Mother Nature’s not letting up: A hearty meal for cold days

I heard on the news today that we’ve received the same amount of snow already this winter that we would normally receive in an entire season!

The one good thing about snowy days is that I get in the mood to bake and cook, so this winter has provided me with plenty of opportunities to do just that!  Today – as local schools are closed again and all community activities are being cancelled – I thought it would be fitting to share one of my favorite recipes to make when the snow starts piling up.

Making a hearty meal and then spending time with my family, watching a good movie or playing games, helps brighten my spirits.  If we’re really lucky, it might get warm enough for us to hit the nearby sledding hill.

I hope you enjoy these recipes and some quality family time, too.

Buttery Corn Bread


  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine softened (I use butter)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Cream butter and sugar, Combine eggs, and milk. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with egg mixture.
  2. Pour into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 22-27 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
  3. Cut into squares; serve warm.

Honey Butter


  • ¾ c. butter, softened
  • ¼ c. honey


  1. Cream butter and honey.

Thick and Hearty Chili



  • 2 lb. ground beef, browned
  • 2, 15-oz. cans chili beans
  • 2, 15-oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 2, 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • Onion
  • 3 T. chili powder
  • Tabasco to taste



  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker before your day begins, and it’s ready to eat at supper time!


photo from Brown Eyed Baker