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Dairy-Free Mint Chocolate Cookie Shakes

2015 March 17

Before I tell you about the a-mazingly delicious shakes I made this weekend, let me first tell you the difference between men and women. Jason is lactose intolerant but loves ice cream, cream in his coffee, and all other milky things. Poor guy, I’ve outed him and his sensitivities more times than I can count here on the blog. You’d think that the way dairy makes him feel would have him running for the hills, but no! Nothing stops him…nothing I tell you.

Mint Chocolate Cookie Shakes

Now, if that were me with the lactose intolerance, you’d better believe I would make a few lifestyle changes for my own comfort. Like I said, that’s the difference between men and women, and for the record I consider that a big, big difference. Anyway, for my own sake I have managed to switch his daily bowl of milk & cereal to a bowl of Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk and cereal. Even Jason will admit it makes a big difference in the way he feels. Success!

Mint Chocolate Cookie Shakes

It’s the small successes in life that make me the happiest. Like making dairy free Mint-Chocolate Cookie Shakes over the weekend in hopes of beating the random 90 degree winter heat wave and satisfying a sweet tooth all at the same time.

 Mint Chocolate Cookie Shakes

Mint Chocolate Cookie Shakes

The shake was simple, like any good milk shake should be, just Almond Breeze Almondmilk, non-dairy ice cream (I prefer coconut based), crushed up Girl Scout cookies, a touch of mint extract and blend. No one seemed to mind the lack of dairy as they (and I mean he) gulped it down before I could even pass a straw. Yes, success was mine and it’s name was Mint-Chocolate Cookie Shake. I’ll be making this one again and again. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Mint Chocolate Cookie Shakes

Almond BreezeDisclosure: This post was sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk however the recipe and all opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who support Freutcake!

 

(Dairy Free) Mint-Chocolate Cookie Shakes
Serves 2
A dairy-free creamy mint and chocolate shake.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 scoops of your favorite non-dairy vanilla ice cream
  2. 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk
  3. 6 mint chocolate cookies
  4. 1/4 tsp mint extract
  5. green food coloring, optional
  6. garnish: crushed cookies, whipped cream and fresh mint
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine ice cream, Almond Breeze Almondmilk, cookies, mint extract and (optional) food coloring.
  2. Blend until smooth or leave slightly chunky if you like bits of cookie in your milk shakes.
  3. Pour into two serving glasses and garnish with whipped cream or dairy free whip topping, cookie crumbs and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
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Loaded “Green” Potatoes

2015 March 11

Get your friends together this weekend for a low-key Saint Patrick’s Day Party! Ask everyone to bring their favorite craft beer—skip the green food coloring—and set out some snacks as a subtle nod to the luckiest holiday ever!

Loaded Green Potatoes

There are about two bazillion potato recipes you could serve on Saint Patty’s Day but this cutie is one of my faves. Simply boil up a bag of baby red potatoes, scoop out the insides and fill with cheesy mashed potatoes, scallions and broccoli. Did you hear what I just said? Potatoes stuffed potatoes…with cheese!

Loaded Green Potatoes

The easiest tool for scooping is probably a melon baller but I made these taters using a tiny spoon, just to prove it can be done!

Loaded Green Potatoes

I love the classic combo of cheddar cheese and broccoli, even if it isn’t “Irish.” Whatever, it tasted great with beer! You’ll love my super-quick trick for cooking your broccoli florets. Hint: Prepare to get zap happy!

Loaded Green Potatoes

Anyway. I’m serving this teeny, tiny 5-ingredient recipe to friends with some corn beef sliders and Two-Hearted Ale before the big parade. What are your festive plans?

Loaded Green Potatoes

photos by Erin Phraner

5-Ingredient Mini Loaded "Green" Potatoes
Serves 6
Mini red potatoes loaded with cheese and ready for St. Patrick's Day!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (1.5-lb) bag baby red potatoes
  2. 1 head broccoli, cut into very small florets
  3. 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  4. 1 to 2 tablespoons sour cream
  5. 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  6. PANTRY STAPLES: Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Put the potatoes in a saucepan of salted water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer 15 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain and let cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, put the broccoli and a splash of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on High 1 minute or until bright green and tender.
  3. One potato at a time, slice a small piece from the bottom so the potato sits flat. Cut off the top and scoop out a hole from the center using a melon baller or small spoon; transfer potato insides and tops to a bowl (these will become your filling). Repeat with all potatoes.
  4. To the bowl, add the cheddar cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper to taste. (Add a splash of milk if desired.) Mash and a fork until smooth and combined; transfer potato mixture to a resealable plastic bag. Snip the tip and pipe the potato mixture into the holes. Top with the prepared broccoli and green onion. Top with more salt and pepper if desired.
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Kool-Aid Dipped Stationery

2015 March 10

I’ve found my new favorite craft supply and its name is Kool-Aid! Let me explain: I’ve been meaning to make some simple-custom stationery as one of my goals this year is to write more handwritten notes. So I picked up some plain 100% cotton white note cards and envelopes at Paper Source and headed to the grocery store for my “paints.”

Kool Aid Dipped Stationery

Originally I planned to pick up a few packets of the original Kool-Aid powder to try them out as dip dyes. I figured all of that food coloring would make some pretty awesome stationery. What I found was that the variety of flavors (and therefore colors) was much broader in the liquid Kool-Aid then in powdered. Has the entire world turned to the easiest solution? I mean how hard is it to mix a pitcher of water and a packet of Kool-Aid power? Says the lady who would rather send a text than sit down and write a quick note on paper.

Kool Aid Dipped Stationary

Well, it turned out that the liquid Kool-Aid was a breeze to use as dye and allowed me to control the color intensity much easier than mixing powder and water. So, I take back all of those judgemental things I said about liquid Kool-Aid…am I forgiven Kool-Aid man? In the end I was so happy with the way my note cards and envelopes looked that I shot a tutorial. I sure hope you will give this craft a try! It’s easy, fun and smells good too. You can’t say THAT about most craft projects.

Kool Aid Dipped Stationary

You Will Need:

white 100% cotton paper note cards and envelopes (A-6 or A-7)
paper towels
Kool-Aid Liquid in a variety of flavors (I used orange, watermelon and cherry)
water for diluting
trays or pans for dipping
cooling rack for drying

Kool Aid Dipped Stationary

Here’s how to create ombre note cards:

1. Squeeze a generous amount of Kool-Aid Liquid into a pan. You will need enough to dip the side of your paper in for your first band of color.
2. Dip paper quickly in the liquid and remove immediately. Blot on a paper towel to avoid drips.
3. Dilute Kool-Aid Liquid by 50% by adding water.
4. Dip paper a second time quickly in the liquid to create the second band of color. Remove immediately and blog on a paper towel.
5. Dilute Kool-Aid Liquid by 50% by adding more water.
6. Dip paper a third time quickly in the liquid to create the second band of color. Remove immediately and blog on a paper towel.
7. You can continue to dilute, dip, blot and repeat as many times as you wish. Then dry on a cooling rack or paper towel.

Kool Aid Dipped Stationary

The ombre is gorgeous but I also really like the look of a simple watermelon-pink band at the bottom of my note cards and envelopes as well as a thin edge of color around all four sides of the cards.

Kool Aid Dipped Stationary

But get creative! You can dip, double dip, add a drip, mix it up. You really can’t go wrong with this tasty project!

Kool Aid Dipped Stationary

Kool Aid Dipped Stationary

photos by Leah Bergman

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