I’ve been around the blogging block for a good solid minute.
Certainly not as long as many bloggers, but still I’ve been sharing the crazy ramblings bottled up in my head for a long, long time.
In fact, when I first started blogging all those years ago, it was because I had a personal blog (you know all the cool kids were doing it). Then, I just so happened to discover this food blog (and then this one and this one and so many more since) and thought… Aha! This is what I need in my life! A blog where I can be me, be creative and be completely immersed in my passion… food!
Over the past five and a half years, a lot of things have changed in this world of blogging. There are now blogs for anything and everything. A lot of blogs have come and gone. People have books and travel opportunities and make some (or all) of their income from blogging. While others still blog whenever the mood strikes.
This little blog of mine has ridden the blogging wave. Some of you have been regular loyal readers from the very first day I hit “publish” (hi Sis!). Some of you joined the journey later on and others may just “pass by” via Pinterest or an internet search.
But I still write and I create and photograph and share. Some things on this blog have been the same from day one (ME!) and other things have changed (thank goodness I got a ‘big girl’ camera and learned to use it!). But one thing that I sometimes like to think I invited were ‘theme’ weeks. Since the beginning I have had theme weeks, were for one week, five solid days, I featured recipes around a certain themed ingredient or topic. I have done “Kids in the Kitchen Week” and “Apple Week” and “Pumpkin Week” and the uber fun “Ghoulish Grub Week” for Halloween. And let’s not forget my favorite, “S’mores Week!” But my very first themed week? ICE CREAM WEEK!!!
Since July is National Ice Cream Month, every year (without fail) for a solid five years, I have held Ice Cream Week during the month of July. And while I wish I had the time to continue to do themed weeks on a regular basis like I used too; due to tradition, due to this national food holiday and due to my love of ice cream, I will at least always have Ice Cream Week!
So, during these last few days of July, I bring you Kitchen Concoctions’ Annual Ice Cream Week!
This week I will share several different ice cream recipes (don’t worry I have a few that don’t require an ice cream maker) and a few different ice cream treats. First, this Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Milkshake! I featured a simple coffee milkshake a few years ago as part of ice cream week, but today’s coffee milkshake is anything but simple. It starts with coffee ice cream then I threw in some chocolate chip cookies and some Irish cream liqueur (I mean it WAS just lying around after this recipe and coffee and Irish cream liqueur just go so well together). The end result, a kickin’ ‘all grown-up’ milkshake. I’d say that’s a good way to get this ice cream social started!
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Five Years Ago: Vicki’s Chicken and Grapes
Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Milkshake
Prep Time: 5 minutes Serves: 2
2 1/2 cups coffee ice cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur*
3-6 ice cubes, if needed to reach desired consistency
3 large chocolate chip cookies
In a large blender combine ice cream, milk, Irish cream liqueur and three ice cubes. Crumble two cookies and add them to the blender. Blend until almost smooth, leaving some small pieces of cookie, if possible. Add additional ice or milk, if needed, to reach desired consistency.
Pour milkshake into glasses. Crumble remaining cookie and top milkshakes with cookie crumbles. Serve immediately!