By Mary Heyl
When the weather is too cold to set foot outdoors or even too warm to do anything but slosh around in the mud, sometimes the best way to spend the weekend is inside! While you may not be able to go outside to make a snowman, there are several ways to make one without snow. Read on for snowless snowman ideas, along with a delicious recipe to try out for next weekend’s Super Bowl party!
The No-Sew Sock Snowman is a cute addition to the windowsill and, depending on how large the sock, can make a great doorstop, too! Everyone has fallen victim to the dreaded missing sock phenomenon, but now those sock orphans will come in handy. Start by filling one white sock with rice (plan on using a couple of bags if you want to make more than one snowman). Once you are satisfied with the size of your snowman, tie off the top with one or two rubber bands.
Next, take another rubber band and wrap it around the middle of the sock, closer to the top, to form the head. Make sure to squish the rice around so that both the head and the body are the right proportions. Use craft glue or a hot glue gun to attach buttons or mini pompoms to the body of the snowman. Use markers to draw the face and glue two mini orange pompoms to each other and attach for the nose. Braid a scarf with yarn or make a scarf using ribbon and glue it around the snowman’s neck.
Now, cut the excess white sock off the top of the snowman’s head. Cut off the foot of the colored sock (right after the heel or somewhere in the middle of the foot) and put it on the snowman’s head for his hat. Roll up the brim and secure with glue, if you like! Get creative and try different sock sizes, patterns, and colors for a whole family of Sock Snowmen.
You can even make a snowman right in the comfort of your own kitchen with this easy peanut butter playdough recipe. To make, combine one cup of creamy peanut butter with 2 cups of powdered sugar and ¼ to ½ cup of honey (just enough to make the dough stick together) with an electric mixer. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to a week for maximum freshness.
Roll the dough into small balls to form a snowman. Experiment by using chocolate chips or chocolate candies for the buttons. Toothpicks or mini pretzel sticks make great arms. Why not give the snowman (or woman!) some hair by squeezing the dough through a garlic press? The possibilities are endless and the clean-up process will likely be very easy and fast, as this dough is too tasty to throw away.
As long as the family is having a great time in the kitchen, enlist their help in making tasty no-bake football cereal cookies. Place six semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, ½ cup of light corn syrup and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 ½ minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Blend in ½ teaspoon of vanilla.
Next, add 4 cups of cocoa rice cereal to the bowl and mix well. Cool for 10 minutes. Shape the cereal mixture into about 18 (3-inch long) footballs with your hands (make sure hands are moistened with water or vegetable oil). Place the footballs on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and allow them to cool completely. Use decorator’s gel to add laces and let the gel dry. Eat and enjoy!