Monday, January 10, 2011

Our "Snow" Day

Much of the southeast is in the grips of a Severe Winter Storm at this hour.  A foot of snow blankets the upstate of South Carolina, where my parents and my daughter, Ashlyn, live.  Much to the dismay of my children, their sister and their friends from SC are sledding, snowballing, and frolicking in the playground of snow, then warming up by the fire with mugs of steaming hot cocoa . . . while they have to do a normal day of schoolwork. Even Tiffany got to enjoy a "Snow Day" off from school due to a rare ice storm in southwest Georgia.  Here on the coast, we did not get treated to a blanket of the white, fluffy stuff that delights children and snarls traffic.  Instead, we received a damp day of plan old Cold, Relentless Rain.

To help ease the disappointment of  "missing out on all the fun," I decided to create a few "snow day" activities for my poor winter-deprived children!  :)

No, I did not give them the day off from school, much to their chagrin!  But after their schoolwork was done, I had a surprise waiting for them . . . .

We made Snowflake Tortillas!

First, we folded a tortilla in half two to three times and cut shapes out of the edges -- just like you make paper snowflakes.



This is what they looked like opened out:


Then, we spread the tortillas with butter:



And sprinkled them with cinnamon and sugar:



And then we baked them at 375 degrees F for about 5 minutes until golden brown and crispy. 




I also served them steaming cups of hot chocolate. . .




And made them a batch of cookies . . .




And let them have extra time to play Axis and Allies!


I also decided it was a perfect day for a pot of hearty soup to warm the soul, and pulled out this recipe for Looney Meatball Soup from my friend, Heidi.  You'll Love this recipe!




2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 zucchini or green pepper, chopped
olive oil
2 cups V-8 juice
4 cups beef broth
1/2 cup small pasta or broken spaghetti
1 batch Looney meatballs (see below)

In a large dutch oven, brown the vegetables for 5 minutes in olive oil.
Add the V-8 juice and beef broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer.
Stir in cooked meatballs.
About fifteen minutes before serving, add pasta.
When pasta is done, serve with grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.



Meatballs:

1 pound lean ground beef
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup bread crumbs (plain or Italian seasoned)
2 eggs
1-2 TBSP water
1 clove garlic, minced
1 TBSP minced dried onion flakes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix ingredients together in a large bowl with hands, adding water as needed to get the right consistency.  Form into 1 inch meatballs.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until browned but still tender, at 375 degrees F.  (The best way to test for doneness is to sample one!)

Note:  This can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc.  Cook and freeze the extras in a ziploc bag and use for soup, spaghetti sauce, etc. as needed.


I doubled the soup and meatballs for my family, so if you have a large family be sure to make plenty!!

14 comments:

Rebecca's Refining said...

You are so creative! I love how you were able to have some indoor winter fun! However, I must add that somehow it doesn't take the place of sledding! Wouldn't you love to sled down tiger hill right now?! :)

I can't believe Greenville was blanketed with such a thick snowfall! We don't even have that much on the ground here..though a storm is coming in the morning (not expected to get as much as G'ville though!)

The cookies and hot chocolate looked so yummy! The tortillas looked good too......but more fun to make I think!
BTW: Is that the meatball soup recipe I already have?

Wish you could pass on some of your creativity! I guess I really need to work more at developing that quality in my life! (You know, it would just be easier if you would do it for me!) LOL

Julie said...

I love your "snow day"! Up here in Travelers Rest, we got close to 12 inches of fluffy, fluffy snow. It was so dry and powdery you couldn't even make a snowball -- HA HA! We've had a bit of sleet pass through so now our roads are covered in ice and the snow is crunchy when you walk. Very very dangerous for anyone to be out on the roads.

The kids are out of school today (Monday) and Tues and quite honestly I look for them to be out Wednesday, too. Thursday is still iffy. They are off Friday for a teacher work day then again the following Monday for MLK Day.

It was amazing how fast the snow covered the ground. I went to bed at 11 PM and there wasn't a flake to be seen. I got up for a moment around 2:30 AM and everything was covered and it was blowing like a blizzard and continued to snow all morning.

Truly something awesome to see here in good old South Carolina!

Oh Sew Good said...

Are you going to post the recipe for those yummy-looking cookies too?

The Mayo Family said...

AWE! My children do winter every year and are outside shoveling out the sweet elderly neighbors...Hum? Maybe if we took a year off then we would look at winyer with "new eyes"? :)
Don't get me wrong they love to serve these dear ones...however they are much more excited for "mowing grass, raking leaves"! ha---I guess it is what we all have all the time that the 'other' seems appealing! We came from the south way back when when our oldest two were lil-now near 22 & 18 yrs old. So...we have not had a "southern winter" for years!
You are so cute in your ideas....I would love a cookie! I am guessing the recipe will do ...we just took out burger meat as the soup looks so yummy!
Have a great day!
Blessings~
~Lori
Awaiting some post on "daily schedules"? Thanks

Heather said...

I love the snowflake tortillas! I am going to have to try that!

September said...

How cool is that! Snowflake tortillas! You ARE a clever mom.... and tel your kids that up here in the North,... when everyone else is having days off of school for bad weather... we STILL homeschool. lol... poor kids... I tell mine they have days off that the schools don't,, right? ;)
So glad I stopped by tody,, it has been a while... Missed you.
Blessings,
September

tlmalcolm said...

Awaiting the storm to arrive here late tonight and into tomorrow! Even a 10-12 inch snow doesn't stop much around here for long. There will be a day off of school but roads will be cleared quickly. We have had very little snow so far this year. Ski resorts had a great snow over Christmas vacation but Tim said it was icy on Sat. at Killington because of the thaw over New Years! I will "steal" the tortilla idea for my kindergarten children. We always do a fun unit on snow and winter this time of year!

Happy Busy Mama said...

Yippee! An indoor snowday---now that's the way to make the most of a cold and rainy day. ;-)

crzy4myfam said...

Love all these ideas! I'm always looking for new things to do with the kids.

The meatball soup sounds wonderful. We will be trying that next week. I've already made our menu and bought our stuff for this week. Looks yummy!

Kathy - mom of many said...

Hmmm, I think I have all of those soup ingredients on hand except the V-8. I might have to make it soon. It's supposed to get cooler here in the next few days. Your snowflakes look yummy too. How did they taste?

Diane said...

Believe me, by today we would have happily given you some of our snow. This is the fourth days with still snow on the ground and chickens stuck in their coop. Looking for a warmer weekend.
Blessings
Diane

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Very creative! It looks like your snow day was a lot of fun. I love the snowflake tortillas! :)

Sheri said...

What a wonderful blog you have created! I've loved my little visit here and look forward to more trips! I'm going to try this soup soon!!! My littlest one saw the snowflake tortilla's and started saying "pretty flowers". She came running to see the "puter". So not only did I get to enjoy your blog, but I got another snuggle from my quickly growing youngest!
Blessings,
Sheri

Sheri said...

What a wonderful blog you have created! I've loved my little visit here and look forward to more trips! I'm going to try this soup soon!!! My littlest one saw the snowflake tortilla's and started saying "pretty flowers". She came running to see the "puter". So not only did I get to enjoy your blog, but I got another snuggle from my quickly growing youngest!
Blessings,
Sheri

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