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Jan. 20, 2012 at 10:13am

Cabin Fever


OK Mother Nature, you've proved your point (mind you, I didn't need the reminder), you're in control!! We've just had enough of the snow and ice already. This is Western Washington, not Wyoming (maybe your MapQuest needs updating?).

Can I say cabin fever? Who has it or is about to get it? Who's ready to running screaming into the night just by looking at ice cubes? Children in the house, no school for the last 4 days? Think you may have an advanced case of cabin fever. What to do?

Put something in the oven to cook for a few hours and get outside.

Oven Beef Stew
•6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
•1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
•1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
•1-1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
•1 medium onion, chopped
•1 tablespoon canola oil
•3 garlic cloves, minced
•3 cups beef broth
•1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
•3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
•3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
•3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
•1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

•In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 4 tablespoons flour, salt if desired and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
• In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown beef in oil in batches. Remove and set aside. Add onion to the pan and cook until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in remaining flour and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in broth. Add the beef, tomatoes and thyme. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours.
• Add the potatoes and carrots. Cover and bake 1 hour longer or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir in peas; cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.

I know, outside, really? Last night I thought about ice fishing, of all things. Of course we're not setup like Michigan or one of those other REALLY cold states to really go ice fishing. However, with a bit of imagination, the kids could have a good time.

Ice fishing 101 for kids:
sticks (the trees are dropping them everywhere)
magnets off the frig
small shovel

Tie the string to a stick and attach a magnet. Dig a hole into the snow/ice, drop magnets into the hole. Start fishing!

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