As I was sitting here wishing I had a yummy milkshake it made me think of the last 10 years of my life. We never had much money – many times there was barely enough to pay the bills let alone extras. Imagine going through 2.6 years of pregnancy, (yeah, I added it up), 2.6 years of nursing a baby, and the rest….well, not to be sexist but simply being a woman (haha)!!
I was blessed with my pregnancy with Eann. My cravings were minimal – ice and Reese’s Peanut butter cups, back when they were still 25 cents. However, I do remember times of crying because something was such a craving I could think of nothing else to eat. Not so good when you don’t have money for it. I learned to “make do” as often as I could or find something that would “substitute”, no easy task as many of you most likely have experienced.
So, enough reminiscing. I am(was) craving a yummy milkshake and I can’t justify spending an arm and a leg for one right now. I went to my kitchen and looked in the cabinets. I spied crushed pineapple and coconut milk – I have been wanting pina coladas but couldn’t justify spending money on rum for them. I have vanilla bean ice cream, and there you have it.
1 cup ice cream
1/4 cup crushed pineapple
1/8 cup coconut milk
Combine it in a blender. Pour into a wine glass, add a straw and here i sit with my gourmet milkshake.You can combine any number of ingredients together to make just the flavor you love. Ideas are below.
“Homemade” has its benefits –
**It’s a little healthier than buying one out
**It saves money on the budget (even if you have to buy ice cream, you get a
container for just a little more than you would pay for ONE milkshake!!!)
**You know what the ingredients are
Milkshake ideas * I always recommend adding a splash of milk or cream to thin it a bit. Cream makes the best milk shakes but on a budget that can be a luxury item.
Chocolate banana – chocolate ice-cream, 1 banana, a splash of milk or cream
– vanilla ice-cream, hot fudge/chocolate syrup, banana, milk
Chocolate peanut butter – chocolate, peanut butter or vanilla ice cream with
peanut butter and/or chocolate added
peppermint patty – vanilla ice cream with a peppermint patty or chocolate syrup
and peppermint flavoring added
Chocolate cherry – vanilla or chocolate ice cream with maraschino cherries and/or
Strawberry – vanilla ice cream with fresh or frozen strawberries
What flavors can you come up with?
**Melt chocolate chips and –
mix it with peanut butter for that Reese’ PB cup craving
mix it with raisins or craisins
Yummy desserts – make it yourself. I keep a few boxed mixes on hand for quick
fixes or homemade cookie dough in the freezer for quick cookies
Fancy drinks – General International has powdered mixes you add to hot
milk/water. They aren’t Starbucks quality but they “work” and 1
can is cheaper than 1 drink. I know their chai is decent when
added to milk instead of water.
Make the “easy fix” cravings at home so you don’t feel so bad spending money on one you just can’t make at home.