In a little while, my boys will be coming home from school. Last night, both their school systems called early dismissals for the day due to impending bad weather. A half a snow day is better than none in the eyes of my boys. They have high hopes for a full snow day tomorrow.

I don’t get as excited about snow days as my boys. I work from home. It disrupts my days. But, I try to remember how exciting, how sacred, snow days were when I was a kid and make them special. One way is to have food traditions and relaxed food rules that come with a snow day.

  1. Thou shalt start the day with a hot breakfast. Put away the boxed cereal and cold milk and make oatmeal or some other comforting, energy-boosting breakfast before going out to shovel and play.
    Pumpkin Raisin Oatmeal
    Red Quinoa Hot Breakfast Cereal
  2. Thou shall eat snow. As long as it’s clean.
    How to make snow day ice cream
    How to make snow candy
  3. Thou shall get creative if you didn’t get a chance to go the store before the storm hit. A snow day is a great time to give dig into your pantry and use up foods that you already have.
  4. Thou shall get your kids in the kitchen to help cook.
    10 foods to teach kids to make on their own
  5. Thou shall not worry about the mess the kids make while cooking. It will get cleaned up – eventually.
  6. Thou shall dust off the slow cooker. Throw dinner together early and after a long day of sledding, building snow men and digging the car out, your meal will be ready.
    Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili
  7. Thou shall not be stingy with the chocolate chips.
    Snow Day Chocolate Chip Muffins
    The only chocolate chip cookie you should ever eat
  8. Thou shall allow eating in front of the TV. Maybe you can’t get outside and a movie marathon is in the cards. If you have a no-eating-in-front-of-the-TV rule, a snow day is the day to relax it.
    Healthy, budget friendly popcorn
    5 healthy, homemade salty snacks
  9. Thou shall have plenty of hot chocolate.
    Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
    Taste testing organic hot cocoas
  10. Thou shall have a little somethin’ special to add to the adult’s hot chocolate. This is the most important commandment. It will help you keep your sanity. Irish Cream, Butterscotch Schnapps and red wine are some of my favorites.
    Red Wine Hot Chocolate

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.