Old Fashioned Raspberry Shake Recipe + Driscoll’s Minnesota Berry Together Sweepstakes

It’s not a surprise that we Minnesotans are a bunch of raspberry lovers, but now there is hard data to back it up. According to Driscoll’s, the Twin Cities is the leading market for raspberries (measured by consumption per household), with residents enjoying 153% more raspberries than the national average! Does your family love raspberries? Ours does and they have been a part of our special moments and favorite foods ever since I can remember.

During the summer, raspberries were often the star of dessert at my grandparents house. My grandma would prepare them by sprinkling with sugar and letting them sit in the refrigerator, would turned them into an easy raspberry sauce, which we put over ice cream or a slice of poundcake.

In our own house, raspberries were a summer staple too. The way my mind remembers it, Mom did most of the regular cooking for meals in our house. But when it came to treats, then Dad took over. He made the most delicious raspberry filled crepes! I always thought that crepes seemed like a fancy food, but he swore that they weren’t that hard to make. But, since Dad was a big ice cream fan, as well as a raspberry fan, he was even more likely to make us raspberry shakes. This is my version of Dad’s recipe, which just happens to be the best raspberry shake recipe ever.


 

Best Raspberry Shake Recipe Ever

 
Ingredients:

3 cups reduced fat ice cream
1 cup milk (I use 1%)
1 package (6 ounces or 1 1/4 cups) Driscoll’s Raspberries

Directions:

Place ice cream and milk in blender.
Blend until smooth.
Add raspberries to blender.
Blend on low speed for 10 seconds.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

While many kids love shakes, even more seem to love ice pops. Well, guess what? This recipe is super easy to turn into Raspberry Shake Freezer Pops! All you do is let the shake melt a bit after making (or start out with 1/2 cup extra milk for a more runny concoction) and then pour the shake mixture into an ice pop mold. Let freeze until hardened and then, voila! Yummy Raspberry Shake Freezer Pops for the kids. (Or the adults because really, who doesn’t love a homemade freezer pop?


 

Enter for a chance to win:

 
If you live in our raspberry-loving state of Minnesota, enter Driscoll’s Minnesota Berry Together Sweepstakes for a chance to win a dream getaway at Madden’s Resort & Spa in Brainerd, MN. One grand prize winner will win a magical 4-night stay at Madden’s on Gull Lake. The stay includes a Berry Bonanza Day featuring fresh Driscoll’s berry treats and exclusive surprises. Four first prize winners will receive Driscoll’s berries for a year! Enter here for your chance to win. Those in all 50 states can enter the Driscoll’s #BerryTogether sweepstakes by sharing a favorite everyday Driscoll’s moment on Twitter or Instagram using #BerryTogether for a chance to win a trip to Monterey, California, or berries for a year! (See details here.)

THE EMOJI MOVIE Truck Tour at Mall of America Thursday

THE EMOJI MOVIE Truck Tour is making its way to Minnesota! Join in on the celebration the upcoming release of THE EMOJI MOVIE with Hi-5 & Gene, characters from the upcoming film. The Emoji Movie glass truck activation will be at Mall of America this Thursday, July 13 from 2pm-8pm in the North Lot for a day filled with fun activities including a boomerang photo booth in the ball pit, corn hole games, a selfie station, giveaways and more! THE EMOJI MOVIE hits theaters July 28.

 

 

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About the movie:

This animated comedy takes place in Textopolis, a world inside a smartphone that’s inhabited by various emojis. There, an emoji named Gene (voiced by T.J. Miller) is ashamed that he has multiple facial expressions while his colleagues only have one each, and he embarks on a quest to be like everyone else. James Corden, Ilana Glazer, Jennifer Coolidge, Patrick Stewart, and Maya Rudolph also lend their voices to this film from Sony Pictures Animation.

Minneapolis SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Red Carpet Premiere with Local Hero Peter Pearson and MN Viking Xavier Rhodes

Local Hero Peter Pearson and MN Viking Xavier Rhodes

Tuesday, June 27, marked the Minneapolis red carpet premiere of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING at AMC Southdale. Spider-Man wasn’t the only superhero on hand for the celebration! Local superhero Peter Pearson, a 4th grade teacher, dad and husband from Blaine, MN battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the third time, was honored with the presentation of a Spider-Man: Homecoming local hero to superhero medal, presented by KFAN’s Paul Lambert and Minnesota Vikings’ Xavier Rhodes.

Pete Pearson Interview with The Jason Show

Movie fans and Peter’s family were there to cheer him on and have their picture taken on the red carpet. There were also fun activities for the kids to make their own Spider-Man mask and receive SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING temporary tattoos.

Paul Lambert and Peter Pearson then kicked off the movie, with Peter saying, “Throughout the past four years I have had some amazing experiences and one of them happened to be today. Thank you to the people at 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon, Banana Republic, The Jason Show, everybody that helped me out today. It was an awesome day and I cannot wait to see SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING! ”

Pete Pearson and His Parents

Check ThriftyJinxy.com for a review of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING on July 7th. All I can say for now is YOU WILL WANT TO SEE IT! Avoid the lines on opening weekend and buy advance tickets for SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING here.

About the movie:

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Smurfs: The Lost Village Prize Pack Giveaway + See Them at the Twin Cities Color Run!

Good news for Smurfs fans! SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is available on Vudu June 20th and on Blu-ray and DVD July 11th. To celebrate we are giving away a smurfy prize pack including a digital copy of the film, a lunchbox, and Little Bites! Also, be sure to catch the Smurfs at the Twin Cities Color Run Saturday, July 9!

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

While you enjoy watching SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE with your family at home, how about whipping up this yummy Smurfberry Pie Smoothie Recipe?  If you can’t get your hands on any smurfberries, feel free to substitute blueberries!

About SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE:

Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on The Smurfs when Sony Pictures Animation’s SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE debuts on digital June 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Boasting an “A” CinemaScore with general audiences and a rare “A+” with those under the age of 18, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE follows Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE features an all-star voice cast, including platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato (Camp Rock franchise) as Smurfette, Emmy®-nominated comic actor Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi (”Community”) as Brainy Smurf, Michelle Rodriguez (The Fate of the Furious) as SmurfStorm, Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) as SmurfBlossom, Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) as SmurfLily, with Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) as Papa Smurf and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress, Erin Brockovich, 2000) as SmurfWillow.

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is bursting with bonus materials on the Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and digital releases. Along with filmmaker commentary, there are 10 fun and interactive featurettes, including Meghan Trainor’s “I’m A Lady” music video and “Lost Village Dance Along” where you can join in the Smurf dance party. Get ready to represent your Smurf style with “Smurfify Your Nails” and create a Lost Village inspired manicure, then go inside “Baker Smurf’s Mini Kitchen” to follow along and guess what’s cooking, plus get step-by-step tutorials on how to draw your favorite Smurfs with three “how to” videos. Fans can also go behind the scenes as Demi Lovato auditions for the film and goes through a pretty tough interview with Smurfette herself in “Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette.”

Making an animated movie is no easy task, but in “Kids At Heart! The Making of Smurfs: The Lost Village,” you’ll get a lighthearted look at how the film was made with both interviews from the cast and animators as well as silly re-enactments featuring adorable kid versions of the talented team. And “Making the Song ‘You Will Always Find Me in Your Heart’” goes into the studio with singer Shaley Smith, composer Christopher Lennertz and songwriter KT Tunstall as they record the film’s pivotal song, while in “The Sound of The Smurfs,” fans hear from composer Christopher Lennertz on how he created a magical score to accompany this colorful and exciting adventure. Lastly, don’t miss the sneak peek at Sony Pictures Animation’s highly anticipated film, The Emoji Movie.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray are deleted scenes as well as “The Lost Auditions,” where the superstar cast, each one already perfect for their roles, explore other ideas about which role they should play. And fans of all ages will enjoy going behind-the-scenes with Meghan Trainor as she films the videoto her hit “I’m A Lady,” available exclusively on the digital release of SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE at iTunes, Vudu and Xfinity.

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is also available on July 11 in THE SMURFS 3-MOVIE BLU-RAY COLLECTION, which includes The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a a smurfy prize pack including a digital copy of the film, a lunchbox, and Little Bites. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 7/3/16. Good luck!

Smurfs: The Lost Village Prize Pack Giveaway

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Minneapolis Premiere – Get Your Passes!


We have superheroes among us! Tomorrow, June 27, local Minneapolis superhero Peter Pearson, a 4th grade teacher, dad and husband from Blaine, MN battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the third time, will be honored with a Minneapolis premiere of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. The premiere will be at AMC Southdale with red carpet photo opportunities and family activities starting at 6pm, followed by an advance screening of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING at 7pm.

For a chance to attend, CLICK HERE for your chance to download a family-four pack of passes to the screening (while supplies last). Be sure to arrive early for family activities, red carpet photo opportunities and more!

About the movie:

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Paul Shaffer Discount Tickets – Ames Center, Burnsville

Most of us know pianist and comedian Paul Shaffer as David Letterman’s sidekick and band leader for more than 30 years. All that time he delivered lots of witty banter and music every night. Get ready to see Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band With Valerie Simpson live July 1st at Ames Center in Burnsville and keep reading to see how you can get tickets for half price!

Shaffer also recorded with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Yoko Ono and Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers. He composed the LATE SHOW theme song and, with Paul Jabara, wrote the Number One ’80s dance hit “It’s Raining Men,” performed by the Weather Girls and re-recorded by Geri Halliwell for the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” soundtrack, topping the British pop charts in 2001. In 2002, he received his first GRAMMY, Best Country Instrumental, for the Earl Scruggs and Friends album, and co-produced an avant-garde jazz album for his mentor, Tsziji Munoz. Paul Shaffer’s “This Day in Rock” is a daily interstitial feature nationally syndicated by Envision Radio.

In his touring show, Paul Shaffer lights up the stage with his group, The World’s Most Dangerous Band, hot on the heels of the release of their latest album. They’ll be joined for this concert by singer Valerie Simpson, half of the songwriting/performing/producing duo formerly known as Ashford and Simpson. Their award-winning collaborations began 4 decades ago and she along with her late husband Nick Ashford have penned classic hits such as, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “Solid,” and “Your Precious Love”.

See Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band With Valerie Simpson at Ames Center for up to 50% off when you buy these discount tickets ahead of time!

Lunds & Byerlys 99¢ Picnic Sale!

Let’s hope this rainy weather doesn’t stick around too long because it’s time to plan some outdoor meals – Lunds & Byerlys is having a 99¢ Picnic Sale! They have deals on everything you need for a picnic or backyard barbecue with some great prices. These deals are all available with an additional $10 purchase while supplies last through May 24, 2017.

I have to say that my favorite thing on this list are the Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips – the Chipotle Ranch style is amazingly delicious! The rest of the items in the picnic sale include:

Lunds & Byerlys Fresh All-Natural Brats – 99¢ ea.
4 oz. (Save $1 ea.)

Fresh 85% Lean Premium Ground Beef Patties – 99¢ ea.
4 oz. (Save 60¢ ea.)

Ball Park Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns – 99¢
8 count – Limit 2 (Save $2.20)

Bi-Color Sweet Corn – 3/99¢
Limit 6 (Save $1.26 on 3)

Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce – 99¢
18 oz. – Limit 2 (Save $1.36)

Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips – 99¢
8 oz. – Limit 4 (Save $2)

Heinz Ketchup – 99¢
20 oz. – Limit 2 (Save $1.50)

With additional $10 purchase. While supplies last. Prices valid May 18-24, 2017 only.

Free Advance Screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Tuesday Night!

If you missed the free advanced screening of Everything, Everything last week, you have ONE MORE CHANCE tomorrow night! Everything, Everything tells the story of teenager has lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, but falls for the boy who moves in next door.

You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING on Tuesday 5/16 at 7:30PM at Showplace ICON at The West End. Come and enjoy the film! These screenings are first come first served, so make sure to arrive early to insure you get a seat. We will be having a talk back session led by members of the I Am That Girl organization immediately after the screening! Hope to see you there.

Follow this link to redeem your passes! —> http://www.wbtickets.com/EVERYTHING2017

More information about I AM THAT GIRL –> http://www.iamthatgirl.com/about

About the Movie:

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

Como Town Discount Tickets – Save 50%!

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We grab this Como Town deal from Star Tribune Steals every year! It’s a great way to plan ahead for a fun summer day at both Como Zoo AND Como Town!  Right now you can get 2 all-day wristbands and 2 temporary tattoos for $25.95 ($51.90 Value)

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Located adjacent to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Como Town Amusement Park is a family-fun amusement park for kids ages 2 to 12. Enjoy more than 18 rides and attractions including all-time favorites and new, interactive rides that can’t be found anywhere else in the upper Midwest.

Voucher is good through the end of the 2017 Season. ORDER HERE

Going back to school can be fun with Steve Spangler Science!

Free Advance Screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

Everything, Everything tells the story of teenager has lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, but falls for the boy who moves in next door.

You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING on Thursday 5/11 at 7PM at Showplace ICON at The West End. Come and enjoy the film! These screenings are first come first served, so make sure to arrive early to insure you get a seat. We will be having a talk back session led by members of the I Am That Girl organization immediately after the screening! Hope to see you there.

Follow this link to redeem your passes! —> http://www.wbtickets.com/NFNyz76681 

More information about I AM THAT GIRL –> http://www.iamthatgirl.com/about

About the Movie:

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.