I believe this tent has been up for over a month now and has been used for playing, reading, drawing, sleeping and simply being an extra space to nest during this snowy winter. Up until this weekend I have adapted to having the tent up and it actually makes me long for camping in the warmer weather but after yet another snowy cooped up day the boys asked if it could be used as a soccer shooting goal. Tempting, yes, although it would probably not be useable as an actual tent for camping after that. It was quite a fun room while it lasted and we will certainly be doing it again!
We have had these puzzles for a couple of years now and the boys are finally excited to work together and complete them, thanks to my mom. She was patient enough to spark their interest and finish one with them.
This has been a great year round book to have, especially in the winter. Origami on the Go. The recommended age is 9+ but our 7 yr old is able to do quite a few of the projects.
Another favorite for these indoor days has been making paper airplanes, so simple and so fun. Here’s a favorite.
Above is the aftermath of a couple of days with daddy out of town, bitter coldness, and more snow outside. You would not think by looking but we have cleaned it off between meals, only to have it migrate back QUICKLY. This picture was taken just before dinnertime and I was really tempted to have a picnic dinner on the floor but I knew that Monday morning would roll around and a clean table would be well worth the cleanup. (Note… monday did roll around before posting this and we had another snow day!)
Oh, and soccer practice started this week, so now our house has turned into an indoor soccer field!!
I welcome any fun indoor winter goodness + activities you may want to share.
Enjoy the week!
I’m all over the map today with these favorites but this gives you a glimpse into my “deep thoughts” lately.
Above, an image from Dwell Magazine, featuring a vintage Danish piano that is so lovely. The whole project is so simple and lovely, so do take a look.
Creating with the kids this week … Cardboard tube treehouse by Willowday. This will be fun and sure to spark some imagination.
I’ve been searching for years for a good option without toxins and tried so many. Hoping this makes the cut. Homemade deodorant by The Cayenne Room. Please let me know if you have a favorite.
Some tasty looking delicata squash recipes from 101 cookbooks. I wish my kids liked squash as much as I do. I could have a variation of it daily.
This paleo blog, Cook Eat Paleo that has some promising recipes. A couple on the list for the week are the easy paleo biscuits and the butternut squash frittata.
and last, but certainly the best …
For my dear husband that gave me a weekend alone. He was greeted with this Aztec Chocolate Old Fashioned from apartment 34. Happy 16 years my sweet! Yes, he swooped the kids away for the weekend to give me a breather.
A newfound cocktail was truly deserved!
Enjoy the week my friends!
Well, the glorious sun is melting our snow away today … hooray!! We did have some fun exploring and making snow ice cream with our mounds and mounds of fresh snow (+ our fair share of snowballs thrown in faces … how do boys never tire of this?). This super simple recipe for kids to make is sweetened with maple syrup and is really good with thick and creamy coconut milk. We’re more than ready for spring time weather, but if it happens to snow on us in March we’ll certainly be making this again.
MAPLE SNOW ICE CREAM adapted from this recipe from Teaching Mama
8 cups fresh snow
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 t. vanilla extract
1 cup milk (coconut, almond, or whole milk all work well)
Mix maple syrup, vanilla, and milk together and keep cool in the freezer (or set outside) while the kids collect fresh snow. Let the kids add snow to the maple syrup/milk mixture and have them stir until mixed (takes just a couple of minutes). Scoop ice cream into serving bowls. DONE. Easy and SO GOOD!
I absolutely love our backyard/forest when it snows. We always go on a search for animal tracks and usually after a few days of snow on the ground we can just peek out our back windows to see trails of tracks the animals have made. The pictures above were taken on a ridiculously cold day so we didn’t last outside very long and as I get older I don’t seem to tolerate the cold very well either. The boys also discovered that riding the zipline is super fun with a 2′ cushion of snow to land in.