Drinks, Family, Kids

Summer Smoothies

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

We love smoothies in the summer time.  Heck, we like them all the time. There are so many different types of smoothie recipes out there, but this first one is my absolute favorite.  I always have all the ingredients in the kitchen. Yogurt is always in the fridge and Costco‘s Kirkland Frozen Three Berries or any other frozen berry variety. My best recommendation is to double the recipes.

The Banana Berry Smoothie


  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt or any berry type
  • 3/4 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of Costco’s Kirkland frozen three berries (any kind is fine)


  • Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds to make 2 healthy servings.  Yummy!

Here is another great smoothie recipe based on ingredients we had at home…

The Banana Pineapple Smoothie

Banana Pineapple Smoothie



  • 1 banana
  • Hand full of ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup of fresh pineapple or canned pineapple
  • 1 cup of orange/pineapple juice (or any variety)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla


  • Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds to make 2 healthy servings. Yummy!

The beautiful thing about smoothies is you can get creative, try different flavors, use what you have at home and enjoy!


Peach Birthday Martini

Perfect Martini with a little flavor
Perfect Martini with a little flavor

It was Friday, June 21st.  The first day of summer, the longest day of the year, and my birthday.  Of course, the celebration of my birth has become “just another day”, but I still like to celebrate.  I could not believe that we did not have baseball or dance.  After a very long week of four dance recitals, two baseball games, and work, it was time to relax.

My husband and I enjoy trying different martini’s and different flavored vodka’s.  Tonight was extra special when he mixed up a batch of Peach Birthday Martini’s.  I asked him for the recipe.  He said it was a secret recipe that he could not share so I will have to leave you guessing for this one.  There’s several ways you could make this martini depending on your preference.  Do you like it more sweet?  Do you like the perfect martini?  On the rocks or up? Do you prefer Absolut, Grey Goose, Three Olives and the list goes on?  The options are endless.