Recipe for happiness – thoughts on a root beer float

Recipe for happiness - thoughts on a root beer float -- A Pinch of Joy
Recipe for happiness - thoughts on a root beer float -- A Pinch of Joy

Wheels and I sat down one recent hot, steamy weekend afternoon for a rare root beer float. As I spooned the vanilla ice cream out of the fizzy beverage, I thought about the origins of a root beer float. Who was the first person to drop a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream in a glass of soda? Were they trying to come up with a new drink? Or was it just accidental?   How many different variations did they try before they hit on the smooth creamy vanilla with the bite and buzz of root beer?

For every recipe published here, there are half a dozen that don’t get published. Some are so standard that it seems a waste of time and energy to type it up and take it through the publishing process. But if it were new to me — would I publish a recipe for root beer float? Directions apparently exist. I hear you are supposed to drop the ice cream into the liquid. But I don’t — because I like to see it foam as I pour the root beer over the ice cream. And to see how tall the stack of foam will go before it starts to topple. And then add more. Playing with my food. . .

Other dishes I have made forever you won’t see published here for that waste of time and energy reason. I do try new recipes – sometimes just for variety and sometimes just for you! If they are new to me, I make them at least twice and more likely three or four or more times before publishing them. The first time, I follow the base recipe – unless I am out of an ingredient or I don’t like a particular spice or a combination of textures or I see a way to reduce the carb count. By the time I get to the third or sixth round, it’s my recipe!

Sometimes what sounds like a great twist on an old favorite doesn’t pan out at all. Like the Rueben burgers we had for dinner last night. Wheels and Bytes are great fan of Rueben sandwiches and “collect” them when they go to a different restaurant. So when I saw the idea for Reuben toppings on burgers, I thought “home run”.   Nahhh. Not a strike out, but barely a base run. The reaction was decidedly underwhelming. Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing — spectacular on corned beef, ho-hum on a burger. Even when seconds were served on rye bread instead of a bun. I certainly won’t be publishing that one.

Would I publish a root beer float recipe? Well, I did use Carb Count vanilla ice cream. But when I bought the root beer I accidentally picked up the regular instead of diet. So any healthiness from the ice cream was cancelled and then some! I bought both on a whim and we enjoyed the out of the ordinariness of the mixture. If I were to hit publish, it wouldn’t be on root beer float recipe. Instead this is the recipe for happiness . . . do something unexpected, have fun, enjoy the moment, laugh with a loved one! It’s a recipe that’s in the public domain and available to all :-)

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Celebrating Wheels’ birthday today.  No Segway Ride.  Or Blushing Peach Pie.  Just a fun day with wishes for many more happy days to follow!  Here’s hoping you are having a fun day, too.  Thanks for coming by each week to share your awesomeness!  You rock!! 

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Blogging help, how to and more – Roundup

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  Last week three bloggers linked awesome blogging helps on Busy Monday, the  weekly link party hosted by A Pinch of Joy.  Bytes is in charge of all things technical at A Pinch of Joy, but yours truly has to 1) search out blogging information 2) learn 3) evaluate 4) learn some more 5) apply 6) update and 7) learn some more. One of the many reasons I started blogging was to  learn something new — have I ever!   There is always more to learn.  I am so glad there are other bloggers who share their knowledge and  make the learning and application so much easier!  Above are the three linked to Busy Monday — please feel free to grab a featured button from the Button Box! 

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Below  are another half dozen posts on blogging recently pinned to my Blog It Pinterest Board.

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Grow Your Blog in 20 Minutes a Day         
How to SEO a Blog Post        
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