snow food and recipes

Monday night I made a huge pot of beef stew. I wanted plenty of leftovers for our snow day!! This was my first attempt at beef stew and thanks to the grocery game I had all the ingredients on hand (and for cheap). It is seriously so much fun to cook knowing the ingredients were at such a high discount, seriously fun.

Beef Stew Recipe:

3 pounds beef chuck, trimmed of visible fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1/3 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour – Mine was Gluten-Free, of course.
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 pound medium onions (about 2), cut into 1-inch chunks
1 pound small white or red new potatoes (about 6), well scrubbed, halved if large
1 pound carrots, cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
6 garlic cloves, smashed
1 1/2 cup beef stock


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a Dutch oven (5-quart) with a tight-fitting lid, combine beef, tomato paste, vinegar, and flour; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add onions, potatoes, carrots, garlic, 1 1/2 cups beef stock and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Cover, transfer to oven, and cook until meat is fork-tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

And what must everyone have on a snow day?? SNOW CREAM!!

Even Sam got to enjoy some snow cream. After all the playing and snow ball fights this was a perfect end to such a fun day!!

Snow Cream Recipe:

A bunch of fresh snow. Maybe a gallon’s worth (it will reduce in volume as you mix it)
Milk (not much, maybe a cup per gallon)
Sugar (1/2 cup or so per gallon, or to taste)
Vanilla – tablespoon or two per gallon

Yum!! What is your favorite “snow day” food?