A snow day calls for a filling breakfast to provide lasting energy for playing in the snow. Homemade pancakes or waffles are an easy choice and become even more kid-friendly when you add fruit or chocolate chips to the batter. Homemade hot cocoa is a breakfast must and can be flavored with cinnamon or brown sugar and topped with fresh whipped cream.
After a few hours of snow fun, the kids will need to refuel with food that won't leave them sluggish. Save the heavier dishes for later in the day. An optimal lunch or afternoon snack is hot soup and a grilled sandwich. You can even plan ahead and make a large pot of homemade soup the day before a snow storm is predicted so it's ready and waiting. A mug of hot cocoa and a warm homemade cookie can be a sweet midday nosh that will gear your kids up for more snow day fun.
If your kids tire of sledding, snowman making and snowball fights – or if the weather takes a particular inclement turn for the worst – bring the kiddos into the kitchen to help you prepare the day's food or, more fun for them, bake cookies. Let your kids decide the types of cookies they want to make and allow them to mix the batter. If they decide on cut-out or sugar cookies, they can choose the cookie cutters and cookie décor.
A filling comfort food meal like macaroni and cheese, lasagna, or chicken and dumplings is a delicious way to end a snow day afternoon. Best yet, they are simple dishes that can be made in advance and will feed a crowd. Stew and chili are also great options because you can simply throw all the ingredients in the crock pot and let them simmer all day while you are out enjoying the snow with the kids.
You've had a long day and deserve a stress-free hour to relax. After the kids are asleep, sit back and sip a mug of hot cocoa. If you'd like it adult-style, add a splash of Bailey's Irish Cream or Kahlua for a perfect end to a perfect day.
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