We’ve Got Snow!!!

We woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland yesterday! I heard reports of snow from the weather man but didn’t put any stock into what he said…and then was shocked to see a good solid 8-10 inches! It is certainly the most snow I have seen in seven and a half years here in the Upstate of South Carolina.

I have loved looking out the window and seeing the snow covered trees for the last two days.  The birds have been swarming our feeder and I’ve refilled it twice this week! We see cardinals, chick-a-dees in abundance, titmouse, and gold finches most often. There are several brown birds that stay on the ground below the feeder that I haven’t identified yet.

The boys, notice I say, “the boys” :) have been outdoors sledding with the neighbors and Daddy helped them build a snow igloo.  Or as e would say, “egg-globe”.  Little h doesn’t like the cold, she must have inherited that gene from her Mommy! ;) haha.

I also learned a whole new tradition that I am convinced MUST be southern. I’ve talked to a few good ol’ notherners and none of us grew up with “snow cream”. Perhaps I am wrong and I just was deprived as a child :) but we made some snow cream yesterday for the first time. Basically I mixed up 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup half and half, 1/2 tablespoon vanilla and stirred it till it was uniform. Then we added in around three cups of fresh, clean snow (not the yellow kind) and stirred till it was a good consistancy. I must admit they are on to something…it was good!

So we haven’t left our little home for two days and I expect everything will look the same tomorrow. We’ve been spending the evenings down in the den by the fireplace, soaking up the heat. We actually had to block off our sunroom totally because it was sucking all the warmth out of the main house. Heat pumps do NOT do well in this weather! *sigh* I think we’ve been running on emergency heat for the last few days!

Enjoy the fun!

2 Comments

  1. Colleen Thomas
    Jan 12, 2011

    I bet seeing the snow takes you back to your childhood days. I am sitting here in my robe waiting for the snowstorm to start here in DownEast Maine. School has been cancelled and the kids are anxious to go out and play in some fresh snow.

    These are wonderful pictures that you have posted of your family. I love the look of sheer joy on the kids’ faces!

    The “snow cream” is a new idea to me, too. Sounds interesting though.

    Enjoy your family and the snow!

  2. MMOM
    Jan 12, 2011

    What absolute fun! I would love to try the snow cream. Thanks for posting your recipe! Love the “shovel” j is holding. oh my… Hey, if it works….

    Only a two hr. delay here. Dad is out plowing. More to come at noon. Thanks for the update and pix. What memories. Where did the sled come from????xoxoxooxoxo

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