“It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.” ~ Dylan Thomas
I love snow days. They are such a wonderful excuse to be a homebody. With a foot of snow outside, we aren't going anywhere any time soon. And after a long week at work, I don't mind some time at home with my family. So, I am embracing this snow day as my Sabbath... my day of rest to celebrate the blessings in my life. No housework. No errands. Just enjoying time inside our warm and cozy home. (Due to bad colds, we are not allowing the children outside in the cold. After all, the oldest is only 2 1/2. Maybe tomorrow when it is warmer, meaning 30 degrees.)
For us, this day of rest means sitting down for breakfast together to enjoy warm blueberry muffins, warm tea, and make-shift coffee. (My husband's coffee machine broke this morning, so we are trying to make it on the stovetop. I am so thankful that I drink tea.)
From then on, our day has been one of cuddling up and watching "The Little Mermaid," building towers out of blocks, playing dress-up, reading "Green Eggs and Ham," a little "sewing" on my part (I'll explain my lack of sewing skills one day), and, of course, tea parties like this. (I'll be posting more details on these little goodies in the coming weeks.)
Our newest adventure was Snow Cream. After reading many facebook comments on this subject (our area really doesn't get much snow, so all of our friends have been posting how they were celebrating in the snow), we decided we had to try this. There seem to be two recipes. Since we had heavy cream and did not have condensed milk, we went with the heavy cream version. How have I not known about this on previous snow days?
Assuming this powdery beauty continues and we have clean snow, we're going to have to try this again tomorrow. I'm hoping to try it with a ginger syrup that my husband gave me for Christmas. Mmmm. Or maybe peppermint extract. I can think of all sorts of ways to flavor this. Ah, an excuse for experimentation.
OUR SNOW CREAM RECIPE
3 cups clean powdery snow
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
vanilla extract to taste (I like a strong vanilla flavor)
Combine cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir in snow until an ice-cream-like consistency.
Bon appetit! And let me know how you flavor your snow cream.