When life hands you snow (and a lot of it), you make snow ice cream!
At least that’s what we do.
In case you don’t live in the Seattle area, you might be surprised to know that we have no idea what to do when we get say, an inch or two of snow. And if it’s over a foot (like it is at my house right now), the whole world stops. Now we have lots of great excuses – the whole area is made of steep hills or we don’t have the equipment to clear it – but in my mind, the world stops because it’s so rare, we just have to take the time to enjoy it – with our families.
And usually, it’s over before we know it, and all that’s left is a bunch of dirty gray slush on the side of the road.
So I’m embracing our stuckness. Our time together. And using all the positive energy I can.
(And then secretly hoping it’ll melt tomorrow. Between a bad cold and the snow, I’ve been stuck at home since Saturday. And I’m a tad stir-crazy.)
Anyways, to celebrate the snow, we decided to make a little ice cream.
Vanilla Snow Ice Cream, adapted from allrecipes.com
8 c fresh snow
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 c sugar
1 c milk
In a very cold bowl (we left our metal one outside for about a half hour before starting), scoop in 8 cups of snow. Add other ingredients and mix well.
Serve in cold bowls – in a toasty room.
My oldest could not have been any happier at my suggestion. He was dressed and ready to head outside in 20 seconds flat. And I’m not exaggerating.
He was the official ice cream scooper – and loved every minute (though it was a little bright out).
It was actually pretty tasty. Definitely not your typical ice cream texture – more of a slushy/frozen yogurt feel, but the flavor was sweet and vanilla-y. We all found it enjoyable.
(And it gave us something to do for a little bit. Yay!)
Why not? We have plenty of snow to go around. 🙂