Winter Fun

Winter continues to drag on. But, instead of cursing the winter, find ways to enjoy these last few months of snowy, cold weather. We are accustomed to talking about the things we can do in the summer, but not in the winter, but there are also many activities that we can do in the winter, but not the summer. So bundle up, get outside, and be active with these activities:

  • Snowball fight: what better way to run around (and exercise) without even realizing that you are exercising? Put on your gloves, gather your kids, and start a snowball fight. Just be sure to set a few ground rules (such as no chunks of ice) before starting.
  • Building a snowman: if you want to avoid snow down your jacket, but still want to enjoy the snow, then building a snowman is a great activity to get you and your family outside and active. Make it a contest to see who can build the biggest snowman, or work together to create a snowman and snowman city.
  • Go sledding: get your sled (or any flat substitute), find a hill, and enjoy running up and then sliding down that hill.
  • Ice skating: while you can usually find indoor ice rinks throughout the entire year, the outdoor ice rink is a lot cheaper. Just be sure that the ice is thick enough before going out onto the ice.
  • Campfire: for some reason summer tends to monopolize campfires. But, if anything, the cold weather is the best time to have a campfire because the warmth of the fire feels amazing in the winter. Work together to gather wood, even chop it, and then enjoy a nice, warm, campfire. See the recipe below for a fun treat to enjoy with the campfire.

So get outside, be active, and enjoy the last few weeks of winter, before we need to start worrying about mud and rain.

Fire Roasted Grapefruit

  • 1 Grapefruit (can also use oranges, omit honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint, optional
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  1. Cut the grapefruit in half
  2. Drizzle honey onto the grapefruit
  3. Sprinkle mint onto the grapefruit, if desired
  4. Wrap grapefruit in heavy foil, you can leave the top open if desired
  5. Put the grapefruit into the hot coals of the campfire
  6. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the grapefruit is golden
  7. Remove, unwrap, and enjoy!

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