When the days get shorter and the temperatures drop it’s hard to get the whole family outside. But moving during the winter months is one of the best things you can do to prevent the winter blues that sometimes set in with inclement weather. Even if it is a little chilly, with the right gear you can get outside with your family and experience the amazing beauty nature has to offer during the winter. And if the weather forces you to stay home you can still get active inside with a little creativity and a few supplies you have on hand. Here are a few ideas to get you and your family moving this winter:


Button Sugar Cookies

This updated sugar cookie recipe has all the flavor and half the butter of the original. Instead of all the sugary frosting try pressing circles and dots into the dough to make them look like buttons.

Ready In: 35 mins

Level: Easy

Prep: 23 mins

Cook: 12 mins

Yields: 2 dozen cookies


  • 4 c of flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 c Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt (separated into ½ cup each)
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • directions

    Step 1

    Combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and nutmeg.

    Step 2

    Cream together butter, sugar and 1/2 cup Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt and egg. Then add additional 1/2 cup of Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt and vanilla extract. Gradually add dry mixture until stiff dough is formed.

    Step 3

    Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

    Step 4

    Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick, cut with cookie cutters. (The thicker the dough, the fluffier the cookie).

    Step 5

    Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. Cool and frost.


    It is no easy feat to make dinners that please the whole family, especially with little ones whose palates are developing and seem to change almost daily. What they eagerly ate one week, they hate the next. Typically we rotate through a few favorites and I try to introduce at least one new recipe each week to expose the kids to new flavors and textures.