Monday, May 8, 2017

Welcome to #BrunchWeek with a Homemade Orange Julius to Start Us Off

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Welcome to the fifth annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. We are so excited to have you join us this year as we celebrate Brunch and prepare for Mother's Day. 

Forty Bloggers from around the North America will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to cakes, danish, tarts, and pizzas - with 170 recipes, there is something for everyone! Our amazing Sponsors have donated some great prizes for the #BrunchWeek giveaway. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!

Prize #1 Red Star Yeast is giving one winner an amazing baking set, which includes “I Knead to be Loaved” apron, French rolling pin, Bench/Dough cutter, Oven mitt, Dough scraper, Bamboo spatula, Silicone spatula, Measuring spoons, Kitchen towel, 6 3-strips of Red Star Yeast, Red Star Yeast recipe book, Kansas Wheat Commission recipe book

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What a wonderful and generous giveaway!!  You will be able to enter for your chance to win at the bottom of this post.  I hope the lucky winner is one of my readers.

There is a lot of information in this Welcome Post so I wanted to keep the recipe very simple this morning.

The first recipe that I am sharing with you this week is a homemade version of a drink that I fondly remember from when my children were young.  Often, when we would to the Shopping Mall, I would reward them for good behavior by stopping at the Orange Julius counter for a frothy sweet treat.  I convinced myself that since there was juice in there it was better for them than a soda pop...yeah, well probably not....but it was no worse for them either and it served for many happy food memories.

This is an easy peasy recipe.  You can use fresh squeezed OJ or your favorite brand from the dairy case.  This recipe showcases two of our sponsors, Dixie Crystals and Nielsen Massey.  Dixie Crystals provided me with granulated sugar. I used vanilla from Nielsen-Massey, however this was not provided by them this year.  This year they provided me with Rosewater, Lemon Extract and Almond Extract.  I can't wait to use them in other recipes but this recipe really needs vanilla.  I received no monetary compensation from these companies and while I love their products, you can, of course use your favorite sugar and vanilla.

This was the first Orange Julius that I have had in 30 years.  I don't remember them being so cloyingly sweet and I thought that they were more orange in color.  I find the food memories I have are often like that.  Our tastes change as we get older and memories are often colored by who we were with and where we were in life at that time.

I served this up to my "borrowed grandson", EJ, who was over helping me out with some yard work. He had never had an Orange Julius so he couldn't tell me  if it tasted the same but he absolutely LOVED it so I am considering it a win.  There are a plethora of Orange Julius recipes out there.  I read them all and came up with this version that makes 2 servings.

Make sure you have entered the raffle and stop by to see what the others are sharing on this first day. You will find link to their recipes following mine.

Homemade Orange Julius

1 c. orange juice
1 c. milk
1 c. icecubes
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla

Place all ingredients into a heavy duty blender and blend until ice is melted and mixture is blended and frothy.  Print Recipe

Take a look at what the #BrunchWeek Bloggers are creating today!

Brunch Week Beverages:
Homemade Orange Julius from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Kimchi Bloody Mary from kimchi MOM
Mimosa Bar from Love and Confections

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:
Asparagus & Pancetta Frittata from The Chef Next Door
Breakfast Burritos from Books n' Cooks
Chilaquiles from The Redhead Baker
Coddled Eggs with Bacon and Cheddar from Family Around the Table
Eggs Benedict Breakfast Tacos from The Spiffy Cookie
Parmesan Polenta Brunch Bowl with Asparagus and Sausage from Cooking with Carlee
Put an Egg on it Mac and Cheese from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Smashed Sweet Potato Rosti with Butter Poached Egg from Nik Snacks
Smoked Eggs over Asparagus from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Spinach Baked Eggs with Habanero Cheddar from Sweet Beginnings

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:
Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread from Pink Cake Plate
Apple Crumble Bread from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Apple, Sausage & Cheddar Oven Pancake from Wholistic Woman
Cheddar Asparagus Breakfast Tarts from It Bakes Me Happy
Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal from Big Bear's Wife
Cinnamon Roll Pizza from Palatable Pastime
Best Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
English Raisin Scones with Apple Jam from The Crumby Cupcake
Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls from Gluten Free Crumbley
Strawberry Lemonade Muffins from An Edible Mosaic
Strawberry Rolls with Orange Icing from The Nifty Foodie
Tiramisu French Toast from Brunch-n-Bites
Twisted Star Cinnamon Rolls from Amy's Cooking Adventures

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:
Biscuits and Gravy Bubble Up from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Cheesy Bacon Chile Rellenos from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Country Fried Steak & Eggs with Habanero Cheddar Gravy from Forking Up
Homemade Chicken Sausage & Egg Stromboli from Hardly a Goddess
Spinach, Artichoke and Asparagus Strata from Cooking in Stilettos
Ultimate Cheddar Grits Bowl from The Barbee Housewife
Veggie Loaded Breakfast Enchiladas from Sarcastic Cooking

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Apple and Creamy Ricotta Crepes from From Gate to Plate
Apple Cheddar Bites with Honey and Pepper from Feeding Big
Spring Asparagus Salad from Girl Abroad
Sweet Pea Sipper from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Thai Asparagus Slaw from Jane's Adventures in Dinner

BrunchWeek Desserts:
Baltimore Peach Cake from Cookaholic Wife
Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake from My Catholic Kitchen

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  1. I don't think I had heard of Orange Julius until I was an adult, maybe it wasn't in upstate NY where I grew up? Either way I definitely would prefer making it at home, especially knowing it's this simple to make.

  2. Well this is also a blast from my childhood. What a great memory! Can't wait to make this for my kids.

  3. Oh, my goodness! I haven't thought about Orange Julius in about 3 decades. I used to love that when I was a kid. Haven't seen one in a long time. I will definitely try this, Wendy. Thanks for the memories.

    1. You're welcome Cam. I didn't think they made them anymore but then, after I wrote this, I saw a Dairy Queen advertising that they had them.

  4. that sounds really good! I wonder if I could use vanilla protein powder instead of the milk? Hmm.

  5. Yeah, I remember when these were a big craze! How fun to make them at home--then you know exactly what goes into them!! :)

    1. Yes, It was interesting to me that I had forgotten how very sweet they were.

  6. I love that you made these and served them to your grandson, they sound great!

  7. What a perfect brunch drink! My little guy would love making these with me too!

  8. I LOVE Orange Julius! I need to make this asap!

  9. Sounds like drinking a creamsicle, yum!

  10. Yum! I could go for one right now! I always enjoy your posts and your recipes!

  11. Favorite brunch dish? Sausage egg bake that we serve every Christmas Brunch to the family, followed up with a huge buffet in the afternoon!

    1. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you're a lucky winner, Amy.


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