Friday, January 23, 2009

Snow Ice Cream

I remember from my childhood growing up in the North that this is just about the time of year when one can start to become really weary of winter. The skies are gray; Christmas is over, and it is still so very cold.

Here's a fun tradition from my childhood that helped to add a little cheer to the winter doldrums. The next time there is a big fluffy snow you can declare to your children, "Well, this is just perfect snow ice cream weather!"

Send them outdoors with a spoon and a big bowl and ask them to gather the softest, whitest, cleanest snow they can find. Meanwhile you will be gathering the rest of the ingredients. To the snow add enough milk just to moisten it- not to make it soupy. Then add sugar and vanilla to taste. Let one of the children do the mixing so they feel it is really "theirs." Scoop it into bowls and enjoy your snow ice cream!

By the way, you may remember that Mary and Laura made snow ice cream in The Banks of Plum Creek. It might be fun to read that book and THEN wait for the next big snow.

Also, I remember occasionally growing up and occasionally trying a new flavor- like peppermint, by adding a couple drops of peppermint extract.

6 comments:

Theo-Ann said...

awesome idea! We'll have to try it out the next time it snows...it's been a long time since the last one. We've had 60-70 degree weather in Colorado!

Faith said...

My DD would love going outside to get her own snow. Thanks for the idea!

Anna said...

We did this when I was a child. However, instead of icecream we made slushies with koolaid mix. So fun!

Lynn said...

This sounds like lots of fun. Just wish we had some snow here (California) :o

Anna said...

We did this when I was a child. However, instead of icecream we made slushies with koolaid mix. So fun!

Faith said...

My DD would love going outside to get her own snow. Thanks for the idea!