Monday, February 12, 2007

Snow day......

Over the next 24 hours we are expecting a big snow, our first of the season. Aaron is doing a lot of running around today (Monday is his visiting day), so I reminded him to pick up extra "staples" (bread, milk, eggs). It got me thinking about what the "staples" for an enjoyable snow day is. I think you need at least one "snow day" each winter. (Of course it has to be a day when no one in your household has to be out on the roads!!). A day to be cozy and warm inside, as the snow falls and blows about outside your window. I remember snow days being the best days as a child. Of course we also had no school which might have been the cause of my fond memories!!

The first essential for a perfect snow day has to be a mug of steamy hot chocolate. Our favorite hot chocolate recipe is Fluffy Hot Chocolate.

The second essential would be a good movie. My choice would be either Pride and Predjudice or an Anne of Green Gables marathon. I call these my 'rainy day movies', but they would work as 'snowy day movies' as well. These are my feel good movies.

You can't spend all day in the kitchen on a snow day, so early in the morning you start busy day beef stew in the crock pot. Here's the recipe:

1 1/2 lb. stew meat 1 Tbsp. sugar
2 onions, sliced 2 tsp. salt
3-4 carrots, sliced 2 tsp. flour
3-4 potatoes, cubed 1 can tomato soup
1 can mushrooms 1 can water

Mix everything in crock pot. Cook on low 8-10 hours.

Sounds like a wonderful day, doesn't it?
Unfortunately, if it does snow tomorrow, we'll have a normal everyday day.......including school. I think we can still have the hot chocolate though.

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