In North Carolina it is a rare occasion that we are able to enjoy a good snow day – and by good I mean more than an inch of accumulation, ha! It’s true, us southerns cannot keep our composure when Mr. Weather Man mentions the word “snow” in his forecast. Everyone seems to flood the grocery stores; leaving the milk, bread, and egg shelves empty.
This past weekend we were able to experience a snow day to its full extent. The temperatures remained below freezing for 3 days, so the snow stuck around for awhile. If I had to choose one word to describe what a day with snow looks like in our house it would be cozy. Okay, if I was being totally honest, it would be food! I’m serious, ya’ll. I feel like as soon as the snow began to fall we created and consumed many different snacks and meals. Some were guilt-free and others not so much. Calories don’t count when you’re snowed in, right?!
Today, the temperatures are rising above freezing. It’s game over for the snow days. As much as I’d like to stay inside to cuddle up by the fire for just one more day, it’s time to carry on with the outside world. My waistline is grateful for the sunshine though, because I did my fair share of indulging in my favorite snow snacks. Below, I’m sharing my top 5 favorites so that maybe you can enjoy a little something tasty next time you’re snowed in like we did.
5 Favorite Snow Snacks:
ONE – Snow Slushie: This is exactly what it sounds like. My husband introduced this delicious treat to me years ago when we were dating. All you need is two ingredients: clean snow & your favorite soda. Fill a cup to the brim with snow, slowly pour in your soda, and voila!
TWO – Snow Cream: This recipe is the exact one I grew up on. It involves three ingredients to basically makes homemade icecream. YUM!
THREE – Tortilla Pizza: Again, exactly what it sounds like. We always have tortillas in our pantry because Will makes some killer quesadillas and burritos. For an easy snack or light meal I like to use tortillas as pizza crust. To make: pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees, lay tortilla on baking sheet, spread your sauce (I love using pesto), sprinkle with cheese, and add whatever toppings of your choosing. Bake until the tortilla is light brown and the cheese is melted.
FOUR – Black Bean Hummus: Another item we seem to keep in our pantry is a can of black beans. To us, they’re very versatile and a great source of meatless protein. This spicy black bean hummus recipe in particular is a favorite of ours. Pair with fresh veggies and enjoy this dip without the guilt!
FIVE – Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies: If you’ve ever been to our house, then you know I typically keep a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough in our refrigerator. It’s bad, I know, but at the same time it’s SO good! 😉 A friend of mine shared this recipe with me a few years ago and I’ve probably made it a thousand times since. All you do is follow this Nestle chocolate chip recipe using the mini semi-sweet morsels, Land O’Lakes butter, and double the vanilla.
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All photos by Raltog.