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Shaking Up Ben’s Birthday (and a milkshake recipe)

A big thank you to Kroger, Promised Land Milk, and Breyers Ice Cream for getting us to celebrate Ben’s birthday a few days late this year, and for sponsoring this post. The love of milkshakes is all our own, promise 😉 

Well it’s official, our sleepless summer has started and we’ve almost survived a whole week as a family of four (with quite a bit of help). Adelaide arrived on Ben’s birthday so celebrations were a little bit different this year. He did get to pick the restaurant from which we ate takeout on the couch in my hospital room that night but other than that, the partying was put on hold (unless you could all the late night baby parties we’ve been having).

Over the weekend we made up for the lack of celebrations with homemade milkshakes on the back deck (and then again a few more times before Ben went back to work today). It was Lincoln’s first sip of a shake and nothing quite says summer like milkshakes on a warm evening, right?

Leave me a comment below telling me how you shake up your summer nights and I’ll be picking one to win a $25 Kroger gift card (so you can get everything you need for your own night of milkshakes) – what is your favorite way to spend a summer evening?

You can scroll down for the simple mint cookies and cream shake we’ve been making for years and years (and what we used this time to make it extra creamy) plus a whole lot more pictures. In the mean time, I’m going to go steal a few spoonfuls of ice cream and then try and get an hour of sleep while both children happen to be sleeping:

^My little kitchen helper (the littlest was sleeping soundly a few feet away) 
^We used whole Promised Land Plain milk which takes the shakes to a whole new level (see what I did there? so much better than trying them with 1 or 2%)
^Lincoln really just wanted the cookies on top of the shake
^Also, Breyers Natural Vanilla is delicious on its own (ask the new mom who has been eating her sleep deprived feelings all week), but it is also the perfect base to shakes. Next up I’m mixing in a bit of cake mix and topping it with sprinkles for a cake batter shake 🙂 
^The birthday boy (fun story: Ben’s very favorite ice cream is Mint Cookies and Cream and we can’t always find it in stores…but we did pay $7 for a half gallon of it on our honeymoon so the flavor always makes me think of that)

Mint Cookies and Cream Milkshake:


  • 2 Scoops of Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 1/2 Cups Promised Land Plain Whole Milk
  • 5 Mint Oreo Cookies
Blend, top with whipped cream and crushed cookies, and enjoy!

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  1. We love our cool Texas nights with grilled peach salad and fruity mixer concoctions! Minus the mosquitos, it's a perfect evening with the husband.

  2. oh, that looks good. i shared a pretty long summer bucket list just recently, but my main plan for summer fun is picnic. even if just a small one. picnics are the best (also, don't have to worry about the mess, #win)!

  3. Looks delicious! I shake up summer nights by going for walks and eating sonic slushes. Milkshakes are a great idea and I'll have to try them. 🙂

    1. Hi Melynn,

      Congratulations on winning the giveaway – if you could send me your mailing address in the next 24 hours (elisabeth@bellatheblog.com) I will make sure you get your prize as soon as possible.


  4. We've been shaking up summer with loads of smoothies and late night swims. Congrats on the new arrival. I love her name.

  5. We have been shaking up our summer with working out! And we have also been trying to eat a lot more healthy. The husband took a little more persuading on the healthy eating front haha

  6. Looks yummy!! We love spending our summer nights by the bonfire roasting marshmallows 🙂

  7. We're sneaking off my the boat tonight to see fireworks!

  8. I'm shaking up my summer nights staying home with a new pug puppy, sounds boring but their fun.

  9. We like to have fires in our fire pit and sit around it talking about our day.