Sunday, February 10, 2013

Homemade DQ Blizzard Refill




Ice cream mix for the Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker


3/4 c. 1/2 and 1/2
2 tablespoons of sugar (or 1 Tablespoon of splenda)
1/2 t. vanilla
dash of salt

Follow directions on the Blizzard maker for making soft serve ice cream

A few Christmas's ago there was an ugly incident with a snoopy snow cone maker (more on that later). So when the dq blizzard machine showed up under the tree (a gift for the kids from my sister) I vowed to stay far away. The first few days of blizzard making went just fine and the kids had a good time. This afternoon I returned to Walmart to buy more of the little packets of ice cream mix and Walmart was all out.
Normally this would not be a big deal. But I am the mother of 3 young sons. I have sent the better part of the last week cooped up in a house full of visiting relatives, Christmas toys, dirty dishes and too many people asking me too many questions - often all at the same time. I promised the kids that if they would quit fighting over bay blades they could have ice cream.  Now the damned Walmart was out of mix and I was this close to a nervous breakdown.

"Don't worry" i told the boys "mommy knows how to make blizzards!" In my dream scenario this is where they cheer and declare me the best mommy ever. In real life they gave me the side eye and mumbled something out "wanting real blizzards and the fire bey blade."

Back at home I sent them out of the kitchen and threw open the cabinets. "No, sweet heart, you cannot help. Please go play." Mommy needed a moment to figure out a recipe and possibly pop a zanax.

I assembled the blizzard machine and began making ice cream. Turns out I had the machine put together incorrectly and all of the mix ran out onto the counter. On my second try I got it right and had yummy ice cream in about 5 minutes.

This time they did cheer and declared me the best mommy ever! [fade out on me wearing a crown and sash as I wave to the crowd]

In other mommy adventures:



The Snoopy Snow cone debacle

The holidays are always a stressful time in our house. There's just too much everything. Too much food, too many people, dirty dishes and way too much noise.  I do best with a schedule and some kind of order. Holiday time in our home is the extreme opposite of that. The stress sometimes leads to odd behavior on my part (don't judge me).

So a few years ago Santa brought the kids a snoopy snow cone maker for Christmas. I make the syrup on the stove (sugar, water and 1 kool aid packet) and let it cool. Once cooled i poured it into the the little syrup dispenser.

Next we gathered ice cubes and began grinding them according to package directions. Before too long the kids were enjoying yummy snow cones.

I too tried a snow cone and found them to be delicious. I finished my first thimble sized snow cone and wanted another.

Maybe it was the icey deliciousness, maybe it was the stress of the holidays but for some reason I could not get enough of these tiny snow cones. Later, after the kids went to bed I found myself up in the middle of the night grinding ice cubes like a fiend and eating snow cones by the vat.

By morning the handle was broken off the snow cones maker, the syrup was gone and there I stood with a red mustache and all lying to the kids: "no kids, I have NO IDEA what happened to Snoopy...red tongue, my tongue is always red, what are you walking about, it wasn't me!" There was no 2 ways about it my I had been caught red mouthed having devoured the kids goodies and broken the children's new Christmas toy. The shame of it all.

But mommy's are magic.  Later that day we marched right down to target and got an electric ice shaver and a dozen kool aid packets. Voila-all better.

We still eat too many icees, they are just so delicious. Only now its guilt free. they younger kids are too young to remember the unfortunate icee incident and the older kids have forgotten (I hope).

Icee Syrup

1 packet of unsweetened powdered drink mix and flavor (I like kool-aid tropical punch)
2/3 c. water
1 c. sugar

Mix everything over medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar is melted and water just begins to boil.

Remove from heat and cool.

Spoon or pour over shaved ice.

Strawberry Snow Ice Cream




My kids have been going WILD for Strawberry snow ice cream this year. I think I made it once last year and apparently they remembered!

Here is the recipe

Large bowl of fresh snow (or shaved ice)

In a separate bowl mix:

1/3 cup of milk (cow, soy, almond, rice, evaporated or any kind of milk)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon strawberry extract

Using an ice cream scoop, I scoop 1-2 scoops of fresh snow into a small bowl. Drizzle the milk mixture over the snow. Voila!