There’s something quite wonderful about the first flurries of snow. Excitement levels sore for the kids (and Big Kids amongst us) and seeing them as happy as loons as the white stuff settles makes me smile. Wellies, hats, scarves, gloves. Layer-up! Layer-up! Let’s go make snow angels!
However, my personal excitement is, invariably, short-lived. Yes snow is great, but have you tried warm toes, cosy blankets and central heating?!
OK, sorry. I’m gonna have a billion and one moans about the cold until Spring graces us with some warmth #sorrynotsorry.
But while I don’t do ‘cold’, I most certainly do themed teas.
Flashback to our Christmas Eve Arctic Day last month and sharing some ideas if you fancy embracing this icy weather even more once you’re back in the warm.
Wanna build a penguin? Let’s go!
Penguin chocolate pancakes
Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to your American pancake mixture to create chocolate penguin body shapes, fins and feet. American pancake mix is nice and thick to allow you to form your desired shapes in your frying pan.
There’s a good chance you have your own tried and tested American pancake recipe that you love, but just in case anyone needs a quick handy recipe, here goes:
- 135g plain flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 130ml milk
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp melted butter.
Sieve dry ingredients into a bowl. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and add the flour mixture whisking until any lumps disappear. Let the batter stand for a few minutes before using (would love to tell you why. No idea!)
Create your own penguin friends using:
- satsuma fins
- chocolate drop eyes
- squirty cream snow and eyes.
Use whiteboard marker pens to label each part. Don’t worry, you won’t ruin your plates as the pen ink is easily removed using a cloth.
You could sit at the table on your usual chairs, or you could add a pillowcase and some cardboard flipper feet and allow some friendly penguins to join you for tea.
Cut heart-shapes from white and orange paper to create a penguin face, draw on some eyes and stick onto your grey (or blue) pillowcases with tape. Easy peasy.
Use some snowflake window stickers to decorate your glasses.
Make a ‘chilli’ for tea and enjoy an arctic roll for pudding. Who doesn’t love arctic roll! #80schild
Arctic hot chocolates
Create some snowflake cream toppers to add to your hugs in a mug.
- Line a shallow baking sheet or plastic container with parchment paper
- Spread some whipped cream evenly over the parchment and freeze
- Lift the parchment onto a flat surface and use your favourite cookie cutters to create icy shapes in your frozen cream
- Add to your warm milky drink and enjoy (quick though, they melt fast!).
For extra nonsense, top with sprinkles and, because we can never have enough sparkle in our lives, spray your cream topper gold with Dr Oekter’s edible gold shimmer spray.
Keep warm lovely people and enjoy the snow while it lasts.