Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Well, the kiddos are out of school again so we're just hanging out around the house today.  Here in Arkansas, we don't get snow very often, maybe 2-3 days of snow per year.  We don't have snow plows here, so if it snows, the town pretty much shuts down.  School is almost always out if there is snow on the ground because of the roads out in the county that may be shaded and don't get much traffic.  This makes it dangerous for the buses to run, and therefore, no school.  So, we spend our time playing in the snow and throwing our clothes in the dryer and playing in the snow and throwing our clothes in the dryer again and eating things that I shouldn't be eating, considering I'm trying to lose a few pounds.  Our favorite thing to make is Snow Ice Cream.


8-10 cups of fresh, clean snow (put out a big bowl as soon as the snow starts)
1 can Eagle Brand
1 tsp vanilla

Dump it all in a bowl and mix it up with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.  I do not recommend using a metal bowl or utensils.  It makes the snow melt to fast.

YUM!  Isn't Eagle Brand just the best stuff ever?  It's so yummy!  I've cut my finger on many a Eagle Brand can trying to make sure I get out every single drop of it.  I even cut my tongue on an Eagle Brand can once.  Not proud of it, but it did happen.  And, in case you're wondering about my diet, I only had a couple of bites and I did include it in my calorie count for the day. 

I know Snow Ice Cream is a big snow day tradition at many homes in the south.  Our other tradition?  Homemade Hot Chocolate.  When I say homemade, I mean the kind on the side of the Hershey's Cocoa can. 


1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. Hershey's Cocoa
Dash Salt
1/3 c. hot water
4 c. milk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in a saucepan; stir in water.  Cook and stir over medium heat until mixgture boils; boil and stir 2 minutes.  Stir in milk and heat.  Do Not Boil!  Remove from heat; add vanilla.

See, the thing is, my kids love hot chocolate.  LOVE IT!  They even ask for it in the summer.  Usually, I just warm up their Ovaltine chocolate milk, because I'm too lazy to stand over the stove on just any old day.  BUT, on snow days, we have to make the real hot chocolate, the Favorite Hot Chocolate.  It's a tradition.

We also love to have snowball fights.  C kept throwing snowballs at me, so I finally had to pelt her back. 

Yep, got her right in the eye.  It was actually an accident.  She turned around right when I threw it, bus she's okay. 

The sun is out today and the snow is melting so I feel sure the kids will be in school tomorrow.  It's been a good few days of snow with them home. 

What are your snow day traditions?  Do you make Snow Ice Cream too?

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  1. Never had snow ice cream, but it looks yummy! Going to have to make that when the kid finally decide to get up. lol
    Thank for the great recipes.. those just might become traditions in the Murphy household too! Keep warm :)

  2. I don't have any snow day traditions, because..it only snows here once every 7 or so years. Although.....I don't really need a snow to justify ice cream and hot chocolate....LOL

  3. I remember making snow ice cream at my grandma's house in Idaho as a kid.

    To my knowledge, Neither myself, or my children have ever had a snowday in our lives. School has never been cancelled for snow. Ever. But you know we would have a LOT of school to make up if we did that!

    I exercised in the snow today! It was quite an adventure!

  4. we have that cocoa almost every day in Iowa this time of year! its THE BEST!!!

  5. Another Eagle Brand recipe...anything with sweetened condensed milk is bound to be good!
    Guess what...I live in the midwest, and we get several inches of snow 2 or 3 times/winter, sometimes even more. We do have snow plows, and they still shut down school every time there are a more than a few flakes!
    When I was growing up in Canada, I can only remember one time that it snowed enough to close school.

  6. I've never made snow ice cream---sounds like one to try for sure. :) I've seen several neat hot chocolate recipes today...going to have to do a recipe cook-off. ;)

  7. I don't think that this is on our diet! LOL!

  8. Ummm. . . snow ice cream? A real recipe! Oh, goody. Believe me, girl, you're not the only one who's cut herself on an Eagle Brand milk can! :)

  9. My mom made snow ice cream for us until we were old enough to do it for ourselves. Our version included snow, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Yum!