Day 139: Red Robin’s Blue Moon Shake (or a reasonable facsimile thereof)

Call this another dish for the “12 Dishes to Master” list.  My wife had this shake while out for dinner a few weeks back and was craving another tonight.

The windows are open and we’re sitting on the front step.  The heat is still lingering an hour past sundown, the birds are chirping and the humidity is tolerable.  Off in the distance, there are a few dim flashes of lightning as summer thunderstorms roll angrily across the horizon.  As we laze and soak up this fine summer evening, I’m proud to say I think I’ve cracked the recipe for the Blue Moon Shake from Red Robin.


Photo from Red Robin. My styling would not be as gorgeous.

How I made mine (tip: You’ll need an immersion blender).

Cointreau Orange Liquer
Blue Moon Belgian Wheat Beer
Orange Juice
Vanilla Ice Cream

Place 5-6 good large scoops of ice cream into a tall glass.  Add one shot of Cointreau, half a bottle of Blue Moon, and a splash and a half of orange juice.  The exact amount of orange juice varies according to your taste, so play around.  Submerge the immersion blender in the glass and blend until creamy.  Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Another tip…chill your Cointreau, orange juice and beer together in the refrigerator so that everything is cold.  This will help make sure you wind up with more of a shake than a cold juice mix.

Final tip…Use quality, full-fat creamy ice cream to achieve the perfect taste.


As always: This is simply my journal as I try to better myself. I hope it inspires you to focus on yourself. Make 2013 YOUR year.
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Day 92: One Quarter In


keep-calm-and-check-progress-5So now that I am one-quarter of the way through this year, I took the opportunity to revisit some of my goals to see where I stand…

Physically:  I’ve been able to get a workout in every single day.  Some days, that workout consists of 50 pushups as I get ready to crawl into bed.  Some days it’s a full, heavy weight session at the gym.  But I’ve done some sort of muscle punishing workout every single day.  I’ve seen some results, too.  Nothing too tremendous, but enough that I’m happy with my progress.


Day 4


Day 89

No, I’m probably never going to be huge.  I resigned myself to that my senior year of high school.  Nor do I want to, as my wife claims she doesn’t like overly muscular dudes.  So that’s good.  But I am happy with my results so far.


I’ve completed a number of books so far, but I’m slightly behind pace.  I realize that, but I’m not freaking out too badly by that, because when I get into a fiction book, I usually devour it.


I’m pleased with my progress.  I’ve made a desk, learned to identify a lot of birds (which reminds me, we’ve seen our first robin in the yard), and I’m progressing towards my first belt in karate.


Again, pleased with where I am.  I’m slightly off pace, but that will all change as rugby season comes into full swing this spring.  I run a lot during the spring and fall seasons.  So anywhere that I am behind, I will make it up very soon.  In addition, we’ve got our first adventure race of the season coming up in two weekends.  I’m excited to be running with my wife.  Also, I love my Vibram Five Fingers.

People Who Matter:
I’m a little behind on this, but several upcoming posts include more than one person, so I will be back to pace very shortly.

So that’s it.  A brief look at the first quarter.  I’m sure I could be more in depth, but none of this matters to you.  What really matters here is you.  Is this inspiring you to do something better?  Does it help you continue on a path you’ve wanted to walk?  In the end, that’s what I hope to do…inspire you.


As always: This is simply my journal as I try to better myself. I hope it inspires you to focus on yourself. Make 2013 YOUR year.
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Day 20, Quick Shots

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.

Jim Rohn

Super quick update tonight…

Got in another 1.5 miles, bring the total so far to 9.5 miles, which is right on pace to keep the yearly goal in sight. The wife and I spent a good twenty minutes watching and identifying birds out the back window this afternoon. Finished my second book of the year, Captivating, which I will discuss more tomorrow. And got in a great hard workout tonight with weights and resistance bands.

How are your goals coming along for the year? Have you found yourself wanting to start relaxing and letting some slide? Is the motivation still there? Let me know how things are going, either here or on Facebook.

As always: This is my journal. I hope it inspires you. Make 2013 your year.
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Detox, Day Done

Done with the Detox.  I’m very glad I did it.  Not only do I think it was a good thing to do, I feel much better in just three short days.  I know that modern medicine will tell you that a detox has little to no “conclusive” proof that it works, but I can feel a difference already.  I’m more alert, feel lighter, and definitely not feeling run-down around 4PM like I normally do.

So I can cross another goal off my list, and realize that I will probably add it to the list for 2014.  I’ll probably do this again, periodically.  Lord knows I’ve become more conscious about what I eat as I have grown older.

Have you ever tried a Detox?   If so, what did you do, for how long, and do you think it made a difference?  I’d love to hear some feedback below.

Other Goal Updates: None other to report fulfilled.  Worked out and read today.  Going to go get a mile in on the treadmill, and hope I don’t bump my head.

As always:   This is my journal.  I hope it inspires you.  Make 2013 your year.

Detox, Day Two

Day two of the Detox Diet.  AKA, “Yes, I’m over halfway done!”

I make it sound worse than it is.  It’s really not that bad.  Aside from the grassy-flavored breakfast drink the meals are fairly satisfying and flavored.  Not at all what I expected, which was cardboard, bark and algae.

Really, who doesn’t want to gulp down spirulina shakes every morning? (Courtesy

I have noticed several changes already:

  1. I was more alert this morning, despite not drinking coffee and getting only 5ish hours of sleep.  I attribute this to the ginger-lemon drink and lack of crappy toxins floating in my system.
  2. My gut feels incredible.  I’ve never been a terrible eater and I’ve always been in pretty good shape, but I had no idea how much ick I carried around in my intestines.
  3. I have had a slight case of the chills.  Because the foods we’re eating are not high-energy drinks, I’ve struggled to stay warm in this cold Wisconsin winter weather.

All-in-all, I’d recommend this detox to anyone looking to do a short cleanse that doesn’t require starving yourself.  And I would recommend it during the summer.

Aside from that, other goal updates include:  I knocked out about 50 pages of Captivating today in between surgeries, bringing me closer to two books finished.  And a good friend loaned me his copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People, so that will be next.

I’m keeping the workouts minimal during these three days of detox because of the lack of energy, I don’t want to wear myself out.  So tonight will see only 50 pushups and 4:00 of wall sits, again.

Finally, tomorrow I’m starting my first of 52 people who need to know they matter.

Thanks for checking in.

As always: This is my journal.  I hope it inspires you.  Make 2013 your year.