Are you a party animal or do you like to spend most nights in? I used to spend every weekend going out, but in the past couple of years I’ve spent many more nights “in” than “out”. I like to tell myself it’s to catch up on Netflix and cuddle with my pillows, but the real reason is that I’m trying to build up my business (a.k.a. PaletteDining). I’ve had an entrepreneurial spirit since I was seven and sold gift tags at a table on my small cul de sac. I didn’t know much about target audiences back then.
Currently, a typical day for me involves going to work at the restaurant, then coming home, and working on PaletteDining. It’s exciting and exhausting and relentless, but I can’t imagine doing anything differently. I think most people outside of the blogging community have very little idea as to how much work is involved in producing a website or a blog, including the constant pressure of coming up with new, exciting content. When I tell friends I work 30-40 hours per week on my blog on top of my restaurant job, they’re shocked.
I know most of you are bloggers as well, and those long workdays are not unfamiliar. I’ve been thinking a lot about how many of you are doing exactly what I’m doing and using your free time to try to “make it” on your own, so I want to send you a virtual pat on the back! It’s a long, time-consuming, exhausting, wonderful battle, and I hope all of you take the breaks you deserve when your body and brain tell you to. I’m spending this morning pushing my schedule back a few hours to catch up on Homeland.
If you want to throw together a special treat for your next night in, this cookies and cream milkshake won’t let you down. You can throw it together in five minutes and you’ll feel like you’re sipping a classic diner treat. The recipe yield is one. One shake, for one special person. You. Enjoy
Cookies & Cream Milkshake
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serves: serves 1
- 6 Oreos
- 2 big scoops vanilla ice cream (about 3/4 cup)
- 1 cup milk
- whipped cream topping (aerosol can)
- Break up the Oreos, saving one for the topping, and add them to a blender with the ice cream and milk. Blend until smooth. Serve topped with whipped cream and Oreo cookie crumbles.