Regardless if the sky decides to fall down and give me all of the snow for the year I still have to go to work tomorrow. Thank you New York City. Many times when the national World Meteorological Organization names storms they are so pleasant for occurrences that are so awful -when I heard this storm was called Hercules I finally agreed with the name. In classical mythology, Hercules, son of Zeus, is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures.
Well Hercules surely seems like he is going to have an adventure that takes over one-third of the country. Unlike the majority of people in the North East though I do not have a snow day. Bur if I did, I would make two of my favorite kinds of snowmen. One with snow and one in the kitchen when I needed to warm up. For the first, the big outside, cold one the only thing you have to be careful not to force it. Icy snow does not make very good snowmen nor does super, super fluffy snow. But if the snow is right, then please, by all means:
1. Choose the Spot. You’ll need a flat area for the snowman. And you’ll need access to a spot which has a nice big patch of snow to make big snowballs with.
2. Big On The Bottom. Roll the ball along the snowy patch. As you roll, the ball will pick up more snow and will grow larger and larger as the snow from the ground sticks to it. Growing up, we tried for the first ball to be about two feet tall.
3. The Middle Child. Make the second snowball smaller but remember, it is the middle child, so not too small!
4. The Baby. The last snowball should be much smaller the first and noticeably smaller than the second but remember you still need to decorate, so not too small.
5. Pack It In. When all the balls are in place, pack some snow between the layers. This will make them stick together.
6. Decorate. Traditionally you place a carrot in the middle of the head. We liked to give it one of our favorite scarfs and hat to make him seem like he was welcome. The eyes and the mouth? We got creative
7. Button Up. Growing up my grandparents said they would use coal for the buttons but not that it is not nearly as prevalent we used pebbles/small rocks for our snowman’s buttons.
8. Take Pictures. Obviously. The more the merrier. Try to take them in the morning because as the snow starts to melt in the afternoon they get very shiny.
They are made of regular vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. your basic cake pops: cake crumbled and then mixed with frosting then rolled into balls and put onto lollipop sticks. What makes them special is the decorations – these need white chocolate, canola oil, 6″ lollipop sticks, Pretzel rods, broken into thirds, black edible ink pen, and chocolate covered sunflower seeds. For full instructions check out Stephanie’s recipe from her blog 52 Kitchen Adventures.