The Iconic Palm Springs Date Shake

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So our recent trip to Shield’s Date Garden inspired me to try making my own date shake. After all, we live in the date capital of the world! If you haven’t been to Shield’s, it’s worth a little trip. It’s kitschy and nostalgic. At least for me it is. My family has been coming to Palm Springs for the past 40 years.

Anyway, the last (and only) time the girls and I tried a date shake, it was extremely rich and sweet. Well of course it was! It’s made with ice cream! I was so glad I only ordered one for the three of us. We couldn’t even finish it! 

Here’s my healthy version. The nice thing about this one… you can enjoy it everyday. :)

Healthy Date Shake 

(makes 2 servings)

1 banana

4 lrg. pitted dates

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

1-2 cups ice (depending on how thick you like it)

Blend, blend, blend.

Slurp and enjoy!

Fashion Week 2015

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Pretty fancy for a couple of moms on a school night. :)

Here in the desert, it’s Fashion Week on El Paseo. Even though I’ve lived here for almost 9 years, this was my first time attending. I love fashion but the event was never something I had the desire to attend. Until last week when my girlfriend, Melissa told me she had free tickets and asked me if I wanted to go. 

The evening’s show benefitted The Girlfriend Factor, a local organization providing educational grants for women. Plus, it was little black dress night so our attire for the evening was easy to put together. :)

Most of all, we used it as an excuse to catch up on some much needed girl time. In fact, we had so much fun chatting away at dinner, we showed up 40 minutes LATE and almost MISSED the entire fashion show!

We ended up catching a good portion of the end (only because it ran long that night). Turns out, that was the perfect amount of runway fashion for us. ;)

I’m so grateful for the gift of several amazing, gracious, and godly girlfriends in my life. What a treasure they are to me!

And thanks to my beautiful friend, now I can say, “Been there. Done that.”

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Seriously, how can it already be NINE??

 

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On Saturday, we biked over to the new IHOP in our neighborhood for their favorite meal of the day… BREAKFAST!

 

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Zachy’s first time in a restaurant highchair.

 

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Birthday breakfast is the best!

 

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Next, Grandma and Grandpa came over bearing gifts.

 

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Faith got this “Princess Grace” doll for her sister.

 

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Grace got roller blades for Faith.

 

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She loved them.

 

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Daddy and the girls spent the rest of Saturday filling up water balloons.

 

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The girls requested hot ham and cheese sliders for their birthday so I made 2 large pans to share with friends.

 

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Hawaiian Sweet Rolls make these sweet and yummy.

 

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The tops are covered in a sauce of Dijon mustard, worcestershire, minced onions, melted butter and poppy seeds before baking. Oohey gooey goodness!

 

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The water balloons are done and ready for Sunday. Over 200 of them!

 

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The beautiful birthday girls are ready for church.

 

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After church, we met our friends at the park for a fun day of fellowship and celebrating.

 

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Too much cuteness going on here.

 

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Let the water balloon toss begin!

 

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Careful concentration.

 

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Joshua manages with one arm.

 

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Trying to figure out which ones might last longer.

 

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Sure, I’ll play. As long as I don’t get my sleeping baby wet.

 

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Easy does it…

 

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Whoa!!

 

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SPLAT!!

 

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My baby!! It actually didn’t phase him at all. He continued to sleep and probably enjoyed cooling off a bit! :))

 

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Next was Tee-ball, using water balloons, of course!

 

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Then, the parents lined up and gave the kids a chance to throw balloons at them.

 

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Until chaos erupted and it became a free for all.

 

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Run, Karen run!

 

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Instead of cake, the girls requested Blackberry Cheesecake.

 

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Make a wish!

 

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Nothing fancy but this is one of the girls’ favorite desserts.

 

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Zach practices sitting up and watches the action.

 

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Just because my baby is simply adorable!

 

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This year, we kept things very simple. I didn’t have the time to plan like I normally would have liked to but ironically, the girls said it was the BEST BIRTHDAY they ever had! It just goes to show you, good times are made by the love of family and friends. (We missed you, Whites!)

The forecast was supposed to be over 90 but the Lord gave us a reprieve by sending cloud cover and temps in the mid 80’s instead.

Needless to say, the kids had a blast with the water balloons!

Happy Birthday to our two NINE year-olds!! We love you so much!

Although it’s sad to see you grow so quickly, we are also incredibly excited to watch you mature and blossom into who God has created you to be. 

You’re the best thing that ever happened to us and we thank God for the blessing of being your parents.

The Walk at Shield’s

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The kids with Joshua and Elizabeth (and the Shield’s Knight) at the start of the garden pathway.

 

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The first scene: The birth of Jesus.

 

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Jesus with the woman at the well.

 

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The Resurrection.

 

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A beautiful grass area for the kids to play and run around.

 

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Jill and Bev enjoying the shade.

 

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A few of us ladies from my bible study group met up at Shield’s Date Farm to walk the Garden. Apparently, a few years ago, a Canadian couple from Vancouver sold their biblical garden and wanted to relocate these sculptures to the Palm Springs area. The sculptures are scattered throughout the 17 acre date farm and turn the garden pathway into a lovely and reflective journey.

A perfect way to remember the life of Christ during this Lenten season.

Tickets for the Walk are $5 and children are free.

You can also get free tickets by eating at the café or purchasing something at the gift shop.

We’ll definitely be back to enjoy the grounds again. And maybe have a date shake next time, too. :)