Deploying Snowballs To The Fight

What do you do when you have a troop in the desert that misses winter? You send him snowballs! Of course, a soggy box of real snowballs (a.k.a. water) does not have a high fun factor. Plus neither the U.S. Postal Service nor the Dept. of Defense takes kindly to boxes leaking liquids.

However, I solved this shipping/climate challenge with Hostess® sno balls®. I figured it was a delicious way to give him a taste of winter. These treats became the main ingredient in my snow-themed care package for Brendon*.

Winter-themed care package with "snowballs" and more.

Winter-themed care package with “snowballs” and more.

This mini winter wonderland included:

Hostess sno balls – a bunch of 2-packs and two boxes of sno balls underneath

“Christmas snow” instead of bubble wrap

7ft strings of paper snowflakes

Snowman mug

Bacon-flavored instant cocoa. Yes, they make this. I also included other flavors.

Cocoa toppers- little sugar snowmen with candy cane straws that you garnish your cocoa with. What warrior doesn’t need this?

Snowman cookie- if you’re a longtime reader, you know I don’t bake. But if you need a deployment-friendly recipe, Wendy at The Monday Box has smiling cookie snowman stacks she says are easy but take some time to put together. Or search her blog with the words “military care package”.

As close to Alaska as I can get

I am in touch with Brendon’s wife Ashley and I asked her if she thought he’d like the decorations or if he’d think it was silly. She said, he’d love it. When I mentioned the sno balls she laughed because that’s one of his favorites. Double-yay!

Then I asked her if she had any other ideas I could add in. She mentioned she heard that someone from their home state of Alaska once sent over a small vial with some melted Alaskan snow. I decided to stick with sno balls and not try this because:

1. I don’t know anyone in Alaska.

2. There is no snow on the ground by me right now (Manhattan) and even if there were…

3. pure New York City snow just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

The forecast ahead

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the weather forecast this winter is essentially: DOOM. Some areas of the country have already had a sampling of this. So, it may be hard to see at this chilly moment how someone could be wistful for the powdery nemesis of commuters and school principals everywhere.

But home is home. Whether it’s palm trees, city streets, or Santa’s neighborhood. And no amount of distance can keep the people, sounds, sights, and tastes of home far from our hearts. So I’m sending him a snow day filled with warmth and good wishes. Hopefully I sent enough sno balls that he can share. I wouldn’t want a fight to break out.

*names changed for privacy.

© Gina left the mall, 2014

22 thoughts on “Deploying Snowballs To The Fight

  1. Love, love, love the idea of Hostess Snowballs, Gina! I am planning on a snowman themed care package for January and hope you don’t mind if I use some of your awesome ideas! (with credit of course 🙂 ) Thanks for the link to the Snowman cookies! My January post will offer some additional (and perhaps faster to make and pack) snowpeople. Its all about the smile factor and your snow care package rates highly on smile factor! 🙂

    • Thanks Wendy, happy you like it! And of course you can use/share any idea you’d like. Your snowmen are pretty impressive but I think it’s great that you’re exploring some speedier snowpeople as well. And I hope you’re right about the smile factor! 🙂

  2. Gina, love the snow/snowman theme, there is some stuff you can find that you add water and it makes snow…not sure who makes it…gift stores sometimes carry it. I’d send some Minnesota snow but we don’t even have that much!

    • Paula,
      Mineesota snow would be a little closer to Alaska…lol. I’ve never heard of instant snow. I’ll have to do some digging on that. On another snowfront, a Soldiers’ Angel told me that I could make “snowballs” with wraps of white yarn tied in the middle. That would be the safest snowball fight ever!

      • Gina, I was just at Walmart last night and they had a Hallmark type pop up display and they had the small tins of snow, says you add water and it makes snow, each can ran about 4.86 or so.

  3. I love that Idea Gina, Hey Gina, sometime if you get an email from Brendon or you get to talk to him, will you tell him that I say “Thank You” to him for his wonderful to our country!

      • Your welcome! Oh ok. Oh cool that would be awesome 🙂 Hey Gina, you don’t think his wife won’t mind telling her husband that I say “Thank You” to him for his wonderful service to our country.

        • Kyndal, her reply to me was, “That’s so nice!!!! I will pass it along!” I think genuine appreciation and sincere good wishes for a loved one in harm’s way is a welcome thing. There was nothing inappropriate in your message. I can’t imagine that anyone in this situation would mind the words you sent.

          • Yeah Gina, aww what a sweet reply!!!! Cool. To Brendon’s wife Ashley, It’s my privilege. Hey Ashley, your husband Brendon will be in my prayers. Supporting and praying for the troops is something that I feel like Jesus has called me to do, and it’s something that I love to do and it’s something that is very close to my heart.

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  6. Hey Gina…it’s been months since we heard from you. Spring is long past and summer has come and gone. I miss your updates. What’s cooking? Can I help?

    • Mrs. P you are awesome and kind in equal measure! My mom had a few strokes ( she is doing well now and whatever the journey brings we will face with hope) plussome other challenges popped up so it’s been hectic. So, I’ve been sending coffee or doing small things but not blogging. But things are finally calming down and I’ve been wanting to get back to things here. Thank you for your offer of help, I may take you up on it!! best, G

      • You keep doing what you do…I understand and figured something must have come up. My prayers are with you and your family and I do send many good wishes for your mom’s health.

        I just wanted to let you know your absence was noticed and we do appreciate all that you do. 😀 😀

  7. Gina,
    I too check back to see if there are any new posts, sorry to hear about your mom and hope that things are improving. Hope you will post again…love to read your stories, ideas…all the best to you and your daughter!

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