Welcome to the seventh week of Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly!

I hope you all had a great week!

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Sunrise in Vermont
Sunrise in Vermont

Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

We had a huge snowstorm in the northeast. NJ was predicted to get 18-24 inches of snow but got less. The storm was still pretty bad and all of our schools were closed for a snow day which was nice for the kids.

When the snowstorm ended, we headed up to our Vermont cabin. We plan to decorate for the holidays, do some snowshoeing and spending lots of quality time in front of a fire.

Here’s a funny story…

Although we called ahead for snow plowing services, our driveway wasn’t plowed when we arrived in Vermont. We got hit with over two feet of snow so you can imagine what our driveway looked like. And it was plowed in from street plowing.

My husband drives a huge truck so he drove over the plow mountain into our driveway. Apparently, our truck isn’t as invincible as once thought since it got stuck once we pulled in. LOL. After some digging, we were able to get it out so all was good! We were plowed out first thing in the morning. Yay!

Truck stuck in snow in Vermont
If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. The wheels were really spinning here. We had to really dig out the truck to get it mobile.
Our Vermont Cabin
Our Cabin in Vermont

Here are some pics from my snowshoeing adventure with Shana. We hiked the VAST trail for a bit.

Snowshoeing in Vermont
Shana snapped this pic of me snowshoeing. It was so beautiful after that big storm!
Snowshoeing in Vermont
Shana wanted to trek up our mountain on this trail we found. It was a steep hike!
Snowshoeing in Vermont
Isn’t it so gorgeous?
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My daughter Shana and I after our snowshoeing adventure.

In addition to getting lots of snow in both NJ and VT, we also did lots of cool stuff on the blog!

Have you seen the paper bag snowflakes that are all the rage today? They look so cool and are really easy to make. It’s a great craft to do with kids. But don’t make the same mistake I did when making them. CLICK HERE to see how to make them.

How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags

In preparation for the big snowstorm, I made a HUGE pot of Sunday sauce with meatballs and sweet Italian sausages.

It is SOOOOOO good! CLICK HERE for the recipe.

How to Make Sunday Sauce with Meatballs Like a Pro

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My favorite thing about blogging is the great friends I’ve made around the globe.

And I want to share some of them with you this week because they are really inspiring me.

Since I haven’t quite given up on my pumpkin spice lattes yet, Rachelle from My Hubbard Home really inspired me with her Warm and Cozy Winter Coffee’s post. I think I found my new winter coffee – I am totally making these!

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Photo by My Hubbard Home

Ok so for me it’s all about food and beverages this week. I stumbled on my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill’s recipe for instant pot pulled pork and I have to make it. Anything that cooks up easy in an instant pot and looks as good as this I am totally making!

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Photo by Cottage on Bunker Hill

And these cookies by my good friend Jennifer from J Dubby Design sound amazing! Who wouldn’t love s’mores stuffed chocolate chip cookies.

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Photo by J Dubby Design

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and everyday! I really appreciate all of your sweet comments and feedback. I hope you enjoy the holidays!

Enjoy your day! xoxoStacy Ling logo

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  1. Stacy…every guy thinks they can get through the giant piles of snow…I can’t stop laughing!!! Thanks for sharing my pulled pork…it’s yummy. Good recipe for a cold night in Vermont. (you can do it in a slow cooker too).

  2. What a gorgeous place Stacy! I love your outdoor photos as much as your indoor ones! Thanks so much for sharing all the fabulous inspiration – Happy Holiday!

  3. I am just loving the fun husband stories. I hope he doesn’t read your blog! The pics are so beautiful, Vermont is so lovely this time of year. I can’t remember how long of a drive it is from your home. That looks like heaven to me.

    1. LOL! He’s ok with it. It is magical there with all the snow! I love how it looks on all those evergreens. Where we are, it’s about a 4 hour drive. Thank you!!! xoxo