Saturday, March 17, 2012

You're So Lucky I Made This

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I am a little ashamed to admit that I have no idea why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Other than the wearing of green, the pinching, and the green beer of course, I am at a loss.  I will have to Google it as soon as I finish this blog post.
If you are looking around the blogosphere however, you may find that St. Patrick’s day is all about the Shamrock Shake at McDonald’s.  They are evidently pretty good and now available at ALL McDonald’s this year.  Except, dear dear Ronald, you seem to have forgotten all the McDonald’s in Japan.  What’s up with that?
Lucky for us, there is no shortage of “copy-cat” recipes on the internet.  And as usual, I am adding my own special touches, which will undoubtedly make them much much better than the real thing.  Plus, it will be much much easier than driving three arguing sisters through the drive-thru at Micky D’s……which I probably wouldn’t do even if I could.
So here they are folks! My…………
You’re So Lucky I Made These For You Mint Milkshakes

·        2 cups of vanilla ice cream (I used Dryer's 1/2 Fat Vanilla)
·        1 cup milk
·        ½ tsp peppermint extract
·        ¼ tsp green food coloring
·        Whipped topping
·        Shaved or chopped up Andes mints

Put the ice cream, milk, peppermint, and food coloring in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into glasses.  Top with whipped cream.  I chose Reddi Whip because I NEVER buy it and the girls are always begging for it. 
Don't forget the green fingernails.
Finally, sprinkle on the mint chocolate bits.
Drink it right away.  Don’t take pictures for your blog or you have to drink the melted one.  Boo. 
Goal #13.  Make a “green” lunch or special treat for Brian and the girls on St. Patrick’s Day.  Complete! (101 Goals in 2012)

PS  By using the ½ Fat Vanilla Ice Cream the Mint Milkshake recipe is only 275 calories vs. 423 for a medium McDonalds Shamrock Shake!  This recipe makes two servings.


  1. Saint Patrick was the first man to bring Christianity to Ireland. He was captured as a boy from England and sold to people in Ireland. When he grew up he became a priest and went back to Ireland to bring them the gospel. This all happened about 1000 years ago. Why do we celebrate? Because we have a lot of Irish blood going round and now it is an excuse to drink green beer! No one here in France gives it a second thought! Gotta say I miss being in the States and using every excuse to make fun recipes and have a party! I am going to try this one tonight!

  2. Yay! Those look good!
    By the way, can totally relate to taking pictures for blogs and having to end up drinking the melted one. Eck.
    I studied St. Patrick in school. How it became an excuse for all things green and Irish? I'm not sure.

  3. Hi Lynnie!

    I just had the best time perusing many of your posts and getting to know you a bit. I can see you are a sweet family and have lots of fun times together! Good eats too :)

    I am kind of partial to little girls... I had four of my own. And did I read correctly that you have an Abbey? I have an Abbey too! She is our youngest already 20 years old.

    Nice meeting you!
    Kindly, Lorraine