Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Reverse Psychology

Winter…I know…the season of warm cocoa, steeping tea, hot toddies, maybe even a little brandy.


Beloved has come in from his duck hunt….frozen, but happy. It gives him great pleasure to indulge in this sport he learned with his father and shares with his sons and son in law. He has known the love of dogs whose greatest joy in life was to retrieve across frozen fields. He has shared comradery with longtime friends over cigars, thick steaks, and tall tales. But sometimes what warms the body and what warms the soul are not the same thing.


We both love ice cream and are not quite ready to give up the holiday peppermint. The stores are no longer stocking my favorite novelty peppermint ice creams…time to make a homemade peppermint milkshake.


These happy little snowman glasses are fun. They are part snow globe. When you shake them, the snowflakes dance around. Even grown ups like drinking from a fun straw. Beloved is still a kid at heart. :)


My hearth bunny still promises spring..he’s munching on silk ferns instead of poinsettias now! If your weather outside is frightful, try reverse psychology. It may just make you feel like a kid again and warm your soul.

Peppermint Milkshakes

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1 cup milk

1/4-1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy ( depending on your taste)

Whipped topping and peppermint sticks for garnish.

Mix all in a blender. Next time I think I will throw in sprinkle of mini chocolate chips—even more decadent.

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Michael Lee West at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday. You can click on their buttons in my sidebar for table and food inspiration galore!


  1. I feel warmer already! love the hearth bunny!

  2. I don't mind the winter weather. It makes me want to cook delicious smelling foods and read in a cozy spot.

  3. Oh boy I am not on the ball today. I came by to thank you for your kind words today.
    So, Thanks. It means a lot.

  4. Your fireplace looks so warm and welcoming! And the milkshakes look yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

    I am SO used to the cold weather here in the Midwest, I guess I just roll with it. It's all about getting into it rather than hating it. Sounds crazy, huh!!


  5. Hi Susan...

    Ohh my...I just love your fireplace and that gorgeous frenchy screen!!! My friend, that first black & white photo is simply stunning!!! It belongs in a design publication/magazine!!! Beautiful ambiance!!! What a lovely home you have...and that fire makes it look so warm and inviting...I love it!!! Mmmm...the peppermint milkshakes sound divine! I know my honey would love them...I'll have to give your recipe a try! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us,'s always such a pleasure to visit!!!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  6. Pleasure to meet you, and i am delighted that you found me at ms Lynne's she is such a doll!

    We too are snowed and iced in...but I have to admit (lol) I have used it as a chance to snuggle...I don't think my beloved has caught on yet...if so, he must be having fun!!!

    Now I see, I need to add ICE CREAM Milkshakes to the mix...good plan, very good plan!

  7. Hi Susan! Wow! That first shot looks like something out of Garden and that magazine! The milkshakes sound good and the fire looks cozy! Stay warm!...hugs...Debbie

  8. Oh, those milkshakes look so good. I suggested flowers in my post yesterday...maybe I need a milkshake to go with them!


  9. What a pretty and warm setting - love the bunny. I went for years and did not want a milkshake - Yeah, I know I am strange! :-D Then last Spring I started getting a CFA strawberry shake sometimes when out and about - love those things.

  10. Those drinks look so delicious!!!! I am saving the recipe. Thank you:)
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  11. Peppermint milkshakes? OMG that sounds so good. I want to be in front of that fire sipping them! --Delores

  12. Peppermint milkshakes and a toasty fire. I'll be right over! Yummy!

  13. Very sweet post...pun intended! LOL
    I've got a quart of peppermint ice cream stashed in the freezer, leftover from Christmas. I think I'll try it with your chocolate chip idea....thanks!

  14. Those sound great! Love your photos! :D Jewel

  15. I love the little cute and delicious:)

  16. Everything is better in front of a warming fire. Love the bunny!!

  17. Cute! Thanks for sharing the warmth of this post. ~ Sarah

  18. I love that first photo, your cute snow globe glasses and most especially what's in them. My kids would love this milkshake as well. :)

    Oh yes, and your bunny is so darling as well!

  19. Love the peppermint, can't get enough, I am with you, love the ice cream in front of the fire, perfect...loved the post....

  20. Tempting me with the yummy peppermint!!



  21. This looks so cozy. And yum on those milkshakes...Christine

  22. Yum! And the fire looks just the thing after being in the field all day. xx

  23. Hey Susan I saw the shake for your Beloved and me, but what are you going to drink now? I think I'll just sit here at your beautiful hearth and wile away the day. Just kick me if I get in your way!
    Thank you so much for coming by and leaving me the sweet message. Love it when you get in my way.

  24. Oh I loved your post. I loved the photo you aged.
    Enjoy your milkshakes.
    Have a Blessed Day,

  25. Hi Susan, this sounds so delicious. I love the way you have them ready on the hearth so they can warm up Now... you know I love, love, love your bunny... Thanks for sharing the recipe... hugs ~lynne~

  26. The boots by the fire and the bunny are just perfect and the refreshments sound yummy. Hugs, Marty

  27. Peppermint milk shakes sound like fun in a glass! And they look like fun in a glass the way you've photographed this. Mr. Bunny is so cute. Thanks for your visit to my table this week too!

  28. Hi Susan,

    What a lovely post and love the idea of reverse psychology.
    Love your beautiful hearth photo and the peppermint shakes looks delicious.

    Happy weekend

  29. These look so good. I'm sure my husband, aka: the ice cream and candy cane lover, would just love them. Nancy
    BTW: I really miss posting to your Christmas meme. Would you believe that we need to undecorate next week??? Christmas doesn't leave our home without a battle...

  30. Your hearth looks so cozy, and my children would love the peppermint milkshakes. We'll have to try them!

  31. Everything looks so warm and cozy. The bunny is too cute. I love those floater cups. They're so happy to use. Mmm thanks for the recipe. Rosie

  32. Had to pop in here and let you know my beloved is copying your recipe...LOL

  33. Looks nice and cozy!
    I still have lots of candy canes..due to the huge snowstorm all the little ones never made it to the country for our celebration.In fact all that decorations I one even got to see it!!

    Now if I make more of that peppermint bark, I will just have to eat it..and that, is a BAD thing!
    And yes, the bunny..Spring will come..but first we must get ready for the Valentine's and Cloche party...:)

  34. The other day, not too long after the sun had set, I heard the ice cream man coming down our street. Now I usually run out and get a root beer float from him, but on that day I thought, who wants ice cream when it gets this cold? (This was when we were down to 29 degrees here in Florida.) Now I now who and I have to admit peppermint shakes in front of a fire does sound appealing. Now I just have to find some of those cute straws and cups!

  35. You've made your home so warm and welcoming that even Eskimos would love that milkshake. It really sounds delicious. Have a great Foodie Friday.

  36. Susan, your fireplace looks so inviting and cozy. (love the hunter's accessories on the hearth). Your ice cream sounds like a winter winner, and those snow globe glasses are so cute! laurie

  37. I grew up with Men Who Hunt. Your hearth is magical and beguiling. I have all the ingredients to make this dessert. I can't wait!

  38. Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day! I LOVED all the comment love and now I'm here to spread it around!

  39. What a lovely post. Hunting was a big part of my childhood when my Dad got together with his friends. I loved the stories after the hunt. I hung on every word. Im going to follow you right now. Enjoy the weekend.

  40. I have the EXACT same bunny planter! It weighs a ton!! Mine is outside in the front garden...empty...waiting for some spring flowers.

    That shake sounds yummy!

  41. I come from a family of big time hunters and know about the after hunt snacks. My uncles like Clark Bars...funny but I've not thought of that in years!

    Love the snowman straw!!

  42. LOVE being by the fire... I drank my cafe creme sitting next to the fireplace this am... PERFECT way to start the day!

  43. Your peppermint milkshakes look delicious and I love the cute glasses they're served in. I can't wait to try this recipe!

  44. Susan, that looks so warm, cozy and inviting!
    I ended up spending Friday morning in the ER with Jack. You can read more on my Monday post.
    Thanks for visiting me at Tales from Bloggeritaville and also for commenting.
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  45. Lovely, entertaining...just my kinda gal!

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