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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Roasted Hotdogs and Snow Cream

Happy New Year!

Yeah, I know. I won't give you the typical excuses of how busy we've been (I spent the first six hours of Christmas in the emergency room! Fun times...) or the craziness of daily life as we've all been there. So let's start here.

81 mile an hour winds. Yep, you heard right. Sitting at work last week when all the power went out. The weird thing was that it was a beautiful day outside. Warm, 50+ degrees and blue skies. My son called and said that the power went out at our house. They sent us home early when the emergency generators died at work and when I went out to get in my car, the car rocked. 
Shingles from my roof everywhere.

2 1/2 hours to get home! I attempted to go home the back way and all but two lights were out. Four roads intersecting with one turn lane each and as I got half way home, I had to turn around an go back as they closed the road. Lots of devastation from wind. We lost power at our home for 3 1/2 days. We are on a well so no power means no water. Things get really earthy, really quick. They finally returned our power Saturday afternoon. Thank goodness!

Then the snow came. After a season of virtually no snow, we got hit a week before spring. We got well over 2 feet of snow. With the drifting, it was actually thigh high yesterday and we could not open our front, side or back doors until we shovel out way out.  

But when life gives you lemons...


During the outage, we got so sick of eating out but how do you make a home cooked meal without electricity?
Well, the way they would have done it 100 years ago, you go to your woodstove. I grabbed
the longest meat fork I could and threaded some hotdogs on them. Holding them over the wood, they roasted to hotdog perfection. This was a fun little experiment that worked.

Snow is really pretty but pretty ugly when it causes everything to be ten times harder than it needs to be. I decided it was time to make something good out of all that white stuff. Remembering reading the Little House books when I was a girl, I always remember Ma making something called "Snow Cream". So I looked it up on the internet (I so love the internet) and sure enough there was a receipe. I made it. God it was good but you have to eat it fast. Here is the receipe.

1 cup milk
1/2 sugar
1 tsp flavoring of your choice.

Mix together until sugar is dissolved and then add as much fresh snow as needed to make a fluffy ice cream like consistence. Eat immediately. Yum!

So I hope things are going great for all of you in blogland! Missed you much!