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Winter Storm Alex

Winter Storm Alex was the area\'s first major winter storm of the 2014-15 season.

Credit: WLUK/Gabrielle Mays

I’m really, really glad we’re not still up North. Somehow Green Bay seemed to be just far enough south to miss the brunt of the first official storm of the year: Winter Storm Alex. (My brother Alex is thrilled, by the way) Yesterday’s drive into work was rainy and a couple hours after I was safely inside, it turned over to snow… which then melted by more rain later in the day. Today there’s more rain, more wind, and more snow on the way. It’s raining again which will make walking across the parking lot at work miserable. Normally I love rain but when the temp is around 34 and it’s windy then the rain is freezing! At some point the temp is going to drop again and 1-2″ of snow is expected. I’m hoping we have a repeat of yesterday where it all melts by the time I hop into my car and drive home!

Last night we did a quick dinner and sat down to watch Doomsday Preppers on Netflix. Has anyone watched that show? It’s pretty bizarre but if you get past the idiosyncrasies of the people on the show, it’s pretty fascinating. I’m all for individual sustainability and some of the contraptions they invent and ways they garden are really amazing. I like to think we’re pretty safe in Wisconsin but Ben and I do think it makes sense to have a couple week’s supply of water and food on hand in case there’s ever a massive Winter storm that knocks power out for an extended time. That certainly could happen.

Dinner was sausage, egg, and green pepper (from the garden!).

007I’m back on the bandwagon of making a bigger meal that will provide leftovers for later in the week. I used to do that when I was in school because it helped to do a quick re-heat and rush out the door. The last couple of weeks we have been picking one thing that will take us through the beginning of the week. This week’s meal: beef stew

I have never made stew before, so I’m excited to try this out. There are so many recipes online so I went with a pretty simple and generic one. Last night I cubed the beef and tossed it in flour and then browned it over the stove:

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I peeled the carrots and potatoes and dumped it all in the crockpot this morning. We’re trying out the new pot we got for my wedding shower and I’m crossing my fingers I come home to a delicious smell of cooked dinner waiting for me. Nothing gets better than that on a cold and rainy/snowy day, don’t you think?

Anyone else getting snow? Staying warm? We’ve had the heat on for the past week now and I’m wondering if everyone else has succumbed to that as well.

Get your ice scrapers out and get them in your cars folks! It’s time!

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2 Responses

  1. HI Ali, I’m so behind in comments. CONGRATULATIONS on your wedding!!!!! Very, very happy for you and wish you both many years of love, happiness and health!

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