This sweet and creamy Citrus Vanilla Smoothie is packed with orange juice, mango, vanilla and almond milk!
Among my friends I am known for something rather odd. I absolutely cannot spend gift cards. Yes, I am a gift card hoarder…and I do not use the term hoarder lightly. This is a serious problem. I am far more likely to let a gift card expire than to actually spend it. I just can’t help it! I go to a store, pick an item and get ready to pay and chicken out at the last minute and use my money instead. I hang on to the gift cards with the thought I will buy something special.
Well, turns out I did find something special. Something quite special. A table! Actually a farmhouse table, bench and metal bucket chairs. I have been lusting over this table set for years. Since college actually. I would go to the store and drool over it, sit at it, and ever so slightly run my hands across the beautiful table top then say a solemn goodbye. This was my ritual every six weeks or so for the last several years. Then, two weeks ago my table was not in its usual spot. I searched the store almost frantically to find it sitting off the the side with none other than a sale sign. Actually, as I got closer I realized it was not a sale sign. It was a closeout sign.
My big beautiful table was now a closeout?! Why weren’t they going to carry it anymore?! A sales person asked if I needed help and I asked how many more sets they had, he came back and said they had one table and two benches in the back. It was go time.
I very quietly told the nice salesman that I would like to purchase them. “What did you say?” he said because the store was loud and busy. “I would like the table please. I have gift cards!” I said with a smile he awkwardly smiled then walked away. I know he was wondering why I was being so strange about buying a table and wondering even more why in the world it mattered that I had gift cards, but come on!! This was a BIG DEAL! I checked out and used no less than four and a half of my precious gift cards from my stash. I swear my purse actually felt lighter afterwards.
I walked out of the store beaming with pride because I, Annie Holmes just bought a significant amount of furniture on a whim and didn’t spend a penny of my own money. Mr. Maebell was waiting in the truck and he saw me come out, then slowly realized what the trail of men and furniture following me meant. He pulled the truck around and asked what I bought I told him then whispered “I used my gift cards” he jumped back and looked at me wide eyed and yelled “NO WAY!!!”
A Smoothie Without Bananas
This sweet and creamy Citrus Vanilla Smoothie is nearly as exciting as my new purchase! It is packed with orange juice, frozen mango, and rich vanilla! It is an updated version of my favorite Sunshine Shake. This smoothie is one of the few that actually does not call for bananas! This easy smoothie takes just minutes to prepare and makes enough to serve at least four so it is perfect for brunch or a special Saturday morning treat!
- 1 (12 ounce can) of frozen orange juice concentrate
- 2 cups almond milk or milk
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup ice
- 2 teaspoons sweetener of your choice (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients and blend until smooth.
- You can easily customize this drink based on your preference. You can add additional ice for your desired consistency or alter the stevia for a sweeter drink.
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