Would you take a look at that? What, what? What could it be? Sun. Languishing. Full on soaking it up time.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Self…Why is Heidi posting Strawberry Banana Shakes when its not even St. Patrick’s Day? Where’s the green minty shake? The Easter Egg colored Smoothie?”
I’ll give you two reasons for this shake. Smudge and her friend K.K.’s a request for a sweet afternoon treat. See, now that the weather has finally made a turn—70 degrees is in the forecast today and I’m going skiing to celebrate—the girls decided it was high time to ditch the snowpants and break out the shorts, tanks and lounge cushions.
Shakes are a summertime staple around here but with sweet, spring strawberries hitting the stores we think it’s high time to take an early plunge into shake making. Oh, that poor dog in a dress.
One of our standing traditions after Smudge visits the dentist, and if she gets a clean bill of dental goodness—Hey mom, look! No cavities yet!—all bets are paid up and its time to get a milkshake. That’s when we head to Iceberg.
Utah has some of the best shake drive-ins around and between Iceberg and Burger Bar, a Guy Fieri Triple D favorite, locals have no shortage of above the rim sweet treats whose servings sizes are better suited for a family of 3 than just a single serving.
Their over the rim shakes are so thick, so creamy you’d need a NASCAR horsepowered sucking machine to be able to get any of it through a straw. In fact they don’t even give you a straw with your order. These are spooners not suckers.
I don’t know if I’ve ever finished even a small size=as big as your head. And that’s why we also like to shake it up at home.
I’m not sure what happened to the name MILKSHAKE around these parts because we just call them SHAKES. Somewhere down the line the MILK got lost. It’s the UT accent, similar to how ‘mountain’ comes out sounding like MOUN-IN or when an “S” gets added to Nordstrom: “I’m going shopping at Nordstrom’S” (hello, it isn’t plural.) Lazy or lackadaisical in our Western ways of enunciation? Come to UT and you can decide.
The shakes we like to make and eat at home are packed with fruit, a few big scoops of vanilla ice cream and blend up smooth enough to drink through a straw—a necessity since these straws are our favorites and used at just about every meal by an 8 year old strawberry loving redhead I know.
Speaking of shakes, specifically the Harlem Shake variety, this is the only one you need to see and boy howdy is it worth the watch. He is my boy!
Now I am ready to shake. Dance, shake and cool off with some ice cream. Or become a vegan. Either way I’m converted.
Soak up some sun, listen to your cravings, enjoy some Justin Timberlake and take some time to act like an 8 year old at the first blush of spring.
Spring Fever and a Strawberry Banana Milkshake
- 2 ripe bananas
- 8 large strawberries sliced
- 3 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 cup milk
Add all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend on high, adding more milk until smooth and desired consistency.
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