Spaun lamented that such simple tasks as making Snow Ice Cream on a winter’s day might be a dying art. Here's the recipe.

In the wake of Tuesday’s 18.5-inch snow, Thursday afternoon’s snow-bound monotony was broken by Linda Spaun, who visited Destyni Combs, 14, and Emily Hayes, 17, at the Combs’ home in Hannibal, Mo., with a recipe for making homemade snow ice cream.

Spaun is known as “Grandma Linda” by the Combs’ children.
The recipe she used was one she found on the Internet.

“I remembered how to make it from when I was a child, I just wasn’t sure of the ingredient amounts,” she said.
 
Watching the children help Spaun make the winter treat brought back fond memories for Shelia Combs, the mother of the house.

“I was pretty young, but I can remember sitting out on the porch with my Aunt Connie as she used a hand crank to make homemade ice cream,” she said. “I was the bratty kid. While everyone else was sitting in the house, I’d sit out with her saying, ‘Hurry up!’”

Spaun lamented that such simple tasks as making snow ice cream on a winter’s day might be a dying art.

“It’s an opportunity to remember old times,” she said. Shelia Combs suggested that not only could making snow ice cream provide a link to the past, but it also provides a fun pastime for bored youngsters.

“So many people dreaded the blizzard because it meant being cooped up with their kids,” she said. “But things like this give parents the chance to cherish the time they have with their kids.”

Snow Ice Cream:

1 gallon of fresh snow

1 cup of white sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

2 cups of milk (it's better with half & half)

When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency.

Serve at once.