2 Uniquely Delicious Spins on the Ice Cream Float

This post is sponsored by San Bernardo Ice Cream but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

When I was a little girl, nothing made me happier than a yummy root beer float. My parents would make them (and also what they called a “black cow” that used cola rather than root beer) for my sister and I, and we viewed them as the most special of all the sweet treats. As an adult, my affinity for ice cream floats has remained, but I’ve found myself wanting to take the traditional root beer and vanilla ice cream combo up a notch. I decided to do a little experimenting with the Italian Escapes™ collection from San Bernardo ice cream and different sodas, and the results were glorious.

I feel safe about letting my kids indulge in San Bernardo ice cream because all the ice creams are rBST Free, contain 20% Less Sugar and Fat, and are made only with All-Natural ingredients. Compared to other ice cream brands, SB is guilt free on another level!

The two recipes I’m sharing here are mine and my kids’ favorites (tiramisu for me, spumoni for them), simple to make, and pretty much define delicious fun.

Tiramisu Ice Cream Float
makes 1 serving

2 scoops San Bernardo Tiramisu ice cream
1/2 cup coffee, chilled
1-1/2 cup cream soda, chilled
whipped cream
cookie or wafer for garnish

Place Tiramisu ice cream in a glass. Pour coffee and cream soda over ice cream. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cookie or wafer.

This recipe represents a classic treat that is simple, but the San Bernardo ice cream takes it to the next level with the creamy, rich, natural Tiramisu flavor. Nothing can compare to this delicious Italian flavoring!

You can make this float and other San Bernardo ice cream floats by ordering up all of your favorite flavors online using my special discount code, “EverybodySpoons11,” to get 3 FREE giant brownies and 3 FREE giant cookies with any pint purchase! (For a Limited Time Only.)

Spumoni Strawberry Ice Cream Float
makes 1 serving

2 scoops San Bernardo Spumoni ice cream
1 cup strawberry soda, chilled
1 cup cream soda, chilled
strawberries for garnish

Place Spumoni ice cream in a glass. Pour chilled strawberry and cream soda over ice cream. Garnish with strawberries.

These floats are easy for the kids to help make as well. We can whip them up quickly, and enjoy the delicious indulgence thanks to San Bernardo’s quality, trustworthy ingredients.

These unique, super decadent twists on the root beer float couldn’t be easier, and they are so good. My four-year-old told me the spumoni float was her “ice cream dream come true,” and honestly, I kind of feel the same way. We love the unique flavors that San Bernardo offers, and how perfect the Italian Escapes™ collection is for anytime of the year! We also love that all of their ice cream contains no artificial flavors or artificial colors and no high fructose corn syrup. And I just adore their take on my favorite Italian dessert, tiramisu, and the rich marsala wine and mascarpone cheese flavors throughout every bite. Their Spumoni is a flavor explosion, with chocolate swirled with pistachio, strawberry and vanilla ice creams, mixed with cherries and almond pieces. We also love Sea Salt Caramel and Quad Chocolate – so yummy.

We’re also big fans of the San Bernardo story, and their wonderful ethnic and specialty flavors. You can purchase San Bernardo ice cream via their website and pick your personal favorites from one of their 4 different collections of creamy deliciousness. All of their flavors are unique and forward thinking and provide a cool, modern spin on old favorites. Woot!

Don’t forget to use my special discount code, “EverybodySpoons11,” to get 3 FREE giant brownies and 3 FREE giant cookies with any pint purchase! (For a Limited Time Only.)

What are your favorite twists on traditional root beer floats? Have you tried San Bernardo ice creams?

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Are You Ready for National Fetch Day? | #MakeFetchHappen #NationalFetchDay

Gretchen Wieners may not have been able to make fetch happen in the classic cult comedy Mean Girls, but just watch as determined dogs from coast to coast turn the phrase into their own pet holiday:…



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What do you do when a giant pig invades the neighborhood?

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Boxes, Bags, & BUB!

Ever brought home a new (read: expensive) toy for your cat only to see the new plaything rejected in favor of the box or bag it came in? And if you weren’t so darn amused by watching your cat chase the receipt in the bottom of the bag you’d be really mad, right?

Yep, boxes and bags are a big hit. Experts cite numerous innate reasons for the attraction.

  • Concealment. Cats are predators, so these hiding spaces make it easier for them to surprise their prey—like your dog or maybe even you!
  • Stress relief. If I fits, I sits, right? Hardly claustrophobic, studies show that cats find comfort in any space they can squeeze themselves into. Maybe there’s someone new in your home or a conflict with another family member, your cat can find security in a box or bag.
  • Warmth. Quite literally, it’s warmer inside. Cardboard is a great insulator and bags can get warm quickly—just be sure your cat can get out!
  • Me-time. Your cat doesn’t have to be a total introvert to enjoy playing alone. Alone in a confined space, your cat gets to make up his or her own rules of play.

Recreation. While simple to us, cats can see all the possibilities for fun in a box or a bag—peeping, pouncing, teasing, crinkling, chewing, and even sleeping. See how Lil BUB traps giant Spooky in a bag!

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5 Tips for Entertaining Last Minute Guests During the Holidays

Thank you Edwards® Desserts for sponsoring this post. Head to the frozen desserts aisle of your grocery store to pick up your favorite Edwards pie and make entertaining a breeze!

Okay, so yes, it’s only October. But let’s face it – these days, the holiday season begins the second after the last trick or treater rings the doorbell on Halloween night. And even though it can feel long and drawn out and chaotic and busy, I genuinely love the hustle and bustle of this season. I love the nonstop activities, the decor and music and lights, the overall excitement in the air, and even the last minute entertaining. I thrive on it.

That said, I also admittedly tend to feel overwhelmed in November and December, despite my fondness for the chaos. Around Thanksgiving and the December holidays especially, so many friends and family members from out of town are in the area, and we often have people stop by unexpectedly or call to make last minute plans to visit. We absolutely love having friends over, especially this time of year, and I adore entertaining (even if it’s unplanned), but it can be stressful if I’m not prepared. Thankfully, I have found that if I follow a few simple guidelines, it makes the experience of last minute holiday entertaining enjoyable instead of anxiety inducing. And I’m going to share some of my tips with you today!

1. Use decor you already have for a table setting. If I’m hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, I go all out with my tablescapes. But even when we’re just having last minute guests stop by and we’re serving snacks, dessert, or even just drinks, I like to make the table look pretty. This time of year I usually pull gourds from other areas of my house and arrange them on the table. It takes just a couple of minutes, and it makes things feel fun and festive.

2. Welcome with a warm drink. We always have the coffee pot loaded and ready to turn on this time of year, and have a decaf stash ready too. I hit the start button and brew as soon as a guest arrives. I also keep fresh apple cider on hand, and heat it in a pot with cinnamon sticks when friends come over. (A few splashes of brandy make it especially fun!) Hot drinks are a symbol of the season and also make people instantly feel comfortable.

3. Keep Edwards Desserts on hand. This is a last minute holiday entertaining must for me! Everyone loves desserts, and Edwards Desserts makes absolutely delicious pies that are thaw-and-serve (so easy) but taste homemade. I have tried all of the varieties, but my favorites are Edwards Hershey’s Chocolate Crème Pie and Edwards Key Lime Pie, and I have either one or both of them in my freezer at all times during the holiday season. Edwards Hershey’s Chocolate Crème Pie is decadent layers of of chocolate and vanilla crème that are topped with chocolate drizzle, little chocolate chip, and whipped crème rosettes. And the chocolate cookie crumb crust is to-die-for. Edwards Key Lime Pie is a summer favorite of mine too, but I like to have it on hand during the holidays as well to change things up. The key lime filling (which is made with real Key West lime juice; yes please!) sits on a delicious vanilla cookie crumb crust and is topped with whipped crème rosettes. When a guest calls to say they’re stopping by, I just pull them out and thaw (or serve frozen, which is just as good!). They also make for a delightful ending to Thanksgiving dinner, and are perfect to bring to holiday parties and gatherings. Whether I’m serving alongside savory snacks or alone as a treat with coffee, I always serve Edwards.

4. Have a holiday play list ready to go. My husband makes so much fun of my affinity for nonstop holiday music, but I stand proud, guys. I mean, I’m not obnoxious about it; I give it plenty of time before I dive in, and between now and mid (cough cough, early) November, I have a regular old playlist ready to go. But once Thanksgiving is a week or two (or four) away, all bets are off (and the jingle bells are on). If we’re going to be doing last minute entertaining, I am prepared when it comes to music, and that holiday play list begins the minutes guests arrive. You have to ambience, right?

5. Keep things simple. I realize this isn’t a specific, concrete tip, but I genuinely feel it’s the most important one. I tend to go overboard with planning and (as I mentioned earlier) can get overwhelmed with last minute plans, even when I love the excitement of them. This time of year, I really try to stick with the four things above when last minute guests are coming over, and let the rest go. The holidays should be a time for enjoying the company of loved ones, and sometimes simple (but prepared!) is best.

Do you have any tips for last minute holiday entertaining? Who else is a fan of Edwards Desserts? Oh, and make sure you enter the super cool contest Edwards Desserts is hosting, for the chance to to receive a limited-edition, dessert-inspired prize pack. One lucky winner will also be a guest at a sweet holiday celebration in their hometown! So fun!

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A Brief History of the Flea

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The Salukis

One week ago today, Jenna and I went to Pittsburgh to pick up some puppies at the airport. We found ourselves at some desolate warehouse place, but yes, they had our delivery from Albuquerque.

They loaded the shipping box into our van. Zoom, the old whippet, raised his head to watch the proceedings, and out of that crate rose of cacophony of primitive puppy barks.

The barker was the brindle named Streamer but called “Baz” at his breeder’s home. He had gone through enough moves and jostles, and to be face to face with that short-eared dog was the last straw.

Jenna quickly got both pups out of the crate. Streamer glowered at me from the passenger seat, but the other puppy, the cream and white Mango, stared up at me with abject suspicious. “You’re not gonna eat me, are you?” his eyes seemed to ask.

And I drove them home. Mango decided that I was his safety, and he began to follow me from room to room. Streamer, a hot-blooded Arabian stallion of a pup, decided to snap at the old whippet on the sofa, and he received a muzzle snap for his impudence..

Thus began my journey with an even more different sort of dog.  I should add that these are not normal AKC salukis, but they are a cross between a tazi with ancestors from Kazakhstan and Middle Eastern or “desert bred salukis.” Their sire is Tavi, a dog that has been featured on the Qurencia blog many times. Their mother is brindle and white, and thus controversial to the saluki purists. Both live with Shiri Hoshen in New Mexico, and this is the first litter produced between the two parents.

Mango is not ours. He will be going through a vaccine and titer regime over the next few months before he will be send to live with a good friend of this blog in Australia.

But right now, Mango is just learning about this foreign land, where the grass is green and spongy, and the rain drops from the sky regularly and make the air cool and crisp.

He is learning about wolf-like dogs with prick ears and intense eyes, and drop-eared almost Saluki-like things that carry things in their mouths. He will need much socialization to be made ready for that long trip Down Under.

But he has the softest, brownest eyes I’ve ever seen on a dog. He will be a great dog. I just hope to do him justice.

Streamer will be staying here, and I hope will be reformed into a nice high status dog.

/And so I will learn a new breed once again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Keep Your Dog Calm on Halloween #AdaptilDog

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Doggies.com and breeders.net wish all of our Canadian friends a very happy Thanksgiving! May the coming year be filled with things we can all be thankful for.


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