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Suffering From Cabin Fever? No Problem!

Let me guess.. You’re at home, suffering from a little cabin fever because of the never ending snowstorm yesterday & the negative temps outside, waiting for the boredom to subside before you pull your hair out, right?

Well, maybe you’re not that bored or going that crazy but in case you are, no worries! Being snowed in can be fun!

For example, if you subscribe to Netflix, the movie world is your oyster. Less than a week ago, Netflix recently added a bunch of movies to their instant queue for a day like this.

Here’s a list of the newest additions according to Reddit:

  • American Psycho
  • Raging Bull
  • Thelma And Louise
  • West Side Story
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Big Trouble In Little China
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Bull Durham
  • Red Dawn
  • Mousehunt
  • Spaceballs
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • The Chinese Connection
  • Grapes of Wrath
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Children of a Lesser God
  • Scrooged
  • Days of Thunder
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • The Talented Mr Ripley
  • Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • Death Race 2000
  • Ghost
  • Good Burger
  • Play It Again, Sam

Some oldies but goodies make the list. And if you had tickets to Sunday’s canceled performance of West Side Story at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, you can watch it from the comfort of your own couch! Kind of a win-win, right?

Not a Netflix subscriber? No worries. Why not try putting your baking skills to the test in the kitchen with a new recipe?

Just recently, I made these super easy and delicious Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins. Most of the ingredients you probably have already either in your pantry or in your fridge.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup rolled/old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup milk or soy milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins, optional

Now how to make it:
First, preheat your oven to 375° and  grease your muffin pan or cupcake liners. After that, start mixing together the oatmeal, applesauce, milk, egg, vanilla, butter and sugar. Set aside. In another bow whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, oatmeal, cinnamon, sugar and your dried fruit.

Then, slowly start combining the dry ingredients into the egg, applesauce, butter and milk. Mix, but don’t over mix. Over mixing this batter could make the muffins dense. The batter may look a little wetter compared to other muffin or cupcake mixes, but don’t fret. It’s fine!

Next step, distribute the mixture evenly into your muffin pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Cool and enjoy!

Simple right? If those muffins don’t seem like a possibility, get creative in the kitchen. Sort through your fridge to figure out what’s going out of date first and try to come up with a tasty meal around those ingredients.

Okay, now moving into a completely different direction, what about exercising? There are several ways to stay active even when you’re stuck inside. I’ve actually gotten myself in the habit in taking time to do some yoga poses on my own as well as some of these easy-to-do indoor exercises I found via Pintrest on PhillyMag.com.

Some indoor exercises that can get your heart pumping and blood flowing are:


Get the full list and examples by clicking here.

Still none of those sound appealing? What about reading? Nothing says snow day like curling up in blankets with a good cup of coffee and a great book on a cold winter day! And if you have a Nook or a Kindle Fire, then once again, the options are endless!

And if that’s not an option, maybe take a nap. How often do you get the chance to nap? Naps are great and can do wonders for your body!

Hopefully this list gave you some ideas on how to combat cabin fever during ‘Snowmaggedon.’ And if they didn’t, maybe this cute Corgi playing in the snow can at least bring a smile to your snow day. Enjoy and stay warm!

Amy Determan / CBS Radio St. Louis


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