Cool treats and a cool birthday party

June 20, 2006 at 11:44 pm 27 comments

It will be officially summer here in Winnipeg tomorrow, but we’ve already had sweltering temperatures for the last four weeks or so.  I’m talking about temperatures of 24C degrees and even up to 29C degrees. 

Last Friday, we went to Dairy Queen to pick up the sheet cake I ordered for Ryan’s birthday.  While there, we treated ourselves to some “cool treats.”  Ryan ordered the Blizzard of the Month, The Monster Cookie Blizzard Treat.  It is made with oatmeal-peanut butter Monster Cookie pieces with M&M’s candies, chocolate and creamy DQ soft serve.  Ryland had the Blue Raspberry Arctic Rush (slushee or blended ice drink). 

 And since the two treats were over $3.00 each, I opted for a swirl (chocolate and vanilla) soft serve ice cream, dipped in chocolate, which is only $1.99.  Yes, that’s me – cheap.  It was good though.  I was happy with my choice. 

If you haven’t tried a DQ frozen cake yet, I suggest that you try it.  We always have this ice cream cake for every birthdays in the family.  It has fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of chocolate and vanilla soft serve.  Yum.    

And yup, Ryan celebrated his birthday this past weekend. 

“Ryan, I still remember when you were a baby, and now look at you.  You’re 12 years old.” 

“Mommy, don’t do that.” 

He doesn’t like it when I dote on him like that. 

He invited a few of his friends and of course his cousins.  We played a few games in our backyard.  We had a trivia game.  I prepared questions all about him which included: What’s his favourite colour?  What’s his favourite basketball team?  Who’s his favourite basketball player?  What country are his parent’s from?  I don’t know if his friend was just being funny, but he thought we were from China. 

We also played this game where they had to transfer water from a cup to another one using a spoon and traveling about ten feet from one cup to another.  We also played this game where they had to put straws in bottles and then they had to take the straws out on their way back.  They also played musical chairs.  I put a little twist on it.  Instead of arranging the chairs in a circle, I placed them in a straight line, each one alternately facing the other way.  And then of course, the famous piñata.  I found one that looks like a soccer ball. It was fun. 

It was so hot that day that some of the chocolate bars I gave out as treats melted.

Today was also a hot day.  We went to 7-Eleven and bought Slurpees.  Mine is a combination of grape and orange flavour.  Slurpees are good on hot days like this.  Just watch out for that brain-freeze. 

And did you know that Winnipeg, Manitoba is the city that consumes the greatest amount of Slurpee drinks on earth?

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  • 1. vina  |  June 21, 2006 at 4:40 am

    wooooow! Yummy!

    hehe, mainit na po ba sa inyo ang 24C to 29C degrees?

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  • 2. Hsin  |  June 21, 2006 at 7:26 am

    Niceheart, are your summers there dry? Here in HK we contend with heat and humidity, so it’s not just heat, it’s sticky heat. Urgh!

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  • 3. bingskee  |  June 21, 2006 at 8:25 am

    naku, irene, mas matindi pa ang init dito pag summer! you need to take a bath 2-3 times a day. kaya mas magastos sa kuryente at tubig pag summer, e.

    we had tried those games at Christmas. looked like Ryan and everybody had a good time.

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  • 4. Joy  |  June 21, 2006 at 9:41 am

    Yup, it’s been HOT here in So. Cal too. I live inland so we’ve had our temps soar to the 100’s. Eek!

    Nagutom naman ako sa post mo. I’ve never tried the DQ cake. Must try that for DH’s bday.

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  • 5. jane  |  June 21, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    Sarap…I love DQ and slurpees🙂 Happy birthday Ryan! Ate Irene, malapit nang manligaw si Ryan, hindi na siya baby.

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  • 6. rolly  |  June 21, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Ryan!

    Usapang temperature, kaya ba ninyo ang 40 degrees. Dito sa lugar ko, normal lang pag summer..

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  • 7. niceheart  |  June 21, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    Hsin, the summers here are mostly dry. And yeah we also experience that sticky heat.

    Rolly and Vina, this is actually only a preview of summer. Our hottest months are July and August. Temperatures could soar up to the mid-30s.

    It could become so hot, Bing, that yeah, we also would take baths up to 2-3 times a day. Games are fun, no?

    Joy, try DQ cake. We buy it even during the winter.

    Sarap ng slurpee ano, Jane? Hindi na nga baby si Ryan. Masyado nang conscious sa appearance niya. At tinitigyawat na. Pero mukhang wala pang interest sa girls. Kahit ang kuya niya ganon din.

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  • 8. niceheart  |  June 21, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    Hsin, the summers here are mostly dry. And yeah we also experience that sticky heat.

    Rolly and Vina, this is actually only a preview of summer. Our hottest months are July and August. Temperatures could soar up to the mid-30s.

    It could become so hot, Bing, that yeah, we also would take baths up to 2-3 times a day. Games are fun, no?

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  • 9. niceheart  |  June 21, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    Joy, try DQ cake. We buy it even during the winter.

    Sarap ng slurpee ano, Jane? Hindi na nga baby si Ryan. Masyado nang conscious sa appearance niya. At tinitigyawat na. Pero mukhang wala pang interest sa girls. Kahit ang kuya niya ganon din. Pero ano ba’ng malay ko?🙂

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  • 10. Eric  |  June 21, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    A belated Happy Birthday to Ryan!

    Never had those Dairy Queen ice cream and cake but I’m sure they’re excellent. Slurpees are quite popular here among the kids in Manila.

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  • 11. watson  |  June 22, 2006 at 6:35 am

    Uyyy blizzard from the Dairy Queen!

    Niceheart, baka nga nagpapatawa lang sya about China.🙂

    Birthdays… ang saya ng birthdays!

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  • 12. ann  |  June 22, 2006 at 7:23 am

    Belated happy birthday to Ryan. May nagtanong rin minsan sa amin kung chinese mga kids ko, siguro dahil mas well-known sa asia ang mga chinese or kalat kasi sila sa mundo.

    I can feel the heat of summer here in KSA. 24hrs na naka on ang mga aircon sa bahay pero hindi pa ngayon ang matinding init, July-August pa.

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  • 13. Toe  |  June 22, 2006 at 9:59 am

    Happy Happy Birthday to Ryan!
    I prefer your dipped ice cream too Niceheart. 🙂

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  • 14. melai  |  June 22, 2006 at 10:04 am

    ang sarap ng cake!!!

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  • 15. PhilippinePhil  |  June 22, 2006 at 8:58 pm

    I’m always amazed and amused when Filipinos complain about the heat. (Present company excluded of course!) The daily weather in the Phils is only a slight variation of the same theme…its hot, and its always that way. It’s hot and wet or its hot and not so wet, or maybe just warm, and, you get the idea.

    I NEVER complain about the heat. I love it. It’s my friend. It keeps my joints and tendons calm and that’s a wonderful thing. I mop my brow and drink plenty of fluids. I don’t know why I get so irritated when I hear the inevitable “It’s hot!” When I forget to take my meds I’ll snap rudely and say, “…and your point is…?” Now, if it WASN’T hot, now THAT would be news! I know, I know, I need to “chill out!” take a deep breath and politely agree, “Yup, it sure IS hot!”

    When its below zero this winter you’ll look longingly back at these hot days… Winter! You can have it! Give me HOT!

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  • 16. niceheart  |  June 22, 2006 at 11:02 pm

    Thank your, Eric. I resorted to ice cream cakes because my oldest son used to be allergic to eggs. He would get rashes around his mouth whenever he would eat egg, cake or anything with egg. So he and his brothers have never been really a big fan of birthday cakes. He has outgrown his allergy to eggs but we still prefer ice cream cakes. And DQ cakes are a lot better than the ones in our local grocery store.

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  • 17. niceheart  |  June 22, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    Watson and Ann, medyo maputi kasi si Ryan kaya hindi halatang pinoy. Pero sabi niya funny daw talaga yung classmate niyang iyon.

    Thank you, Toe. Pareho pala tayo ng taste. Melai, masarap talaga.🙂

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  • 18. niceheart  |  June 22, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    Now, Phil, just keep your cool. Believe me, it's not only Filipinos who complain about the heat. Even the locals here in Winnipeg complain when it's hot and they also complain when it's cold. And yeah, when winter comes, we would want this hot weather and now that it's summer, we sometimes wish it's winter. You get my drift?🙂

    And I understand what you mean about your joints. I know a lot of retired and elderly Filipinos here who go home there during the winter for long vacations and they only come back here around spring.

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  • 19. Purple Cupcake  |  June 23, 2006 at 1:39 am

    Happy Birthday to you Ryan! What a cool birthday party!
    We used to have DQ here but now they all closed down. I loved them! I guess business wasn’t doing too good.
    Sorry to hear you don’t have TLC but hey, you can log onto tlc.com and check out more of Curtis Stone’s pics…He’s so gorgeous

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  • 20. mmy-lei  |  June 24, 2006 at 8:50 am

    Happy Birthday Ryan!

    Pity, coz there’s no DQ here.

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  • 21. niceheart  |  June 24, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you, purple cake and mmy-lei. I guess your DQ outlet, purple cake, closed down because they’re only busy during the summer. There is a DQ store near our place and they are open only from Feb. to end of summer. But there is also one that is open the whole year.

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  • 22. Dheena  |  June 25, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD WRITER !!!!

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  • 23. domestic rat  |  June 25, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    24 to 29 degrees??? Try 36 here. And that Blizzard sure looks tempting… I’m drooling over my keyboard now.

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  • 24. niceheart  |  June 25, 2006 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks, Dheena.

    DR, wow 36. We sometimes get that kind of temperature around August.

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  • 26. person  |  February 8, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    its lame

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