I may be a quarter Irish, but the day I tried making these homemade shamrock shakes may have been the unluckiest day of my life.
I’m not kidding you. All of the following happened in one day:
My mom was visiting over the weekend while Eric was gone for work, and she and I decided to make some eggs and sausages for breakfast. Around 8:00 a.m., we were both standing in the kitchen while Owen methodically took all of the shoes out of our shoe bin, as he always does, when I wondered aloud…”Is the basement door shut?” It wasn’t. And Owen was inches away from the stairway, one motion away from tumbling down all fourteen steps.
In one crashing motion my mom and I both lunged to his rescue, colliding in our attempt to get to Owen. I ended up with a huge bruise on my hip from the corner of the counter top, as well as a legitimate rug burn on my knee. My mom’s hair got dangerously close to the lighted burner as she accidentally flung the sausage pan off the stove, catapulting eight unsuspecting sausages into sudden flight. I grabbed Owen and clutched him to my chest for about five minutes while I tried to stop shaking. (we got a baby gate the next day).
Not ten minutes later, he was in another corner of the kitchen and suddenly started screaming. I ran over to him, and he was bleeding from one of his fingers. After we comforted him and wrestled him down to get a bandaid on his tiny finger, we fruitlessly combed the area for what could have possibly cut him but didn’t see anything except my ripped up application for Mom of the Year.
At 11:45, I placed Owen in the crib as I pulled out some clothes for him to wear. He pulled himself to standing, bounced a couple of times, and then face-biffed it on the crib-rail…bonking his lip. More screaming. More tears. More comfort nursing.
At 2:14, I was snapping a few finished product pictures like this one:
At 2:15, this happened:
I didn’t even lunge to stop the second glass from spilling. I just watched it as it poured onto the floor…and under the table legs, onto the curtains, and all over my jeans. I even found some on the basement floor the next day, as it apparently dripped through the heating vent.
Fortunately, my mom was here or I would’ve have probably sat down then and there and cried as Owen crawled around in the milkshake puddle. I used almost an entire roll of paper towels to clean up the mess…but not before taking a picture of this Shamrock Shake double homicide. (This is as close as I’ll ever get to being a crime scene investigator).
I thought maybe things would calm down after that. But the day continued as it had started. My mom destroyed me in Boggle (4:00 p.m.), and then, as we were cooking dinner at 6:00, my elbow knocked into the handle of the frying pan, and sauteed onions went all over the kitchen floor.
The only lucky part of the day was these shakes, which were delicious, and very McDonaldsy (which is only a compliment when speaking of their Shamrock Shakes). Actually, these homemade shakes sort of destroyed my last remaining reason to even go to a McDonald’s (which I’ve done annually on March 1st the past few years).
Milk, vanilla ice cream, green food coloring, mint extract…whipped cream and green sugar if you want to make it pretty. Blend. Pour. Enjoy your Shamrock Shake. And wish for better luck tomorrow.
(recipe from Craving Comfort )
(yields 4 servings [2 c. glasses] or 3 super tall glasses, as pictured)
This easy homemade Shamrock Shake recipe tastes just like McDonald's and is the perfect addition to your St. Patrick's day party!
6 c.(1.5 qts.) vanilla ice cream
3 to 3 3/4 c. milk (see note)
3/4 tsp. mint extract
27 drops green food coloring
Optional: (Redi-Whip) whipped cream, green-colored sugar
Blend ice cream, milk, mint extract, and food coloring in a blender until smooth (I suggest starting with 3 c. milk and adding up to 3/4 c. more, depending on your desired thickness).
[No blender? You could use a hand mixer as well!]
Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and colored sugar if desired.
(To rim the glass as I did, moisten outside of glass with water, using your finger to spread it evenly around the glass. Dip glass into a bowl of the colored sugar and twist to coat.)