Our library has a program which allows cardholders to check out iPads for a week at a time (awesome). The program is only a couple months old, so the waiting list is pretty long...but my name happened to come up just in time for Thanksgiving break (double awesome)! I brought it along with me to my parents' house for the long weekend, and, between Mike and myself, my parents, and Eva and Sully, we put quite a few miles on that little tablet. Thumbs up, library. Thank you very much!
We spent this past weekend up with Mike's family because it was opening weekend for Wisconsin's (rifle) deer season. On saturday we got about 6 inches of snow, so while the hunters were out in the woods doing their thing, Eva, her cousin Andrea, and I made ourselves a big bucket of snow ice cream and then snuggled in together to watch a movie.
The girls had never tasted snow ice cream (and I hadn't had it since elementary school), so they were absolutely amazed that we made something so delicious from all that white stuff falling from the sky. Eva told me she wants to make a "Winter List" of things we want to do this winter, and at the top she wants to write "Make Snow Ice Cream." I think she's trying to be sure she gets to eat it at least one more time this season...and let me tell you: I'm on board. This stuff is so GOOD!
Our recipe's down there below, if you'd like to try it for yourself. (Highly recommended.)
Snow Ice Cream 8 cups fresh snow (packed lightly in the cup when you measure it) 3/4 to 1 cup milk (or cream, if you're feeling decadent) 1/3 cup sugar or your favorite sweetener--to taste 1 tsp vanilla extract
Place the snow in a large bowl, and sprinkle the sugar on top of it. Combine the milk with the vanilla, and pour the milk mixture over the snow. Stir it all together well, adding more milk if you need it, until it's well-combined and a creamy texture. Enjoy your treat right away, or cover it and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm it up a bit before serving.
A few weeks ago, Sully made a scarecrow at his playgroup class. The idea was to stuff the bags with paper so they stood up as a centerpiece, but Sully opted to keep his empty because he wanted to use it as a bag. He brought it home, and Eva was immediately enamored with it. So she decided to make her own...as a puppet!
Yesterday, Sully ran into the kitchen and made an announcement: "I read book to mySELF!" I oohed and aahed appropriately, and then I asked him whether he'd read it again for me. "YEAH!" he answered and ran back out of the room at top speed. I managed to get it on video, though unfortunately no one but me, Mike, and Eva will really be able to understand his Sully Speak. But he's just so darn proud of himself, and so are we (this kid is the opposite of his sister when it comes to books--only recently has he decided they're worth his time), that I thought I'd share it here anyway. Enjoy!