When life gives you a snow day, what do you do? You make snow ice cream, right?
I’ll preface this by saying I grew up in the Northeast US so snow was a normal part of life in the winter. Sure, we had plenty of snow days and 2 hour delays but it wasn’t really newsworthy. Well, maybe it was since the media is always looking for something to report but other than a few distinct blizzards, it is all a blur of sledding, shoveling snow, and drinking hot cocoa. However I moved away from New England almost a decade ago and haven’t really been involved in a snow situation since. So, living in the south, I was actually a bit excited to receive the gift of 8 inches of snow this week and of course having a couple of bonus days off from work is always a plus.
However being cooped up with a toddler can be a bit of a challenge. There is only so much Sesame Street you
can should watch (though my son would beg to differ). We played with bubbles and read lots of books (having Dr. Seuss’ ABC book memorized isn’t a problem, right?). We took a walk in the snow to visit neighbors and again to pick up the mail and attempted to make a snow angel which was a bit of a fail. We watched the snowplows from the windows which fascinated my son. But the biggest success was bringing the snow inside. Yesterday it resulted in an impromptu snowball fight (in the kitchen thank goodness), instigated by my son, not me. Today I decided to step it up a notch and make snow ice cream. Yes the “recipes” are all over the Pinterest world so this isn’t too creative, but hey, when you haven’t seen snow for a decade and your toddler is getting cabin fever, what else can you do?
So I went outside and scooped up a large bowlful of clean snow. While I let my son have at most of it with spoons and measuring cups, I took 5 or 6 cups of it and put it in the bowl of my mixer, and added in a cup of skim milk, about 1/4 cup sugar, and some vanilla and creamed it all together with the paddle attachment.
You need to work fast and then eat even faster since the snow melts quickly but it’s worth the challenge. It tasted like delicious vanilla sorbet, a bit icier than standard ice cream but then again by the time I grabbed the snow today it had already melted a bit and then frozen again so it wasn’t quite as fluffy as it was earlier on. My son loved it! After eating his own bowl he moved on to mine and then my husband’s. For older kids I’d recommend mixing it with a spoon so they can be more involved and let them do all the measuring too but for us, this was a perfect activity on this snow day. And now, back to the grind tomorrow…
Snow Ice Cream
Yield: 4-5 servings
5-6 cups of clean unpacked snow
1 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment mix together all of the ingredients until creamy. Serve and eat right away. Make your snow day a happy day!