Snow Day Food Projects

Although it was 75-degrees yesterday, they're predicting our first significant snow fall tonight/tomorrow (she says, rubbing her hands together with glee). There is a real possiblity that the kids and I will be staying home tomorrow. Any ideas for fun, food-related projects for the four and under crowd? Uh, using supplies from a well-stocked pantry because I am not crazy enough to hit the grocery store the night before a snow storm!

  • Posted by: Niknud
  • October 25, 2011
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ChefJune October 26, 2011
Gingerbread cutout cookies are fun for kids of all ages, especially in fall and winter. If you want to get fancy, make a milk frosting for them when they've cooled and then paint them with food coloring.
 
Niknud October 26, 2011
Thanks everyone for your awesome ideas! Unfortunately, because it was 75 yesterday the roads are clear even though the snow is coming down fast and furious. So it's off to work and daycare....sniffles. Still hoping for early release!
 
cookinginvictoria October 26, 2011
The Cream of Tartar recipe is the one that I also make for my daughter. It is fun to make a whole batch of colors. Thanks for posting, Bevi.

Other ideas: Making mrslarkins's awesome sugar cookie recipe. http://www.food52.com/recipes/3881_chewy_sugar_cookies_2

It is also a Halloween tradition in our home to make Halloween Whoopie pies. This is a fun recipe for kids to help out with: http://www.marthastewart.com/315783/halloween-whoopie-pies?czone=holiday/halloween-center/halloween-center-desserts

Niknud, I am originally from Colorado. I remember well those October (and May!) snowstorms, LOL.
 
creamtea October 26, 2011
The Cream of Tartar recipe from the site Bevi cited is the play-dough we always made. We just add the food coloring to the dough in the pot and stir it while on the flame. When it comes together you take it out and knead it a bit. Kneading the hot dough is wonderfully therapeutic! It lasts forever and is very elastic.
 
creamtea October 26, 2011
Is there a "jealous" button? Because if there is I'm clicking it. I looooove snow days. Cookie-cutter cookies?
 
SKK October 25, 2011
Halloween cupcakes and cookies! Here are two cute recipes that your kids can have fun with! http://ourchocolateshavings.blogspot.com/2011/10/owl-cupcakes.html and http://fortheloveofcooking-recipes.blogspot.com/2008/10/halloween-sugar-cookies.html The visuals are great!
 
mrslarkin October 25, 2011
Say what??? jeepers. Well, it IS going to be Christmas in two months, so I guess snow is not as far fetched as it sounds. Make this! http://food52.com/recipes/3455_snow_cream_cinquain_or_what_to_do_on_a_snow_day
 
sdebrango October 25, 2011
Snow, no kidding. Wow!! Cupcakes that the kids decorate and ice is great fun. Love the play doh idea and hot cocoa is a must on a snow day.
 
Bevi October 25, 2011
And we get snow on Thursday night.
 
Niknud October 25, 2011
Yah snow! Are you in the front range area?
 
Bevi October 25, 2011
Check this out: http://www.playdoughrecipe.com/
 

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Sam1148 October 25, 2011
Popcorn balls. Or Jiffy pop..in the pan thing that expands when you cook it. Or just popcorn made without a microwave.

Make up some pizza dough tonight to let it rest overnight. And cut up some stuff and let the kids decorate their own personal pizza.
Brownies or fudge would be good. Or set out some flat sheet pans to catch the newly fallen snow and drizzle maple syrup in the snow for snow treat. (those would be good if you put popcorn/nuts in the snow and drizzle the syrup over them to freeze).
They could also string some garlands of popcorn on a thread and put those outside on a tree and watch the birds eat them.
 
Niknud October 25, 2011
These sound like great ideas - I have many fond memories of using up last year's syrup with the Sugar on Snow dinners at my family's house right before the sap starts running. You always have great ideas!
 
creamtea October 26, 2011
Yes, the snow plus maple syrup! We did that one year, off our balcony.
 
fiveandspice October 25, 2011
Lucky you!!!! I can't wait for snow! I think making homemade hot chocolate (no mix allowed) on a snow day is a must! Baking bread shaped like little animals (roll the dough into balls and snakes and build bears, snakes, snails, etc.) is fun, if you feel comfortable with a simple yeast bread. And, cake decorating (with lots of different options like different candies and cut fruits and such) is always fun if you're open to making sweets.
 
Niknud October 25, 2011
Cool - is there a particularly forgiving yeast bread recipe you would recommend?
 
inpatskitchen October 25, 2011
Not really food but homemade "playdoh" is always fun...or if you have cream, letting them make butter by shaking or even watching a food processor do its magic is fun.
 
Niknud October 25, 2011
ooo! I like the homemade playdoh - do you have a recipe for this? Sounds perfect since his stash has been reduced to balls with the general softness of concrete!
 
inpatskitchen October 25, 2011
here's a site that has many recipes for it

http://www.playdoughrecipe.com/
 
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