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Four ways to spend a snow day indoors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Winter weather is pretty common in this area, so there are bound to be at least a few snow days this year. When you get your day off, what are you going to do?

Sledding, snowball fights and sipping hot chocolate -- these are typical snow-day activities that most people enjoy. However, there are many other things to do when you get a day off from school! Below are four of my favorite things to do indoors during a snow day.

1. Have your own film festival

Everyone loves to watch movies on a snow day, so why not turn this common activity into a boisterous, entertaining event?

Start by inviting all of your friends over to your house. (If the roads are covered in slick ice, this may not be the activity for you.) Next, choose what type of movies you want to watch; my personal picks are '80s movies and "Harry Potter" movies.

Finally, create a popcorn bar. Give everyone a bowl of plain popcorn, and send them down a row of sweet, salty and sour toppings, such as M&Ms, pretzels, caramel and marshmallows.

Then, plop down on your better-than-movie-theater seats and enjoy the show!

2. Cook a gourmet meal

Anyone can be a chef if they have the time, and with an entire day all to yourself, why not use this opportunity to be one?

Start by looking through your family's cookbooks or getting on the Internet and looking up recipe ideas that incorporate food you have in your pantry. My favorite websites to find recipes are Pinterest.com, Allrecipes.com, and FoodNetwork.com.

Once you find something you want to make, just follow the directions and transform your kitchen into a culinary stage. Afterward, you will be so excited to eat the delicious meal you have just made -- but just in case your five-star meal doesn't turn out so five-star, you can always order a pizza!

3. Do your homework from the night before

If you're like me (and every other teenager I know), you'll probably have homework to do that you didn't do the night before. As soon as the weatherman announces that there will be snow, homework seems to go out the window.

In the case that you do end up having school, good luck! But, since this is a snow day, your plan has worked, and you successfully missed out on doing one night of homework.

After you celebrate your lack of school, take some of the day to catch up on those algebra problems you skipped or get a head start on a project due next week. It may seem annoying to do schoolwork on a day when you don't have school, but trust me, you'll be thankful later!

4. Make snow ice cream

Everyone loves using snow to make snow angels or go sledding. However, there are some less-traditional things to do with this type of precipitation, such as making snow ice cream! This recipe (from allrecipes.com) is simple, and it tastes great.

Start with about 1 gallon (16 cups) of snow; you can place a large bowl outside to collect fresh flakes as they fall or seek out a spot to gather clean, unspoiled fallen snow. Then, stir in 1 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Finally, stir in about 2 cups of milk until you get your ice cream the consistency you want.

Then it's time to enjoy this quick, simple and delicious treat!


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