Beating the Mid-Winter Blues

The middle of the winter season always leaves us with a lethargic feeling. Blame it on the cold, the gloomy skies, or the fact that it’s just too tempting to stay in bed all day doing nothing. But why should any of that put a damper on your spirits? This season is the perfect excuse to whip up a storm in the kitchen, or to dress to the nines with fab winter fashion—winter blues be damned.

Beating the Mid-Winter BluesWinter-proof Recipes. There’s nothing better for the chilly weather outside than a warm bowl of soup to heat up the tummy. But instead of your go-to chicken soup, why not try a delectable beef stew that’s perfect for cozying up during the night? With about 200 grams of diced beef, you can cook up two servings of this hearty meal. In a good ol’ pot, fry up some onions in healthy olive oil. Then, continue to fry the beef until they’re browned and ready. Dice together some carrots and butternut squash and toss them in along with about half a liter of beef stock. Try to give it a good taste to see if you need to add a little salt and pepper. When the taste is to your liking, move everything onto a casserole dish and heat in your oven for two hours on low until you’re satisfied with the soup levels. Serve it while it’s hot straight from the Bosch 800 Series HBL8451UCX oven from AjMadison.com, with great deals such as the Free Shipping on Orders $499 + No Tax coupon.

Beating the Mid-Winter BluesAnother classic that simply screams comfort food is your traditional mashed potatoes. To go the extra mile, choose Yukon gold or Idaho potatoes for a low fat option. In a large saucepan, cover your peeled potatoes with water and boil for about half an hour until the potatoes are tender. Drain the water and add in some milk into the saucepan to simmer. Mash the potatoes finely with a ricer and add into the warm milk. Mix them well over low heat and season with some salt and pepper to your liking. Then, just to add the icing to the cake, spread a thin pat of some butter onto each portion to give off that richness everyone will certainly appreciate. Top off the set with some Original Potato Latkes from Wolferman’s and you’ll certainly have your family raving about these hot gourmet potato pancakes all night.

Beating the Mid-Winter BluesWinter Layers with Style. Just because it’s cold and gloomy doesn’t mean you should bundle up in oversized coats and lose your posh edge completely. First, the basics. You can never go wrong with a trusty pair of skinny jeans to go with any top you have on. Nice and snug, these jeans keep your legs warm and flatter your form at the same time. If you want to be a little edgier, go with white skinny jeans for the ultimate style icon. Next, invest in a good cashmere sweater. You have so many colors to choose from with this versatile top, because it pretty much goes with anything—skirts, shorts, jeans, and other what-have-yous. As the “world’s finest and highest quality cashmere” store, Pure Collection brings you a wide variety of options in its Pure Cashmere collection, with a 60% Off Winter Sale Coupon to go hand-in-hand with your shopping bliss.

Beating the Mid-Winter BluesFor a fresh twist on a classic top, swap out your white button-down for a denim button top. Denim on denim is all the rage right now, and if you pair this with your chunky knee-high boots, you’ll rock the winter runway for sure. Of course, a good winter look isn’t complete without a sexy overcoat. Be as bright as the sun against the gloomy backdrop of the weather with a refreshing pop of color in your blazer. This vibrant outerwear as well as the sassy denim button-downs are both available in UrbanOG along with 25% Off on All Apparel coupons.

Winter doesn’t have to be blue with all these fabulous ideas on food and fashion. Once you get started with your comfort cooking and your stylish layering, you’ll never want the winter season to end!