Mrs. Mascali’s Snow Day “Specials”
In a kid’s world, a snow day is the BEST day (excluding Christmas or their birthday). Maybe it’s the element of surprise – they’re not sure if it’s going to happen so when they awake to the glorious announcement of “snow day”, it is instantly a special occasion.
On January 12, my son awoke at 5am – so disappointed we did not get that call canceling school. He had looked outside and concluded there wasn’t as much snow as the news reports had predicted. Then, it happened, the phone rang and the beautiful pre-recorded message began to play, “all Bernards Township Schools are closed today, January 12, 2011.” I delivered the good news and before we went back to bed, I whispered to my daughter, “snow day” – she smiled and rolled over, not missing a wink of sleep.
While my kids enjoyed a lazy morning, I wrote; we were all content with the coziness of the morning. Later that morning, the phone started ringing and the frenzy began. Out came the snow clothes and off they went with an invitation to bring friends back after sledding for something to eat and playing/watching a movie. I wanted this to be a fun day for them – they are 11 and 15 years old and work so hard at school and sports - all that was on the calendar today was carefree fun.
Not really sure what time they would meander back home, I went back to work. Before I knew it, it was early afternoon and there were snow-covered, grinning boys knocking at my back door. Their cheeks were red and their tummies growling. Off came the wet snow clothes and boots, and they quickly disappeared downstairs to play, with the promise of some hot food as soon as it came out of the oven.
I needed something fast, fun and filling for these boys (and, yes, this falls into my category of impromptu entertaining). I had some freezer-to-oven “delectables” I could serve with a few sides of fruit and veggies. My strategy was to serve the food in courses, knowing they’d be so hungry they’d snack on the fruit and veggies in between courses. Well, these boys were really hungry, scoffing down the first course and diving into the fruit and veggies. When I served a second course, I was met by grins and a giddy “yum, there’s more.” Upon serving the third course, one of my son’s friends looked up at me with big eyes and a bright smile and said, “Wow, Mrs. Mascali, this is better than Thanksgiving!”, and the others wholeheartedly agreed. I’m sure it was the spirit of the day – everything is special on a snow day - but it still warmed my heart that these eleven year-old boys appreciated the moment.
Note to Self: Given this compliment, maybe I’m approaching my annual Thanksgiving Feast from the wrong angle; maybe I should put all the emphasis on the kids’ table next year!
General Note: Although wine and chocolate may be first on your snow day grocery list, here are a few fun finger food suggestions to stock for the kids’ next snow day:
Bagel Bites ● Pigs in a Blanket ● Mozzarella Sticks ● Sliders ● French Fries ● Clementines ● Grapes ● Apples ● Lemonade ● Hot Chocolate ● Cookies