I found a recipe for snow ice cream (which I had never heard of, but apparently it is a favorite past-time for some people) while browsing Facebook before bed. You can see the recipe here. It looked so good...and since I'm always up for something sweet, I decided we had to make it right now! I had to modify the recipe some to jive with my carb-conscious/sugar-free way of eating. Instead of sweetened condensed milk, I used about 1 and half cups of heavy cream and mixed in 1/2 cup of Splenda. I also used more vanilla extract than called for (about 3-4 tablespoons). We have some really good Mexican vanilla extract and it is perfect for this. I used the hand mixer to whip up the cream/Splenda/vanilla mixture a bit so it wasn't quite so runny, but not to the point that it was fluffy like whipped cream. Then Ryan trudged out into the snow and filled my big 8 cup mixing bowl full of freshly fallen, very soft snow. I folded the snow into the cream mixture until it reached the consistency I wanted and it was well combined. Note: Be careful what you use to stir it with! The plastic spatula I was stirring it with snapped right above the silicone spatula part cuz it got so cold!
|Close-up so you can see the soft, perfect, texture! YUM!|
|The color is off a bit because of the flash, but isn't that pretty?! Can't believe it's made from snow!|
After we enjoyed our ice cream, it was time to catch a couple pictures of the weather and join in on Blizzard Watch 2011. Dun dun dunnnnn....
|A view of the front of the house. Winds are pretty strong right now.|
|Front row seats to see all the "action."|
|"Ahhhh - snow!"|
|"What? I just had a moment. 'Scuse me."|
|From outside looking in.|
|Cats are never cooperative photo subjects. *sigh*|
|"Snow pumas" as the hubby likes to refer to them. Loki loves this stuff. Go figure with that shag rug he carries with him everywhere.|