This has been such a funny winter, with early snow, followed by an arctic blast, and weeks of spring like weather. Then, when I didn't think I could resist the urge to plant the flowers gardens any longer, the snow returned.
And, the timing couldn't have been any better. We just finished the chapter of Anne of Green Gables, where Anne tastes ice cream for the first time. I'd been planning to make some ice cream with the children anyway, now we can make snow ice cream, instead.
We watched a wonderful video demonstration by Tawra Kellam from http://www.livingonadime.com/, on how to make ice cream using fresh snow, milk, sugar, and vanilla. And, then we sat some bowls out to catch the falling snow. I wouldn't recommend doing that barefoot, but I was in a hurry to get the bowls out while it was still snowing.
I gathered a bowl of fresh snow (after putting on some shoes), being careful to take it off the top. Again, I wouldn't suggest sending the kids out to collect the snow, unless you want rocks, and dirt in your ice cream, too.
I added a half a cup of coffee creamer to the bowl, using Parisian Almond Cream flavored creamer.
A little mixing, and it was ready to eat.
The texture is not as creamy as traditional ice cream, but it's refreshing in a way I can't quite explain. To use a quote from Anne, "I guess (coffee creamer snow) ice cream is one of those things that are beyond imagination."
It's great to be a homeschooler.