Archive | October, 2010

Holy delicious!

18 Oct

I came across this recipe for a pumpkin pie milkshake and decided I needed to make it today. In the wake of Thanksgiving I had some pumpkin leftover as well as vanilla ice cream for the Thanksgiving apple pie. It really does taste like the pumpkin pie blizzard from DQ! I didn’t put them graham cracker crumbs on top because I was too impatient. I think I would rather put some whipping cream sprinkled with nutmeg on top anyway. I mean, for heaven’s sake it’s already bad for you, there’s really no way to redeem it.

I found my blender worked just fine blending everything and I used just 1/4 c. of milk. I just pulsed it a bit and it was perfect!

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Recipe by Our Best Bites

1/3 C pumpkin, canned or homemade
1/4 – 1/2 C milk
1/4 t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon
1/16 t cloves (just use a 1/8 t measure and fill it half way, or do a pinch)
1/16 t nutmeg
2 T brown sugar
2 C vanilla ice cream
1-2 graham crackers

Pop everything but graham crackers in a blender. Start with 1/4 C milk and then slowly add more if needed to make the blender process it all. I used somewhere between 1/4-1/2 C.

A note about blenders: Here’s the problem with making thick, diner style milkshakes at home: A lot of times you have to add so much milk to the thing to get the blender to process that it turns into a milk-slushie instead. Or you have to blend and plunge, blend and plunge, etc. You know the drill, right? So if you have any trouble with your blender, I would recommend blending everything but the ice cream first and then mashing it into the ice cream by hand (well, with a hand. Holding a fork or spoon 🙂 If your scooped ice cream sits out at room temp while you measure the other things and get them all ready, then by the time you mash it all together it should be a good consistency.

Current reads

17 Oct

Ok, so I just finished reading “Open”, the autobiography of Andre Agassi. I had gotten it out from the library and couldn’t finish it before it needed to be returned so I finally got it out again and finished it. The same thing happened with “The Bourne Identity” by Robert Ludlum. Actually I have the audio book version of it on my iPod and I remember listening to it when I couldn’t get back to sleep at night or while nursing in the wee hours of the morning with a newborn. Let’s just say I have had to “read” and “reread” it so many times, that I decided to get it in print from the library. It’s a fairly lengthy novel and I think I’ve only got it for 2 weeks so I think I’ll be taking it out again! Unfortunately our library seems to have very few copies of this book so it can take a while before getting it in my hands again. I try not to buy books unless I LOVE them otherwise I think I’d have a house full of books! I must say I don’t have the same rules when buying for my kids. I have no qualms getting books for them as opposed to toys, so my kids have a lot of books. Thank goodness Maya LOVES to read!

I love having a little girl!

17 Oct

I must say it’s quite fun to have a little girl to play around with and make her pretty! We had a little time to ourselves one afternoon while Rylan was napping so I asked Maya if she wanted to have her hair curled. She was really good with it and it looked so cute! She also loves having her nails painted, which is nice since I have about 50 different colours to choose from!

She has the cutest little smile and most of the time she’s pretty interesting to listen to. It really is never a dull moment with kids!

Hand me downs

8 Oct

So this is me at almost 3 years old. My mom kept a few of my clothes from when I was a little kid and this was one of the dresses that she gave me and Maya now fits it. I think she looks pretty cute!

Current read

6 Oct

I thought I’d start sharing what book I’m currently reading. I often have many on the go, but usually really into just one or two. Right now I’m reading “Gretzky’s Tears” by Stephen Brunt. I think Dave got it for Christmas last year and, as I recently read Gretzky’s autobiography, it’s a bit easier to understand this book. There are a lot of hockey/other references that I have no clue about, but overall, it’s a fairly decent read. I really love autobiographies and have read quite a few. It’s neat to read about famous people’s lives.

A few I’ve read either recently or stand out to me are Billy Crystal’s, Jodie Sweetin’s, Nelson Mandela’s (I own this one because I really loved it when I first read it), and Andre Agassi’s.

Pie crusts

5 Oct

I used to be afraid to make pie crusts, mostly because my mom claims she can’t make pie crusts very well, so I kind of avoided them. I did come across a recipe in a book from the library recently and it has worked marvelously well.

I make it in my food processor and it’s super quick. Just a little planning ahead, and you’ve got great pastry for chicken pot pie (mmmmm) or any kind of pies. Now, with Thanksgiving coming up…