The weather is starting to change in New York. YAY! Today it started to snow and then it switched over to rain. Even though it rained and melted some of the snow, we still have about 2 feet of snow in the yard. The weather is going to be really warm this weekend, so it will be perfect to do some fun things outside in the snow without having to worry about freezing to death.
I found a few activities to do outside in the snow. I haven’t ever tried it but painting the snow sounds like a lot of fun. Visit my Pinterest board for ideas on what to do to have fun in the snow.
Make Your Own Magic Snowballs @ Momma’s Fun World
Painting On Ice @ Toddler Approved
Snow Ice Cream – YUMMY @ Housing a Forest
Make a Snow Volcano @ Growing a Jeweled Rose
I hope you enjoy have some fun family time in the snow this weekend!
This weekend the kids and I braved the snow after being trapped in the house for 3 days straight. I don’t consider going outside to shovel or play in the snow as actually leaving the house. We did some boring shopping and ate a snack while we were out. Not all that impressive but it was nice to get out.
After 3 days of wearing yoga pants, I decided to get dressed in an outfit that made me feel good. I really like bubble necklaces, I have a few of them in different colors. I think this outfit is pretty plain but when you add the necklace it takes it from boring to interesting. I am always cold, so I also like to pair my outfits with a statement scarf to keep myself warm.
Here is what I wore last weekend:
Sweater – H&M
Skinny jeans – Marshall’s
Boots – Piperline
Necklace – Jane.com
Scarf – Wet Seal (I know its a young store but they had a great sale on scarfs)
Question: Will you shop anywhere for a deal?
The little girls and I did our first St. Patrick’s Day craft of the year the other day. Together we made rainbows with tissue paper. It was an easy project for both my little girls. The preschooler was able to understand that she was suppose to match the tissue paper to the colors of the rainbow. My 2 year old had a great time gluing any color of tissue paper to the rainbow.
What you will need:
- Crayons, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
- Colored tissue paper, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
What you need to do to get crafty:
- Before the kids started, I cut the tissue paper out into small squares and drew a rainbow on a piece of paper for each of the munchkins.
- I put the glue on the rows of the rainbow on at at time. I knew, if I put glue on every strip of the rainbow that would have gotten messy, really quick. Then the girls laid the tissue paper on top of the glue.
My four year old had a great time matching the tissue paper colors to the the rainbow stripes.
My 2 year old enjoyed gluing the paper to any strip on the rainbow.
When were were done making our rainbows, we read one of our favorite books, Minnie’s Rainbow. I love this book. It reenforces colors of the rainbow and at the end it breaks down how a rainbow is actually created.
During the snow day on Thursday, the kids and I made a super easy zucchini bread recipe. You can’t mess up this recipe, I have let the little kids over stir the batter and it still comes out perfect. Everyone in my house loves this recipe, so it is a very good thing that this recipe makes 2 loaves of bread. We ate both loaves that we made in 1 day, oh my gosh.
It’s always fun to bake with my kids, they love to help. My 3 year old helped grate the zucchini and my 2 year old helped pour the flour and sugar into my mixer. I believe that it is a good idea to get the kids involved cooking when they are very young, so that they comfortable around the kitchen. I want them to be able to cook for themselves when they are older and not have to eat take out.
- 3 1/4 c flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 c sugar
- 1 c vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 c water
- 2 c of shredded zucchini
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease 2 loaf pans.
2. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar in a mixer.
3. In a medium size bowl, whisk the eggs together. Then add the vegetable oil, water and zucchini.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the mixer, mixing until just combined.
5. Pour the mix into 2 loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour.
Tip: Remove one loaf of bread from the pan and wrap it in plastic wrap until you are ready to eat it. You can also freeze it for about a month.
I really had to rack my brain hard for recipes that I haven’t cooked in awhile this week. It was difficult for me to come up with my meal plan. Have you ever been at the point during the season when you just don’t/can’t wear the same clothes you have been wearing for the past 3 months? I am at this point with winter recipes right now. I am at the point where I want winter to pack up and move out to make way for spring. Even though I really do enjoy rich beef stew and homemade chicken soup, I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can break out the grill.
In the next few days, the temperature is going to go from 29 degrees to 40 degrees, so hopefully that will melt the 3 feet of snow on top of the grill and I can start it up. A girl can hope can’t she.
Here is what I plan on making for dinner this week:
Sunday: Shrimp and sausage jambalaya.
Monday: Caribbean Black Bean Soup.
Tuesday: Chicken Cacciatore.
Thursday: Crockpot Mexican Chicken with homemade guacamole.
Friday: Homemade Takeout. Stir Fried Singapore Noodles with Garlic Ginger Sauce.
Saturday: Chili with homemade cornbread.
Question: What are you looking forward to cooking on the grill this spring?