Thursday, January 23, 2014

Snowmen for Sam

Sam has always known how to crack me up.
Laughter and Sam just go together.
For years, he's lived across the street and has been
one of John's best friends.
Baseball, Football, Halloween, Easter Egg Hunts, movies,
swimming, birthdays, spend the nights and a lot of eating,
 are the memories I will always have of these two boys.
Oh... and snow days.

Three years ago, during a rare snow day,  Sam spied the cover of 
Celebrate Magazine at my house.  
"I want some of those snowmen, Miss Christa."
"Uhm hmm".
"This magazine tells you how to make them."
... and I thought he'd forget.
Not so.

Baseball, Football, Halloween, Easter, movies, swimming,
birthdays, spend the nights, more eating than imaginable and now
calling on cell phones and driving in pick ups...
no matter when or where he sees me...
"Miss Christa, Got my snowmen ready?"
For three long years, the answer has been, "not yet, Sam"
Soon he will be 17. A few months before John.
Then in only a year, he'll be leaving that house across the street.

Just like snowmen, childhood doesn't last forever.

At last, Snowmen!

Making Sam's Snowmen:
White Cake Mix and ingredients for cake
1 tub of white frosting
White Candy Melts
Chocolate Candy Melts
Flaked Coconut
White Sparkling Sugar
Toothpicks or small diameter dowel
Mini Chocolate Chips
Ribbon for scarf

Bake cake according to directions on box.

Crumble cooled cake into large bowl.  Stir in entire tub of frosting.
Shape into small, medium and large balls.

Place cake balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper.
Freeze at least 1 hour.

Using the microwave, melt the vanilla candy melts according to package directions.
Roll the cake ball in the melted mixture.
Working quickly, apply coconut flakes and sparkling sugar.

Let dry and harden completely.

Build snowmen using toothpicks (thin, long dowels work better)
 and more melted vanilla candy if necessary.

The same technique using Oreos, marshmallows and chocolate
candy melts  forms the "magic" hats.
(Dip Oreos and marshmallows separately into the melted chocolate candy.)
Use toothpicks or extra melted candy for the "glue"
to attach Oreo to marshmallow.
(Oh.. and the snowmen tend to be a little top heavy,
 so don't use Double Stuff Oreos!)

Click here or more Snowman love...

...and I'm linking to this very cool party, Sew Many Ways.

1 comment:

  1. how super cute my mom loves snowmen and her birthday is coming soon may have to borrow this
    come see what we shared at