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Go Forth and Make Snow Cream for All the Land

January 12, 2011

Give a man a cup of snow and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to make snow ice cream and he will eat for a lifetime.

Ohio Winters: The cup is not only half empty, but also frozen. On days when snowflakes abound and you can’t go anywhere in fear for your safety, go no farther than your back door—and make snow ice cream!

There are many different recipes for snow ice cream online, I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that suits your tastes. I decided to taste-test two different ways.

The first thing you have to do is set out a bowl (or three) as soon as it starts snowing in order to collect the freshest and cleanest snow. A sheet pan will also do. The key to snow collection is surface area! I don’t recommend scooping it off of the ground, but if you don’t mind dirt and pebbles, go for it. On a very snowy day, it only takes an hour or two to collect enough snow for 4 servings of snow cream.

Next, gather the ingredients:

HAZELNUT ESPRESSO SNOW CREAM

Ingredients:

8-10 c. fresh snow
1/3 c. hazelnut coffee creamer (or any flavor you’re partial to)
1/4 c. dark chocolate espresso cups (optional)

Directions:

Add the snow to a large mixing bowl. Pour the coffee creamer over top, tossing the snow to combine evenly. Stir in your candy and serve immediately.

VANILLA MINT CHIP SNOW CREAM

Ingredients:

8-10 c. fresh snow
1/3 c. milk
2 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. mint chocolate candies, chopped

Directions:

Add the snow to a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine milk, sugar and vanilla. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add to the snow, tossing to combine. Stir in candy and serve immediately.

Note: I popped a metal mixing bowl and spoon in the freezer to ensure the snow stays super cold while mixing. You are going to lose some volume when you add your ingredients, so that 10 cups of snow only makes 4 servings.

These recipes are really just a base for interesting flavor combinations. With so many coffee creamers out there, your snow cream concoctions are pretty limitless. Maybe Coconut Crème with some crushed pineapple? Or Belgian White Chocolate Macadamia with maraschino cherries?

Snow ice cream isn’t all that creamy, but it’s refreshing in a way that kicks out the winter blues. My mother enjoyed the hazelnut flavored one best. As for me, I prefer the milk and sugar direction. But I’m a sucker for vanilla.

A Crafty Hello

January 10, 2011

You may have figured this out, but I like to make stuff. Including the header up there (which I’m sure I’ll finish eventually). In the mean time, let’s talk about crafting, shall we?

Crafting means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it’s a surefire way to please your grandparents come holidays or birthdays. For others, it keeps them off the streets. After all, idle hands are a devil’s play thing. Do you know how many less meth labs we’d have in the world if more people mixed polyvinyl acetate (tacky glue) with dihydrogen monoxide (water) instead of pseudoephedrine (cold medicine) with hydrochloric acid (hydrochloric acid)? Maybe billions.

Is crafting for you? Yes. Don’t question it, just go with it.

What makes up a craft? Sure, you could glue googly eyes onto a seashell and let it collect dust so your shelves don’t have to, but crafts are happier if they have a purpose.

For example, if you have yellow and orange poster board, a black permanent marker, scissors and tape, you can make a pin-the-tail on the cowardly lion for the next Wizard of Oz themed birthday party you throw:

Perhaps you’re in the mood to prank your kid sister (or anyone mouse-anxious). Simply knit a mouse out of whatever yarn you have sitting closest to you, pop it into a tin and the next morning say, “I caught a mouse last night. Want to see?” And dump it out onto her lap. Classic.

Later, you can stuff an air freshener into its gut to make it even more functional.

Or maybe you want to dress up your everyday knickknacks so they are presentable for the holidays:

OR—speaking of the holidays, maybe you want to harness all that artful cunning into some ornaments to hang on your favorite evergreen:

94% of the ornaments in the above picture are handmade by me or some other crafty soul.

Crafty additions to this year’s tree (from left to right): hollow yarn ornament, appliquéd felt rocking horse and appliquéd felt teddy bear stocking.

That about covers it for now. I’d go on, but it’s time to make dinner. Just remember, whatever the intention or design, crafting is for everyone!