Sunday, July 18, 2010

July's Craft Group (Smoothies & Shakes)

July's Craft group was one of the best in Felicita History (and one of the tastiest too) Thanks to Angela- for sharing her recipes and tips with us. And, for making us some delicious smoothies and shakes to try out! We had a great time :) - Lynn Muir

Angela Lee’s Smoothies and Shakes

A few tips!

1. Always put your liquids in the blender first.
2. You need to keep equal frozen to non-frozen ratio to keep a good consistency.
3. Peaches will give a smoothie a creamy texture and add a lot of vitamin C.
4. Juice concentrate is a great sweetener- 2 tablespoons of any flavor.
5. Use frozen berries so you don’t have to add ice.
6. If need to add more ice or water make sure to add more flavoring.
7. Can add honey to sweeten.
8. Can add veggies, but make sure they are on the bottom so they get the most chopped.
9. If adding spinach use dark berries to hide the green.
10. Concentrates Angela uses the most are grape juice and white grape juice.

1. Very soft ice cream makes better shakes! Leave out for 15-30 mins to soften ice cream. If not soft make sure a little milk is in the bottom of blender.
2. If using strawberries soak in sugar first to sweeten (if you are making shakes we don’t care about calories anymore J )
3. Don’t over blend. The more you blend the runnier it will be.
4. If want to make a malt, just add 2 tablespoons of malt to any shake.


Strawberry Banana Smoothie:
2-4 T grape juice concentrate
handful of frozen strawberries
half a banana
half handful of frozen peaches
2 T of vanilla yogurt
handful of ice

Berry Spinach Smoothie:
¼ cup grape juice concentrate
2 heaping T of vanilla yogurt
1 handful of spinach
2 small handfuls of frozen blueberries
1 handful of frozen mixed berries
½ banana
½ handful ice
2 T water if too thick

Sore Throat Smoothie:
½ cup ginger ale
2 T orange concentrate
½ cup caned pineapple
handful of ice
2 T vanilla yogurt
½ banana

Strawberry Shake:
1 cup vanilla ice cream
¼ cup milk
1 cup strawberries

Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake:
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
2 heaping T of peanut butter
¼ cup Heresy’s chocolate syrup
(Add ice if want)

Caramel Oreo Shake:
½ cup of milk
2 cups of vanilla ice cream
¼ cup caramel
4 Oreo’s
Then add 4 more Oreo’s and blend slightly

Butterscotch Shake:
¼ cup milk
1 cup vanilla ice cream
2 T butterscotch

Friday, July 16, 2010

One Nation Under God

This video compliments Ginger's 4th of July lesson (see previous post). Enjoy.

God Bless America

Ginger Proffitt gave a wonderful lesson on the foundation of this nation on the 4th of July. (Turns out it is also her favorite holiday.)

Our founding father's were really more like children, in that they were relatively young and inexperienced in such matters as starting a new country. None of them had any prior experience in revolutions. How did they do it? It could only have been done through the grace of God. Each of them were God fearing men who knew they could not do what they were about to do without help from the Almighty.

Ginger said, "Our Constitution was written for a moral people. It will not survive a people who collectively lose their virtue. In other words, if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." James Madison said, "We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far from it. We have stake the future...upon the capacity of each..of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God".

Even though there are struggles in America, we can do our part to help preserve this great nation. As we have seen throughout history, one person can make a difference. (Think of the likes of Noah and Queen Esther.) What is our part? What can we do? We must live with Integrity. Think of "Honest Abe" Lincoln, George Washington and men who lived as John Adams when he declared "I never swerved from any obtain a vote. I never sacrificed a friend or betrayed a trust." We must learn to be selfless. Selfless service has been core to our nation from the beginning. How benevolent, how generous, how quick to be one of the first responders in disaster is America? The people must individually and collectively continue to offer service. The most crucial service being rendered to preserve the family unit. Most importantly, we must live with devotion to God. Patrick Henry declared that "there is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us." He would know since there was no other way a ragtag group of Colonists could have defeated the superior British army.

During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called for a national day of fasting and prayer. "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven..but we have forgotten God..It behooves humble ourselves before the offended power."

Each one of us, regardless of wealth or position, can make a difference. Every man, woman and child, uneducated, highly educated, rich or poor, born here or adopted into this nation, each one can do our part to live with integrity, offer selfless service and call upon God to help preserve this nation.