Fruit Smoothie

19 03 2012

I know that there are hundreds of smoothie recipes out there and all of them are different in there own ways. This recipe is however my favorite of all time and the main reason why is because it is super easy (I have the recipe in my head) and it is really easy to change it up based on your likes or dislikes.

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You can use whole milk, 2%, skim, and probably even soy or almond milk if you like (although I have never tried it with that). You use yogurt in this recipe so you can use full fat yogurt, low fat, or Greek based on your likes. Just keep in mind that if you use a lower fat yogurt you may need to sweeten your smoothie with a bit of honey if you like things sweeter. Again this goes back to what your likes are.

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When I can get a great deal on flats of berries I buy them in season and freeze them so that I can make smoothies all year round. Same thing goes for fresh peaches, nectarines, mangoes, or any other kind of fruit for that matter.

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Just wash and prepare your fruit then spread on a cookie sheet and freeze for a couple of hours. Once the fruit is set then dump into a Ziploc bag and stick back in the freezer. Then you are able to scoop out what you need when you need it and throw it into a blender.

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Fruit Smoothie

~ 1 cup milk

~ 1 cup yogurt

~ 1 banana

~ 1 cup frozen strawberries or any other fruit

~ 1 cup frozen peaches or any other fruit

Place all the above ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes two smoothies.

* For one smoothie use 1/2 a cup of all ingredients

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Fruit Smoothie





Peppermint Hot Cocoa

5 12 2011

Every year when Christmas rolls around I like to make something homemade to give to those special people in our lives. Teachers, co-workers, or friends. This is a great homemade gift that is fun to make, fun to give, and fun to enjoy.

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I make up the cocoa following the recipe below. Then I fill up mason jars with the cocoa. Find some cute Christmas fabric or the one I found had cute Candy Canes on it which I thought was fitting since the cocoa has crushed up candy canes in it. Attach a tag and there you go you have a cute handmade gift.

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa

~ 3 cups powdered sugar

~ 1 cup non-fat dry milk

~ 2 cups instant hot chocolate

~ 6 candy canes, finely crushed

Unwrap your candy canes and place in a freezer bag. Take a hammer and gently crush up your candy canes. In a large bowl add the powdered sugar, non-fat dry milk, hot chocolate, and crushed candy canes. Mix well then add to an air tight container to store.

To make Peppermint Hot Cocoa just add 6 teaspoons to 1 cup of hot water. Stir to combine and then enjoy.

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa

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Iced Coffee

4 08 2011

Any one who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of Starbucks. The main reason why is because their coffee is so much sweeter than any where else. For Christmas I got a Keurig single cup coffee brewer which has drastically cut down on my Starbucks until summer hit. Then I wanted cold drinks instead of hot ones. I was so happy to find this Iced Coffee recipe because it is seriously the best I have had at home. It tastes just like a Frappuccino, even my husband agrees. It takes a bit to make the coffee but once you have it made you will have enough to last you a few weeks depending on how much you drink. The key to this deliciousness is the sweet cream, so don’t leave it out.

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Iced Coffee

~ 1 gallon water (I just bought a gallon of drinking water)

~ 1 lb. bag of your favorite rich coffee (course ground if you can)

~ Coffee filters or several layers of cheesecloth

~ a fine mesh strainer

~ a large bowl

~ pitcher big enough to hold a gallon

1. Pour gallon of water into your large bowl.

2. Dump the entire bag of coffee into the water.

3. Stir to make sure all grounds are saturated with water.

4. Let sit for 12 hours or overnight.

5. Line a mesh strainer with a coffee filter or several layers of cheese cloth, set the strainer on top of your pitcher.

6. Ladle your coffee mixture into the strainer. This part takes awhile and you might have to replace the filters several times.

7. Once all the coffee concentrate has been filtered, stick it in the fridge, it will last for a month.

Sweet Cream

~ 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk

~ 1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

1. Mix both cans together, refrigerate.

To make your Iced coffee take a glass and fill with ice. Pour coffee concentrate into the glass, filling it a little more than half full. Add sweet cream into the coffee until full or to taste. Stir to combine and then enjoy!

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Iced Coffee





Blackberry Limeade

27 06 2011

I am a big fan of Sonic’s cherry limeades and I know it is just Sprite with a bit of grenadine in it. There is just something about them that I love! So this week when we got a basket full of limes I knew I had to make limeade. I found several recipes and kind of mixed them all together to get what I think was a pretty awesome drink. All the flavors mixed well together for a refreshing summer time drink.

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Blackberry Limeade

~ 4 cups fresh blackberries or unsweetened frozen blackberries, thawed.

~ 1 cup sugar

~ 1 Tbsp. lime zest

~ 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 6-8 limes)

~ 2 cups ginger ale

~ thin lime slices, for garnish

1. In a blender add the blackberries and a couple tablespoons water. Puree blackberries. Then using a fine mesh strainer, strain blackberries into pitcher.

2. In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar, 1 cup water, and lime zest. Bring to a boil then simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved. Add sugar mixture to blackberry puree and refrigerate until cold.

3. To serve, stir in ginger ale (or sparkling water, or water) into the pitcher. Fill glasses with ice and pour I the blackberry limeade. Garnish with slices of lime.

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Blackberry Limeade





Strawberry Lemonade

19 04 2011

When life give you lemons you make lemonade, but when Bountiful Baskets gives you lemons and strawberries you make Strawberry Lemonade. I simple and very refreshing drink. Makes me dream of warm summer afternoons sitting out and enjoying a the day.

Start off by juicing 6 lemons and add the juice to a 2 quart pitcher.

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Next place strawberries and 2 cups of water in a blender. I cut off the tops but you can leave them on.

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Blend until smooth and then add to the pitcher. Next add 1/2 cup sugar and 2 cups water to a small saucepan and heat until it dissolves. Let it cool and add it to the pitcher. Fill the rest of the 2 quart pitcher with water and stir well. You may need to adjust the sugar depending on how sweet your strawberries are and you liking.

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Sit back and relax and enjoy a refreshing summer time treat.

Strawberry Lemonade

~ 6 lemons, juiced

~ 1 pint strawberries

~ 2 cups water

~ 1/2 cup sugar

~ 2 cups water

1. Juice the lemons and add juice to a 2 quart pitcher. Place strawberries and 2 cups water in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add to pitcher.

2. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 2 cups water to a small saucepan and heat until it dissolves. Let cool and add to pitcher. Fill the rest of the 2 quart pitcher with water and stir well.

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Strawberry Lemonade





Orange Julius

1 04 2011

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If you have ever loved getting an Orange Julius while you were at the mall then this recipe is for you.  I great blended drink that tastes just like the frothy Orange Julius at the mall.  I got this recipe some time while I was in high school and I remember making it for my family all the time.  It is a great summer drink that your whole family will enjoy.

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Orange Julius

~ 1/4 cup sugar

~ 1 cup milk

~ 1 cup water

~ 6 oz. orange juice concentrate (I use half of a 12 oz. and then stick the rest in the freezer for the next time)

~ 1/2 tsp. vanilla

~ 12 ice cubes

Combine ingredients in blender and puree for 5 to 10 seconds or until ice is crushed.

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Orange Julius








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