For today's triple post (yes, I said triple, I'm being brave today...), I decided to share with you a great way to concoct a mouthwatering ROOTBEER FLOAT! I know what you're all thinking, "Anyone can make a rootbeer float, what kind of a cop-out Met Monday post is this?" I assure you the following will make a believer out of you. (And if not, it's still a yummy float!) LOL
Ok... First, you have to gather your arsenal- A bottle of good Rootbeer (I love A&W). Those glass bottled ones are great also. Then, you can't have a successful float without a great rich vanilla ice cream! Go for either Dreyer's, Blue Bell or Breyers' French Vanilla. Better yet, Haagen-Dasz! Wow! Now, don't forget the value of a great scoop!
No picture of this critical segment as I was also the float maker- Scoop out two to three rounded scoops into each glass. Slowly pour in your rootbeer to slow down the foaming action and so you can actually have some rootbeer in the glass. :-P
Pouring in on the sides is one great way or letting the rootbeer bottle settle down for 30 seconds before pouring works, too... (Bet you didn't know patience would come in so handy, huh?)
You can't have a float without a great glass to put it in! (Rhoda, this is where the thrifty comes in) I found these mini beer pilsners from Fry's last September (at the wine and beer section) at a low, low price of 25 cents each!!! That's 87.5% off the original price of $2 each. Since our children is famous for "traveling" with their desserts, this was a great compromise! They're made by Libbey.
Then, there's the napkin stash, straws and spoons. And of course, whipped cream to top it all off! If you don't have a cherry available, try any berry, the tang is a welcome taste before all that cold sweetness!
A tray comes in handy, too, in holding all of your float needs, plus when pouring, it catches spills! How cool is that? When done, this is what you get! A perfect marriage of rootbeer and vanilla ice cream headed off with a delectable creamy goodness to welcome in Summer time! Yes!
Susan, thanks for letting me play in today's Met Monday using Rootbeer and Ice Cream. I had fun!
Sally, you're probably thinking, "Is that blue straw your Blue Monday entry, you could have done better!" And I would agree that's why I present to you, my new blue and white ceramic Chinese dinner platter!
This is my very first set of authentic Chinese ceramic. I bought it at our local Asian store. It was made in China and the manufacturer is a Chinese company under the logo, K&K. It's restaurant grade so it's pretty dense. I purchased six and at $4 each, it's a steal! I don't normally find dinner platters in Asian dinnerware anymore, but what makes this more of a treasure for me is that the last Chinese restaurant I ate at in the Philippines before I came here to the USA used these same sized platter to bring our steamed buns and siomais, two staples for any Dim Sum fare!
The design on it is a carp, or koi, and as the symbols state, it is a symbol of LUCK in the Chinese culture and in Feng Shui so it is a double treat for me. I can't wait to use it on a tablescape soon enough! With some Dim Sum goodies perhaps? Christine, Lorna, Li, what do you think of that idea?
How do you like it? A big thanks to our three lovely hosts and to all of you who stopped by. I love all of your comments and wish that I can find time again soon to visit all the participants in each meme. One time I did, but it took about 3 hours of the day and the laundry didn't get done. Oooppps...
Before I forget, I just want to tell all of you how much I appreciate your great comments and your warm friendships through our blogs. I'm normally a shy person so this blog has been a true release for me and you all have just been so wonderful! Thanks so very much!
TABLESCAPING IDEA: ("Brain is so excited to use them) What is your heritage? Most of us know to cook our cultural foods and others that we find delicious and quick, but what about our tables? Let's focus on what makes us special. Without using flags or pictures, create a table that reflects who you are. Not your personality, but rather your culture. A red, white and blue table is great for USA natives while Americana shades or burgundy cream and midnight blue brings in the country side of Americans. No matter how you do it, finish off the table with a great parallel menu and stories that remind you of who you are...