Health Up Your St. Patrick’s Day With Our Shamrock Shake Recipe

When you’re working on a healthier lifestyle, sometimes it means you have to give up some favorites. Many people look forward to the Golden Arches’ St. Patrick’s Day staple, the Shamrock Shake. However, those minty little treats are loaded with ingredients that aren’t exactly the best for us, not to mention nearly 900 calories per 22-ounce cup!

The recipe we’re sharing comes in at 1/3 of the calories and is full of healthy ingredients that are actually good for you! It’s easy to whip up in your bullet style blender, and satisfies paleo, vegan and keto diets alike. This recipe makes two servings, so you can share with a friend! We hope you enjoy!

Healthier Shamrock Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ to ½ tsp. mint extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sweetener (like erythritol or stevia) to taste
  • 1 cup ice
  • Water (if needed)
  • Mint leaves (a few, if desired)

Instructions

  • Add coconut milk, avocado, vanilla extract, mint extract, salt, sweetener and mint leaves to a blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  • Add in ice, blend until thick and creamy, adding a little water if needed.
  • Serve with homemade whipped cream if desired.

Family Danz Recipe Corner: Sweets for Your Sweet

Nothing says love quite like a sweet treat made from the heart. If you’re looking for something special to give your sweethearts this Valentine’s Day, why not consider making something yourself? In honor of the month of hearts and flowers, we’re sharing a recipe for cherry kiss cookies from Taste of Home. These delicious cookies are perfect to give to someone special. Whether you’re making them for a loved one, your co-workers, your child’s teacher or a friend, they’re sure to be appreciated!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. maraschino cherry juice
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 6 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 54 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and salt until blended. Add in cherry juice, extract and food coloring. Gradually stir in flour. Stir in chopped cherries.
  • Shape dough into 1” balls and place 1” apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. As soon as you remove from oven, press a chocolate kiss into the center of each. Edges may crack a little. Cool on cookie sheet for two minutes, and remove to wire racks to finish cooling.

If you haven’t had annual maintenance done on your furnace this year, why not show it a little love this February and schedule an appointment with us? Getting preventive maintenance will keep your furnace running all winter long. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to set up a heating maintenance appointment with you.

Family Danz Recipe Corner: Need Some Comfort this Winter?

Try this tasty mac & cheese!

When winter weather strikes in the Albany area, there’s nothing better than comfort food to help weather the storm. And when we think of comfort food, one of the first things that come to mind is good old macaroni and cheese. Delicious on its own or as a side, macaroni and cheese is tasty, comforting and the perfect dinner on a snowy evening. But did you know you can easily make mac and cheese right in your slow cooker? It only takes a couple of hours, and is super simple to make. We’re sharing this recipe courtesy of the Delish website – we hope you enjoy!

Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • ½ c. butter, melted
  • 4 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ c. finely grated Parmesan
  • 24 oz. evaporated milk
  • 2 c. whole milk
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  • In your slow cooker bowl, combine all ingredients, seasoning to taste with the salt and pepper.
  • Cook on high until the pasta is cooked through and sauce has thickened, about 2-3 hours.
  • Begin checking pasta for doneness after two hours, then every 20 minutes after.

Comfort food in your tummy is good; home comfort is even better. Family Danz can help you stay cozy all winter long. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685, and we’ll be happy to assist with your winter heating needs.

Family Danz Recipe Corner: Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry sauce is a staple at most Thanksgiving feasts, and most of us are familiar with the jelly kind that plops out of a can! But this year, why not put a new spin on your cranberry side dish, with this tasty cranberry chutney recipe from Allrecipes.com? The addition of other fruits, spices and a bit of zing will make this dish be the standout at this year’s festivities.

Cranberry Chutney

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 12-oz. package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup apples – peeled, cored, diced
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves

Directions:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to boil over medium heat. Add all remaining ingredients. Return to boil, and then simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Pour mixture into mixing bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the sauce. Cool to room temperature. Serve, or cover and refrigerate. Return chutney to room temperature before serving.

Thanksgiving is all about family.

At Family Danz, we believe in treating customers as though they’re a part of ours. That’s why for emergency repairs, we are available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays – because we know emergencies can occur at the most inconvenient times. If you need emergency services, even on Thanksgiving, give us a call at (518) 427-8685. Just be sure to save us the drumstick!

Family Danz Recipe Corner: These Tasty Treats Will Be the Apple of Your Eye

Fall is here, and so are all the delicious tastes of the season. Pumpkin spice abounds, and apples are literally everywhere. Whether you like to pick them yourself, or enjoy the great fall sales on them at the supermarket, there is no better time of the year than right now to enjoy fresh, ripe apples. Of course, they’re tasty just to grab and snack on, but there are so many different ways to enjoy them. Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, baked into a pie, or, one of our favorite ways – covered in yummy caramel! We’re sharing a fun recipe for caramel apples with you from Allrecipes – they’re super easy to make, but one thing’s for sure – they won’t last long!

Caramel Apples

Ingredients

  • 6 apples, washed to remove any traces of wax and refrigerated
  • 1 14-oz. package of individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Sprinkles, chopped nuts, mini candies or anything you’d like to garnish apples (optional)
  • 6 wooden craft sticks

Directions

  • Remove stems from apples and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet (you can use cooking spray as well).
  • Place caramels and milk in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for two minutes, stirring at one minute. Allow to cool briefly.
  • Roll each apple in the caramel sauce until coated well. Place on buttered baking sheet to set.
  • While apples are tacky to the touch, if desired decorate with nuts, sprinkles or candies.

Sticky situations are good when it comes to enjoying caramel apples, but not so good when it comes to your home’s heating system. If your heating system isn’t running the way you’d like, you can count on Family Danz to help. We can repair virtually any make or model of furnace or boiler, so just give us a call at the first sign of trouble and we will be more than happy to assist you.