With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 2/28/10 - 3/7/10

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Shamrock Milkshake

Similar to McDonald's Shamrock Shake, this version is not as thick, lighter in texture and flavor intensity. Very refreshing and enjoyable and you won't have to suck with all you might to get some through the straw to enjoy this minty milkshake.
After blending all of the ingredients together and pouring into glasses, I popped them into the freezer until nearly frozen, but still soft enough to stir with a spoon. Much better this way!

The McDonald's Shamrock Shake was first introduced in 1970. Shamrock Shakes were widely available across Canada and the United States until the early 1990s. They are still available at select American stores during the month of March. The Shamrock Shake typically appears in mid-February.
In 2008, McDonald's Canada brought back the Shamrock Shake for a limited time only starting on February 26. At that time, it had not been available in Canada for five years
(source: Wikipedia)
Here is the recipe I used:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half (or just use milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (not peppermint)
  • 8 drops green food coloring

  1. Mix all ingredients on high speed until smooth.
  2. Stop blender, stir and blend again, if necessary, to combine
Below is another recipe I found and want to try. Sounds like it might be thicker:
Shamrock Shake

1 cup vanilla ice cream, slightly thawed
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon mint extract
4 or 5 drops green food coloring
Jared & Abbey (taken about 2000) happily sporting their Shamrock Milkshake mustaches

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ Blue Wine Bottles

I saw these beautiful blue wine bottles while visiting my daughter, Erin. Only one was opened and I asked her if she would save the empty bottle for me. It was a blueberry wine and she gave me some to try. As I love blueberries, I loved this wine too!
She sent me home with both bottles!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Friday Photo Flashback

A little girl and her beloved guinea pig
A pet contest at PAWS Farm Nature Center
aww... look at those French Braids. Remember those?
Joining Alicia @More Than Words for Friday Photo Flashback.


Joining DebbieDoos Fun Foto Friday

Show and Tell Friday ~ The Language of Flowers

Here is a sweet little book I picked up long ago.
Jacket flap excerpt reads:

Father wanted to give Mother a present on their golden anniversary; instead of buying her a brooch or bracelet, he hit upon the happy plan of writing and illustrating a little book for her called The Language of Flowers, which has now been resurrected from some forgotten drawer and published.

Written by 'Father' to 'Mother' on occasion of their golden wedding anniversary, August 8, 1913. It is a sweet little dictionary of over 700 flowers and reminiscent of a gentler era when people found time to express their affection in an individual way.
There is a language, "little known",
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by Nature's wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.
The Language of Flowers, London, 1875
The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. This language was most commonly communicated through Tussie-Mussies, an art which has a following today.

The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love and pink roses a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses still stand for friendship or devotion. Also commonly known meanings are sunflowers, which can indicate either haughtiness or respect – they were the favorite flower of St. Julie Billiart for this reason. Gerbera (daisy) means innocence or purity. The iris, being named for the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology, still represents the sending of a message. A pansy signifies thought, a daffodil regard, and a strand of ivy; fidelity.

(source: Wikipedia)

Joining Cindy @My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sepia Scenes No. 73

A lamp I bought in Lancaster, PA close to 30 years ago.

A silk rose bouquet
Visit Mary T for More Sepia Scenes!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Am I Lost?

How do you think a person like me, who has a poor sense of direction, feels when they see a sign like this?

I shot this picture from the car window as we drove down to Ocean City, NJ.
My dear husband explained it was probably directions to an information/tourist center.
I should have know that!

More interesting in bright colors!

Joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday

Monday, March 1, 2010

Honey Roasted Root Vegetables

Easy, healthy and tasty!
Works for me!

Minty Ice Cream Shamrocks

Not sure how much luck these ice-cream sandwich cookies will bring, but they will make your tummy happy!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Our WeeWorld Family ~ Just For Fun

Abbey made these characters on her ipod using WeeMee app. They really do capture every one's personality!


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