A snow day spells bliss for thousands of kids in Massachusetts today: no school, endless hot chocolate, maybe some extra TV. But for parents, it's a different story: another day stuck inside with a restless child or children, the challenge of juggling work schedules on short notice, and, for many, lost wages.
If you're a parent stuck at home again, you might be be running out of ideas on how to entertain your children, or maybe you're running out of space on your walls for yet another drawing. And if you're not, maybe you'd enjoy filling your home with the savory smells of a braised leg of lamb.
Either way, we have some ideas to help you keep your sanity and enjoy the snow, at least, when you're not shoveling.
Christine Koh, editor of the Boston Mamas blog. She is also author of "Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Life More By Doing Less."
Gordon Hamersley, former owner and head chef of Hamersley's Bistro in the South End, which closed last fall. He's now a food columnist for The Boston Globe, and an advisor to the non-profits Future Chefs and Share Our Strength.
- "Some of them are 'get stuff done together' ideas and others are activities I can set Laurel (my daughter) up with to allow myself some time to put out work fires."
- "(S)ome of my favorite sledding spots in my old neighborhood around Watertown as well as other recommendations from the Boston Mamas community."
- "I like to serve this with Scottish oatcakes, which are savory round or rectangular biscuits available commercially made."
- "I put these macaroni and cheese squares on the Hamersley’s Bistro menu in various ways for about a year. The technique is as easy as the old-fashioned dish, but the crispy element adds a layer of flavor and texture that transforms this American favorite."
This segment aired on February 9, 2015.