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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!

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

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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.

Ingredients

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.

Directions

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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