It can be very easy to just spend your winter weekends cozied up on the couch with Netflix playing the latest series all day long. I get it, it’s freezing outside and it gets dark out at 4 pm. We can easily fall into seasonal winter depression by staying inside all weekend long and watching Netflix. But we need to get out and be active. There are plenty of activities to do in your own house and in town, food to cook, and crafts to make. This is how to make the best of weekends in winter!
Now I am not condoning the watching of Netflix for hours at a time, I do it all the time. I am saying that there are plenty of other activities you can do to pass the time! It’s currently snowing as I write this post and it makes me so excited to go out and take a walk around my neighborhood when it’s finished. I hope that it snows enough for me to be able to build a snowman because I still love doing that! Another outdoor winter related activity that I love doing is going ice skating at the local ice rink or sledding at the hill by my parent’s house. I may be 24 years old but I still love doing the snow activities that I did as a kid.
One thing that I haven’t done since I was a kid is going snow tubing! We have two ski resorts near my house and they offer snowboarding, skiing, and snow tubing. I can’t ski or snowboard to save my life, so going down the mountain in a tube is more my style. If you want to escape the snow and cold you could go to an indoor waterpark! Again, I have multiple indoor waterparks around me that are resorts that have spa’s, restaurants, and waterslides! These are great for when you want to pretend it’s summer in the middle of winter.
If you prefer to stay home and participate in activities that don’t involve mountains or waterslides, you can stay home where it’s warm. Reading is always a great activity and so is cozying up on the couch to watch movies. My boyfriend and I enjoy playing video games like Mario Kart and Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Wii some nights when we don’t want to go out. If you’re really stuck inside because of the weather, may I suggest some winter cleaning! It’s a great chance to go through your closet, under your bed, and cabinets to clean them out and get rid of things you don’t need.
One of my favorite things to do in winter is COOK! I love making different stews and casseroles that are warm and delicious. I turn to Pinterest for all my dinner ideas, most of which are crock pot recipes. Crock pots recipes are wonderful because I can just throw all the ingredients in a giant pot and let it go for 6 hours until dinner time. Super easy. I want to get an instant pot because I hear that it will cook my food even faster! If you really want to know what foods I love you can check out my personal Pinterest account and my food board that has the recipes that I’ve tried.
As for winter desserts, I enjoy baking brownies, chocolate cake, snicker doodle cookies, banana bread, and so much more. I love chocolate if you can’t tell haha! One of my favorite winter staples is a warm cup of hot chocolate. I have a cup of it every day, which probably isn’t healthy, but it’s good for my soul. I either make it with the instant powder or with chocolate syrup, mixed with milk on the stove. When that chocolate craving strikes you can make yourself some hot cocoa or a mug brownie. If you haven’t had a mug brownie yet, you are seriously missing out. Here is a great recipe that I eat with a scoop of ice cream on top!
CRAFTS & DECORATIONS
With Christmas being over and all the holiday decorations are packed away, our homes can look a little depressing. The trees, lights, and stockings may be put away but that doesn’t mean that your home has to be empty. You can still decorate for winter! I keep my snowman collection up until springtime and I like to put little decorations in each room around my apartment to add in some winter coziness. Snowmen, penguins, and snowflake decorations are still perfectly acceptable to have in your home until March or April. One winter decoration that has been up in my house every year since I learned to make them in 5th grade is the 3D paper star. I currently have 3 paper stars up around my apartment and my parents have a couple too!