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The Sock Snowman Tutorial

Christmas & Crafts. Two of my most favorite things EVER. Combined. This is what I’m talking about people. This is what I live for! These little guys, just the idea of them, stole my heart.

My best friend called me right after we’d put our kids on the bus to tell me about them, and I spent the rest of they day working on my own set in my spare time. Our four year old even got in on the action, helping me fill the socks, dress them, and glue on accessories. Of course, then I spent the rest of the day removing contraband (stolen rubber bands) from his possession as he tried to shoot things with them. Thanks, older sons for teaching him that little gem.

Either way, these adorable little creatures found their way into our home and are here to stay, at least until spring. Who knows, maybe they’ll even bring us a little luck and a little snow. (I walked in on son # 4 rubbing it’s belly and wishing for some of the white stuff to come our way. I’ll keep my fingers crossed along with him) This is the perfect craft idea for kids (and adults) this Thanksgiving day/weekend as we usher in the Holiday season. Plus, it helps to have something constructive for them to do and be entertained while the adults wait out their tryptophan¬†carbohydrate-induced coma. ūüėČ

The Sock Snowman Tutorial

4 Sons 'R' Us: Sock Snowman Photo Tutorial 2

one white tube sock, or more depending on how many snowmen you’re making
decorative socks (optional)
rice, for filler
rubber bands
buttons
something for the nose, I used different buttons but feel free to be creative (the tip of a wooden skewer painted orange would work VERY well

Directions

4 Sons 'R' Us: sock snowman photo tutorial

1. Cut the foot part off of your sock and set aside.
2. Turn the tube part of your sock inside out and wrap a rubber band around the bottom.  Make sure it is wrapped tightly.  Then turn it inside out again so the rubber band is on the inside.
3. Fill the sock with rice.  Be sure to push the rice down as you go.  This will help stretch the sock a bit and ensure that you get a nice plump snowman in the end.  Then, close the top by wrapping another rubber band around the top as shown in the photo above.
4. Squeeze the middle of your snowman until you’ve created an indention to separate it’s ‘head’ and ‘body’. Wrap another rubber band around the indention to create a ‘neck’.
5. Using the foot part of the sock, put on your snowman’s hat/nightcap.
6. If desired, remove the hat and cut a thin strip to use as his scarf. Otherwise, use a scrap of fabric.
7. Tie the scarf and make sure it’s covering up the rubber band neck.
8. Add button eyes and buttons down the body. If you want to get creative, use an old sock that’s lost it’s mate to make a sweater and matching cap. Again, cut the foot away from the tube of the sock. Use the foot as the cap and cut the tube part to fit the belly of your snowman.

Quick Tips:

-Using old socks with missing mates will prevent you from having to buy new socks for the project
-Rice isn’t the only option as a filler. Beans would work well too.
-Consider adding some potpourri to the inside with the rice or beans to help scent the room you’ve chosen to display your snowman in.
-All of my socks came from  The Dollar Tree. They have a large variety of color and designs to choose from, and can help keep this craft on a budget. Also, consider checking the dollar bins at Target.

Seriously, how cute are these little guys?!

4 Sons 'R' Us: sock snowmen

While I love all of my snowchildrenmen, I do have a favorite. (I can’t tell them that though!) The sock ‘sweater’ just tickles my fancy. Isn’t he just too cute? All bundled up and just absolutely adorable! What a dapper little dude. Here he is all ‘up close, and personal’. You just can’t help but love himthem.

4 Sons 'R' Us: sock snowman

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Yellow Basmati Rice

Yellow Basmati Rice

Every week I try to do a ‘Taco Tuesday’ since we all love ‘Mexican’ food. It’s evolved into more of a ‘tex-mex’ themed meal as opposed to being just the traditional tacos. One thing my kids always, unanimously, ask for on ¬†Tuesday’s is this Yellow Basmati Rice. I’ve adapted the original recipe to our specific tastes and preferences, and it’s always been love at first bite. Once upon a time, I used to buy yellow rice mix from the grocery store for just such dinners, but no more. Not only is making it myself cheaper, it’s actually less work. This recipe has a wonderful ‘set it and forget it’ feel and is ready in less than thirty minutes. By far, this is the best yellow rice I’ve ever had, and¬†hands¬†down one of my favorite rice recipes. Start your own ‘Taco Tuesday’ tradition. Have a fiesta. Just don’t forget this side dish. It’s the perfect compliment to any Mexican-style entree.

Yellow Basmati Rice

4 Sons 'R' Us: Yellow Basmati Rice

  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cumin, ground
  • scant 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 whole bay leaf

Directions

  1. In a dutch over, or a stove pot, heat the butter, turmeric, garlic, cumin, and cinnamon over medium heat until the butter has melted.
  2. Add rice to the pot, stirring and cooking over medium heat for about 2 minutes lightly toasting the rice and spices.
  3. Add chicken broth and bay leaf to the pot.
  4. Put the pot’s lid on, and bring the pot to a rolling boil, stirring¬†occasionally¬†to prevent sticking to the bottom.
  5. As soon as the broth reaches a full, rolling boil reduce heat to the lowest setting and let it simmer (with the lid on) for about 20 minutes. Be careful not to stir too often and let the heat escape.
  6. After simmering for 20 minutes, turn the heat off, but leave the lid on and let the rice ‘rest’ for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the bay leaf. Fluff and serve.
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