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Snow Day

It is supposed to snow today here in Alabama!  That means the whole state shuts down.  And that means children are out of school.  Before the snow arrives you might be looking for ways to entertain the young ones.  Here are a few to help you out.

Crafts are always a fun way to pass the time.  This snowman craft won't melt away when the other snow does.

Melty the Snowman

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Materials
  • White and colored felt
  • Tacky glue
  • White pom-pom
  • Black puffy paint
  • Craft foam (for nose)
  • Twigs (for arms)
Instructions
  1. Cut a puddle shape from white felt and use tacky glue to attach a white pom-pom to the top.

  2. With black puffy paint, add eyes, a mouth, and buttons. Glue on a craft foam nose and twig arms.

  3. Wrap a felt scarf around Melty's neck and glue it in place.

 

Treats are another way to get creative and entertain the kids.  There are several cute snowman recipes on the web.  Here is one of my faves.

Snowman Cups

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2 pkg. (3.9 oz. each) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 qt.  (4 cups) cold milk
20 OREO Cookies, crushed (about 2 cups), divided
2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
Assorted decorating gels

BEAT pudding mixes and milk with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min. Stir in 1 cup cookie crumbs.

SPOON remaining cookie crumbs into 10 (6- to 7-oz.) paper or plastic cups; cover with pudding mixture.

DROP spoonfuls of **COOL WHIP onto desserts to resemble snowmen. Decorate with gels for the eyes, noses and scarves.

**Instead of cool whip, you could also use marshmallows**


You can't have a snow day without everyone's favorite winter beverage: hot chocolate!  Here is a delicious twist on the original.

Hot Caramel Chocolate

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Ingredients

  • 1/3  cup sugar
  • 1/3  cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3  cup water
  • 6  milk-chocolate-covered round caramels
  • 6  cups milk, half-and-half, or light cream
  •   Whipped cream (optional)
  •   Milk chocolate-covered and/or candy-coated round caramels (optional)

Directions

In a large saucepan combine sugar, cocoa powder, and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add candies; cook and stir until melted. Stir in milk. Heat through. Pour into mugs; top with whipped cream and additional caramel candies. Makes 6 servings.

Hope you are keeping warm wherever you are!

  
 


Marshmallow Snowmen

I stumbled upon these little cuties in my latest issue of All You and just had to share.  These would make great holiday party favors or even place card holders.  BONUS-the kids will love helping you make these!

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Ingredients

  • Marshmallows
  • Melted caramels
  • Gingersnaps
  • Decorative elements (sprinkles, royal icing, pretzel sticks, spice drops, fruit leather, food coloring and pink Cake Mate Decors)

Preparation

1. Dip a marshmallow in melted caramel; place on a gingersnap. Put sprinkles over excess caramel. Halve a marshmallow for head and attach with royal icing. Insert pretzels in body.

2. Flatten a spice drop; attach another to form hat. Cut scarves and bow ties from fruit leather; tuck under head. Dye royal icing and pipe eyes, nose and buttons. Attach pink Decors for cheeks.
 


Easy Treat

I think candy corn is my favorite Halloween treat and decoration.  We've seen Candy Corn Parfait, now take a look at these EASY Candy Corn Cookies!  Instead of candy, wrap these in cellophane and ribbon and give to your trick or treaters or as party favors. 

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All you have to do is knead a little extra flour and orange food coloring into your store bought refrigerated dough!  Cut with a triangle cookie cutter and dip the bottom in dark chocolate and the top in white chocolate.  Voila!

For another candy corn treat check out Tom Kat Studio's Candy Corn Cupcakes!


(photo from countryliving.com)


 


Pumpkin Creatures

These adorable creatures made out of pumpkins just blow my mind!  The creativity with pumpkin carving just increases every year.  Now you can create almost anything you want out of these pretty fall gourds.  BONUS-kids will love helping you design your creatures!

Hungry Caterpillar

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Honey Bear

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Scare-dy Cat

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Creepy Ants

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Find out how to make these and other cool pumpkin creatures and carvings here!


Homemade Pudding Pops

I used to LOVE Jello Pudding Pops!  I have not been able to find them in the grocery store for years.  Imagine my delight when I found this recipe for them.  BONUS-your children will love helping you make these!  What a great after-school treat.

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  • 1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 6 Oreo Cookies
  • 1⁄2 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping 
1. BEAT pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min.
2. PLACE cookies in resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Use rolling pin to crush cookies.
3. ADD cookies and Cool Whip to pudding; stir just until blended.
4. SPOON into 9 small paper or plastic cups.
5. INSERT wooden pop stick or plastic spoon into each for handle. Freeze 5 hours or until firm.
PREP: 10 min. plus freezing
MAKES: 9 servings
 
 
(photo and recipe from kraftfoods.com)