Need a Snow Day Activity? Make Snow Ice Cream!

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If you live in the Midwest, you might be home with the kids today, since much of this part of the country is having a blast of snowy weather and some parts are under blizzard warnings.

Who doesn't love snow days? It's fun to be indoors, warm and cozy while the wind howls and the snow piles up outside. Inside, we can bake cookies, curl up with a book or movie and enjoy a no-guilt lazy day with our kids.

It's also a great opportunity to whip up a batch of homemade snow ice cream. This easy recipe has become a snow day tradition in our family since a friend first told me about it. There are plenty of recipes online, but I like this one because it's easy (real easy!) and the condensed milk reminds me of my favorite Cuban dessert, "Tres Leches."

Making snow ice cream is easier than baking brownies or cookies. Plus, sending the kids outside to collect clean, fresh snow in a bowl is far more exciting and memorable then emptying a box.

"It's like 'Little House on the Prairie,' " my daughter proclaimed the first time we made it.

She's right! There's something homey and resourceful about it. And, with spring around the corner, this may be the last snow day of the school year. Whatever you choose to do with your kids on days like today, make the most of this special time. Years from now, we'll all look back on these days with warmth and wonder.

Snow Ice Cream

  • 8 cups fresh clean snow
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions

Place snow into a large bowl. Pour condensed milk over snow and add vanilla. Mix to combine. Serve and enjoy immediately.

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