18th at midnight. Winners will be announced and contacted on Wednesday March 19th, bright and early with the sunshine.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post, just a little gift from me to you.

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  1. 1
    March 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

    READING YOUR BLOG AND TRYING YOUR COMFORTING RECEIPES!!! I have fallen in love with your picture rich receipes… my kids are enjoying your comfort food too!

  2. 2
    March 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I had fun taking my kids to a new sled hill, watching them sled and sledding with them!

  3. 3
    Diana Grindel
    March 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Favorite thing we did this winter? Absolutely nothing and just watched it snow while drinking hot cocoa (I know we lead just out there lives !LOL).

  4. 4
    March 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

    My family and I went to Midway to see the ice castles. Right next to the ice castles is the Midway outdoor ice skating rink. We decided to ice skate as a family and had a blast!!! The ice skates were awesome and did not even hurt your feet. It was a great day!

  5. 5
    Lauren Cloud
    March 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I loved attempting to make snowballs (more like hard ice balls) out of the lil amount of snow we got here in Houston Texas! My daughter was so excited to have a “snow fight” for the first time on our trampoline.

  6. 6
    March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

    My favorite thing about winter is having a fireplace burning – the smell of wood and the idea of s’more in the middle of winter is always fun!

  7. 7
    Leah Wright
    March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I have loved making soup after soup in my crockpot and enjoying the cozy scent while being snug and warm in my home. 🙂

  8. 8
    March 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Favorite thing we did this winter… went to see “Frozen” LOVE LOVE this movie
    have a great day!!!

  9. 9
    Carrie Whitaker
    March 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I loved playing with my 5 year old in the snow, coming in to warm up by the fireplace and enjoying a good cup of Hot Cocoa!! We had 23 inches of snow a few weeks ago!

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    april hughes
    March 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    We had snow in SC so it was a party!!! My kids loved ‘sledding’ down a small hill in our backyard!!

  11. 11
    Erica Price
    March 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Our family fun last winter was to go to a place that makes their own snow and ice. We live in California in a place that doesn’t snow. My kids and their friends had so much fun flying down the hill on an inner tube. Can’t wait to go back next year.

  12. 12
    Teresa Reid
    March 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

    We live in Waco, Texas…no snow ever! 🙁 A little bit of sleet, and then the whole city closes down 🙂

  13. 13
    Michelle Chasse
    March 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

    My favorite thing to do this winter was do recess duty with my kindergartners. They had so much fun shoveling snow, building, sledding & rolling around in all the white stuff we got in New England!

  14. 14
    March 17, 2014 at 11:01 am

    We live in a Fort Collins, Colorado. I cook a lot during the winter. This winter was no exception. I tried out quite a few of your recipes and they’re fantastic. So I guess my favorite thing to do this winter was cook and try out new recipes.

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    Gayle S
    March 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

    This winter I enjoyed ice fishing with my 6 year old granddaughter. I have never seen a child that age love fishing as much as her.

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    Julie Elliott
    March 17, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Living in SC we don’t always get snow but we got a great one this February. Favorite thing of course is not having to go to work. LOL
    But so enjoyed my time with my husband and son playing and feeding 140 cows.. Snow is just so beautiful! And I so loved the movie Frozen. Hope I win!!

  17. 17
    March 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Didn’t really do anything special. Like to do workouts if I can get there and it is open.

    Would LOVE to have the Frozen DVD. I keep hearing how good it is.

  18. 18
    Rebecca B Roper
    March 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I’m not a total believer in COLD weather – except when I can stay inside and stew up some wonderful hot soup and homemade bread!

  19. 19
    March 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Oh my what fun ! We had some snow here in Oregon, but nothing like what you had. Beautiful. I can’t wait to see this special movie that I’ve been hearing about ! Thanks for the chance to win one !

  20. 20
    Tricia H
    March 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Had fun taking the grandkids out to sled ride!

  21. 21
    March 17, 2014 at 11:16 am

    putting together puzzles at our cabin

  22. 22
    Linda Mann
    March 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

    We sled down the street on inner tubes with the rest of the neighborhood kids then came in and warmed up with steaming cups of hot chocolate. Fun family days!

  23. 23
    Jolene Schlautman
    March 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Winter wonderland! The snow and family are the best!

  24. 24
    Rose McKinney
    March 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Watching grand kids play in the snow then coming in for hot chocolate……ALMOST made this unending winter bearable lol

  25. 25
    Melony Girton
    March 17, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Very little snow in Raleigh, NC but I enjoyed walking part of the way home in a recent snow. I was totally prepared–drove husband’s 4×4 truck, had all the clothes I needed–heavy coat, snow boots, umbrella, etc. Once the snow started, I headed to a different office and on the way, the truck started acting up and then died! Barely made it into a gas station parking lot. Mechanics were closing up shop early due to the weather but confirmed that it was the alternator! By the time we charged the battery up enough to park the truck out of the way, there was lots of traffic on the roads and lots of icy places that caused a huge traffic gridlock in the area. What are the odds that the alternator would go out during a snow event?!! My husband finally was able to travel a few miles to reach me after I had walked almost 2 miles. It was a fun walk with the one exception of tripping over a hardened footprint–you should have seen how quickly I jumped back up! I could just imagine the people in the vehicles laughing at the crazy looking woman wearing a huge coat with a polka dotted umbrella! My husband kept calling me–each time, I had to juggle the umbrella, pull out the phone from my pocket, and take off my glove just to answer it! The last time he called, I was getting a little frustrated with him calling and asking where I was or what I was doing but this time, he saw a lady walking along the sidewalk (thankfully right after the fall, I KNOW he would have laughed!) and didn’t know it was me until he called AGAIN
    and saw me going through the process of answering the phone! It was quite comical afterwards! I would have only had about three more miles to walk had he not been able to reach me!

  26. 26
    Dana K
    March 17, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Helping my kids build their first snowman together!

  27. 27
    March 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Our dog LOVES snow, especially fresh snow, she runs around like a crazy dog making tracks in the snow. We love to go out in the snow and make tracks in the snow with Mesa!

  28. 28
    March 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

    For the first time we drove out to Cannon Beach and enjoyed winter beach weather during Christmas! It was so much fun since my family has been apart for a long time!

  29. 29
    Glenna Westbrook
    March 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Well I didn’t have much Fun in Snow as I live on the West Coast (BC) and we did not get much Snow this year .. unlike the East Coast .. I feel for those people .. but I am sure a lot of them had a lot of Fun Times ..

  30. 30
    Virginia Craven
    March 17, 2014 at 11:58 am

    The favorite thing I did this winter was throw a surprise 40th birthday brunch for my daughter-in-love:)

  31. 31
    Julie DeGarlais
    March 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I loved taking the kids sledding! 🙂

  32. 32
    Stephanie Dobbins
    March 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    For me, winter has been all about hibernating. It’s been too wet and yucky outside to do anything else!

  33. 33
    Megan E
    March 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I have 3 kids 4 and under with one on the way, so we have stayed indoors most of the winter, but we have enjoying making crafts to decorate the house for winter, getting books from the library, and just any playing that will burn off some much needed energy!

  34. 34
    Tiffany Rivard
    March 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    We had fun watching our twin boys experience snow for the first time!

  35. 35
    March 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Board Games! We would start a fire in our wood stove and all gather together to play games and laugh and have popcorn, hot chocolate, fudge, guacamole & salsa with chips, or other treats!!

  36. 36
    March 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    We played in the snow and drank lots and lots of hot chocolate!

  37. 37
    March 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    This winter we took the kids sledding down Old Main Hill! We always have so much fun!

  38. 38
    Sharon Henderson
    March 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    My favorite thing I did this winter was move into a new house closer to my children and grandchildren. FROZEN would be great to share with them!

  39. 39
    March 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    We enjoyed skating, sledding and hanging out by the fire with hot chocolate!

  40. 40
    Kristie Heilers
    March 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    We had an extra week of Christmas Break. It was so much fun! We had fires in the fireplace everyday and made smores in the fireplace. Then we went outside and burnt some of that sugar off by building snow forts and having snowball fights.

  41. 41
    March 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    We made snow ice cream for the first time!

  42. 42
    Stacy H
    March 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    We didn’t get as much snow here as usual so our family didn’t have our big sledding outings like usual. However, one afternoon, my son built a sledding hill going off our back porch steps. His sisters and I joined in and had a great time on our own small sledding hill.

  43. 43
    Kristine Gardner
    March 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Since you are considering March wintertime, my favorite thing is to sit outside in the pleasant 70 degree weather and smell the orange blossoms. I know–winter in Arizona does not resemble winter in Utah.

  44. 44
    March 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I loved figuring out how to make bread bowls (the easy way) using Rhodes bread dough. We eat a lot of soup in the the winter, and I love soup in bread bowls!

  45. 45
    March 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I can only tell you about one thing I liked doing this winter??? Taking pictures of all the wildlife in the snow. I lived in Florida most of my life so my move to the DC area and experiencing the four seasons, especially winter and the snow has been wonderful! I’ve seen, and been able to photograph all types of birds, deer, chipmunks, beaver, ground hogs, and a coyote!

  46. 46
    Peggy T
    March 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Watching movies and reading – things we can’t do when the yardwork starts! Beautiful pics of the snow.

  47. 47
    Kat G
    March 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    We have had so much snow in Michigan this winter! Sledding in our own backyard is always a good time.

  48. 48
    March 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I had a baby the first of December so I didn’t do much outside this winter. But I did love to snuggle my newborn close and watch the snowflakes fall outside while we were warm and cozy.

  49. 49
    March 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This winter I donated my time to taking care of my friend who can’t walk, she mentioned to me that she would like to see Frozen but I cannot take her to the movie theater, this would be awesome if I could bring the movie to her at her home. Thank you, Love, Pat

  50. 50
    March 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    We snowshoed into a yurt for an overnight stay . Such a wonderful family activity !

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