Thursday, July 2, 2015

Extraction Pains

"They've got to come out."

Vanilla Ice Cream | Cheesy Pennies

"Putting it off will only make things worse."

Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream | Cheesy Pennies

"It's not healthy in the long run to keep them."

Vanilla Shake in the Making | Cheesy Pennies

"They desperately need space."

Vanilla Shake in the Making II | Cheesy Pennies

"It's time."

Vanilla Shake in the Making III | Cheesy Pennies

The dentist was talking about my son's wisdom teeth.

I was thinking about leaving my daughter on a curb at JFK airport with bulging duffle bag and a ticket to Africa.

Off to Tanzania | Cheesy Pennies

He got ice packs and meds for his extraction pain.

Wisdom Teeth Recovery | Cheesy Pennies

I got to come home* and make milkshakes for both of us.

Classic Vanilla Milkshake | Cheesy Pennies

His recovery is going great, especially now that the freezer is fully stocked with ice cream**.

I'm still poking at the hole that was left behind***.

Classic Vanilla Milkshake
Classic Vanilla Milkshake II| Cheesy Pennies
by Sharon Graves
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: none
My mom used to make these by hand for my son, anytime he even had a hint of a sore throat, or just needed a little spoiling.  She let the ice cream soften on the counter, then used a whisk and a mixing bowl and elbow grease instead of a blender.  I find a blender works wonderfully, but use her secret to making these extra-excellent: add your own vanilla, and a little extra sugar.  

  • Your favorite brand of vanilla bean ice cream
  • Whole milk
  • Vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • Sugar

Take the ice cream out of the fridge and leave it on the counter for a couple of minutes to soften just a bit.

Place several healthy scoops in a blender, then add a splash of vanilla (more if using vanilla paste, less if using extract), and a generous sprinkling of sugar. 

Pour in some milk, just enough to come up to the lower edge of the pile of ice cream.

Blend until smooth, adding more milk as needed.

The potential flavor variations here are endless, but in situations like this, we swear by vanilla.

Classic Vanilla Milkshake III| Cheesy Pennies

*  I did take her to NY myself, by way of Boston.  While she was doing a two-day soccer clinic, I walked for miles and ate my way through the city.  Evidence on Instagram.
** I know they guy is an awful, awful man, but this bit by Bill Cosby about getting ice cream when you have your tonsils out is still hilarious.
*** And stalking her online, of course.  So far, so good.

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