Yippeee! A good old fashioned snow day is the perfect excuse for a little extra family bonding. The kids are excited to be home from school, parents are more than likely home from work, and everyone gets to sit around in their pj’s all day! I love me a good ol’ snow day!
Here are ten ideas to help make your snow day a fun filled one!
- Have a board game tournament! Let everyone in the family pick their favorite board game and play them all. The person who wins the most games gets to pick the next activity!
- Start a snow day tradition. Some ideas are to bake cookies, craft, watch movies, or set up a hot chocolate bar with everyone’s favorite hot coco toppings!
- Make edible snowflakes- fold tortilla shells into quarters. Use scissors to cut shapes out of the folds (just like paper snowflakes). Unfold to reveal your snowflake shape and lay the shells on a cookie sheet. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar and bake at 350 degrees until crispy.
- Learn something new! Research a new interest/hobby on the internet, start planning a garden, or start planning your summer vacation!
- Make a blanket fort! If you never did this as a kid, or have forgoten the finer points of fort making, here is a great article from Simple Mom to refresh your memory.
- Have an indoor picnic for lunch. Pack a picnic basket or lunch box just like it was a real picnic. Find a sunny spot in your home to lay out your blanket and pretend you are enjoying the spring weather!
- Play in the snow! What is the point of all the white stuff if you can’t get out in it! Give your kids some spray bottles filled with a water/food coloring mixture and let them paint the snow. Have them build a fort out of snow bricks made with Tupperware containers. Build a snowman. There is so much fun to be had in the snow!
- Bring the snow inside. If the temperatures are too cold, or you have little ones, fill a big plastic tub with snow and let them play with the snow at the kitchen counter. Cups, cookie cutters, and plastic utensils are great for creating indoor snow sculptures.
- Enjoy some quiet time reading, writing or coloring. There are many great websites where you kind find printables to use.
- I scream, you scream, we all scream for snow cream! Snow ice cream- recipe here courtesy of the lovely Paula Dean!
What are your favorite snow day activities?
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I am not much of a cook but I love to bake, and the holidays are the perfect excuse for me to get in the kitchen and try out some new recipes. I came up with this recipe for reindeer cookie pops because I love the oh so popular cake pops but they are way too time consuming for this gal to make! I like my recipes quick and easy! I think these cookie pops are just as cute as the cake pops but with a lot less work, and they make really cute gifts to boot! I hope that you enjoy this recipe, and that it will give you an excuse to get in the kitchen with your kids to start creating some wonderful holiday memories!
Here is what you need:
- refrigerated cookie dough (break and bake cookies in any flavor)
- craft sticks or sucker sticks
- milk chocolate chips (1 cup for six cookies)
- white icing
- round pretzels
- mini reeces peanut butter cups
- microwavable safe bowl
- waxed paper
- baking sheet
- clear sandwich bag (not ziplock)
Pre-heat your oven to the temperature stated on your cookie package. Start by placing about 6 of the break and bake cookies on your cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie with your hand or with the bottom of a glass, and insert a craft stick into each cookie.
Break pretzels in half. Add one half to each side of the cookie to make antlers. Gently press the pretzels into the dough. Bake according to the times listed on your cookie package. They look a little strange now but they will shape up nicely when baked. I promise!
Here they are! Nice and round and starting to look a little more like a reindeer. Allow to cool, and then carefully transfer the baked cookies to a sheet of waxed paper.
Melt chocolate chips in a microwavable safe bowl. To avoid burning your chocolate, microwave it in 30 second intervals stirring the chips between each cooking interval. You will have nice evenly melted chocolate this way.
Yum! I love melted chocolate! Now comes the fun part. You can start decorating your cookie! Use a spatula or a spoon to evenly spread melted chocolate over the cookie.
Begin adding candies to form the face. I used skittles for the eyes and nose, mini reeses peanut butter cups for the reindeer snout, and some white icing with a dab of chocolate for the pupils. Finish it off by using a toothpick to draw a little mouth. Isn’t he cute?
Refrigerate the cookie until the chocolate is set. Remove from the fridge and place the cookie pop into a sandwich bag and tie closed with a ribbon. These turned out super cute, and will make great gifts!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. What are some of your favorite holiday recipes to make? I would love to hear about them!
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***This Post has been updated to include a full tutorial and recipe here***
I realize this post is a little late for Easter so lets just call this a “spring” bunny cake! My mom used to make this cake for us when we were growing up and I have such fond memories of helping with the decorating…and eating!
I was so excited to make this cake for my family this year, and equally excited to share the directions and outcome with you. Since this recipe dates back to the early 70′s, I of course thought MY MOM was the only woman in the world who made this cake and I was going to follow in her footsteps of recreating this classic.
Little did I know how popular this cake is…especially among the stars! I discovered this when I opened up People Magazine last week and saw the cake created by Julianne Hough. Then a second sighting of the famous bunny cake was made when Bethenny Frankel posted a version of it on her Facebook page.
Alas, the cake is not at original as I had hoped it to be, however, I am going to stick with the story that my family was the first to make it and we still do it the best! You be the judge!
Here is a copy of the original recipe:
copy of recipe courtesy of www.junkyardclubhouse.com
Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl Bunny Cake:
photo credit: facebook.com/bethennyfrankel
Julianne Hough’s Mad Hatter version:
photo credit: People.com
My Easter Bunny version (ahem, I mean “Spring” Bunny version):
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