11 Dreamy Ways to Spend an Adult Snow Day

When it comes time to trade your snow boots for slippers.

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Nothing makes me giddy quite like a snowy forecast. Given, where I live, we only have a few of those each year. On those days, I’m a kid again and my excitement is fueled by each flake that falls. Sadly, my adult snow days don’t quite look like my kid snow days did. My husband (who’s decidedly less enthused by snow) and I don’t own a sled, and although I make him frolic in the fluff with me, I get So. Cold. So. Quickly. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to have a magical snow day in the comfort of your warm home. Read on to learn how.

Host a Snow Day Soup Swap

Watch the forecast closely to plan a snow day soup swap ahead of time. Ask friends to bring their favorite homemade soup or chili, and make a large pot of your favorite, too. Provide a variety of soup garnishes like herbs and cheeses, and offer plenty of bread and crackers. Set out your coziest pillows and blankets, and settle in for a day of relaxation and fellowship.

Make Snow Day Margaritas + Play Games

Snow Day Margaritas

Snow Day Margaritas

Add freshly fallen snow to our easy margarita recipe to enjoy a taste of summer during the chilly depths of winter.

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H. Camille Smith

Put some of that beautiful white fluff to good use — in your margarita glass. Sip your snowy concoction, and get out a puzzle or board game.

More Cold-Weather Cocktails

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Boozy Chocolate-Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa

A magical blending of orgeat syrup, brandy and creme de cacao ensure this warm and creamy cocktail tastes just like decadent chocolate-covered cherries. Get the recipe.

Hot Cranberry Mule

Mule cocktails aren't just for cooling off on a hot day. This warm-and-toasty version gets the summer staple ready for holiday entertaining. Get the recipe

Maple Nut Goodie Cocktail

Banish winter blues with this creamy coffee-based cocktail that's perfect for fireside sipping. Our homemade butterscotch syrup is the perfect finishing touch. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Sangria

Think sangria is only for summer? Nope! This slow cooker version makes it a snap to whip up a big crowd-pleasing batch of this spicy, fruity wine-based cocktail. Get the recipe.

Tipsy S'mores Cocktail

What would fall be without chocolatey, gooey s'mores?! This adults-only sip combines all the goodness of the campfire classic with a soul-warming boozy kick. Toasted marshmallows add a tasty finishing touch. Get the recipe

Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail

Cherry, vanilla and amaretto give this cocktail all the flavors of a hot-from-the-oven cherry pie. The whipped cream and pie crust crumble make it as pretty as it is tasty. Get the recipe

Boozy Peppermint Patty Hot Cocoa

This warm cocktail pairs the chill of peppermint with the warmth of steamy hot cocoa. Topped with crushed peppermints and whipped cream, it's sure to please. Get the recipe.

Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail

When it's cold outside, warm up with this indulgent cocktail that tastes like rich coconut cream pie. Topped with toasted coconut and graham cracker crumbs, it's a boozy twist on the classic dessert. Get the recipe.

Spiked Chai Tea

Spicy, sweet and creamy, this hot toddy can be enjoyed with or without an extra kick of bourbon. Get the recipe.

Hoppin' Hot Scotch

Butterscotch schnapps, hot chocolate and amaretto combine to create a decadent dessert cocktail sure to warm up holiday guests. Get the recipe.

Classic Eggnog

Get a head-start on holiday celebrations with this rich and creamy favorite. Top with one of our free printable flags for a festive finishing touch. Get the recipe.

Spiced Cappucini Cocktail

Stir Old Tom gin, Licor43 and Kahlua into strong brewed coffee then top with whipped cream and freshly ground nutmeg for an after-dinner drink that's perfect to enjoy while catching up with family and friends. Get the recipe.

Mexican Hot Cocoa and Puff Pastry Cinnamon Sticks

Spike this traditional, pepper-infused Mexican cocoa with your favorite tequila — or even rum, coffee-flavored liqueur or whiskey — for a soul-warming sip. Get the recipe.

Mulled White Wine

Spice up your fall or winter get-together with this aromatic, brandy-infused white wine cocktail. Get the recipe.

Spiked Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Add a splash of hazelnut liqueur to this made-from-scratch hot cocoa recipe then top with whipped cream, chocolatey hazelnut spread and chocolate-covered cookies for a chill-busting drink that borders on being a dessert. Get the recipe.

Hot Rasapple Rum Cider

Welcome Thanksgiving or cold-weather guests with the warm and cozy aroma of this spicy hot cider. Get the recipe.

Irish Coffee

Irish whiskey and a dollop of whipped cream are all you need to turn a cup of coffee into this cold-weather classic. This drink isn't overly rich so it pairs well with dessert yet is tasty enough to serve on its own. Get the recipe.

Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

This apple-cider-based cocktail gets its kick courtesy of Tuaca, a delicious Italian liqueur made with citrus peels, spices and vanilla. Before serving, add a fresh cinnamon stick for an extra bit of spice. Get the recipe.

Hot Buttered Rum

Gather with friends and family around a roaring outdoor fire to enjoy this soul-soothing cocktail. Hot milk, brown sugar, dark rum and real butter give this drink its signature flavor. Get the recipe.

Mulled Red Wine

Mulled drinks have been at the center of holiday celebrations for centuries. Give your Thanksgiving feast a traditional twist by serving this spiced vintage. Get the recipe.

Hot Spiked Cocoa

Knock the chill off outdoor holiday activities with this tasty twist on homemade hot cocoa. Kahlua, light rum or silver tequila give it an extra kick. Get the recipe.

Hot Peppermint Rod

With a healthy helping of both peppermint schnapps and vodka, this holiday cocktail is sure to warm you up. Get the recipe.

Toasty Hot Chocolate With a Kick

Almost a dessert in itself, this cold-weather cocktail is warm, chocolatey and creamy. For guests with a sweet tooth, it's the perfect late-night or after-dinner cocktail. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Hot Toddy

This twist on a classic mulled apple cider gets a double shot of cranberry flavor with the addition of both cranberry vodka and juice. Get the recipe.

Butterscotch Bedtime Warmer

Milk, honey and butterscotch schnapps come together to create a delicious warm cocktail to cap off a cold winter's day. Get the recipe.

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Chambord and white crème de cacao lend this warm-and-toasty cocoa a rich and fruity finish. Get the recipe.

Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy

Apple cider, bourbon and candied ginger combine to create a flavorful twist on the classic hot toddy. Get the recipe.

Spice Up Hot Chocolate Mix

Take storebought cocoa from boring to blissfully boozy with a shot of your favorite flavored liqueur — peppermint, cinnamon and butterscotch schnapps are safe bets  — or liquor, like bourbon, whiskey, tequila or vodka. Make your cup extra creamy using a combination of half and half and milk. 

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Arturo's Positano Winter Sunset

Relax with this popular drink direct from sunny Italy. It's just what the doctor ordered on a chilly fall or winter night. Get the recipe.

Hot Hard Apple Cider

Greet Thanksgiving guests coming in from the cold with this warm, richly scented hard apple cider. Get the recipe.

Hot Pear Cup

Pear cider, brandy, cinnamon, lemon and honey combine to create this warm and quintessentially English cold-weather cocktail. Get the recipe.

Rosario's Rumpope (Ecuadorian Holiday Eggnog)

Rumpope, pronounced "rom-poe-pay," uses eggs, condensed milk, peaches, vanilla extract and cinnamon for a sweet, silky holiday beverage. Get the recipe.

Classic Hot Toddy

This classic combination of whiskey, lemon and honey not only is good for what ails you but its mellow flavor is the perfect complement to rich Thanksgiving desserts. Get the recipe.

Arm-Knit a Blanket

How to Arm-Knit a Chunky Wool Blanket

How to Arm-Knit a Chunky Wool Blanket

Arm-knit a blanket in less than one hour.

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Emily Fazio

There’s no better day to learn the super-trendy skill of arm-knitting than a snow day. The best part? You’ll probably be snuggling beneath a chunky, handmade blanket next time snow starts falling.

Get Your Bake On

Round Up Baking Ingredients for Cake & Frosting

Round Up Baking Ingredients for Cake & Frosting

Put a modern spin on a traditional holiday dessert with a layer cake made from basic gingerbread ingredients and a simple, four-ingredient frosting.

Do you find yourself making boxed cakes and break-and-bake cookies because you never learned basic baking skills? Maybe today is the day you change that. You’ll be happy you did!

Dive Into Aromatherapy

Make Your Own Essential Oils

Make Your Own Essential Oils

Learn how to make your own essential oils with plants from your garden.

Read our guide to aromatherapy to discover the benefits of essential oils. If you’re on board, try making your own.

Make a Winter Wreath

Your front door post-holidays can be so sad. Make yours more cheerful with a handmade wreath. Bonus: This one features a snowflake, so it matches the landscaping.

Tackle That DIY Project

To me, uninterrupted free time means it’s time to get out my DIY supplies. In fact, I typically keep a list of all the DIY projects I want to complete on a day such as this. Here are three on my current list.

Easy Fabric-Wrapped Storage Bin 01:18

Make a stylish fabric storage bin from an old file box and scrap fabric with this simple project.

DIY Sticky Note Calendar 01:23

Get organized in the new year with this stylish DIY sticky note calendar you can easily change from month to month.

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Convert an old milk crate into a stylish ottoman with these simple tips.

Get an Early Start on V-Day Cards

On the Line

On the Line

Transform a blank wall into a drying rack with red and white kitchen twine, origami hearts and clothespins. Write the name of each guest onto heart-shaped pieces of card stock, and hang on the line to identify everyone's work. Completed valentine cards display beautifully and create a playful backdrop as they dry.

It’s never too early to start thinking about the next holiday on your calendar — Valentine's Day.

Color to Your Heart's Content

If your days are typically busy and full of stress, spend your snow day relaxing. One great way to do that? An adult coloring book.

Make It an At-Home Spa Day

Bathtub With Gray Tile Backsplash

Bathtub With Gray Tile Backsplash

A gray tile backsplash is offset by multicolored mosaic tiles for a hit of visual interest. Add a tray across the tub and bubbles and the next hour is well taken care of.

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Photo by: Nancy Snyder

Nancy Snyder

Or, you could always go the self-pampering route. Hey, sometimes a bubble bath just does a soul good.

Exercise Indoors



Cropped shot of an unrecognizable young woman practicing yoga indoors

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While I’m not going to recommend going for a run in the snow, I am going to recommend a serious yoga session in the comfort of your home. Endorphins, FTW!

8 Herb Soups to Make While Snowed In

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These tasty soups will warm you up from the inside out.

Cauliflower Soup With Parsley + Dill

This Hungarian classic gets a new spin with the flavorful combination of paprika, parsley and dill.

Make This: Hungarian Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Leek Soup With Fried Rosemary

Top this creamy soup with fried rosemary sprigs and leeks for a tasty crunch.

Make This: Creamy Leek Soup

Mediterranean Herb Soup With Turmeric

Packed with flavor and nutrients, this fragrant soup is made with turmeric, Greek yogurt and topped with feta.

Make This: Mediterranean Herb Soup

Onion Soup With Sage + Cheddar

Pair beef broth with sharp cheddar cheese and sage for the ultimate flavor boost. You'll want to have extra bread to soak up every last bit of soup.

Make This: Onion Sage Soup

Polish Pickle With Dill

Switch out dill pickles for cornichons, and season with fresh dill for a soup that's slightly tart and scrumptious.

Make This: Polish Pickle Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup With Cilantro

This normally mild pumpkin soup gets its kick from chiles. Combine with fresh cilantro and creme fraiche for a flavorful soup that's the perfect appetizer throughout the season.

Make This: Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Turkish Red Lentil Soup With Mint

Fresh mint and feta are the perfect accompaniments to this smoky red lentil soup.

Make This: Red Lentil Soup 

Zucchini Walnut Soup With Thyme

Showcase seasonal vegetables and herbs from your garden with this hearty soup.

Make This: Zucchini Walnut Soup

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