Jan 4, 2010

A Lot of Snow

You remember how I said our Little Snow was a prequel? Well, here you have part two. We have been getting snow for most of the week since last Wednesday. It keeps snowing and snowing some more. It is one of the benefits of living near Lake Michigan. We get the wonderful Lake Effect Snow in addition to normal System Snow.

Our well pipe has turned into a Snow Gnome. I love his little hat.

A drive on the back roads gives us this scenic view.

My bird feeder also developed a snow hat.

The grill is getting buried. No hamburgers, steaks or hot dogs for this grill. Shh... It's hibernating.

The railing on our deck covered in about a foot of snow on one end. I love how the shadow of the tree branches surrounds it.

Icicles hang from our roof and eaves.

Close up of snow. I love how the snow looked like those Styrofoam filler beans. By the way, this is my Macro Monday photo. Macro Monday is hosted by Lisa's Chaos. For more macro photos go to Macro Monday: http://lisaschaos.com/

There is one really yummy thing that comes from all the snow, Snow Cream! One bowl of snow goes from this...

To this... Yummy Goodness!

Snow cream is pretty much snow mixed with a dairy product, sweetener and added flavor. There are many recipes online that you can find by doing an Internet search. Some call for whole milk while others call for cream. Some call for adding cocoa or cinnamon to get other flavors. Here is the recipe I used.

Snow Cream

1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Fresh snow

Blend milk, sugar and vanilla thoroughly. Stir in snow until the snow cream looks similar to ice cream. Eat right away.

My Tips :
1. Store leftover amounts in the freezer in covered container. You may want to let it sit on a counter for a minute when you go to eat it again so that it thaws a bit. It isn't supposed to be hard like a rock.
2. Don't use the yellow snow or any other possibly contaminated snow
3. Almost all sites and recipes will instruct you not to use the first snow. You need to give the snow a couple hours to clean out impurities in the atmosphere.

I hope you enjoy this easy treat if you are in an area that gets snow. If not, you can always come visit me.



Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts by LindaOma said...

I am sooooooo jealous. How gorgeous the snow is. I love the gnome but my fav is the shadows sneaking up on the deck. Too cool.
Snow cream. Since we don't get hours of snow usually, we very seldom get to partake of this luxury. See I told you I was jealous.
Lovely photography. Thanks for sharing.

Rue said...

I'll bring the caramel and fudge topping!

We only have half a foot here - but it's still snowing....

Love the photos! I shovel off my grill with the sidewalk - lol - I can't survive an entire Winter without BBQ!

Stay warm and cozy!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Jessica, Did you say snow. Wow, you have it. LOL. I have not had snow ice cream since the kids were little. Had forgotten about it. The snow does make for some gorgeous pictures if we do not have to drive in the stuff.

Manang Kim said...

I like the well pipe/gnome looking hehe. The shadow is so lovely looking. Your macro picture is awesome too. Thanks for sharing!

MacroMonday:An Angel

Kerri said...

Love your snow pics! That back road shot is AWESOME!!

Anonymous said...

Your second shot of the snow scene is a winner. We had two feet a few weeks ago but it's all gone now.

Me and my puppies said...

Ok, so there is one good thing about snow.

Colleen said...

Love the icicles!

Rosey Pollen said...

yes, I remember that lake effect snow. egads, I don't think Colorado can even rival that.

Yummy recipe. thanks for sharing!


Lyon said...

I spent the winter in Michigan last winter and your photos are bringing a lot of the astonishment I experienced at *that much snow* I had right back to me. lol I have to admit, that is one part of Michigan I don't particularly miss, the older I get, the less I look forward to dealing with the fall out from too much snow -particularly as it relates to driving!

I do wish I had known about your snow cream last winter though - that sounds really good!

Jacqueline said...

Your lovely post is an eye-opener for me! Being from the tropical country of Malaysia, I never knew that fresh snow can be used as an ingredient for desserts! Thanks for signing in as a follower to Jacq's Blogger Tips...I appreciate that, Jessica!
Best wishes for a very blessed 2010.

Bangchik said...

How lovely snow turns out to be... the hanging icicles are gorgeous! ~bangchik

Anonymous said...

What a great idea Jessica. I'm going to try this with my grandson tomorrow :)

Anonymous said...

Jessica, I gave it a try. The Snow cream was EXCELLENT! I didn't have any milk so I used coffee cream instead. Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, you guys DO have lots of snow down there below the bridge. Snow cream looks pretty tasty, too. (And your little Snow Gnome is, well, simply adorable!)

Autumn Belle said...

I never knew that you can actually make dessert with fresh snow. That's FOC snow from heaven! Looks yummy too.

Linda in New Mexico said...

I hope all is going okay for you. I have missed hearing from you. I just wanted you to know that you are missed. Linda in New Mexico

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