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Here in Phoenix, Summer is arriving! You know what that means. I am close to not turning on my oven for a number of months and to finding the coolest ways to feed my family. Not only do we not want to heat up the house, we also don't want to heat up ourselves!
A couple of months ago, I purchased this new blender.
One of the main reasons I purchased this Oster Pro 1200 blender was to make smoothies that wouldn't have little chunks of ice left in them. This blender has lived up to my standards! I have been making smoothies quite a bit! I am really going to click into high gear and go crazy with the smoothie making now that the weather is getting hot.
Up in the collage, I included this picture of my son-in-laws cheese bread with the delicious yogurt drink he makes.
I love the tangy, creamy, deliciousness of the yogurt in the smoothie, so now I try to add it all of the time. (Unless I have to do a dairy free smoothie, but that will be another post.)
My first test smoothie in my Oster Pro 1200 was the classic strawberry smoothie.
I used: 8 cubes of ice, 1 c. vanilla yogurt, 10 strawberries, 1 T. sugar, 1/2 c. milk
Then, I just blended it on the smoothie setting and it was delicious without a bit of ice chips or chunks in it.
I was out of bananas that day or I would have made it strawberry-banana by adding 1 banana.
I hardly ever make a smoothie without a banana. They add such a creamy richness to the texture of the smoothie that they seem like a must.
One of my favorite smoothie combos is 1/2 a can of mango chunks with banana. I went to make myself one this morning and found that I was all out of mangoes! So, I gave a can of peaches a try and it was really good, too.
Ingredients: 6 ice cubes, 1-15 oz. can peaches (packed in juice), 1 banana, 1 c. vanilla yogurt, 1/2 c. milk, 1 T. sugar.
Blend it all together on the smoothie setting.
You can leave out the sugar, of course, it just cuts back on a bit of the tartness of some fruit.
Of course, a little whipped topping on the top is fun, but I mostly did it for the photos!
If you feel like you need to add some veggies, like kale or something to your smoothie, but you are like me and the idea of a green smoothie isn't appetizing to you, here is something I have done with great success! Yellow squash is very mildly flavored and adds that veggie element to your banana-mango smoothie without changing the flavor at all. You won't even know it is there! I have also added a few beets to a red smoothie. They are a little more noticeable than the squash, but not bad! This would be an especially good way to add some veggies to your kids diets this summer!
Finally, you know if there are blackberries in the house, I am going to use them in whatever recipes I can. I don't like the seeds in my smoothie though, so I pushed them through a wire sieve to strain out the seeds.
Ingredients: 1/2 pint blackberries pushed through a sieve, 1 banana, 6 ice cubes, 1 c. vanilla yogurt, 1/2 c. milk, 2 T. sugar.
Blend all together on smoothie setting!
The banana is the more dominant flavor in this recipe with the blackberries coming through subtly. You can add more blackberries if you want a stronger blackberry flavor.
All of these recipes will serve 2-3 people, depending on your glass size or if you like seconds!
I have more ideas for different flavors, including dairy free that I will try out and share with you later. In the meantime, give these a try!
Look, there is a great price on the Oster Pro 1200 going on right now!
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Blackberries and strawberries have been alternately on sale the past few weeks, so of course I have been canning them because I love to can and I love blackberries and strawberries! I usually just eat the blackberries, or make them into Blackberry-Lemon Marmalade, or turn them into cake, or Blackberry Lemon Bars. This time I decided to can some to keep on hand.
Canning Blackberries is super easy because there is no peeling or coring. Here is how you do it in a nutshell.
With the strawberries, I made a ton of Strawberry Jam. I gave you jam making tips on this post.
One of the things that I have mentioned before is that instead of putting labels on the jars themselves, I like to put them on the lids that will be discarded anyway. That way you don't have to spend time peeling them off of the jars when the jam is all eaten and you want to use the jar again. I found some printable labels at Dollar Tree! They have round ones in the store, as well as square shipping labels. You can't beat the price on these, for just a dollar! I designed some simple labels to put on my jars and I decided to share them with you! This is a small way for me to say "Thank You!" for all of your support on our blog! This week we achieved over 31,000 views per month and it makes us so happy to think that the things we talk about have value to you.
To print the labels, click on the button to get the pdf file. Then click print. Make sure you click the "fit to page" option. There are some blackberry and many Strawberry Jam labels on one page. You may only need one or the other, but you can always cut them off and save the ones you don't use. These are designed to print on the Polaroid Round Adhesive Labels. You can also find them on Amazon here.
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We have many more fun ideas to write about. I am having so much fun working on this blog with my girls. Thanks for your support. Keep coming back to see what else is in store!
If my labels are too simple, here is a link to some really sweet choices on Etsy! They aren't free, but if you want something a little fancier, there are some really cute things there.
I am afraid I have a problem. Every time I find blackberries on sale, I can't resist them. They are little nuggets of juicy sweetness and when I find them I try to think of something new that I can do with them. Then, somehow, I always end up pairing them with lemons because I think that is a marriage made in heaven. I have given you recipes with those two ingredients here, in Blackberry Lemon Bars and here, in Blackberry Lemon Marmalade to name a couple. It has happened again, I found blackberries on sale and I was really in the mood for a special cake. I found a blackberry jam cake on Salt and Chocolate where she used preserves, but I wanted to use fresh berries. I adapted her recipe, using juice from the berries in the batter and the frosting, plus layering blackberries in the cake itself, to give me the biggest berry flavor I could get and BOY did the blackberries shine in this recipe!
Do you see that pretty pink frosting? There isn't any food coloring in it to get that pretty pink color. That is because of the juice from the blackberries. It is so good you won't want to stop at one slice.
I recently picked up a new bundt pan and I decided it would be perfect for this cake. Here is a similar shape and size that you can purchase if you don't have one. This one is only $9.39. Click on the pictures below to see how I put the cake together, then click on the button for the full recipe.
This cake is dense like a pound cake but extremely moist and flavorful! It is fun to get to those little bites of blackberry! I was surprised that when I added the blackberry liquid that the batter didn't turn pink or purple. But, the pretty pink blackberry frosting is enough pink for this cake, I think. No problem there! I hope you will enjoy it!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to seven so far. I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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