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We're ROASTING out here.
Seriously. If we had a car, we'd be baking chocolate chip cookies galore. Alas, no car, no cookies. :-(
We've been trying to beat the heat by drinking our cool in the form of fabulous, freezing smoothies. But the recipe I want to share with you today is actually not inspired by this miraculous-yet-miserable heat wave. It's a celebration.
Meet Christie & Charles. Tomorrow, they'll have been married one month! Happy one-month-iversary!
Kate and I met Christie at school in 6th Grade Choir. Apart, we were three wee, shrimpy little things - one soprano, one second soprano, one alto. But put us together, and bam! - you've got beautiful three part harmony. (Yes, yes. Super cheesy. But Christie wouldn't mind, so I'm not apologizing. :-)
We've been friends ever since, and we've shared a lot in the past 17 years. From matching Halloween costumes (cutest Care Bears ever), to just a little bit of fame (at our school, Show Choir kids were popular), to our deep faith and passion for liturgical dance, you might say we're three cookies cut with the same cookie cutter. Hehe.
|Lookin' awesome in our sequin Show Choir vests!|
But back to the smoothie. You see, I blame Christie's mom for my addiction to these cool and semi-healthy treats. It was 1996, and Christie, Katie, and I had just finished a "gig" as Dancing Fairy Princesses, and by "gig", I mean we taught a bunch of little kids a dance at a birthday party while wearing fabulous purple lyrical dresses and crowns made out of that star garland stuff. We were totally cool.
Anyways, on the way back to Christie's house, her mom asked if we wanted to stop at Jamba Juice (which had just changed it's name from Juice Club). There are three things I remember about what happened next:
- Christie's mom insisted I get the Coldbuster smoothie, to combat the sniffles I was apparently suffering from;
- That smoothie was one of the most wonderful things I had ever tasted; and
- On the walkway up to the house, the bottom of my cup just FELL OUT.
Kate adds this anecdote to her memory of that day: "Christie's mom made me and Christie split the rest of our smoothies with Becca, since hers was all over the sidewalk. That was totally not fair!"
But they did share their smoothies with me. Because that's what friends are for.
So this homemade Coldbuster is for you Christie, in celebration of our friendship, and in honor of this next exciting chapter in your life with Charles. May your life together be filled with happiness, health, and love! Cheers!
Inspired by Jamba Juice
Makes approximately 24 ounces
2 generous scoops peach frozen yogurt or orange sherbet
1 large banana, sliced and frozen
1 cup frozen peaches
4 ice cubes
3/4 to 1 cup orange juice
- Place all ingredients except orange juice in blender or food processor.
- Pulse a few times to break up ice cubes and frozen fruit. (Note: You may wish to microwave the frozen peaches for about 15 seconds to thaw them just slightly.)
- Turn blender on, then pour orange juice through hole in top of blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass, grab a straw, and enjoy!