So, it’s almost 6 PM here, and it’s balls ass hot, again. Solution?  SMOOTHIES.  And plus, I’ve been craving orange push-ups, but I don’t want to drop for them at the store.  This is an even better, cheaper solution to that, too.  😛  I’m currently on my second cup of these.

Orange Push-Up Smoothies 
Makes 3 large glasses

  • 1 can orange juice concentrate
  • 1 c milk
  • ½ c sugar
  • ½ t vanilla extract
  • 1 tray ice

Combine everything except the ice in the blender and puree until smooth, and then add the ice and puree again!  Boom.  Smoothie.


And now that the last of my groceries are here, I can finish off with strawberry lemonade!  Strawberries were super cheap (and not quite in season at the farmer’s market, sadly), and lemons are pretty cheap as well, so boom, strawberry lemonade, because it’s starting to get into pretty consistently summer temps out here, and I need a cool drink, lacking AC and all.

Strawberry Lemonade
Makes at least 6 cups


  • 1 qt strawberries (appx 4 cups, 1.5 pounds), halved
  • 2 lemons, peeled and quartered
  • appx ¾ c sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 6 c water

Puree the lemons, strawberries, and 2 c water in a blender.  Strain the mixture into 4 c water in your pitcher/container.  Add your sugar, and taste.  And then try not to drink it all right away.