I’m actually starting to come around on this whole winter thing. I used to absolutely dread winter. The list of things I disliked about it seemed to be a mile long. However, ever since I started blogging, I’ve become a bit more creative and the winter-themed ideas just keep coming in. Why not make these cold, blustery months about coziness and adventure?
So here I have six Midwestern things you should try this winter.
Make Potica (po-tee-tza)
Making potica is an old family tradition in my family. You need a small group of people to make it so it’s the perfect way to bring the family together! It’s a Slovenian nut roll where you have to stretch the dough out super thin. My grandma, my mom, my aunts, and I would all spread out around my grandma’s round kitchen table and carefully begin stretching out the dough. I’ll be writing a blog post on this soon so keep your eyes peeled!
I’m seriously going to try snowshoeing this winter. I found an old pair in my parents garage so I think I’ll give it a go and hopefully not fall over too many times.
Attend a progressive dinner
A progressive dinner is a social event where different courses of a meal are served at different houses. The one I would love to go to someday is in Door County!
My dad, brother, and I did this once when we were living out in the country. We went one evening when there was enough moonlight to see and we walked quietly through the woods, listening for some owls.
Make Oven Pancakes
This is a super easy and unique alternative to traditional pancakes. When I think of oven pancakes, I think of cozy early mornings at the breakfast table.
Experience a traditional Finnish sauna
Let’s get one thing straight. It’s pronounced “sow-na”, not “saw-na”. At least that’s how true Scandinavians say it. Saunas are a staple in my family and one of my favorite things in this world. Check out this farm in northern Wisconsin where you can experience one!
The progressive dinner idea sounds so fun! I think I’ll try and organize one in the new year. Thanks for the idea!
Doesn’t it?! You totally should! That’d be so much fun!
I love going out and owling. They are my favorite bird and will do this very chance I get.
They’re my favorite bird too! That’s wonderful you go and do that.
I’ve never heard of any of these things before but they sound like fun things to do.
Thanks Courtney! You should give one of them a try!