Snow Day – Texas Style


Today we had our second snow day for the year here in south Texas.  I think that I should remind y’all that I’m from Illinois – northern Illinois – and snow days here are quite different from there.  First of all, and I think most noticeably is the absence of actual snow here in Texas compared to the foot of snow required to cancel school in Illinois.  Okay, we can stop right there because that’s really what caught my attention.  To be fair, it did sort of snow this afternoon (it was probably more like sleet) and all 30 seconds of it brought pure joy to my girls.  At least it was cold enough (not below zero, but at or below freezing) for us to hunker down and stay in the house, except for when Thing 1 and Thing 2 ran out into the yard to see if they could feel the snow falling from the sky.  They could not feel it, prompting Thing 2 to declare “This is NOT Chicago snow!”  No,  no it’s not and trust me, they do not want Chicago snow in Texas.  However, it was a good day, none the less and we spent it all together which, given everyone’s hectic schedules, has become a rarity.

We made breakfast together.

Thing @ setting the breakfast table

Thing 2 setting the breakfast table

We did some laundry.

Thing 2 helping with laundry

Thing 2 helping with laundry.

We played Uno.

Thing 2 winning at Uno.

Thing 2 winning at Uno.

Come to think of it, Thing 2 had a really good day and Thing 1 dodged all of the work!

So, I decided that it would be a good day to reward my family with a sweet treat after dinner and, of course, no one objected.   This simple and delicious recipe takes only minutes to make and is low in calories (196) and fat (4 grams). Surprised?  I know, me too!  Perfect for a spur of the moment week night dessert.

Chocolate Parfait

Chocolate Parfait

Chocolate Parfait


  • 1 (1.4-oz.) package fat-free, sugar-free chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 (8-oz.) container fat-free frozen whipped topping, thawed and divided
  • 3/4 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (4 cracker sheets)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated chocolate


  1. 1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a bowl until blended and smooth. Fold in 1 1/2 cups whipped topping.
  2. 2. Spoon 1 Tbsp. crumbs into each of 6 (4-oz.) glasses, and top with 1/3 cup pudding mixture. Repeat layers with remaining crumbs and pudding mixture. Top each parfait evenly with remaining whipped topping and grated chocolate. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Margaret Groves, Northport, Alabama,
JULY 2006

They liked it!

They liked it!

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