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Monday, February 1, 2016

Winter storms create problems, but can be fun for youngsters

Granddaughters Allison and Meredith Fields took
advantage of snow to create snow angels.

Winter storm Jonas, who gained the name Snowzilla, caused much hardship for many as it swept across the Midwest to the east coast. 
No storm is a good thing, but for some it has it’s good, especially if it drops just a few inches of fresh, white stuff in your area.
Youngsters in particular enjoy snow. It is a time for sleds, building snowmen, playing fox and geese, and making snow ice cream. Snow ice cream is a winter delight forgotten by many, and probably not thought of by many others.
As a youngster, the early clean snow was an event long anticipated. It was fun, but the treat was snow ice cream.
When that first measurable snow came, Mom usually would make a bowl of snow cream. It tasted great, and as I grew older I was able to make the tasty stuff. However, my duties usually related to gathering the white stuff. Someone often chuckled and added, “Don’t get any of the yellow snow.” I may not have been very old, but knew they were telling me to get clean snow and avoid any area the dogs had used as an outdoor restroom.
Most of the recipes for snow ice cream are quite simple, but there are a few variations.
The simplest, and the way I recall making it, requires only four ingredients. That is one cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup sugar and four or five cups of clean snow.
Mix together the milk, vanilla, and the sugar. Stir this mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Slowly add the snow to your mixture, stirring constantly, until it is as thick as the ice cream. Enjoy.
Some recipes add one beaten egg. That makes it a bit richer. Some call for separating the white and yellow of the egg, beating, and then adding together. Others even call for cooking the egg mixture a bit. And then some add a dash of salt.
My cousin, Janet wasn’t big on white milk, so she would add other flavorings to the ice cream.
Keeping it simple seemed fine to me. 
One of the good things about freezers these days is you can even save some of your snow ice cream and eat it later.
The EPA or some organization probably today says the snow is full of all sorts of toxins, but go for it. Enjoy it. You won’t be eating that much anyway.
Snow and those old memories also brought back the thought on snow angels. I know some kids still make them.
When Snowzilla dropped measurable snow on Nashville, TN, last week, granddaughters Meredith and Allison, took to the snow and created angels. They also made good use of a hill for sledding,and making snow forts.
Unfortunately, some people were stuck in their autos or elsewhere due to the snow, but for kids like Meredith and Allison, the snow was a good thing. And, their black lab, Buddy was white with snow as well.
If you have youngsters around, encourage them to make some snow angels and gather snow for ice cream the next time we have a fresh snow. Take out the camera or these days grab the cell phone, and record some fun memories.
Guess, I’m still a kid at heart. I like snow, and would love a bowl of snow ice cream. And, it still is fun to see youngsters on their sleds, and enjoying making snow angels.

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