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lana hoffschneiderWe all SCREAM for ICE CREAM!

Where’s your favorite ice cream shop?   So many great ones to choose from!!  Of course there’s the yummy national chain stores like DQ and Cold Stone Creamery… but how about the local Daisy Queen, Dairy Treat, or other version of a similar name?   One of our favorites is near Pioneers Park outside of Lincoln, NE.

I don’t know what makes it so good, but it is.  Although I’m not sure I’ve met an ice cream shop I didn’t like!lana hoffschneider ice cream dairy month commonground nebraska

This is one of those walk-up-to-the-window kind of ice cream shops.  And although they only offer 2 choices of flavor of ice cream, they offer about anything you can think of to pour on top of it or mix into it!

Anyone else ready to go have a dish?!   Just writing about it makes my mouth water! I grew up on a dairy farm and I’ll forever have a soft spot for dairy cattle – especially Jerseys (the cute brown ones that look like deer). And I’m proud to say that we have milk in our glasses for almost every meal served at our table…. just like when I was a kid. You should too!

We’ve also become big fans of smoothies at our house!    It’s much easier than trying to whip up a batch of homemade ice cream, and is a great healthy breakfast or snack.  You can also use about any combination of fruit you have available in your refrigerator.   One ingredient I’ve found to be yummy, and a great addition to the nutritious side of the smoothie is plain yogurt.

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Some smoothie making tricks:

1.  Use some or all frozen fruit

2.  If your blender stalls out (won’t blend) that means your mix is too thick – add more liquid (milk or juice).

3.  Freeze your fruit in snack size bags to have a nice portion to add.   I like to freeze bananas, pineapple, and mango.  I also use purchased strawberries and blueberries.

4.  A little (1 tsp) of vanilla is another ingredient to add

Berry Smoothies

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk

Blend all ingredients in your blender. Check consistency (because I don’t usually measure, just estimate and dump it in, then adjust accordingly by adding more liquid or more frozen ingredients).

Some great healthy smoothie recipes can be found at http://www.heavenlyhomemakers.com (that’s where I got the idea of putting plain yogurt in smoothies).  She’s a big fan of BUTTER, just like me!   But not in smoothies.  Hmmm… guess I haven’t tried that.

Happy Dairy Month!





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