The kids, mostly the reds, have been begging to have a shake before bed the last week or more. Until a few days ago I didn't have a problem with it. But today has been chilly and the house is only getting colder. (In fact we sent the kids off to bed and Mickey is starting a fire so we can be warm while we watch a movie.) They don't seem to care that it's chilly/cold. They still want a shake. Tonight I made it in the blender but usually we'll soften the ice cream (always vanilla) a little, put it in a cup, add milk and vanilla, and stir until blended. I like that way better, less clean up.