Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Snow Fun

After a few days of temperatures in the 60s and even 70s last week, winter is back, bringing several inches of snow to make its point.

Yeah, yeah, it's still February, we get it.

Now go away.

Peeper, on the other hand, was thrilled.

Last night, about half-inch into the snow storm, I put a big bowl outside to collect some for a little project I've been planning for a while.

When Shrike brought the bowl in the morning, Peeper was all excited about it, so I scraped some off into a smaller bowl for her to play with. Of course, it immediately went onto the floor, so I put it in a pan and we made a snowman.

Sort of.

Then, this evening, she played outside in the snow for a while.

She was not supposed to be playing in the snow in these clothes. She was supposed to be getting in the car to go to the grocery store. I decided that we were in no rush for the grocery, so we went back in, put on snow clothes and played in the backyard for a while.

Then, we had a bit of a meltdown (Peeper, not the snow) but eventually made it to the grocery store, and when we got home, we made snow ice cream!

There's not much to the recipe:
Snow Ice Cream
A big bowl of clean snow (I pretty much filled the big measuring cup bowl. How big is that?)
1 cup sugar (I actually used Splenda)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk

  1. Mix it all up.
  2. Top, if desired. (We desired. Hershey's dark chocolate syrup.)
  3. Eat. 
It's not bad, if you don't expect it to taste much like ice cream. Peeper liked it.

How much snow did we get overnight? There was already about a half-inch down when I put this giant bowl out, and this is what it looks like after taking out the part that we played with this morning, and filling the bowl at the right to make ice cream.

(No, we did not eat that much ice cream. It gets much smaller when you add the milk and start stirring.)


  1. Is now the time to complain that my air conditioner is out and it is frickin' hot in my house? Okay, not really *frickin'* not right now, at 6 AM, with 3 fans running. It was seriously unpleasantly warm yesterday though, and probably later today too.

    I'm hoping the guy shows back up earlier, rather than later with the replacement part. The good news is it's under warranty. :)

    It's pretty comfy outside; it's a shame we can't just open the windows. However, since we haven't had screens since Hurricane Rita, that's not a good option.

  2. You have the best ideas! And the Hershey's dark chocolate syrup sounds so good. (another item I don't think we can get here in Canada.) Here, we do a thing with warm maple syrup poured onto snow and twirled up around a popsicle stick. It's popular with children at maple syrup festivals. The syrup hardens and becomes like taffy when it hits the cold snow.


What say you?