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Dinner and a Movie: Snow Day

Have a fun family winter night!  Snow Day Dinner and a Movie recipes include Southwestern Soup, Yummy Guacamole, Toasted Whole Wheat Tortilla Strips, and Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Icing.

You guys.  I have loved this film for a long time.  What better way to celebrate winter than a snow day?!

YAAAAAYYYYY! Snow Days are magical, even for homeschoolers.  There’s something about the way it makes us feel different than other days.  We wake up, the world is hushed, the house is warm, and there are Possibilities.

The movie Snow Day captures all of that both beautifully and hilariously.  Plus, Chevy Chase.

Snow Day

Snow Day follows a group of kids through (you guessed it) a surprise snow day from school.  A young girl and her friends do their best to stop the snow plow so they can have another snow day.  Her brother decides it’s the day to tell the girl of his dreams he loves her.  Their dad, a TV meteorologist (played by Chevy Chase), learns to stand up for himself and get recognized as a professional.

It’s good stuff, my friends.

Okay, so it’s not based on a book, and I try not to do that here.  But there IS a wonderful picture book, Snow Day! by Lester Laminack, that pairs with the film wonderfully.

But you’re hungry.  And probably cold.  So let’s get on with it.

Dinner

Southwestern Soup, Yummy Guacamole, and Toasted Whole Wheat Tortilla Strips are the perfect recipes for a cold or snowy winter day

Is there a better snow day dinner than a steaming bowl of soup?  I mean, no.  No there’s not.  And this one is particularly scrumptious.  Plus, this guacamole?  To die for.  And good on everything.  EV.ery.thing.

Southwestern Soup

Southwestern Soup recipe pairs perfectly with the family film Snow Day

What you need:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 15-oz cans light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes with jalapenos, undrained
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups whole kernel corn
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1/4 tsp each: salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

What you do:

  • Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large Dutch oven over medium heat
  • Stir in remaining ingredients except cilantro
  • Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes
  • Stir in cilantro just before serving
  • Top with guacamole, sour cream, and toasted tortilla strips
  • Alternatively, you could throw it all in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours

Yummy Guacamole

Yummy Guacamole and Toasted Whole Wheat Tortilla Strips recipes pair perfectly with the family film snow day. Great winter fun!

What you need:

  • 2 avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice

What you do:

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth

or

  • Place all in ingredients in a medium bowl
  • Mash with a hand masher

A food processor will create a smooth, creamy guacamole while a hand masher will give you more texture

Toasted Whole Wheat Tortilla Strips

What you need:

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • Stack tortillas and cut in half
  • Cut each half-stack into 1/2″ strips
  • In a large bowl, toss with oil, salt, and pepper
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes until crispy and golden

Dessert

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns recipe is a great addition to a fun family winter night with the film Snow Day

You have to start a snow day with breakfast, and there are many different breakfast foods featured in the film.  We’re going with these cinnamon buns because they’re easy, delicious, and made with ingredients that don’t make you absolutely cringe.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Icing

What you need:

  • 8-ounce carton natural sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2-2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp softened butter
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed light brown sugar

For the icing:

  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter
  • 4 oz Neufchatel (or cream) cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

What you do:

  • Heat sour cream over medium heat to 105-115 degrees
  • Combine warm sour cream, 2 Tbsp butter, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl
  • Add yeast and blend
  • Mix in egg
  • Add 1 1/2 cups flour to mixture
  • Gradually add enough of remaining flour to form a soft dough
  • Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface
  • Knead lightly 4 or 5 times, then cover and let rest 5 minutes
  • Roll dough into an 18×6″ rectangle
  • Spread softened butter all over dough
  • Mix cinnamon and brown sugar together in a small bowl
  • Sprinkle cinnamon mixture all over dough
  • Starting at the long side, roll up firmly
  • Pinch seam to seal
  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Slice roll into 1 1/2″ slices
  • Place on a greased cookie sheet and cover with a towel
  • Let rise 30 minutes
  • Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown
  • Ice with cream cheese icing

For the icing:

  • Beat together butter and Neufchatel cheese
  • Add sugar and blend until smooth and creamy
  • Add vanilla extract and blend well

I’m thinking my Floridian friends are going to appreciate this one.  For those of you here in the middle of the country who are suffering waaaaayyy below average temps with no snow in sight, maybe this will be like a snow dance.  Let’s rise up together and have soup and cinnamon buns in an attempt to either bring on the precipitation or push out this cold.  Because damn.

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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