Homemade Shamrock Shake

March 10, 2014 in drink

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


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


  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.

Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie

February 6, 2014 in drink

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


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


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Caramel Apple Cider

September 26, 2013 in drink

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


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


  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.

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

September 19, 2013 in drink

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


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


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour before serving.

Spicy Cilantro Margarita

August 15, 2013 in drink

I have absolutely nothing to blog about today so let’s talk TV.

Last week when my husband was in the field, I binge watched Under the Dome. I really like it but I feel like I’m in for another LOST. Like I’m going to spend the next 6 years of my life waiting for answers that I’m never going to get.

The Housewives are so boring these days. I skipped pretty much all of the OC this year but you better believe I was there for the reunion. I’m hoping some hair gets pulled or something next week. I haven’t even watched New Jersey! I’m so over the Joe/Melissa/Teresa/other Joe drama. And finally, I made it about 15 minutes into the Miami premiere before I put my ear thingies in and listened to the 90s alternative Spotify playlist.

Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty last night? Yes, please. Best night of TV in awhile.

And as always, I’m obsessed with Big Brother. OBSESSED. I stay up way too late watching the feed, I obsessively read updates. I can’t get enough.

What are you watching? What should I be watching? Are you not-so-patiently waiting for Homeland to come back next month like me?

Nicole and I decided to make spicy drinks this week. I’ve always wanted to try a spicy margarita but I’ve never been brave enough to order one – or make one for myself. This gave me the perfect opportunity and I used it to make a Spicy CIlantro Margarita.

The recipe starts by infusing tequila with jalepeno for a week but if you don’t have time for that, just muddle a slice of jalapeno in the bottom of your shaker. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard margarita.

It was really delicious and a fun change from the usual super sweet margarita.

Nicole made a  Spicy Gin Cucumber Lemonade which sounds nice and refreshing! I have to try it!

Spicy Cilantro Margarita


1.5 oz Jalapeno infused tequila (slice whole jalapenos once down the middle and marinate for one week inside tequila bottle OR, if pressed for time, muddle one very small piece with seeds)
1 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 ounce Triple Sec
1/2 oz Fresh orange juice
Squirt of simple syrup (to taste)
Squirt of fresh lemon juice
Squirt of fresh lime juice
dash of tabasco


  1. Put all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain over ice and garnish with extra jalapenos or cilantro.


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