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Fruity Red Smoothies

Reviewed: May 18, 2011
Followed it to the tee (well, ok...I didn't use frozen strawberries, but rather: fresh... so I added a little bit of ice). I generally do NOT like anything to drink with yogurt in it, but this was AWESOME!! I didn't find it too tart at ALL, but would guess that more sugar could be added if someone thought it to be. This rates right up there with the Strawberry Limeade by dancerathlete. This has A PERFECT blend of ingredients so that you can actually taste each one without having any overpowering each other.
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Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2011
I tend to double the ingredients as most cans of frozen lemonade come in 12 ounces. If I just use 6, what do I do with the rest? Following this to the tee even with doubling, I think it could stand just a tad more water....the lemonade concentrate was still a tad strong, but there is MUCH room to customize how strong you want it (or not :) ).
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California Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
This WAS yummy!!! I just have two things I had to adjust. First thing was the yogurt. I can't find 8 ounce cups of yogurt ANYWHERE. They come in 6oz. SO...because of that, I had to adjust everything else a tad. I lowered the orange juice a bit and leave out a strawberry. HOWEVER, I *DID* have to add a little milk (as another poster mentioned) because it was REALLY thick. Even doing all of the above, I still could taste the lemon, strawberry, AND orange juice..and THAT is what makes something wonderful :) Perfect blend of ingredients. Even my 4 year old loved it (and he loves NOTHING of this type).
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Strawberry Lemonade Slush

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2011
Totally NO need for freezing for 12 hours. I don't get that part?? I generally don't like using frozen strawberries (not as great of a taste as fresh), but in January, they are harder to come by so I bit the bullet (unsweetened). They were FABULOUS with this. Love the club soda added in for that extra "zing":) No need to add sugar! I think the lemonade had enough in it for this, too. Could taste the zing, the strawberries, AND the lemonade. I added a little more ice and VOILA. My kids LOVED it (and my 4 year old had YET to like any drink I've made in a blender!)
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Orange Snowman

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2011
OK..seriously. What is UP with the vanilla listed? YOWZA. That was one seriously strong recipe. Totally will leave the vanilla out next time!
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Four-Berry Smoothies

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2009
The really good thing about this recipe is that it seems that the measurements are right-on to be able to taste EVERY ingredient! I was so ready to make this..with the exception of blackberries since I didn't have any on hand. I got just about everything in (and made up for the blackberries with extras of the other fruits) when I realized that I did NOT have any strawberries like I thought I had. UGH. SO...I added more blueberries and raspberries to make up for that (again)...lol Added everything else AND some ice since my blueberries were fresh (raspberries were frozen). Seriously...YUM..even with just those two things in it. I can taste each ingredient and can imagine I would be able to with the other added fruits (had I had them!!!! LOL). Although, I do think I may try some extra added lemon juice/lemonade concentrate since I totally dig things a little tarter, but this is perfect, too, the way it is! :) Thanks for sharing!
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Apple Julep

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2009
This is very main-stream to me....it isn't BAD, but it just is like run-of-the-mill, something I can buy in-store type of of thing. If I were to make it again, I think I would back off the pineapple juice a tad and even the apple juice...and add a bit more lemon juice for an added zing. :)
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Potato Salad II

Reviewed: May 25, 2009
The basis for this type of potato salad IS awesome, but of course, I don't think there are any sort of "rules" as to how much of what to add and WHAT to add. My grandma has been making potato salad with Miracle Whip for as long as I can remember (I am now 37). When I asked her for the recipe, it involved the above mentioned things along with eggs and I believe onion. She could never give me the quantities of what she puts in it because, like many recipes, you can add and take away what you want and don't want. It is trial and error! We add the salad dressing slowly rather than dump it all in at once..that way you get a feel as to what you are getting. There are many recipes that have this basic thing with mustard, vinegar, etc....we don't add that stuff, but do the boiled eggs and some onion (but not enough to where you are going to go "ACK! There is ONION in there!"...it is subtle. Add some salt and pepper and whatever to taste and VOILA. But, once you have potato salad with Miracle Whip over mayo, it is hard to turn back!!! Just customize it to your own liking..that is the key! As written, I probably wouldn't like this recipe and would give it barely any stars, but add the egg, onion, and some salt and pepper, and VOILA. GOLDEN. Puts store-boughten potato salad to shame!!
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Lemon Berry Slushy

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2009
UPDATE JUNE 12, 09 Today I give it 5! Slacked off on the sugar a bit and added more lemon and VOILA....I heard a LOUD "MMMMMM" out of my 4.5 year old!! ************* LOL! I did not give it 5 because I TRULY like this stuff more on the tart side and have found the Strawberry Limeade on this site to be VERY difficult to beat. BUT, with that being said, I truly don't see anything wrong with this. It has NUMEROUS possibilities w/ customization! Add more lemon, use less sugar, vice versa and etc! I did the recipe to a T, but mistakingly added a tad more strawberries (Fresh..didn't have frozen) than what it called for. Even just a little more altered the taste and the strawberry really overpowered it. SO..I had to juice another lemon (one lemon did yield JUST short of 1/3 cup as a PP mentioned). I ended up using ALL of that lemon juice, as well. Perfect for us! :) I didn't think it was pucker-y tart..it was perfect the way it was! Lemon isn't SUPPOSED to be SWEET! I eye-balled the ice as we have an ice maker built into the freezer and don't use trays.....but, using too much ice or too little ice could alter your the outcome, as well....and you may have to adjust your ingredient amounts, too! Totally would make this again! My 4.5 year old digs it..and if it makes HER happy, it's gotta be good.
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Strawberry-Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2009
I can't believe the rave reviews on this. I love peanut butter. I love strawberries. Bananas are ok, too. Mixed together? This was horrific to me. I followed it to the tee even using the NON-FAT PLAIN yogurt. And maybe that was part of the problem. I had to add milk before it would even move through the blender...it was THAT thick. At first try, there was an overwhelming "bitter" taste of banana (obviously the yogurt and banana). I nailed the sucker with DOUBLE the strawberries. Even THAT couldn't kill the bitterness. Well, I had to resort to sugar. I used to tablespoons (umm..YEA)..and it was just....it killed the bitter taste a bit...made the banana taste worse...and the whole thing was just a disaster. I douched it with more milk so I could at least swallow some of it down to give it a chance...but even that didn't mix it well. I won't make it again, but if this is something someone else is giving a shot, do yourself a favor....less banana....more strawberries...and by ALL means..NO NON-FAT PLAIN YOGURT!! Do some fatty stuff with VANILLA or something:) Defeats the purpose of "healthy", but at least you *may* be able to drink it down:) My two cents. Sorry submitter!!!
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Tart Grapefruit Cooler

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2009
I am having a hard time with this one....I just don't know where to put it from a start standpoint. Being a huge fan of both juices and the lemon juice, I made it. There was just something that immediately made me think, "Something is missing", but I have no idea what that something is. I can't say it was really BAD..because it wasn't. The tart was there...and I could tell that there was grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, and even lemon juice in it....it was like there was enough of each that gave you that hint it was there. But, at the same time, I think it lacked flavor, if that makes sense. Maybe the sugar? I don't know. I tried to add more of each juice and tried it in between each add, but that didn't do it, either. Not sure if I will give this another whirl or not...but if I do, I may try to cut back on the sugar (although, it will make things more tart!).
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Caramel Apples

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2008
I have never made caramel apples up until now, although, I have had many (fairs, cider mills, etc). I believe the milk ingredient really enhances this recipe:) Just a few things on my own experience (not taking away from the recipe at all!): I used a bag of Kraft Caramels (14oz minus a few due to previous "sneaking" a piece between me and my 4 year old!!) and tossed them in the microwave on high at two 1-minute intervals (to allow stirring as directed). I think I will lower the power a tad next time, however, to maybe 75%. When I took the bowl out, it appeared to be rather runny as a previous poster mentioned. I stirred it and as the initial temp cooled a bit, it thickened up. YES...you will have to work fast because as that caramel cools, the thicker it gets and makes it more difficult to get a smooth coat on it. I used a typical cereal bowl (that comes with a set of dishes), but next time, I will totally use a bowl AT LEAST as deep as the apple (and then some to allow for the stick) to ensure a complete coverage (the stick area was difficult to cover). Also, I was able to get roughly 8 out of this. My apples were fresh Jonathan apples from MI and no bigger than a fist (if that)..so maybe that helped yield a few more:)
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Mongolian Strawberry-Orange Juice Smoothie

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2008
Editing for update! January 2011 YES! TOTALLY make sure you get an orange juice you like. The Pure Premium from Tropicana (fresh) really made the difference for me. Did it as-is and it is the PERFECT ratio of ingredients...I can taste both the OJ AND the Strawberries :) ********** This was just ok for me. I added more ice to make it thicker and did it to taste to where I could taste BOTH the OJ and the strawberries (I did not add anything else other than what the recipe called for). In my own recommendations, I would TOTALLY use an orange juice that you like. That might make all the difference in the world. I used a store-brand rip-off of Tropicana Pure Premium (my husband bought it..NOT ME!) and there is no comparison. TOTALLY use an OJ you like!
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Strawberry Limeade

Reviewed: May 4, 2008
Another update April 09 Do NOT use RealLime for this! I just did a substitute because I didn't have real limes....even though RealLime is 100% lime juice, I just don't think it gives the "umph"....kind of a "washed" lime flavor once mixed in no matter how much I added. REAL LIMES! Squeeze them....LOVE them! *********************************** Updated March 09 for RASPBERRIES!! :) After nearly a YEAR of being a HUGE fan of this, I finally attempted this was raspberries! Everything still applies as I noted below, BUT I would add more lime juice when using raspberries (at least with frozen raspberries) as raspberries seem to have more of a potent flavor to it...it tended to drown out the lime...so another lime would work well. I was JUST short of a full lime so I added a few strawberry slices (fresh) to tone it down. Hmm..maybe tequila next time?? HAHAHAHA! :) Man, this recipe ROCKS my world! ******************************************* WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I registered for an account here so I could review this recipe!! LOL! This ROCKS! The neat thing about it is that there is an equal blend of strawberry and lime (you can taste BOTH in it...neither really overpower the other (at least I don't think). About the ice issue...I think it also really depends on how you want the consistency. Do you want it more FROZEN? Do you want it more of a drink/liquid? I added more ice (quite a bit more, but I also used fresh strawberries). I would probably recommend that if yo
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