TIN-CAN ICE CREAM SOCIAL
This past Monday was the last day of the Outdoor Adventure Program winter session in Chesterfield (see photos). We ended the program with a tin-can ice cream social. Kids got to make their very own ice cream concoctions by adding ingredients to a small coffee can, nestling it into a larger can, surrounded by rock salt and ice, and rolling the cans (both duct-taped shut) around for about twenty minutes. And in the end we all had ice cream!
The recipe we were given was good for packing in your backpack when camping or hiking. It included evaporated milk, instant pudding and any additional goodies (M&M’s, chocolate chips, etc.). But after reading the ingredients on the back of the Jell-O Instant Pudding box, I picked up a box of instant tapioca instead. Equally easy to transport. And it turned out pretty well too.
That evening, I did a little poking around on the internet looking for other recipes people have used. The one I think I’ll try next with my daughter is a little more “gourmet,” using fresh ingredients. It calls for 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of whipping cream, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and any additional ingredients (peppermint candies, candied ginger, raspberries). Not so easy for transporting when camping or hiking, but fun to do at home with the kids, and delicious sounding too! Espcially this summer when those raspberries are fresh picked!
This Monday (04/07/08) the spring session of the Outdoor Adventure Program begins. Last I heard there was still room. So if you’re thinking of participating in the next session (which includes canoeing, fishing, hiking and more!) give a call: 413.296.4249.
If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our community bulletin board.
Events Happening in the Hilltowns
The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:(>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45
7am – 10am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to The River from 7-9am or 103.3 FM from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child . [All ages] (Free)
10:30am – KIDS CONCERT: POP ROCKETS – (Amherst) The Pop Rockets will be performing at the Jones Library as part of the Be Noisy in the Library Show. This is rescheduled from this winter, canceled due to a snow storm. 413.259.3090 [Families] (TBA)
11am-2pm – KIDS CRAFT PROJECT – (Easthampton) Bring the kids to come make decorative flower pots at Create Art Studio. One hour session. RSVP 413.455.4707 [Ages 5-13] ($$)
Noon-4pm – BASKET HISTORY – (Deerfield) The Historic Deerfield Museum will be hosting a workshop, Baskets and More. Learn about the many types and uses of baskets for 18th-century Native and English people of New England. Make a basket to take home using recycled materials. Try your hand at making cordage from natural materials. [All Ages] ($, under 6 is free)
5pm-8pm – SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – (Williamsburg) Silent Auction for Bonnie’s Program to benefit the after school programs at New Hingham, Westhampton and Anne T. Dunphy Elementary Schools. 413.296.0182 [All Ages] (Free, >$-$$$)
6pm – SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – (Hadley) Spring Auction World Fusion/Carnivale at the Hartsbrook School. Live music, food from many ethnic traditions, performances and auction items. 413.584.3198 [All Ages] (>$-$$$)
6:30pm – SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – (Northampton) Green Gala 2008, sponsored by the Budget Crisis Response Committee of the Jackson Street School PTO. This event will include a silent auction, desserts, cash bar and live music and dancing with DJ Tom McCusker. At 7 p.m., Appalachian Still will perform. Proceed go to supporting Jackson Street School. 413.584.7327 [All Ages] (Donation >$-$$$)