Snow Cream!

Here in Southwest Virginia, we just had a huge snow storm come through.

Typically, when it snows we will get around 2 inches.

Well, we got around 4-8 this time.

We have plenty of snow to go around and what better way to have fun with it than make snow cream!

Snow cream is something that my grandmother made for my Mom and her brother and has been passed down since.

It’s a really good sweet treat to make, especially if you get kids involved.

the recipe really has no measurements, you just have to eyeball everything depending to your tastes and how the snow is at the time,

To begin, go outside and get a large bowl of snow.Image

Then grab a can of sweetened condensed milk and pour a generous helping in.

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Give it a stir, and see if you’ll need more sweetened condensed milk or snow.

You want to aim for a snow cone texture, so add more snow as needed.

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After stirring in the sweetened condensed milk in the picture above, I still had to add in some more snow. so if you don’t like things too sweet, take it easy on the milk. Or, you could make it as sweet as you want and add more snow.

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If you happened to not have any sweetened condensed milk and you didn’t want to risk your life going out in the snow and ice to get some, you can substitute it with: heavy cream, vanilla and sugar.

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State Street: Part 2

This post is a sequel to my earlier post about State Street.

State Street is like the Main St. of my town, but since my town is split in tow right down the middle of State Street, that’s the name it was given.

I’ve been wanting to get some good pictures of State St. at night, so I asked my friend Tiffany to go with me, since she loves photography as much as I do.

It proved to be harder than I expected.

Pictures would come out grainy due to the high ISO needed and it was hard finding things as intriguing at night to shoot.

This is the Paramount theatre. I’m unsure of how long it has been there, but I’m pretty sure it’s been there since the beginning of State St. That’s why I added the sepiaesque filter to it.

This is the huge sign at the end of State Street that shows which side of the street is in Virginia and which side is in Tennessee. For some reason, I really love the grainy, blown out look of this picture.

This is probably my favorite that I took. It has such an eerie quality to it, but I love it!

I love this picture too. It’s of a railroad track and I decided to name this one “Which Side Are You On?”

In Honor of Race Week / State Street Part One

I live in this little town called Bristol. This town is split in half by the Virginia and Tennessee border and is a very laid back, country town.

There are two legitimate reasons that puts Bristol on the map.

It’s the birthplace of country music and is home to The Bristol Motor Speedway.

And next weekend is the Food City 500 race.

Now, many Bristolians despise this race time because thousands of race fans flock to our little town in campers and RV’s and the roads are packed and usually at a dead stop and it’s nearly impossible to get in and out of a store in a hour. However, the bright side is that the local businesses flourish at this time, so our little town’s economy flourishes.

Where the state lines separates our town there is a long street called State Street, which is home to artsy shops, bakeries, antique stores, primitive home decor stores, stages for outdoor activities such as Rhythm and Roots, farmers markets and little hipster coffee shops. Basically, it’s our “Main Street.”

This is my most favorite place in Bristol, because it just shows our roots and what is important to the Bristol community. So today, my friend Tyler and I decided to go take pictures at State Street in honor of race week next weekend, to give me a reason to start my State Street series on here…..and to just give us something to do.

So, State Street is FILLED with photographic opportunities and it would be hard to capture the essence of it all at once.

I might have also cut my picture taking time short because I locked my keys in my car.

Might have.

Most of the old brick buildings downtown are covered in murals. Mostly country music and (as seen above) race themed.

Bristol was a big Dale Earnhardt fan base.

And since Bristol was the birthplace of country music, it also has murals to reflect that.

This is just a little taste of what State Street really has to offer. If you like artsy, hipsterish, country, laid back kind of things, then State Street is sure to be something that you would enjoy.

Here are a few bonus pictures I took there as well. They each summarize the feel that State Street gives off: