Oh, Pinterest. I love you, and I don’t. Pinterest can bring out a creative side of me I didn’t know I had. And other times it shows me just how uncrafty I can be, too. My family tried to DIY Donut and Marshmallow Snowmen. We failed. See blurry, crazy red and white striped paper and an exploding candy factory photo below.
I often try to find fun things for my kids and I to do. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. On Sundays, it’s family day where we go to church and hang out together. I was perusing Pinterest and saw some cute Donut Snowmen on a stick. My kids like everything on a stick. So I gathered the supplies, most of which we had at home from leftover Halloween candy. Then one child says they don’t like donuts. Ok, so we added some marshmallows, too. Easy fix, right?
Then I started reading about melting candy and shaping it. Um, no. Striped candy corn noses will do just fine for these snowmen.
Donut and Marshmallow Snowmen Ingredients
I set out the ingredients and was proud of myself for my organization. Candy corn, marshmallows, M&Ms, mini Oreos, mini chocolate chips, pretzel sticks, pull-apart Twizzlers, donuts, sticks…This is going really well, y’all.
I call down the kids. At first, it’s excitement!
Daughter: “Yay! Can I just eat all the M&Ms?”
Daughter: Wahhhhhhhhhhhh! <Stomps upstairs>
Putting Together Donut Snowmen
Another daughter gets started on hers. Great, donuts on stick, check!
Start adding candy. Donuts start cracking left and right.
Me: “Maybe don’t push so hard.”
Meanwhile I hear, “She’s eating all the M&Ms!”
“No, I’m not”
“That’s my Twizzler.”
“No, it’s not!”
A push and a shove, candy spills all over the floor. Frosty’s head cracks in half.
Me: Gives the death look.
Another child in tears.
Me: <yelling> “Forget it! Everyone go get ready for church.”
More tears. Louder tears.
Other Daughter whispers softly: “I just wanted to make my snowman.”
I was over this project.
Oldest daughter comes downstairs from hibernation.
“Oh, what are you making? Those look cute.”
So I gave it up. I gave up my idea of Pinterest perfection. Whoever wanted to make snowmen could make snowmen, whoever wanted to eat donuts or marshmallows off a stick could. Want M&Ms and candy corn and chocolate chips? Why not? It’s one of the major food groups for elves.
I let the kids create how they wanted to create and got rid of the picture I had in my head. So maybe these marshmallow and donut snowmen didn’t turn out how I envisioned. And maybe the joyful family experience I had hoped for did not turn out the way I wanted.
There were screams, tears, fights, and frustration. There was also laughter, cooperation, and admiration of work. Life does not need to be Pinterest Perfect to be a happy one. I hope my kids remember the day we made edible snowmen, and the day mom could have had a nervous breakdown over Oreos and chose not to. So maybe we didn’t fail after all.
And whatever, Pinterest. I’m putting my jacked up snowmen on there. Bam!