Shamrock Shake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

When I first got a car at the age of 16, it didn’t take me long to fully appreciate the many advantages this new found freedom had bestowed. Among the best perk was the ability to be able to go through the drive-thru of my favorite fast food restaurants without having to beg my parents. It was pure magic. I probably drank Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s until I turned green myself. 

Now I live in a place that doesn’t have drive-thrus, and even though we’re practically across the street from Ireland, they don’t pay any attention to St. Patrick’s day either. They definitely don’t know the thing about pinching people who don’t wear green, which is fortunate for me because my closet has a very limited color palette. 

Shamrock Shake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Luckily, I can make own Shamrock Shake in less time than it takes to go through the drive-thru (and yes, I do actually know how to spell through). To no one’s astonishment, all we have to do is add a splash of peppermint extract to a vanilla milkshake, then turn it green with some food coloring. And we can actually go one step further than McDonald’s ever will by adding whipped cream and sprinkles. 

So stay home, get out your blender, and don’t forget to wear green this St. Patrick’s Day. Or just drink green. That counts, too, right?

Shamrock Shake
Serves 1
Avoid the drive-thru, and make yourself a minty Shamrock Shake at home this year.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  2. 1/2 to 1 cup milk
  3. 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  4. 4 to 6 drops green food coloring
  5. Whipped cream and sprinkles, optional
Instructions
  1. Combine ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and green food coloring in a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Notes
  1. Please don't measure this, just add and blend until the milkshake is the consistency you love.
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Vanilla Ice Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

My husband is the best gift giver. I should maybe stop telling people this because apparently he’s started to feel some performance anxiety around my birthday and Christmas, which unfortunately for him, are only a week a part. But I have to say, he’s done wonderfully again this year. He’s given me a gift which in a way is a gift for everyone I know.

For my birthday this year, I got a an ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer. I was so so so excited. I’ve been wanting one of these for years. Even though you can make perfectly delightful ice cream without a machine, it’s not quite the same. But now, with a little pre-planning, I can make any kind of ice cream or sorbet that I want in my very own kitchen. The possibilities are dizzying. Please send your recommendations for your favorite ice cream recipe books, then come over for a cone.

Vanilla Ice Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We started off with a classic, Vanilla Ice Cream. If you think vanilla is plain and boring, just get out now. If you’re using good vanilla extract, of if you’re feeling fancy, real vanilla beans, your ice cream is going to be awesome. Vanilla is actually one of my favorite scents and flavors.

Making your own ice cream is easy as long as you have the proper equipment. In addition to an ice cream maker, you’ll need a candy thermometer and a fine mesh sieve. Everything else you should definitely have in your kitchen already. And use the thickest, most luxurious cream you can find, along with whole milk. Higher fat content keeps your ice cream super smooth instead of icy. 

Technically, this recipe might be frozen custard since it’s made with eggs, but I’m not particular about those sorts of definitions. Call it what you want, it’s awesome.

Vanilla Ice Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Everyone in the family agreed that this was some of the best ice cream we’d ever had. Make your own Vanilla Ice Cream at home, and you won’t be disappointed.

Vanilla Ice Cream
Serves 4
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream might just be the best you've ever had.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups double cream or heavy cream
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 3/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Add your cream and milk to a medium sauce pan over low heat and heat this up until you just start to see hints of bubbles around the edge, stirring occasionally.
  2. While your dairy is heating up, whisk your eggs in a mixing bowl for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Slowly whisk in the sugar until it's thick and creamy.
  3. Once your cream is hot, remove it from the heat. Temper your egg mixture by slowly drizzling in some of your hot milk into the eggs while whisking the whole time. Drizzle in about a quarter cup at a time until you've mixed in at least half of your dairy. This will raise the heat on your eggs slowly so they don't start to scramble.
  4. Now you can safely add your egg mixture back into the pan, then place the whole thing over medium low heat. Attach your candy thermometer to the side of your pan, and heat this mixture, stirring frequently, until it reaches 170F (75C). Remove from heat.
  5. To make sure we don't have any coagulated egg or weird chunks of fat from the cream ruining our perfectly smooth ice cream, pour your ice cream mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a mixing bowl. Allow this to cool on the counter for about 30 minutes, then stir in your vanilla extract.
  6. Cover this mixture with plastic wrap. Press it right down onto the surface of the mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Put this in the fridge for at least an hour to chill. Over night is fine.
  7. Add this mixture to your ice cream maker and follow your manufacturer's instructions. Store your ice cream in an air tight container while it freezes for at least four hours.
Adapted from Bakingdom
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No-Churn Two Ingredient Ice Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

No-Churn Two Ingredient Ice Cream

No-Churn Two Ingredient Ice Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I have the best of intentions for 2016. Yoga was the first thing I did when I got out of bed on January 1st. Ever since I landed in the hospital last summer, I’ve had the worst time getting into any sort of fitness groove. I know I say it all the time, but maybe this time things will be different. Maybe I’ll finally get into better shape. Or maybe it’s just another January dream. We’ll see.

The chaos of 2015 also made it difficult for me to fully commit to this blog, and now seems like the best time ever to get back to work on being awesome. My husband got me a microphone for Christmas. Do you think we should do a podcast? Would it be awesome or an awesome disaster? If nobody ever hears it, does it even matter?

No-Churn Two Ingredient Ice Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m also resolving to eat awesomely this year. I know we’re all supposed to be dieting right now, but you guys, I just can’t. Instead, I made ice cream as if by magic. When I read about this No-Churn Two Ingredient Ice Cream, I was like “that’s probably gonna suck.” But I had to try it to be sure. I was 100% wrong. It’s completely awesome!!!

It’s so easy you don’t even need a recipe, really. It’s also endlessly customizable. You can add any type of flavoring or stir in candy, cookies, fruit, or any other mix-ins you like. This nearly instant ice cream doesn’t have the exact same taste or texture as traditional ice cream, but it has it’s own unique sweet creaminess. I love it.

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2016 is going to be packed with awesomeness. And ice cream. So much ice cream.

No-Churn Two Ingredient Ice Cream
Serves 6
No-Churn Two Ingredient Ice Cream is stupid easy and ridiculously awesome.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
8 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups heavy cream or whipping cream
  2. 1 14 can sweetened condensed milk
  3. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, use the whisk attachment on your electric mixer to whip your cream to medium peaks. Just a bit droopy. If you're adding any flavorings like vanilla extract, mix it into the cream now.
  2. Get rid of your mixer and pour your sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream. Gently fold your two ingredients together until combined. If you want to add any mix-ins, fold them in now.
  3. Pour your mixture into an air-tight container, put it in the freezer, and allow it to freeze for at least 8 hours.
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