Got Snow? Make Snow Ice Cream!

 

A big winter storm they they knighted as Jonas is coming and it will effect much of the East coast. This is the perfect time to make snow ice cream! Snow ice, snow cream, snow ice cream, however you call it, is made with fresh, newly fallen snow! If you have that, than you have the main ingredient.Just remember to buy some cream when you run out for your milk and bread!  I made it for the first time just a few days ago (Jan 18, 2016).  Here is a photo of the original recipe for snow ice cream or snow ice as they call it here:

Recipe for Snow Cream

Recipe for Snow Ice Cream

Buckeye Cook Book Cover 1904

Buckeye Cook Book Cover 1904

 

 

 

This recipe comes from one of my favorite books, the Buckeye Cook Book! I have a large collection of just this cook book! It was first published in 1876 and the last publication was about 1905. If you ever make it out to Hillside Homestead for a visit we can delve into my collection and have a good time discovering old foodways! I’m open all year and am always scheduling overnight stays and classes.  I do love this book, but lets get to the ice cream…

 

 

fresh snow and cream

The fresh snow on the left and the cream mixture on the right

Here is how I made my Snow Ice Cream:

1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of Vanilla
4-6 quarts of fresh, fluffy, newly fallen snow

Mix together the cream and the sugar and the vanilla. Stir till sugar dissolves. If you think about it before hand, mix these together and heat slightly to help dissolve the sugar and then let it cool for several hours.

 

Mixing in the snow

Mixing the snow into the cream mixture. Work fast. Don’t hesitate. Eat it right away!

Now mix in the snow. Mix in big scoopfuls of snow at the time. Add snow, mix well, add more snow, etc. Till you think it looks done! Then scoop it into bowls and serve it up! Your own homemade snow ice cream!

 

 

 

 

Snow ice cream (3)

A sad picture I know, but I was in a rush to eat my bowl of snow ice cream!   I’m so excited to publish this blog post because of the upcoming storm that my pictures are not polished! Later on I hope to re-read a few of the Little House books, because I know the Ingalls family enjoyed this recipe too. I hope to edit this post soon. Looks like a big storm coming so If winter is going to give us snow then we should make ice cream!

 

Blackbelly Barbados Sheep and Hops

The summers of 2014 and 2015 I had some interesting, unique and four legged, guests here at Hillside Homestead, Blackbelly Barbados Sheep. They ‘summered’ here along with the human guests, of course the sheep stayed outside. Hillside Homestead, located in Suttons Bay, Michigan, is a historic farm stay that creates a slice of farm life circa 1910.

The sheep proved very popular with my guests.

The sheep proved very popular with my guests.

Folks come here to reconnect with the past through farming and food, they experience the farm by spending the night B&B style, taking classes, attending farm dinners, field trips, free public events, etc. The sheep were here because I had the good fortune to be part of USDA grant project. I was just a small part of the project but I enjoyed the work and the chance to learn something new.

The senior partners in this grant project are Amy and Brian Tennis of New Mission Organics and the Michigan Hop Alliance both located in Omena, Michigan and Heather and Chad Jordan of Delight of Life Farm also in Suttons Bay. I meet these folks when we were all members of the New Farmers Program (began 2009) sponsored by Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center and Michigan State University Extension.

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Home-Grown Pork for Sale

At long last I am able to offer my home grown pork for sale! Fresh Pork that was raised right here at Hillside Homestead. I have 3 pigs available for purchase. They were raised right here on my small farm with feed that was grown in Grand Traverse County and purchased from Send Brothers in Williamsburg, Michigan. I supplemented their regular ration with scraps from my kitchen, cherries (seconds that were discarded for imperfections) and lots and lots of windfall apples and a few pears. They will be butchered on Monday Nov 3, 2014 at Ebel’s in Falmouth, Michigan a USDA approved facility, http://ebelsgeneralstore.com/. The meat will be available about a week later. There are two ways to order, a side of pork (a half of a hog) or individual cuts.

Home-Grown Pork for sale

Home-grownh pork for sale at Hillside Homestead! These hogs lived a good life and ate well on a small farm.

A side of pork will yield about 75 to 100 pounds on my hogs. There are two fees to pay. The first fee goes to me, the farmer for raising the meat and that fee is $300 per side of pork. The second fee you pay directly to Ebel’s for butchering and processing your meat and their fee will range from $200-$300 depending on your order. If you are interested in a half a hog fill out this cut sheet http://ebelsgeneralstore.com/docs/guides/pork.pdf. I will deliver your pork free of charge if you live in Leelanau or Grand Traverse Counties. Please contact me with questions, I am glad to help.

Also individual cuts of home-grown pork, pork chops, ribs, tenderloin and ground pork, will be available to purchase from my freezer. The price for individual cuts is $10 per pound. Please contact me directly to purchase, 231-271-1131 or susan@hillsidehomestead.com

I am sorry for the late notice on this pork opportunity! But please do let me know as soon as possible if you are interested. I realize the prices I have listed here are much higher than grocery store prices, but these hogs have lived a good life and eaten well, plenty of space, fresh air, clean water and a muddy, watery wallow on hot days. I have cared for them every day. And the prices listed here represent the true costs of feed and labor. Thanks so much for your consideration

 

Apple Butter Recipe

Once a year at Hillside Homestead we make the supply of apple butter. We follow a common 19th century apple butter recipe which have no added sugar. It makes sense to do this because we use a thirty gallon copper kettle, an eight foot long paddle and one huge roaring fire! It is a big project and best to get it all done in a day. I have some wonderful friends who come and help me do this and it is great fun to share it with the public! So an annual event was born; The Apple Bee.

The apples have just been added and now for the big boil!

The apples have just been added and now for the big boil!

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The Apple Bee at Hillside Homestead – Oct 26 noon to 5pm

 The Apple Bee

Sunday Oct 26 from noon to 5pm

Free Heritage Event – Families Welcome

All are invited to Hillside Homestead’s fourth Annual  Fall event, 

 

The Apple Bee fun will include….
  • Making the annual Apple Butter! We will use a 30 gallon copper kettle outside over a roaring fire and boil down 15 gallons of sweet apple cider and 3 bushels of apples! This is the main course of our Apple Bee!
  • Historic cooking demos in the farm kitchen and tastings too! All things apple and historic will be baked, fried and simmered! Lingering in the kitchen is always part of the fun at the Apple Bee!
  • NEW! Hand sewing experience…Please join Jamie Burton, a sewer of all things oldey-timey, for a quick class on the basics of hand sewing. You’ll learn a few basic stitches and even walk away with your own creation: a scented sachet to add color and fragrance to any room in your house or to tuck under your pillow to help you sleep at night (just like the Victorians did!). There is a materials fee of $5 for this add-on opportunity.
  • Tours of the farmhouse
  • Visit with the farm animals which include, 6 pigs, 8 sheep, a bunch of chickens, ducks, Gypsy the Goose and Champ the horse! My neighbor, Rose Jelinek, is bringing her horse over for the afternoon!
  • And plenty of time for visiting and lollygagging on the porch, in the parlour or thereabouts. I hope you can make it to the Apple Bee!
The apples have just been added and now for the big boil!

The apples have just been added and now for the big boil!

 

peeling apples at the Hillside Homestead Apple Bee

Miss Sadie peeling apples! Lots and lots of apples

Mary and Jamie cooking and talking with guests in the kitchen at Hillside Homestead during the apple bee

Mary and Jamie cooking and talking with guests in the kitchen at Hillside Homestead

Bubble bowling with Katie!

Bubble bowling with Katie!

Enjoying the tree swing in the front yard!

Enjoying the tree swing in the front yard!

 

Enjoying the view at Hillside Homestead

Enjoying the view at Hillside Homestead

 

 

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