A lucky, lucky day
As if it wasn’t enough to have the thrill of our new president innagurated and my parents (Nana and Howard) arriving for a two-month stay. Here in North Carolina, we got a rare treat: a real snowfall.
After the girls played on the deck for a while, we took a little expedition (along with Mopsey) around the back yard, visiting the not-quite-frozen creek and climbing around on the low-hanging trees. At one point, with the snow still falling, Maggie looked around and sighed and said, “What a lucky, lucky day!” Indeed.
Snow was such a normal part of my own childhood, and still it often seemed magical. I certainly spent many an hour playing outside in the snow, and even now seeing those flakes coming down fills me with memories of cold noses and wet feet. And getting warm again as we shed our snowy clothes and came back inside.
And eventually we came back inside, too. I made one of our family favorites–warm chocolate pudding. With a few chocolate chips on top, just for fun.
Later in the day, we tried something I’ve never done, surprisingly enough. In my family, snow ice cream consisted of maple syrup drizzled over snow–yum! But the girls and I decided to try and milk-and-sugar variety, and wow, it was great! Here’s the recipe we used:
Snow Ice Cream
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
6 cups of snow (approx.)
Chocolate chips for garnish (optional but highly reccomended)
Mix the milk, sugar, and vanilla together until the sugar is dissolved. Collect clean snow, being careful not to pack it down. Gradually stir in the snow until desired consistency is reached. Serve in individual bowls and sprinkle with chocolate chips or anything else that appeals.
The girls liked it so much that when we came home the following day, before I knew it they had made a batch entirely without my help. The day after that, Anna burst into tears when she looked outside and realized that the snow was almost all melted, and there was no more “snow cream” in the offing.
But we sure enjoyed it while it lasted.
Now it’s time to order seeds and get ready to plant the spring garden!