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Homemade Shamrock Shake

March 10, 2014 in drink by amanda

I worked at McDonald’s for a couple years during high school and college and Shamrock Shake season was always a fun one. I would have to walk through the door at 4:45 am and right after I turned off the alarm, I’d turn the shake machine on. If I got wrapped up in other stuff and forgot to do it, I’d have angry customers on my hands the minute we opened the doors. It was crazy!

It’s hard to believe but I never tried one during that time. The whole mint thing just didn’t appeal to me.

We went for Happy Meals last week and I saw the Shamrock Shake sign and ordered one without even thinking about it. I can’t believe I went so long without trying it! It was so good!

I wanted to recreate it at home for the kids and it turned out perfectly. It’s pretty dangerous that I can now make them whenever I want with ingredients that I always have on hand!

Four years ago: Chocolate Biscotti
Five years ago: Peppery Cheese Bread

Homemade Shamrock Shake

Ingredients

2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
1 - 1 1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
green food coloring
whipped cream and green sprinkles, for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine ice cream, 1 cup milk, mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring in a blender and blend until combined. Add remaining 1/4 cup of milk if the shake is too thick. Use more green food coloring to get desired color.
  2. Top with whipped cream and green sprinkles before serving.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/03/10/homemade-shamrock-shake/

by amanda

Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie

February 6, 2014 in drink by amanda

Happy almost Friday!

First up, I have to apologize for my blog being down most of yesterday and the day before. I have to tell you, a blog going down is one of the most annoying things that can happen to a blogger. You are completely at the mercy of your host. So if you went searching for a dinner recipe and couldn’t load the blog, I’m sorry.

Secondly, this smoothie!

My kids have been sick for the last week and a half or so. None of them have been eating much since their throats are bothering them so I started making smoothies for them. This Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies and I know it sounds very strange but it is absolutely delicious. You can’t even taste the avocado! And instead of a nut butter, you add almond meal so you still get the good fats and protein but without added sugar that peanut butter or almond butter typically has.

My 4 year old is currently obsessed with the smoothie and asks for it at least once a day.

One year ago: Caramel Crown Coffeecake
Two years ago: Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Four years ago: Mango Avocado Salsa

Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie

1 - 2 servings

from The 21 Day Sugar Detox

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 avocado
1 medium-sized banana
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons almond meal
handful of ice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/02/06/almond-avo-nana-smoothie/

by amanda

Peppermint Mocha Frozen Yogurt & Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

December 2, 2013 in drink, frozen goodies, spon by amanda

How was your holiday? Did you do any Black Friday shopping? I, unfortunately, did not. I actually really love Black Friday shopping but I’m really bad at it because I just like to wander around stores and then go to a bagel shop for breakfast. But I love waking up ridiculously early and driving around in the dark and all the crowds. Just me?

But I stayed home and ordered a dog bed for 50% off. It was pretty exciting.

Today I bring you a couple recipes featuring some Bolthouse Farms drinks. They have 3 new ones for the holidays: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Holiday Nog.

These are limited time only so you better get them before they’re gone!

The first recipe I’m sharing is a Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte!

You guys know I was stalking my favorite coffee shop for a week before they finally gave in and gave it to me so I was pretty excited to make this.

The Bolthouse Farms drink is a latte already so it’s perfectly delicious over ice in place of your regular morning cup of joe. And it tastes so decadent but it’s pretty low-cal for a latte! I wanted to kick things up for this post so I added a bit of Irish Cream as well as some extra coffee. Topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. It’s delicious and every bit as good as the $5 latte from my coffee place.

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup Bolthouse Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte, warmed
1/4 cup Irish Cream
whipped cream and cinnamon, for serving

Instructions

  1. Pour coffee, Bolthouse Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Irish Cream into a mug. Stir gently to combine.
  2. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve hot!
http://fakeginger.com/2013/12/02/peppermint-mocha-frozen-yogurt-spiked-pumpkin-spice-latte/

The next recipe is Peppermint Mocha Frozen Yogurt!

This is another drink that already has coffee in it so it’s great as your morning coffee but it’s also really fun to experiment with.

Y’all know I’m a froyo addict but I hate going out to get it when it’s cold and snowy so making it at home in the comfort of my heater is perfect. I’d never made frozen yogurt before but it’s really simple and using the Peppermint Mocha drink really cuts down on the amount of ingredients you use and the prep time. I did sweeten it with some sugar but you used an already sweetened vanilla Greek yogurt, you could totally cut out the sugar.

It turned out so creamy and delicious. And bonus points because Peppermint Mocha always puts me in a festive mood!

Bolthouse Farms has a $1 off coupon that you can use on these drinks so be sure to print that off before you head to the store. And let me know which one you’re going for: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha, or Holiday Nog?

Peppermint Mocha Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

2 cups Bolthouse Farms Peppermint Mocha
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
crushed candy canes, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the Bolthouse Farms Peppermint Mocha until it begins to bubble around the edges - do not let it boil.
  2. While that is heating, whisk together the sugar and the eggs in a mixing bowl. Once the Peppermint Mocha starts to bubble, slowly stream 1/2 cup into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. When that is thoroughly combined, pour the mixture into the saucepan with the rest of the Peppermint Mocha. Stir the mixture constantly until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Strain the mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir in the Greek yogurt. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. The next day, freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm.
  5. Garnish with crushed candy canes.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/12/02/peppermint-mocha-frozen-yogurt-spiked-pumpkin-spice-latte/

 

 

by amanda

Caramel Apple Cider

September 26, 2013 in drink by amanda

It’s been a year since Nicole and I started this Thirsty Thursday thing. Crazy, right? We’ve thrown around ideas of what to do next – do we continue with drinks? Switch to something else? Stop completely? We’re still trying to figure it out.

Our final theme was apples! I am officially obsessed with honeycrisps right now and just about cried when I couldn’t find any yesterday. It’s so hard to go from honeycrisp to the regular ol’ red delicious!

I made a caramel apple cider because it’s one of my absolute favorite Starbucks drinks ever. And the homemade version is even better since you can use real cider instead of apple juice like Starbucks does. Plus you can be like me and put half a container of Cool Whip on top.

What’s the only thing that’s better than hot apple cider? Frozen apple cider! Check out Nicole’s Apple Cider Floats!

Two years ago: Pumpkin Crunch Cake
Three years ago: Pizza Spaghetti
Four years ago: Lima Bean Dip

Caramel Apple Cider

Ingredients

1 tablespoon caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling
1 1/2 cups apple cider
whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Put tablespoon of caramel in a coffee mug. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot, heat apple cider over high heat until apple cider is at desired temperature. Pour into mug, over the caramel. Stir to melt caramel.
  3. Top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/09/26/caramel-apple-cider/

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Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

September 19, 2013 in drink by amanda

Happy Thursday! We have almost made it to Friday and you know what that means: drink time!

This week Nicole and I are celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz because the IMAX version comes out this weekend. I’m not much of a movie person and I am forever getting The Wizard of Oz confused with Willa Wonka. Isn’t that weird? Like, they are nothing alike but I always have to stop and think about which is which.

I do know that there are ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz and I never miss an opportunity to make something red and sparkly. I decided to put an apple cider sangria in my sprinkle-rimmed glasses because it’s just the perfect time of year for cider. Plus honeycrisps showed up in my grocery store this week! Yeeeesss!

The sangria is amazing. I love that it’s super fall-ish with the cider but the bubbly wine makes it seem less heavy and rich. I love it and I see it becoming a big favorite for fall and winter parties.

Nicole made Over the Rainbow Drinks which might be the cutest drink ever! Go check it out!

One year ago: Yogurt Banana Bread
Two years ago: Pumpkin Waffles
Three years ago: Beautiful Burger Buns

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Ingredients

1 bottle chilled sparkling wine
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup simple syrup
4 cinnamon sticks
1 large apple, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour before serving.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/09/19/sparkling-apple-cider-sangria/

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