Strawberry Smoothie

A couple of week ago I got a Bella Cucina Rocket Blender at Macy’s. It was on sale for $20 and they had a $10 rebate – so, if when I get the rebate check, I’d only have paid $12 – I bought it at the store so there were no shipping charges. I’ve only used it a few times, so I’m not going to review it yet. It’s working fine, but I’ve read that it doesn’t have much on the way of longevity – at least for regular smoothie makers, which I’m not.
Anyway, now that I have the little thing I’m motivated to make smoothies – at least once in a while. The first few recipes I tried underwhelmed me, but this recipe from was great. I did increase the amount of strawberries it called for, but I think how many you use will be very dependent on the size of your strawberries. Similarly, how much sugar you use will depend on the sweetness of your strawberries. The ones I used were medium to small (and super sweet). Here’s my adapted recipe:

  • 6 ice cubes
  • 8-12 strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2-3 Tbsp. sugar

Crush the ice. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it’s all combined.
Note: If you are using a smoothie maker like mine, all the ingredients will fill the large mixing glass to the top. I still was able to get them blended, but if you are concerned, you can mix it in two batches (just divide the recipe above by 2).

Banana Daiquiri

I had several of these when I was at all-inclusives in the Riviera Maya and decided to make my own. Based on an online recipe, this is what I came up with:
-1/4 cup light rum
-juice from 1/2 lemon
-1 cup ice
-1 banana
-1 tsp. sugar
Put everything in blender and blend until smooth.
It’s quite good.

Kathy’s Paradise

My sister Kathy is in town and she likes me making her rum-based mixed drinks in the evenings. I seldom do it, and I’m not always successful, but last night she was insistent so I searched through the net for something I could do with the ingredients we had at home. What I came up with was this recipe for Pink Paradise, which I modified to suit the ingredients available at home. She liked it and I made her quite a bit of it 🙂

  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 3 oz Cranberry Cocktail
  • 2 oz Coconut Rum
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat

Mix everything together. Serve over ice.

Coke with Lime

I bought a bottle the other day by accident. I won’t say that this soft drink is vile – I did drink it all – but it’s just not good. It’s rather bitter, a bit like an RC cola, and doesn’t even have a hint of lime flavor.


Another small bottle that Mike got was for Disaronno liqueur. It’s an amaretto (though you wouldn’t be able to tell that by looking at the bottle) and Mike didn’t like it for straight drinking, at least. I’m sure I’ll find something to use it in, however.

Tangueray Gin

We got a number of small liquor bottles as stocking stuffers. As I don’t drink hard alcohol even when I’m not pregnant, Mike is the one who ends up with them. He already tried the Tangueray Dry Gin (straight) and he liked it quite a bit, it had a nice and subtle lemon flavor. It was his first time drinking gin, I think, so it may very well be that that’s how gin tastes 🙂

Fresh orange juice

Is there anything more delicious than sweet orange juice made from ripe, plump California oranges? A couple of years ago Mike gave me the best birthday present every: an orange juicer. A few months later I bought one for my father, which he then returned to me as my sister didn’t like the taste of juice made from this juicer (I’m not kidding, there are weird people in the world). It worked out, because it was better than mine.
Mike buys a 10 lb bag of oranges on Saturday at the Farmers Market. It’s usually $5-6. Then, when he remembers, he makes me fresh orange juice in the morning. Today’s was sooo sweet, so delicious, I drank every last drop of it. I wonder if I could convince him to buy 2 bags of oranges on Saturday.