Red, White, and…nope, that’s it….

Well I definitely got a variety of questions that is for sure but we will start with this one:

“When blogging, have you ever put something there that you later regret? You seem so forward which makes you awesome to read but do the people in your life feel the same?”

No. I have no regrets. I am who I am. And if you really go through and read my blog no one is mentioned by name other than me. Even my pets, which sadly answers the question to the person who asked as to what is my dogs real name. Sorry, I don’t do any real names on here…pets included. People either get a nickname or just “someone I know”. I tell stories sometimes about my parents but nothing too bad. And though I have two brothers they are hardly mentioned on here, and my nieces and nephews are off limits. They didn’t put themselves off limits I did. Many of the stories that are told on here, the person is asked ahead of time if it’s okay.

Interestingly enough most of my friends volunteer info over to me saying things like “boy do I have fuel for your blog”. I have had people ask me to write something for them hoping that their spouse would catch on (as they read my blog). Awhile back I wrote a paragraph for a friend whose spouse has taken up marathon running, so much so that he has been using their rent/utility money to cover the cost of the races (he is doing a lot of them). What was interesting is that this bothered someone else, who apparently wasn’t paying their rent for I guess similar reasons. That I can’t help. When you do things you aren’t proud of and they get brought up on here, you can’t blame me, the finger needs to be turned around and put on them. But it hardly ever works that way.

As far as the people in my life, I built up friendships based on who I am. So to my friends this is no biggie. They know often that over-exaggerate to bring a point home. Because I chose people in my life who like me as I really am and not who I pretend to be it works. It’s when you pretend to be something you are not that trouble starts. I will say that there are things on my mind that I would LOVE to write about but I don’t because I don’t want to hurt people. So even though I am more than blunt, I am also kind in that aspect.

My 4th of July post a few years back ruffled feathers, but my friends still invite me to their BBQ’s every year so they know it is good fun. As is 100% of this blog. And while most people will be celebrating the 4th this weekend, I will be celebrating the 1st. Canada Day for those who don’t know! Which answers another question from a reader “Why would you have rather seen a Canadian team win the cup instead of a US team?” Same reason I celebrate Canada day….Canadian.

And what a way to celebrate but with a Red Velvet Milkshake. Now I have seen where people take red velvet cake and vanilla ice cream and make a shake but this is not it (thought I am sure that is more than tasty). This is a little chocolate ice cream, a little milk, a little food coloring, and some vinegar (you read that right)…oh and some Cream Cheese Whipped Cream. To make them special for Canada Day I added a mini maple leaf cookie to the side using the basic cookie dough recipe from the cupcake cookies. You just cut out a slit before you bake them so that they will fit on the cup. Needless to say, this is a winner and a great way to say Yay Canada!!!!

Red Velvet Milkshake

For the shake:
3 scoops milk chocolate ice cream (I used this recipe)
½ cup whole milk
¼ tsp. distilled white vinegar (weird I know but it is what helps give red velvet it’s flavor)
Red food coloring (as little or as much as you like)
For the Cream Cheese Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
5 TBSP whipped cream cheese, at room temperature
3 TBSP powdered sugar
For the Cream Cheese Whipped Cream:
In a stand mixer, combine the heavy cream and sugar. Whip on medium speed with the whisk attachment for 2 – 3 minutes. Just before peaks form, add the cream cheese and whisk for another 2 minutes. Taste and see if you want more sugar or cream cheese, if yes, add more and beat until fully incorporated.
For the milkshake:
In blender combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into glass and top with cream cheese whipped cream and mini leaf cookie.


  1. Like you, I never have any regrets regarding what I post and say… That milkshake is fantastic! I love cookie decoration.



  2. This milkshake looks divine!

    I love your mentality of no regrets, and completely agree that people shouldn’t be mad at you for just talking about something they have done.

  3. I have been following your blog for a while and this is something I never caught on to or just simply forgot that you are from Canada. Being Canadian myself I will be wearing red and white tomorrow:D My sister and her entire family routed for Boston in the Stanley Cip playoffs and they are Canadian so it goes both ways in friendly competition:D

  4. Always good to be yourself! And this milkshake will be loved by my American-self as well.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Looks great! Have an awesome Canada Day..
    Canadian reader…

  6. I love the cut-out of the cookie so it will perch on the glass. Darling! Happy Canada Day tomorrow!

  7. I thought the vinegar was used mostly to lighten the batter – never realized it was a flavor thing.

  8. Peabody says:

    @Rodzilla- while it is used in conjunction with the soda/powder elements to lighten the batter, it is vinegar and does give the cake a certain tang.

  9. This looks great! i cant wait to try it!

  10. I want to drink this, asap! I’ve seen versions where you put an red velvet cupcake in and blend it with milk and ice cream. I think I’ll try both and see who wins :)

  11. Thanks for the answer Peabody. I respect your philosophy. PS. I am from Canada, Vancouver to be exact and am going to attempt my first batch of red velvet cupcakes for Canada Day. :)

  12. Peabody,
    Wishing you a great Canada Day celebration from a Canadian follower (Montreal).

  13. PattiTaylor says:

    Happy Canada Day! The milkshake looks awesome! The cookie decorations is such a cute touch.

  14. I have never seen a red velvet milkshake before! This looks so delicious. I can hardly believe there is chocolate ice cream in it – it’s so brightly colored!

    I celebrate 4th of July, but I am a fellow lover of all things Canadian since my grandma and extended family are all Newfies!

  15. I hope you have a happy birthday on Saturday! It’s my husband’s birthday too. If you’re looking for a crazy party, I’ll email you my address. ;) It’s a trek from your house, but it will be fun! We’re getting a bouncy house and everything. :D

    Cream cheese whipped cream sounds dangerous and freaking delicious.

  16. Happy Canada Day from Ottawa!

  17. Sadly Canada Day is fast becoming like the U.S. Independence Day. Lots of fireworks, drunken idiots and BBQs. The best thing about Canada Day is if you have to work it you get double time…. Happy Birthday!

  18. Happy Canada Day Peabody!

  19. Raquelle says:

    I think it is great that you celebrate Canada Day and have a great love for your country. My parents have friends from Canada — and they celebrate Canada Day and the Canadian Thanksgiving with them. Now my parents aren’t Canadian, but enjoy celebrating other cultures. I remember that 4th of July post — I think the reason people got upset was because it was a very negative post about our holiday (it isn’t just about a BBQ and fireworks). It is about celebrating our freedom and the many, many people who have sacrificed their lives for us. And even though you aren’t American — you live in our country because of the many sacrifices of people in *America* who came before you. For that, I think we **all** should be grateful.

  20. Peabody…..Im newer to ypur blog, and didn’t know you were Canadian…so I hope I didn’t come across as too much of a dumbass! As I said before…. I LOOOOVE Canada, and during the playoffs, even tho I root for my beloved Bs, I did sing the Canadian anthem along with the people on tv. This went over like a lead baloon with my husband….all in good fun, AND even tho we watched from home I had my kids stnd during both anthems!


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