There hadn’t been a snow day here where rain or ice hadn’t accompanied the weather. Then out of the blue, on the night before Super Bowl, the skies opened up and plummeted snow upon us without warning. I woke up to the glistening sun making waves across newly fallen snow and remembered when my Grandma used to make me Snow Ice Cream as a little girl. I decided that I would bundle up my tot for his very first adventure into the snow and mix us all up some SnowCream.
He was so cute in his little snowsuit that I wound up marching him into our room to wake up Daddy. It was time to go on an adventure! So my teen, my tot and I (and eventually Daddy when he got his coffee) wandered outside for his very first snow day!
For awhile he wouldn’t go out into the snow. He has this peeve about messes. It took my teen and I a bit of cajoling to get him to finally walk out into it. We were trying to make a snowman, but the snow would fall apart every time we tried to roll it. At one point we decided to make a pile and then slowly form the snowman, but my tot had other ideas.
He snickered when I let him taste it and had a lot of fun throwing the snowballs that big brother made for him.
Daddy eventually came out and gave him an introduction to shoveling snow. My teen, of course, disappeared at this point. Snow shovels = work = run away.
I generally hate the cold and snow is on my list of things that are cold that I should not have anything to do with, but today was such a nice morning. It was warm in comparison to the days before, the sun was shining and everyone was happy to be up and about, prancing in the whiteness. I think the smiles made the chill absent from my skin, the happiness warming my soul deeper than summer.
When I was a very little girl we lived next to my Grandma. The days when the bite of winter never reached me. We would spend all day out playing in the snow, building forts and fighting with my brothers. Eventually finding ourselves at my Grandma’s warming our icy hands in front of the radiator. After stripping off layers of clothing and our sock-gloves (as we didn’t have all this winter attire that my children have), there would be bowls of SnowCream on the table. The taste cold and sweet, the cream of childhood’s winter days.
Before the Spring comes again, I thought I would share this easy recipe with you that you might be able to bring a bit of winter inside for your families. If there isn’t any snow where you are, you can always chop ice in a food processor!
4-6c of Snow
1/3c of Powered Sugar (you can use refined as well, powered just mixes better)
1/2tsp of Vanilla Extract
1/2c of Milk (or cream)
Mix together the Snow and Sugar, adding in the Vanilla and finally (slowly) the Milk. To dress it up a little you can add in your favorite color with Food Coloring!
It melts pretty fast. You can see it kind of melting in the photo because I was trying to take pictures instead of eating it. It’s very creamy and sweet. My Grandma used to also make it with Soy Vanilla, if you use a flavored milk and/or add syrup like some readers suggested, do a little bit of the sugar at a time as not to make it too sweet.
Enjoy the rest of the winter! That Groundhog said that Spring was coming and if it is anything like last year, it will sneak up on us when we least expect it!