Homemade Shamrock Shakes

St. Patrick’s day seems to be one of those holidays that we either love, or mildly tolerate.  Although I enjoy the occasional beer with a hockey game, I’m not a big drinker and don’t enjoy the drunken shenanigans that typically emerge from this holiday.  However, I AM a huge fan of milkshakes and pretty much anything with ice cream, so let’s explore the wonderful world of Shamrock Shakes! Here is my favorite Shamrock Shake recipe (suggested variations are below as well):

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Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe


Happy new year to you and your flu/cold! Honestly, it feels like EVERYONE is sick, including our household & friends (ahem, thank you gentlemen for finally getting ME sick, too!).

Typically, Mark and I manage to steer clear of most colds, but when one does hit, the FIRST thing on the menu is my super secret chicken noodle soup.  I swear by it, and honestly think it makes the sickness much less threatening.  If not, at least it tastes good!

So, in light of everyone being all sniffly this new year, I’m deciding to share my secret recipe.  The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s not all that secret and special — it’s actually really easy!


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Charmed By Wine Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

I have to say, I’ve never been much of a fan of pumpkin things (aside from the obligatory piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on Thanksgiving….), so when the entire world gets all “YAY PUMPKIN SEASON” about Fall, I wrinkle my nose and concentrate on MY ‘pumpkin season’ joys, such as:



For about a week straight, Mark and I made all the ‘cozy’ meals we could think of including one of my recent favorites — red lentil soup.  My grandma makes lentil soup around Easter time (which, though quite tasty, very much deserves the ‘brown sludge’ nickname that my uncle gave it, due to it’s grey/brown color and general lumpiness).  Since trying the red lentil version, I found that I much prefer it.  The spices are a refreshing break from your typical soups, and it’s less ‘sludge’ looking which might make it more kid-friendly ☺️


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Iced Coffee using Coffee Ice Cubes

Coffee Confession #1:  I drink old coffee.

Coffee Confession #2: I can probably only do this because I don’t like black coffee (and the coffee we do make is good quality deliciousness!)

Coffee Confession #3: I’m pretty sure the only reason I started drinking coffee at all was for things like iced cappuccinos, peppermint mochas and flavored creamers.  I’m not pretty sure, I’m POSITIVE this was the reason.

Whew!  Feels good to get that out in the open.

So, a few weeks ago we had day-old coffee sitting in the pot — more than the cup I drink at any given time.  Mark was about to dump it when I remembered reading something about homemade iced coffee drinks — with COFFEE ICE CUBES.

Perfect Opportunity!!  We dug out the ice cube trays and filled one perfectly with the old coffee. Into the freezer it went!  Now that we finally broke 70 degrees, I feel like I can go experiment with drink recipes.  Starting with the ones below!

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Quick Quinoa Casserole

I’m a huge fan of quick weekday meals (30 minutes or less), and this recipe slides in just under the wire.  I fell back into my usual habit of tunnel-vision cooking, so no photos this time. 😕

Quick Quinoa Casserole

As with many of the recipes I make, veggies are interchangeable and experimentation is encouraged!  This recipe is great for 3-4 people as a side dish, or 2-3 as a main dish.  The original simply called for a cheesy mixture with broccoli, but adding more veggies makes this dish more colorful and flavorful. Win!


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