Well, the snow is about over, although grey skies remain.
Do you officially have a lot of snow when it's up to the knees of a guy who's over 6 feet tall?
How about when you can barely recognize your giant Dodge Ram pickup truck?
How about when you can't distinguish between the cars outside?
Or, maybe you know you officially have a buttload of snow when your plow guy gets stuck, and after an hour, abandons his truck, saying he'll be back tomorrow with his tractor to get it out.
Then you follow George's idea, and make snow ice cream!
SNOW ICE CREAM
8 to 10 cups fresh snow
2/3 cup cold milk
2/3 cup cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
Either plan ahead, and put a bowl out to catch the snow, or send your kid out to a clean area to scoop up some snow from a deep area, being careful to skim the top only.
In a measuring cup, whisk the sugar into the milk until it's well combined. Stir in the extracts and cream, pour over the snow, and stir this mixture into the bowl of snow. Stir until it's about the consistency of ice cream. This will be much lighter than ice cream, so a giant bowl of snow ice cream will be equivalent to about 1 or 2 scoops of normal ice cream.
While it doesn't have as strong a flavor as churned ice cream, it's lots of fun for the kiddies. So, next time a nor'easter wallops you, make snow ice cream! Thanks for the idea, George!