Last Updated on January 30, 2021
When the forecast calls for inches and inches of snow, it’s time to start planning for the snow day ahead. Switch things up with these food-inspired activities that not only put a twist on your normal winter routine, but also help you make the most out of the extra time in the kitchen.
Build a Pancake Charcuterie Board
One of the best things about snow days is that you don’t have to go anywhere, so use that time to whip up a full breakfast spread to start off the day right. Create your own breakfast charcuterie board with pancakes; your favorite meats like bacon, sausage, or smoked salmon; fresh fruit; hard-boiled eggs; and any other breakfast food that you think deserves a spot on your board. Don’t forget to add in some fixings like jam, maple syrup, and powdered sugar to top off your plate.
Get Creative with a Burger Bar
If lunch is more your thing, try recreating the experience at your favorite burger bar. Use a simple burger recipe as your base and then load up on your topping options. From fried eggs and pickled veggies to peanut butter and pineapple, this is a chance for everyone in your household to get creative and try something new. For added fun, make it a burger-building competition where everyone competes to create the best-tasting burger—loser does the dishes!
Camp out in a DIY Fort
Nothing brings back childhood memories more than a snow day, so why not let your inner child out? Use couch cushions, spare blankets, and anything else you can find to build a fort in your home. Once things are feeling stable, snuggle up with a good book and your favorite campfire meal. Try baking chicken in foil or a giant s’mores skillet cookie to recreate the full camping experience at home.
Plan a Relaxing Beach Picnic
Just because the weather outside is frightful, doesn’t mean that you can’t pretend otherwise. Crank up the heat, lay out some towels or a blanket, and turn your living room into a beach paradise. Set the mood by searching on YouTube for a peaceful beach scene, and try out a summer-inspired taco recipe that will leave you feeling like you’re on a beach excursion. Pair your tacos with a tequila cocktail or your favorite tropical drink to bring home all the summer vibes.
The best part about this faux getaway is that you don’t have to worry about sand getting everywhere.
Spice Things up with Baked Goods
Chances are, you’ve already thought about firing up the oven once news of a snow day broke. Instead of your typical chocolate chip cookies, try a baked good recipe with a little kick to really warm up your home. Gingerbread bread pudding or sweet potato snickerdoodle cookies are great options if you’re looking for a spin on a classic treat. Pair them with a mug of hot cocoa or your favorite tea to take your cozy snow day to the next level.
Explore the Winter Wonderland
If a snow day translates to more time outside in the fresh powder, then, by all means, go do your thing! If you’re hitting the slopes, trails, or ice rink, start with a filling meal like a breakfast sausage scramble and make sure to pack lots of snacks, like candied Cajun bacon, that will keep you going all day long.
Whether you’re snuggled up inside or adventuring outdoors, there’s plenty to do to keep everyone satisfied on a cold winter day. Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen, creating delicious recipes and meaningful moments you won’t forget.