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Fresh orange julius smoothie

A lot has happened since Memorial Day, aka my last blog post. A week and a half in Canada? A wedding? Another wedding? Insanity? I’ll take a little of each, please.

Here, at last, is Part 3 of our Memorial Day menu. Orange julius!


By the way, if you missed my previous post, I’m splitting our Memorial Day Menu into several posts:

This was one of my favorite treats growing up, and now it’s a household staple for Stephen and I as well. Orange julius (orange cream smoothie) is really quick, more delicious than you could ever imagine, AND it’s somewhat healthy!  That’s a win in my book for sure.


By the way… the only thing I have EVER measured out in this recipe is the milk, and even then I don’t do it every time. In fact, on my actual written “recipe,” the only ingredient with a listed measurement is the milk.

So basically, what I’m trying to say is, I made up all the numbers in this recipe. I figured that might be better than telling you to just throw a bunch of stuff in there until it looks good.

  • Ice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 can of orange juice concentrate (frozen)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I usually use a little more, but I love vanilla)
  • 1-3 Tbs sugar, depending on taste

If you keep a couple cans of orange juice concentrate on hand in your freezer, you should have everything you need to whip up a quick batch of this fabulous smoothie. You will become any guest’s favorite person ever.


The trick is to blend the ice and milk for a few seconds to get the ice into smaller pieces before adding everything else. It’s no big deal if you don’t do it that way, but it helps guarantee smoother results.

  1. Pulse the milk with a few big handfuls of ice in the blender.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

One batch makes enough for 2-4 people, depending on how big your cup is. Stephen and I have no problem finishing off one batch, but we live in Texas, where it’s currently 104° F outside. (Though in the interest of full disclosure, our orange julius consumption is by no means limited to the summertime.)

And to wrap up the Memorial Day Menu series, you get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes peek at the wreckage in my kitchen after all that frenzied cooking!

My messy kitchen after cooking

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Frozen drink chocolate peanut butter milkshake in a glass

I don’t keep ice cream in our home. I will eat it. I’m fine with eating ice cream in isolated instances at another place, but there is just no sense in keeping ice cream here. I will eat it. All of it. Bad idea. ANYWAY…. that means that I never have the essential milkshake ingredient. I was really feeling a milkshake tonight, though, so I did what I do best: I scrounged.


Oh man. Did I measure? Of course not. Just dump it in the blender. But I’ll give you my best guess. 🙂

  • 20ish cubes of ice
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 heaping Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-4 Tbs sugar (or a few good squirts of honey might be good instead)
  • milk (pour it into the blender last, until it goes about halfway up the mound of ice and peanut butter)
The great thing about milkshakes is that they’re incredibly forgiving. You don’t have to be exact. You can throw a bunch of random stuff in there and there’s a pretty good chance it will turn out delicious. And if not, throw something else into the mix and it will probably balance out the problem.
Have I mentioned that chocolate and peanut butter were made for each other?


Well, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

  1. Dump all ingredients into the blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Wash the blender (I had to include another step in there somehow).
It was a total experiment, and I thought it was delicious! I proudly handed Stephen a glass of it, and after taking a sip, he announces: “That’s DECENT!” (Apparently that’s a huge compliment in some parts of Mississippi, according to his friend. I didn’t take it as such. He said he was just teasing. And then he jumped up and down and fake squealed in excitement. I’m not sure which reaction I prefer.).
But seriously, folks. Despite the surrounding drama, we both thought it was delicious, and certainly healthier than ice cream.
Disclaimer: Stephen is no drama queen. And I’m not a delicate flower whose emotional stability teeters on the edge of milkshake approval. He was totally kidding. And he really did love it. We’re just weird like that.

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Fruit smoothie in blue cup with a straw


Frozen fruit medley.


Vanilla extract.



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