When It Rains

When it rains in California, the world sort of stops.  People suddenly cannot drive with even 1/100th of an inch of rain on the roads, i.e. your cat sneezes more water than actual rainfall amounts, and in general people hunker down and stay inside.

This is not how I grew up.  Far from it!  I grew up in rural Minnesota where people went outside in -20F degree temperatures for much of the year and thought nothing of it.  It was life.  You just dealt with it and moved on.  And drank lots of beer, went ice fishing, or went snowmobiling.

In light of the rain yesterday, it was a great day to do some baking.

This is what I came up with.


I need to edit the real pictures and type up the recipe.   It’s coming soon.  Patience is a virtue.

The closest thing in my recipe archives to the cookies I made yesterday are probably these

Other things I do when it rains:

Clean my house

Catch up on emails, computer work, photo editing, and blogging.  Or try to get ahead on things, i.e. pre-blogging some posts in draft so that on really busy days, I can hit Publish rather than starting from scratch

I’d be lying if I said I sit around curled up on the couch reading magazines when it rains.  I’d like to but it’s not reality.

Not when I have a family to feed, work to do, Skylar to take care of, and just life to tend to.

I try to be extra productive by cooking, doing meal prep work like produce cleaning and vegetable chopping, and cooking things that make planned leftovers  <–cook once, eat twice

Some good comfort food like Cheesy Taco Casserole sounds good when it’s raining

Growing up in Minnesota we ate lots of casseroles.  But we called them ‘hot dishes’.  Casserole sounds much fancier than we ever were.

And we ate lots of leftovers.  As a working mom, I now understand why my working mom was a fan of leftovers.

Sometimes things are not fully evident for a couple decades, like why anyone would actually want to create leftovers.  But I get it now.

Other rainy day projects included


Wasting time on Pinterest

Drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte

And trying to keep this one from going stir crazy

Good thing we have lots of crayons, paper, books, and the occasional Barney episode on DVR


1. What do you like to do on Rainy Days?

2. Do people drive differently in your area in rain or bad weather?

They sure do here.  I think it’s probably a universal phenomenon but people who are used to driving in snow and inclement weather get pretty good at it from all the practice.

In Southern California, most people have no practice with snow and since it rains so infrequently here, when it does, holy traffic accidents and traffic delays.

On my way to pick up a Princess Costume (yes, we had success on that venture), I saw some really wicked accidents.  Spin outs, crashes into guardrails, traffic backed up for miles, police and ambulances everywhere.  Gnarly stuff.

Common sense things like: slow down, increase your following distance, don’t tailgate, don’t slam on your brakes, don’t make any sudden or jerky moves, take your time on turns, common.sense.stuff, it seems to have been lost on many drivers here.

Good thing the weather is usually like this

Thanks for the Silpat Giveaway entries

45 comments on “When It Rains”

  1. great rainy day ideas!!!

    oh so true about the snow here, even the threat of 1/2 inch is enough to cancel classes and close schools! There isn’t enough/good equipment like salt trucks etc. and people just don’t know how to drive in it. I spent the first 20 years in the North so I do!

  2. I gotta admit; I do like to waste the day away on the couch when it rains, but that’s more of an exception to the rule. Usually the house will get cleaned and laundry done. Those are also the days I make big batches of sauce and such for the freezer. Growing up in Ontario sounds very similar to how you grew up; COLD winters!!

  3. I used to hate the rain….when I was little, I was terrified of thunderstorms–my mom told me that God was punishing me. Now that I’m 52-I’ve gotten over that :D, and love thunderstorms, especially laying in bed listening to the rain on windows and the roof. Cleaning, reading, baking (depending on the temp) painting, making art…….I never get bored!

  4. If everyone stopped when it rained in Vancouver no one would ever move, LOL. But I’m not a big fan of the rain up here because it’s consistently slow and drizzly. Back home when it rains it’s for 2 hours of bucketing rain down and then the sun comes out. I.e. short, exciting, over! It gets a bit much day after day. But that’s why we have such beautiful green scenery, so there is that!

    Btw your little girl is just SO beautiful! I love how she looks like you too :). And there’s some good news for you over on my blog today… :) I’ll be sending you an email soon.

  5. I love rainy days when I don’t have anywhere to go! Totally agree…it gives me time to catch up on work around the house, cooking, blogging, etc.

  6. Living in Oregon, you’d think people would be well versed with driving in the rain. But it’s SO not true. People seem to lose their minds. Granted, when it rains here, it can rain pretty hard, but it’s OREGON. Are people really that surprised when it rains? Apparently.

    And I will be waiting impatiently for that recipe. :)

  7. Haha, I think that is so funny! It is sort of like there here in Vancouver, only with snow. I am from Alberta, where it snows forty feet and the schools are still open. Here in Vancouver if the snow sticks, the world shuts down! So funny. It is almost always a cloudy or rainy day here in the fall and winter, so rainy days in don’t come around to much!

  8. ” I grew up in rural Minnesota where people went outside in -20F degree temperatures for much of the year and thought nothing of it. It was life. You just dealt with it and moved on. And drank lots of beer, went ice fishing, or went snowmobiling.

    Amen sister!! We didn’t let anything stop us from having fun. Heck, I recall trick or treating in snow!

    I was born in St. Paul and grew up there plus Minneapolis and Newport, MN. And yes, I remember my mom calling dinner a ‘Hot Dish’. How funny! Do you still have your Mid-West accent? I do, but it is a bit of a blend now. I’ve got the typical Scandanavian look of Blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin. That comes from my Norweigian, Swedish, Dutch, Finnish and a touch of German background. =) My mom went crazy when she found someone that sells Lefse! But no Ludefisk, thank goodness! Nasty smelling fish!

    Have a Great Weekend!

    • I remember blizzard Halloweens myself…and we still tried to go out and get some candy…haha!

      I think I’ve lost my midwestern accent b/c I havent lived there since the late 90s when I graduated from St. Thomas b/c people are always surprised when I tell them Im not a CA native.

      Lefse…love it with lots of butter and cinnamon and sugar.

      Thanks for saying hi!

  9. and you had those “hot dishes” for “supper”, right? Maybe with a “pop”? I, was born in Minnesota, but have lived most of my life in California.

  10. Oooh, that taco pie looks to die for! I know what you mean about the rain, I think it’s worse up here in LA though, especially around the 405 and LAX areas!

  11. On rainy days I like to be inside snuggling on the couch, listening to the rain with a glass of wine. I definitely do not like to drive in the rain … the glare from the street lights and wet road at night bothers my eyes and I have trouble driving. Most people in my city drive well in the rain, but get a little stupid when it snows and gets really icy. They get better as the winter goes on.

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