Entertainment for Snow Days


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Williams County Courthouse

Well those of us in Northwest Ohio are hunkered down waiting out the storm. The snow has stopped for a few days. Now we are dealing with high winds, drifting, and bitter cold. I’m appreciative for the storm warnings that allowed me to prepare the barn for the extreme cold as much as possible.

Straw bales line the outside walls and completely block the west door to minimize drafts. Scratch grain, corn, and wet cat food are stocked up – these high protein, metabolism boosting foods for the outside animals will be fed in the evening. By increasing the metabolism of my outside animals before they bed down I can help elevate their body temps during the coldest hours. And most importantly, multiple sources of water provided by heated buckets. If the power goes out I will have to go to the barn hourly to make certain the animals stay hydrated. The horse drinks 10 gallons of water in 24 hours. Without the ability to move around it is important to keep him well hydrated to encourage good digestion.

I made a fabulous chicken noodle soup, potatoe sausage soup, and thanks to Facebook – snow ice cream! There was a recipe posted so I had to try it. Of course there were also alterations mentioned in the comments. Since I have some free time today, and plenty of raw material outside the bedroom door, I did some experimenting.

Snow Ice Cream (recipe on FB)

Raw Materials

Raw Materials

  • 5-6 cups snow
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Stir together and serve. I’d recommend warming the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave and then putting the sugar in there to dissolve it well before putting it over the snow.

Alteration with Condensed Milk

  • 7-8 cups snow
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

I warmed the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave, then added the condensed milk to that before pouring it over the snow. This allowed it to mix evenly with the snow. I blended the milk mixture an hour before blending with the snow – then put the mixture in the fridge to cool.

JELLO Alteration – my FAVORITE!

  • 7-8 cups snow
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 small packages jello or 1 large package (also can use PUDDING which so makes it creamier!)

I warmed the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave, then added the jello or pudding into the warm milk before pouring it over the snow. This dissolved the jello or pudding mix so your ice cream doesn’t have granules in it and gets it to mix evenly with the snow. I blended the milk mixture an hour before blending with the snow – then put the mixture in the fridge to cool.

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