Swingin’ Summer Saturdays and Sundays – “Shake Your Smoothie” (Part 2)

Today’s delicious recipe comes from Jessica Phillips of Bloomington, IN and can also be found in Gooseberry Patch’s Blue Ribbon family favorites, tried and true recipes from Gooseberry Patch family and friends. (page 41 – same as Nutty Banana Shake)

Just Peachy Coconut Smoothie

The natural sweetness from the peaches and honey is divine! 


16-oz. pkg. frozen peaches, divided

14-oz. can coconut milk

2 T. unsweetened flaked coconut

2 T. honey

1 t. vanilla extract


Place half the peaches in a blender;reserve remaining peaches for another recipe.  Add remaining ingredients to blender; process until smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds.  If consistency is too thin, add a few extra frozen peaches to thicken.  Serves 2.

Michele’s Thoughts

This was a lovely way to start a Saturday morning.  It was smooth, creamy and naturally sweet.  My grocery store did not have frozen peaches so I cut up 2 peaches and put them in the freezer overnight.

This is the 4th recipe I tried from Gooseberry Patch’s Blue Ribbon family favorites cookbook.  I enjoyed every one and highly recommend adding this book to your collection.  I will be trying out more from this cookbook, especially have my eye on the Southern Oatmeal Cookies.  I have some ideas for tweaking it, but more about that at another time.

“Just Peachy Coconut Smoothie”

Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s & Sunday’s – “Shake, Shake, Shake Your Smoothie” (Part 1)

It is time to shake up your weekend.  We will start  with “Nutty Banana Shake” courtesy of Marsha Overholser (Ash Grove, MO). 


2-3 Banana’s, peeled and frozen

1 C. Milk

2 T. Peanut Butter

1 T. Honey


Slice frozen banana’s and place in a blender with remaining ingredients.  Blend until smooth and thick.  Serves one.

(Gooseberry Patch Blue Ribbon family favorites,  tried and true recipes from Gooseberry Patch family & friends)

I sliced 2 banana’s before freezing them.

Below is a picture of my shake.  Perfect for a hot summer day or evening out on the deck.

Nutty Banana Shake

But Wait!  There’s More! 

I decided to turn this into a peanut butter cup shake.  Just squirt as much syrup as you like and blend until well mixed.  The result is:

A chocolaty “Nutty Banana Shake”

Michele’s Preference

Both were delicious but I preferred……the original version.  It just seemed more refreshing.  The chocolate added a bit of a heaviness to the flavor.

Now that you had a shake, go “Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty.”  (I dare you to click the link and watch the video, “Don’t fight the feelin’, give yourself a chance.)             😉

(Coming tomorrow   a   “Smooth Operator”  recipe and my opinion of Gooseberry Patch’s  Blue Ribbon family favorites.)


Breakfast Berry Parfait

I just turned the computer on for the first time today – and it is 9:10 p.m.!  Today was spent at a charity meeting, visiting family and attending church.  It was also a hot one.

Anyway, today’s recipe comes from the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook “Blue Ribbon Family Favorites, tried & true recipes from Gooseberry Patch family & friends.”  

It is a quick & easy breakfast perfect for a summer morning.

Breakfast Berry Parfait

So pretty served in parfait glasses or champagne flutes!


  • 1 c. strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 c raspberries
  • 1/4 c blackberries
  • 1 c. bran & raisin cereal
  • 6-oz. container strawberry yogurt

Combine berries in a bowl.  Top with cereal.  Spoon yogurt over berry mixture.  Serves 2

Michelle Case

Yardley, PA

One “L” Michele’s Version

Back when I was single, the popular breakfast was mixing some honey,  favorite type of preserves (mine is cherry), some Grape Nuts cereal and some yogurt.

The amount of each ingredient used was depended upon how hungry I was   😉