It is snowing in our part of the world this morning. I have three very happy little poppies! This made for one very happy mama. While my little poppies were outdoors playing in the snow, I enjoyed my morning coffee while having an uninterrupted phone conversation with a dear friend. Mark this day on the calendar, folks, because I rarely talk on the phone and when I do, it’s riddled with interruptions.
I digress. I thought I would take a moment to share with you one of our family’s favorite snow day traditions: make your own snow ice cream! Kids love to eat handful after handful of snow, right? Why not make it better by turning that snow into snow ice cream?
We are pretty clean eaters over here (Schizz, my editor, will groan and ask me to edit for honesty), but I make exceptions for snow days. There is something magical about letting your kids eat snow with sugar and toppings mixed in. Health-nuts and clean eaters beware, this recipe is not for you!
My Little Poppies Favorite Snow Ice Cream*:
1 large bowl filled with fresh snow
1/2 cup of sugar (I told you!!)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup of milk
Combine all ingredients, dole out into parfait cups (because snow ice cream tastes better in parfait cups), and then add toppings. My kids love to add chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and sprinkles.
It’s pretty hard to mess up snow ice cream, folks. I usually have the kids place a couple of bowls on our front steps to catch the freshly fallen snow. They get so excited about the bowls filling up. Then, we bring the snow inside and the kids follow the recipe. It’s great measurement and cooking practice. I have two dairy-free kiddos, so I make our snow ice cream with almond milk. I know others who make it with cow’s milk, and others who get all crazy with condensed milk. Choose the milk that works for you!*Parenting tip: Kids are always happy to help you shovel if they know there will be snow ice cream in the end! I will be employing this strategy momentarily.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. If it’s snowing where you are, try out the snow ice cream and see if you injoy [sic] it as much as my little poppies always do!
Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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