Snowy Days Bring Ice Cream Treat

Rejoice! The swath of snow storms that is making life miserable in other parts of the country is joyfully greeted in the parched High Plains of Colorado by those whose livelihoods are dependent on spring’s verdant land.

Living where the average yearly moisture amounts to 13″, I tend to greet snow flakes like a visit from Elvis. The rarity of days-on-end of winter storms in these parts is also cause for personal celebration, for with the freezing temperature is the opportunity to wear my inheritance, Mama’s mink.

sunglassed ea in MMink cropped

Unlike when my snow euphoria was child-oriented with snowmen and cups of cocoa and globs of gooey marshmallows, in my sons’ adult absence, I focus on the aspects of snow that are personally pleasing: shoveling the sidewalk and eating snow ice cream.

Clearing a pathway is actually one of my favorite activities because it’s a very zen, easily obtainable goal and results in bringing pleasure to others, especially the newspaper and mail delivery folks.

The steady snowfall that requires multiple shoveling also fills a large bowl with freshly falling flakes, the main ingredient for snow ice cream. Never mind that it’s drifted through an atmosphere rife with pollutants, as long as it’s not yellow, I’m good with it. The very rarity of snow makes the treat so special.

Snow Ice Cream with bush www

A basic snow ice cream recipe is a simple stirring together of snow, sugar, vanilla extract and milk. For a creamier, richer taste, replace the sugar and milk with sweetened condensed milk. Substituting kahluah for the milk (and sugar) makes an adult version. Whatever is added to the mix, the savoring must be immediate, for this treat turns to mush in a blink.

Snow falling all around, on the trees and on the ground is poetry and purpose, with a cherry on top.

xx EA

A Melting Pleasure

I’m not a snow person, which explains why one of my happiest days was our relocation twenty-nine years ago from a home in the Colorado mountains to the High Plains. More than a change in altitude and attitude, the winter weather “east” is more like Arizona’s than Aspen – sunny with rarely a hint of snow.

Living where the average yearly moisture amounts to 13″, I greet snow flakes like a visit from Elvis. A hard core fan, last night’s snow dump of several inches was akin to a Hunk a Burnin’ Love sighting.

Experience has taught me that when it snows out here, I need to act fast or miss out on snow ice cream – the only thing about snow that I like.

Snow ice cream is such a deliciously simple concoction, it would make sense it was the brainstorm of a mom stuck in the house with young children and a large dog as winter raged on and on. Surprise (!), this slushy confection was invented by the Chinese over 3,000 years ago as a royal treat for the emperors.

Using snow and ice brought down from the mountains, dynasty cooks mixed in fruit, wine and honey. A basic recipe I’ve eaten since childhood is a lot simpler, especially the snow-gathering part.

How to Make Snow Ice Cream: Brush aside the top layer of snow and fill a bowl.

Stir together snow, sugar, vanilla extract and milk. For a creamier, richer taste, replace the sugar and milk with sweetened condensed milk. A squirt of chocolate sauce or maraschino cherry are festive touches.

The admonition “only eat of the second snow fall” is not without its point, but where a second snow isn’t likely, the only caution to which I cater is Don’t eat yellow snow.


Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Snowy Sunday

Awakening to snow is a big deal here in the southeastern part of Colorado. After finally locating my red wool chukas, and bundling up as though braving several feet of snow rather than inches, I shoveled a foot path out to the sidewalk to retrieve the paper, but before stooping to pick it up, I noticed the vibrancy of my shoes against the sweet, pure snow, and so took a picture of the view:
Yes, I had my camera with me, because upon seeing the snow falling, the first thought I had was to take my snowman snow globe outside and get a picture of it in the real element:

Normally, this little snow globe sits by my computer. I must shake it several times a day, year round. There’s something about watching the flakes swirl then drift then settle that I find calming.
I just looked out the window, and the snow has stopped. Glad I didn’t tarry! Hopefully, there’s more snow still to come, at least enough to collect for snow ice cream. m-m-m-m-m. Now there’s a treat!
Tie One On…an apron, of course!