Ultimate Strawberry Milkshake

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The other day I was scrolling through Instagram and stumbled across an incredible picture of a milkshake. Now, this was not your typical diner milkshake. It was overflowing with ice cream, Oreos and huge chunks of brownies. Covered in chocolate and sprinkles, I knew I needed to recreate this mouthwatering concoction.

As much as I love chocolate, and I mean LOVE, I’ve decided to attempt a strawberry milkshake instead. For one, I can justify strawberries as being healthier than milk chocolate. Plus, my kids could probably consume 3 pounds of strawberries if I let them. While I would hardly consider this treat to be “healthy” it’s all about balance right?

My milkshake starts with strawberry frozen yogurt, vanilla almond milk and fresh juicy strawberries. Then for the fun part. Add an excessive amount of whip cream, cookies and sprinkles. But as you can see I didn’t stop there. We had a few miniature donuts on hand, strawberry wafers and lots of candy.

Ok, I know it looks intense, but it was so simple! That’s the great thing about milkshakes, you can make them however you want! There is no secret recipe, or right way to do it. All you do is blend your ingredients together (I use the Magic Bullet) and create your masterpiece with whatever treats you have on hand. B had so much fun, he’s convinced me to throw a milkshake party next weekend with all of his friends.

A tip I would suggest is to rim your glass with frosting, so the cookies and candy stick. Are you drooling yet? I found that placing the glass in the refrigerator while I made the milkshake allowed the frosting to harden so the cookies didn’t fall off. Pour the milkshake in your glass and garnish with desired toppings.

What type of milkshake would you make? Pin now, enjoy later!!!

 

 

10 One Pot Meals

Last weekend it snowed about 5 inches in Virginia Beach. Born and raised in Michigan, this was no big deal. But to the rest of the city, it was complete chaos. I remember having to shovel my car out of the snow, just to get to class. So, when the entire city closed down because of a little snow, we had to get creative.

After breakfast we played in the snow for hours! We went sledding, ran around the house and of course, built a snowman. So by the time dinner came around, we were exhausted. Ordering pizza was clearly out of the question, so we gathered what we had in the pantry (we were ill prepared for the weather) and created a one pot meal!

one pot meals

I love one pot meals for so many reasons. One obviously being the minimal clean up. The less mess for mom the less stress for everyone! Hey- that may be my moto of the year. But seriously, who doesn’t love throwing ingredients into ONE pot and in no time, dinner is ready. In light of my new found love, I have rounded up 10 one pot meals I want to try this year. If you have one you’d like to share please leave a link in the comments below!

Waiting On Martha- Herb Crusted Salmon

Well Planted By Erin- Lemon Shrimp Pasta

Center Cut Cook- Steak And Potatoes

The Blond Cook- Steak Fajitas

Seasoned Sprinkles- Autumn Chicken Skillet

Julia’s Album- Pesto Chicken And Veggies

Miri In The Village- Sweet Potato Onion Skillet

Delish Plan- Balsamic Chicken & Roasted Vegetables

Happy Go Lucky- Cheesy Sausage Pasta

The Whole Cook- Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken

All I can say is that I cannot wait to try all of these recipes out! Minimal clean up with incredible taste- count me in! Make sure you stop by Happy Go Lucky to add a few crock pot meals to your grocery list! And if YOU have a favorite one pot meal, leave a link in the comments and I’ll check it out!!! Join me next week for more recipes!

Taco Salad Bowl

Do you know what today is? It’s Taco Tuesday! But instead of your traditional beef taco, I’m switching things up and sharing one of my favorites- Taco Salad Bowl!

Prior to living in Virginia, we hardly ate taco salads. Not that we didn’t like them, it just wasn’t a staple meal at the time. It wasn’t until our neighbors had invited us over for a weekly Taco Tuesday dinner. Everyone on the street gathers at someone’s house and brings something for all to enjoy. Since then, every Tuesday has been solely dedicated to tacos!

Besides, who doesn’t love tacos? Crispy romaine lettuce, freshly shredded cheese and plump tomatoes- what’s not to love! Not to mention, a warm tortilla bowl! So many colors and textures in every bite. All that’s missing are the margaritas!

I love this recipe for several reasons, it’s easy, inexpensive and delicious! Plus, it’s a huge hit with everyone. I could probably eat a salad every single day of the week. Chopped Greek salad, pasta salad, barbeque chicken salad… I think you get the point.

Taco Salad Bowl
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 large tortillas
Taco Meat
  1. 1 lb. ground beef
  2. 1 tsp. chili powder
  3. 1 tsp. cumin
  4. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp. onion powder
  6. 1/2 tsp. paprika
  7. 1/2 tsp. salt
  8. 1/2 onion, chopped
Salad
  1. 3 large romaine hearts
  2. 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  3. 1 avocado, chopped
  4. 1 handful of cilantro
  5. 3 green onions, chopped
  6. 1/2 lb. freshly shredded cheese (I use Colby Jack)
  7. Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
Tortilla Bowl
  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Using foil, form a medium sized ball and place on a baking sheet.
  2. Place the tortilla over the ball and gently cup it with your hands to form a bowl shape. Lightly spray with oil and bake for 7-10 minutes, or until light brown and crispy. Set aside to cool.
Taco Meat
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onions. Once translucent, add meat and saute for about 2 minutes. Add seasoning and cook meat thoroughly.
  2. Drain the meat and chop up the remaining ingredients.
  3. Once your tortilla bowls have cooled, add ingredients and enjoy!
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Feel free to mix up the ingredients that best fits your family. A few of our other favorites include black olives, jalapenos and salsa. I usually chop up whatever I have on hand, and in 25 minutes or less we have a healthy and yummy dinner.

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