Here we are stuck inside, yet again, due to the latest blast of winter weather. But it doesn’t need to be an all-day drag. Try some of these entertaining ideas, and note that catching up on extra work and doing chores are not on the fun list.

1. Make an Awesome Breakfast
Time to step it up from the on-the-run breakfast you usually have and make some French toast, bacon, or eggs to enjoy. Or try something different, but easy, like skillet apple pancakes:

Serves: serves 2-3
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or vegan earth balance)
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 2 tablespoons flour (any kind: white, wheat, spelt*, or a gluten-free blend)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
 Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Whisk together eggs and milk.
  4. Mix together flour and baking powder and stir it into the egg/milk mixture.
  5. In a skillet, heat butter, add the apple slices and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture and cook, stirring, until soft. About 5 minutes.
  6. Pour the batter over the apples and sprinkle the remaining brown sugar on top.
  7. Bake until it puffs up, about 18-20 minutes.
  8. Dust with a little powdered sugar.

2. Plan Your Summer Vacation
What better time to get excited for your summer vacation than on a cold winter’s day? Check out warm weather websites and magazines, and plan a future getaway with friends and family while you have the downtime.

3. Redecorate
Moving things around in your home can be fun and refreshing if you are into decorating. Try hanging your pictures in different places, rearranging your furniture, or dreaming up new ideas online.

4. Take an Online Class or Tutorial
Take advantage of the time to learn something new for a few hours by taking an easy online class or tutorial. Search online for free options ranging from intro language classes to DIY tutorials to crafts.

5. Pajama Day in Bed
Turn your day inside into the ultimate time to do nothing but relax. Get on your most comfortable pajamas, gather some cozy blankets,  and round up reading materials or watch TV, all while you do some serious lounging in bed.

6. Catch Up With Family and Friends
Getting in touch with the grandparents or a long-lost friend over the phone or Skype makes for a great indoor activity and can be a lot of fun for all.

7. Shop Your Closet
Put the extra time you have today to playing grown-up dress-up. Try out some new combos, and put together outfits for upcoming events. This can help you organize your things, prune unused items, and discover cool outfits you never knew you had.

8. Popcorn and Movie Day
Sort of a given on any winter day, but pop up some popcorn and get comfy on the couch with your favorite movie(s).

9. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
The ultimate rainy day lunch is great on any day, let alone a cold one. Indulge in an awesome grilled cheese using any type of cheese you love and put on a pot of some delicious tomato soup.

10. Music Library
Enjoy all that music you have been collecting and listen to some of the tunes in your music library. You can also take the time to make new mixes and organize your collection once and for all.

11. Mail a Letter
Spend some time writing a letter to someone special, which you can mail later on. Everyone loves to get a handwritten note, and it will be a nice surprise.

12. A Good Read
Curl up with a good book while the winter weather keeps you inside.

13. Enjoy a Hobby
Break out your knitting needles, woodworking gear, paints, guitar, or anything else that gets your creative juices flowing. Enjoy some time working on your favorite hobby.

14. Board Games
Break out the Monopoly or other great board games you may have on hand for a game day marathon with your family or roommates.

15. Take a Luxurious Bath
Get your bubble bath going and make it extra luxurious with nice music, candles, and perhaps a nice book or beverage. And, if you have kids, an extra fun daytime bath with plenty of toys and bubbles can be a fun change from the usual nightly routine.

16. Afternoon Tea
Have your own tea party right at home. You can get fancy and use nice china and put out little sandwiches and treats. This is also a fun activity you can do with the kids, substituting hot chocolate for tea if you want.

17. Indoor Fort
This is a great one if you have kids or just feel adventurous. Transform your living room into a fun fort using chairs and blankets to make a cozy hideout for the day.

18. Video Game Marathon
Anyone into gaming probably doesn’t need a snow day excuse to play, but a day stuck inside provides a wonderful opportunity for a video game marathon. Or, involve the kids and do Wii competitions or learning games on your tablet or computer.

19. Make a Fancy Dinner
Since there is time to actually enjoy cooking and eating a quality meal, why not make yourself or the family a delicious dinner? You can set the table with fancy dinnerware and make it like a restaurant for a change from the usual.

20. Happy Hour
Assuming it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, use this lazy day to whip up an exotic cocktail, favorite glass of wine, or a delicious hot cocktail to enjoy. Add some small appetizers to the mix to make for your own little happy hour.

 

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