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Surviving the Snow- And a Recipe for Snow Cream

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I have a deep dark confession to make. I hate snow. I really hate it. I was born and raised in the South, so I haven't had many opportunities to be in the snow over the years of my life. We usually get one or two snow events that last one or two days each year. I can only remember a handful of times that we had snow that actually stuck around.

There were times when I was younger that I enjoyed it. One year we lived in a house with a pretty steeply slanted road in the neighborhood. The snow was on the ground for a week or more that time, and school was out all week. I gathered every day with lots of the neighborhood kids and sledded and played on the hill.

But snow now means no driving (I'm a typical paranoid Southerner driving in snow.), no bread or milk in the stores, and wet clothes all over my living room. It's not my favorite thing.

All weekend the weather people had been predicting snow. It was supposed to begin early yesterday. It actually waited until around 5 or 6 before it started. By the time we went to bed, we knew area schools were closed, and Jason didn't have to work. The kids were looking forward to playing in the snow. I had already declared a spontaneous winter break for the week, so the kids knew that they didn't have school to do.

We ended up with less than an inch in our backyard, but there was snow all over the ground and road, and in the South, that's enough.

The kids headed out the door as soon as I was up and moving. They played with the neighbors, and my nephews came over to play for a while. Jason took the dog out for some play time, and she loved the snow. She's pretty happy just to run outside.








The snow resulted in cold, tired, wet kids and lots and lots of wet and dirty clothes.



Charles had big plans to make snow cream, so Jason had him sit out a pan last night to collect clean snow. They gathered the snow this morning and stored it in the freezer.


Several rounds of snow cream were made throughout the day. In fact, I had four rounds of cleaning the kitchen today.



Ingredients:
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of sugar
4 cups clean snow
1 tsp vanilla

Mix the milk and sugar. (The Kitchenaid Mixer was great for this!) Add in the clean snow and vanilla and stir.








All in all the kids had a great day in the snow. Despite the cold and wet and mess, I'm glad they had some snow. I topped the day off by baking some gluten free mint chocolate chip cookies with the leftover mint chocolate chips from Christmas.



Schools have already been canceled for tomorrow. I don't think there will be enough snow left for playing, but I know the kids are looking forward to another vacation day.




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