Showing posts with label milkshake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label milkshake. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Smoothie Banana Shake from Pretend Soup Cookbook

From Daryl aka Avery

Say hello to my new puppy, Sparky!!

A ten-week old golden doodle rescue! Just got him yesterday and my husband and I are very excited! What a bundle of energy and new lessons for "mom." LOL

His arrival came on the heels of taking little ones to their schools.

What little ones?

I had two little cuties over this past weekend, their first time staying overnight with us. [My stepson's children, 3 and 5. Darling, inquisitive, active!!!!]

We laughed, we went to the movies, we did art. We did more art. We built blocks. We built more blocks.

And we cooked. Okay, we blended!

A child has to eat to keep all that energy going, right? (Me, too.)

For fun, but also for a good balance of many nutrients, we made smoothies (i.e. shakes with no ice cream). Chocolate-banana and vanilla-banana. For the chocolate, we used Penzey's High Fat Cocoa. [Good for this little girl's energy.] Yum!!!

Now, teaching kids to cook is fun, but sometimes it can be a daunting task. Too many steps. Too many ingredients.

When I found this cookbook PRETEND SOUP--one that my protagonist Jenna stocks at The Cookbook Nook--I went wild. It's so cute; so easy! It has each recipe written out in large print, and it also has step-by-step directions with drawings that kids can appreciate. Talk about easy.

By the way, Jenna Hart, if you didn't know, isn't a great cook yet. She's learning. This cookbook is real easy for her to follow, too. So for those moms who are a little timid in the kitchen, don't despair. This book is for you, too. :)


1 cup milk (OR you can use almond milk)
1 peeled banana
2 tablespoons good quality cocoa
3-4 ice cubes (already crushed, if you have the option)
(if desired, one teaspoon natural liquid sweetener)

In a blender, put all your ingredients. Blend for 2 minutes.

Pour into a glass and add a straw and a smile!


1 cup milk (OR you can use almond milk)

1 peeled banana
2 teaspoons vanilla
3-4 ice cubes (already crushed, if you have the option)
(if desired, one teaspoon natural liquid sweetener)

In a blender, put all your ingredients. Blend for 2 minutes.

Same as previous recipe, pour into a glass, add a straw, and smile!

How easy is that?!!

Note: One portion made enough for 2 kid-sized drinks.

I have more kiddies coming this weekend. My nephew, who is like my son, and his wife and their two kids, 1 and 3. Fun, fun!  Laughter and knocking down blocks will be the main attraction, I'm sure!

I'm thinking we'll try the blueberry pancakes recipe from Pretend Soup!

Big P.S.  If you have kids in your life, enjoy them now. They grow up too fast. Puppies, too!


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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Santa's Little Helper

This is the fat man's big day ... the mother of all "all nighters".  As any good college student will tell you, the only way to survive a stress-filled night is to load up on sugar and caffeine.  Personally, I think a little booze helps, too.  Not enough to get loaded, mind you, but just a hint to bring on a bit of mellow in the midst of the holiday hubbub.

So tonight, ditch the traditional milk and cookies and leave Santa a Peppermint Mocha, loaded with serious chocolate, a hint of caffeine, and a wee tipple of peppermint schnapps.  If you live in the great white north, you can make the hot version ... if it's still balmy in your clime, choose the milkshake option.  Top either with whipped cream and crushed candy cane for a festive presentation, and you're sure to earn a permanent spot on the "nice" list.

Peppermint Mocha (Icy Version)

1 pint dark chocolate ice cream
3 Tbs. strong cold coffee
3 Tbs. peppermint schnapps
2 Tbs. whole milk

whipped cream
crushed peppermint candy

Scoop ice cream into your blender.  Top with milk, and let it settle for a minute.  Add coffee and schnapps. Blend well.  Pour into one or two large cold glasses.  Top with whipped cream and crushed candy.  Serve with straws, of course.

Peppermint Mocha (Toasty Version)

3 Tbs. good dark cocoa powder (I prefer Scharffen Berger)
3 Tbs. granulated sugar
pinch salt
1/2 c. strong coffee
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. peppermint schnapps

In a saucepan, whisk coffee, cocoa, sugar, and salt over low heat until smooth.  Simmer, whisking, for about 2 minutes, making sure you get the whisk all the way around the pan so nothing scorches.

Add milk, increase heat to medium low, and cook (whisking on occasion) until steam rises and tiny bubbles form around the edge of the pan (about 12 minutes).  DO NOT BOIL.

Add vanilla and schnapps.  Divide between two mugs (if you feel like sharing), top with whipped cream or marshmallow fluff, and sprinkle with crushed candy cane (or hang a cane off the side of the mug to use for stirring).

These recipes can both be doubled easily.


What do you leave out for the Elf-Meister?  Come on, share!

And happy holidays to one and all!!


Wendy is the author of the Mysteries a la Mode. Visit her on the web or on Facebook. She also writes the Pet Boutique Mysteries under the name Annie Knox; you can follow Annie on Facebook, too!