Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snow Cream and a Snowy Checklist

There are certain requirements for snow days with small kids. They are as follows:

1) Spend 45 minutes getting everyone ready to play outside. Lose a mitten and your patience in the process.
2) Spend 20 minutes actually playing in the snow. Wonder how the kids can be complaining they're so cold while you are sweating profusely. Building a snowman is hard work.
3) Make snow cream.
4) Repeat numbers 1 and 2, only this time sweat as you are carrying the children and their sleds up the hill over and over and over and over...
5) Make hot chocolate.
6) Watch a movie.
7) Watch another movie.
8) Throw snowballs at Daddy...inside the house.

When you live in a state where you only have one decent snowfall every few years you have to make sure you do all the snowy things the day it snows, because the next day it will be 60 degrees and you will be sliding through the mush in your flip flops.

In an attempt to check all the snowy things off the list, I asked the kids if they wanted to make snow cream.

"What's that?"

"It's ice cream made out of snow."


Discovering a combination of two of your very most favorite things can be a delightful shock. (I think I had a similar reaction after I got a smartphone and realized I could check Facebook AND get a pedicure at the very same time.)

Needless to say, they devoured every bite and begged for more. I had to cut them off at one batch though. Obviously we needed the rest of the milk for hot chocolate!

Mix the milk, sugar and vanilla together. Then add the snow. Don't forget the sprinkles!

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