Here in Colorado we are in the snowy part of the season. The Denver area is known to be a snowy place, but between February and March it often feels like the snow won’t stop. This year is no exception. After a very dry fall, we have the snowiest start to a calendar year on record.
If you are spending a lot of extra time indoors (with or without kids,) you might need a little bit of inspiration for keeping them, and yourself entertained. Plus I offer a tasty treat idea, and a warm soup recipe.
Snow days are not complete without movies… but so kids don’t get too bored, I recommend forcing the TV off and playing some games.
For younger kids (5-10+) We love “Spot it” “Go Fish” and “Uno” These are easy and fun card games that will keep the kids entertained for quite some time, yet they are very enjoyable to parents and adults as well.
Game for older kids (10-18+)
Power Grid is a great strategy board game for older kids. The object is to buy cities and be able to power them. Think of it like an advanced monopoly. (Without going around a board.) It never disappoints!
A new game that we played over Christmas break is “Throw Throw Avocado” It’s great for all ages and it reminds me of indoor Dodgeball! Entertainment for all! Perfect for a snowy day when everyone is stuck inside!
If you desire something to warm you from within, I have been making this soup for years and it’s a favorite! Super easy, tons of veggies, and the best toppings!
Poblano pepper – chopped
Garlic – a couple cloves (I keep a jar of garlic in the fridge for ease)
Taco seasoning (either a packet from the store, or a quarter cup of your favorite. Eyeball it. You can’t mess it up)
Can of Corn- drained
Can of Black beans- drained
Can of rotel
zucchini – chopped
Carton of chicken or veggie stock (32 oz)
Shredded rotisserie chicken (omit for vegetarian)
A couple of handfuls of kale (off the stem) or spinach
Toppings: cheese, sour cream, avocado, tortilla strips, extra lime juice.
In a big pot sauté the onion, garlic, and poblano pepper in a little oil till soft. Add your taco seasonings, stir as it warms. Add can of rotel, beans and corn. Add carton of stock. Bring to a boil. Add in zucchini and rotisserie chicken (if adding.) In the last couple of minutes add in kale and squeeze a lime into the soup!
Serve warm with desired toppings! Taste amazing leftover as well.
For a sweet treat to end your snowy day, I highly recommend this banana bread mug cake. You probably have all the ingredients already, and it takes only 5 minutes!
Stay warm and enjoy these snowy days ahead of us!
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