This McDonald’s copycat recipe for the Shamrock Shake is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day you need a sweet, minty treat!

This blog post originally published on March 10, 2014. Updated on March 2, 2018. 

Hi guys, happy last day of the week!

I’m updating this post for the 3rd time because I hated the pictures. I always say drinks are my favorite to photograph (I mean, look at these gorgeous margaritas) but shakes are a different story. The whipped cream sinks or everything starts melting together so you scrape off the first whipped cream and do another swirl. And repeat 57 times.

But I love these shakes and I want everyone to make them because they are amazing. Plus I read that McDonald’s is only releasing them to select restaurants this year and that’s just wrong.

I had my first Shamrock Shake 2 years ago, I think. Crazy, right? This recipe had been on my site for several years at that point.

Anyway, I like to claim that I don’t like mint flavored things so I never really understood the fuss over them but, you guys, I got it after that first one. It’s sweet and the right kind of minty and just the most perfect milkshake you can imagine.

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Pecan Oat Pancakes – fluffy pancakes filled with pecans and oats! Delicious, hearty breakfast recipe! 

Hi guys, I made pancakes.

I don’t make pancakes. I haaaaate making pancakes.

I can’t make a decent pancake to save my life.

I would rather stand at the waffle maker all morning, making one waffle at a time, than even attempt to make pancakes.

But you guys, look at my pancakes!

Aren’t they beautiful?!

I made so many batches of pancakes last weekend and I think I’ve finally got it down.

This all started because I took my kids to IHOP last week when it wouldn’t stop raining and it was super depressing and the best way to eat your feelings is with a funny face pancake. I’ve had pancakes on the brain since then.
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Mini Hawaiian Calzones – easy homemade calzones filled with ham, pineapple, red onion, and mozzarella cheese! The perfect way to switch up pizza night! 

Mini Hawaiian Calzones - easy homemade calzones filled with ham, pineapple, red onion, and mozzarella cheese! The perfect way to switch up pizza night!

Heeeey guys, happy Sunday!

How was the week? I told you guys all week that I’ve basically locked myself in my house for the last 7 days to just catch up on work. And also because it’s seriously been raining for a week now. It finally stopped this afternoon and it’s sunny and beautiful and I’m writing this is my bright blue lawn chair that I’ve set up in the driveway because that’s where the sun is brightest.

Sorry neighbors.

Switched up the pizza thing this week with some mini calzones. I actually made these twice this week because the first time it started monsooning as soon as I put them in the oven and the pictures were garbage.

Strangely, no one complained about calzones twice this week.

Weird how calzones twice a week is fine but kale salad twice is a no go.

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Your dog deserves a treat! These homemade Carrot, Peanut Butter, and Oats Dog Treats are packed with all of your pup’s favorites! 

Hi guys, happy almost weekend!

We’re making dog treats today!

It has been rainy and gross and the only time I’ve left the house all week was to sit at the coffee shop for a few hours to bang out some posts for Food Fanatic and clear out my inbox.

And there may have been a wine run after a very long Monday with the boys home allllll day.

Whatever. That hardly counts.

And since I’ve been home, I’m finally really breaking in the new kitchen. I think I’ve baked 10 things this week and y’all know I’d all but given up on baking the last few months.

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Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookies – oatmeal cookies filled with everything but the kitchen sink! Chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, walnuts, raisins, and coconut!

When we moved I realized I had a lot of mostly empty bags of chocolate chips.

A lot.

Same goes for pecans, shredded coconut, almond meal, bottles of vanilla, all the stuff I always think I’m out of when I’m out the store and apparently am never actually out of it.

Plus, 15 packages of almond bark even though I only use almond bark once a year for crockpot candy…? I don’t know, guys.

I guess everyone I know is getting crockpot candy for Christmas next year.

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