Creamy Banana Blueberry Milkshakes

by Marla on July 25, 2011 · 567 comments

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Healthy fruit milk shake on Family Fresh Cooking blog I hope you guys love milkshakes as much as we do. With the steamy summer days that have been sweeping the USA a little relief from a creamy dreamy shake would be nice huh! Take out your favorite magazines, set up the kiddie pool pull up a lounge chair and let’s have some shakes…..

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Recently via my friend Barbara from the blog Creative Culinary brought my attention to a fun food event called Goaterie. “A group of people with shared interests in goat.”  One eyebrow raised. And then the other. Time to get my goat on. I have always been a big fan of goat cheese, my Berry Goat Cheese Pizzas are proof of that. It was time to experiment with more….much more.

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The frozen bananas blended with milk, in this case goats milk tastes like rich half melted ice cream. Amazing. If you are vegan go with coconut milk, almond or rice milk.

Healthy diet fruit milk shake on Family Fresh Cooking blog

To up the ante I made a blueberry sauce. Pour some in the middle of the shake and then even more on top. Yes, more + more = heaven. I can’t seem to get enough fruity sauces in my world. Chocolate sauce isn’t bad either.

Healthy diet fruit milk shake on Family Fresh Cooking blog

There was something very special about this shake that goes beyond the delicious taste. It was the first time I used a big girl blender. A big, high power kitchen appliance that I knew I wanted and now finally own. It sits like a big trophy in my kitchen. Blendtec reached out to me recently and offered to send me one of their can do anything blenders.

How could I refuse?

Healthy diet fruit milk shake on Family Fresh Cooking blog

I first puréed the blueberry sauce and then the frozen bananas some ice and the goats milk. The ice blended so perfectly, not a misplaced chunk to be found. It was as if the best coffee shop or juice bar on the planet made me a shake. But I did it myself!

Do you like shakes? Love ‘em? What is your favorite kind of milkshake?

Healthy diet fruit milk shake on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Guess what I have for you……..

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How to Enter

This giveaway is now closed, thanks for all your entries. Congrats to Teresa, we can’t wait to hear all about what you do with your new blender!

So you want a super super, high tech Blendtec blender? I thought so. The folks over there are going to send one of my lucky readers a Total Blender WildSide with a value of $474.95. You have until Saturday July 30th, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. Exciting huh! You will use this thing for everything from soups to sauces and shakes. You can even make ice cream or bread dough in it.

Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.

To earn additional entries (you can only do so if you have entered a recipe), leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, we will not be able to include them.

  1. Tell me what your favorite shake is….or what you would do with this blender. You can paste some recipes in the comments if you wish.
  2. Go to the Blendtec website and tell me something you learned over there.
  3. Tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@MarlaMeridith). Here’s a sample tweet you could use:  Pls RT @MarlaMeridith has a $474 @Blendtec blender #giveaway. Make ice cream, shakes, soup, sauces, dough, etc. To enter http://su.pr/32G5go
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Creamy Banana Blueberry Milkshakes

Makes two 10 ounce milkshakes

NOTES:

  • Feel free to experiment with any fruit combinations. The frozen bananas make this shake extra creamy.
  • Add any spices to taste. Pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. would all be great choices.
  • Instead of goats milk you can use any milk or yogurt you have on hand. Coconut milk would be awesome in this.
  • I have you make a lot of blueberry sauce here, much more than you will need for two shakes. You will be happy I had you do this. We use it over pancakes, parfaits, pudding and love to eat it with a spoon. It stores well in the fridge when packed in an airtight container. For long term storage you can freeze it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 11 ounces fresh or frozen Blueberries
  • 2 frozen Bananas
  • 8 ounces of Goats Milk or any dairy or vegan milk
  • 1-4 to 1/2 dropper of Vanilla Stevia Drops (this will depend upon how ripe/sweet your fruit is) or your favorite natural sweetener to taste
  • 4 ounces Ice Cubes

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS

  • fresh Blueberries for topping
  • some ground spice, I used a dash of Ginger in these shakes

METHOD

Blueberry Sauce: Put blueberries and a few teaspoons of water in a sauce pan. Heat over medium high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 6 minutes until berries have burst. Let cool a bit and then purée in your blender. Taste the sauce and add any sweetener if desired.

Milkshake: In a clean blender add milk, banana and ice in that order for the best results. Blend your shake until it is nice and creamy. Taste  to see if it is sweet enough. If you are using any spice add it now.

Shake Assembly: Fill a tall glass half way with banana shake, add a few spoonfuls of blueberry sauce, top with more shake. Add more sauce or fresh blueberries if desired.

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Don’t forget to check out Goaterie. You can submit your recipes to their link up too!
Family Fresh Cooking disclosure: I was contacted by the folks at Blendtec to review their blender. All of the opinions in this post are my own and I only promote items that I stand behind and enjoy using. This blender rocks!
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1 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 25, 2011 at 8:11 am

Awesome milkshake and blender! You always have such great giveaways. :)

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2 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

Awesome milkshake and blender! You always have such great giveaways. :)

I love strawberry mango milkshake best.

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3 Rosa July 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

Awesome milkshake! That flavor combo is marvelous.

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

Following you on twitter.

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5 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 25, 2011 at 8:14 am

Ahh…what a dream! I only have a $9 piece-o-crap blender…and desperately need a Blendtec! :-D Thank you for the giveaway Marla!
As for what I’d blend up:

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie {Smoothie}
http://chocolateandcarrots.com/2011/04/oatmeal-raisin-cookie-smoothie
Ingredients
2 medium bananas
2 scoops of vanilla whey protein powder
1/3 cup old fashioned or quick cooking oats
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon raisins
2/3 cup skim milk
1 cup crushed ice
How-To
-Blend together and enjoy!

Servings: 2-4 (It’s a meal for 2 or a snack for 4)

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6 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 25, 2011 at 8:14 am

Following Blendtec on Twitter.

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7 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 25, 2011 at 8:14 am

Following you on SU.

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8 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

Posted on Facebook!

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9 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

Haha…I learned that you can blend an iPod! ;-D Bahaha!

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10 Erica July 25, 2011 at 8:16 am

My favorite shake would be anything with coconut and raspberries!

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11 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 25, 2011 at 8:17 am
12 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 25, 2011 at 8:17 am

I follow you on twitter. :-)

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13 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

I also follow Blendtec on twitter. Yay! :)

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14 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

I read your posts daily via RSS (Google Reader).

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15 Erica July 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

I learned that the blendtec has a 1560 watt motor!

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16 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

I stumbled this post and I follow you on stumble upon! :-) Yay!

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17 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather July 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

Marla that looks so tasty! I love chocolate in my smoothies… Something about chocolate just makes shakes extra special :)

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18 Erica July 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

I tweeted! (@healthyerica)

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19 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

I also follow you on Instagram….That latte the other day looked delicious! :-)

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20 Marla July 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

Caroline, are you addicted to Instagram or what?! Blendtec says it can blend an iPod? Huh, what? For some reason I do not think we will try that over here ;)

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21 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

I want everything you make! I’d definitely try this shake as well as some fruit smoothies!

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22 Marla July 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

Lauren you are too sweet :) Thank you.

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23 Erica July 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

I already follow you on twitter!

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24 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

I follow you on twitter!

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25 Erica July 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

I’m following blendtec on twitter.

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26 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

I stumbled and follow you on stumbleupon:-)

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27 Erica July 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

I’m already signed up to your RSS feed!

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28 Notyet100 July 25, 2011 at 8:27 am

Luv the way u have clicked pics:)

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29 Nancy @ Real Food Allergy Free July 25, 2011 at 8:28 am

Pina Colada Smoothie!

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30 Nancy @ Real Food Allergy Free July 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

I follow you on twitter

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31 Nancy @ Real Food Allergy Free July 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

I follow your RSS

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32 sara July 25, 2011 at 8:33 am

My favorite shake is this insane chocolate-espresso-Frangelico milkshake at B Spot Burgers in northeast Ohio – it is seriously indulgent but pretty much the most delicious thing ever. :)

However, I don’t really make milkshakes at home, I usually leave them for a treat when I’m out. I’m much more likely to make smoothies at home – my favorite version is:
1/2 frozen banana
frozen mangoes
fresh cantaloupe cut up into chunks
as much orange juice as it takes to get my hand blender to run

I bet I would need less juice and be able to use more whole fruit if I won this blender, which would be great!! :)

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33 Marla July 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

Sara, love that “insane” shake!! A real treat especially with the Frangelico. Love the caffeine boost too!

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34 Katy (KatySheCooks) July 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

I am currently enjoying a daily green smoothie for breakfast or lunch. Raw leafy greens, banana, frozen berries, kefir, honey, and a raw farm-fresh egg. It gives me a ton of energy to get through the morning.

The only problem is the number of times I have to stop my plastic, 18-year old Walmart blender to stir it and get it blending again ; ) Would LOVE a Blendtec!

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35 Marla July 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

Katy, that is exactly the same problem I was having with my less expensive blenders. The power in this thing is amazing & it has custom settings for all types of recipes. Your shake sounds awesome!

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36 sara July 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

I subscribe to the RSS feed.

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37 Katy (KatySheCooks) July 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

Following you on twitter! (@katyshecooks)

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38 Katy (KatySheCooks) July 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

Following @blendtec on twitter! (@katyshecooks)

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39 Jessica July 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

I like to make a quick and simple chocolatey protein shake after I get home from the gym. Depending on the amount of liquid used, you can make it more like frozen yogurt consistency or more like a smoothie shake. I like to change it up depending on my mood!

1 c almond milk
1/2 banana, frozen
1 c strawberries, frozen
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder

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40 Marla July 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

Jessica there is something about those frozen bananas that bring about the best texture, flavor and make shakes seem like something “more” A great way to feel like you are drinking a “real” milk shake.

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41 Jessica July 25, 2011 at 8:42 am

I learned that the best way to load a Blendtec blender is liquids first, soft ingredients, and then hardest ingredients/ice last.

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42 Betsy July 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Thanks for sharing, I wonder if this applies to other blenders, because I always put in my ice cubes (the hardest thing) first!

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43 Marla July 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Not sure Betsy, but it sounds like something you should try :)

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44 Katy (KatySheCooks) July 25, 2011 at 8:45 am

Stumbled and followed!

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45 sara July 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

I went to the Blendec website and learned that they’re the company that made those awesome WILL IT BLEND videos!!! I LOVED those in college but never knew that was the company that made them – they rock!!

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46 ambar July 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

This looks divine! I would love to have this blender!

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47 Kate July 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

I’m not the biggest shake fan, but this would be great for making gazpacho (especially in all the heat!)

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48 Kate July 25, 2011 at 9:00 am

I also subscribe to your RSS feed.

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49 Sophia Kleiber July 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

I would love to win a Blentec blender. I’ve been making green smoothies with spinach, kale, frozen fruits like berries and bananas along with almond milk. Unfortunately my blender leaks 90% of the time. I hate to waste good ingredients. Having the Blendtec would be fantastic.

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50 Sophia Kleiber July 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

I would love to win a Blentec blender. I’ve been making green smoothies with spinach, kale, frozen fruits like berries and bananas along with almond milk. Unfortunately my blender leaks 90% of the time. I hate to waste good ingredients. Having the Blendtec would be fantastic.

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51 Kate July 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

I didn’t know that Blendtec also made a Kitchen Mill for making your own flours. How cool!

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52 TidyMom July 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

This shake looks fabulous Marla!!…….we don’t own a blender, so I would LOOOOVE to own a Blendtec!!! We’d be whipping up milkshakes and smoothies all the time!!

My favorite milkshake? plain old chocolate!!

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53 lynn @ the actor's diet July 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

oh my LORD i wanna win this. i would make smoothies with lots of spinach in them so my husband doesn’t have to complain about chewing it!

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54 lynn @ the actor's diet July 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

i follow you via RSS on my reader

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55 Carrie @ poet in the pantry July 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

Mmm… I’d make my fave smoothie with this:

frozen strawberries
vanilla Greek yogurt
chocolate chips
a little coconut oil

Mmm…

Although the Triple Strawberry Smoothie on Blendtec’s page looks good, too!

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56 Carrie @ poet in the pantry July 25, 2011 at 9:07 am
57 Carrie @ poet in the pantry July 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

I follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter

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58 Carrie @ poet in the pantry July 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

I follow @Blendtec on Twitter

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59 Carrie @ poet in the pantry July 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

I learned on Blendtec’s website that the Wildside comes with an Ice-Crushing Guarantee. Woohoo!

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60 Carrie @ poet in the pantry July 25, 2011 at 9:12 am

I Stumbled this post & follow you on StumbleUpon

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61 Carrie @ poet in the pantry July 25, 2011 at 9:12 am

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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62 Georgia Pellegrini July 25, 2011 at 9:14 am

I love that you used goats milk! It is so tasty and hard to find. And the colors of the shake alone are worth making it… beautiful photos!

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63 Karisty July 25, 2011 at 9:21 am

Mint Oreo is my favorite but sometimes I like just a a plain chocolate banana.

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64 Karisty July 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

You can make bread dough! That’s something new to me.

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65 Jenny July 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

My favorite shake to make is a mint chocolate chip milkshake. Pretty basic, using just ice cream and milk, but oh so good! Homemade ice cream makes it even more divine!

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66 Jenny July 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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67 Karisty July 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

I subscribe via email.

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68 Jen July 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

I love just about any combo of fruit and (almond)milk, but my recent favorite is a coconut milk/pineapple/banana combo.

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69 Jen July 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

I am already subscribed to your RSS feed.

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70 Sabrina Rose July 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

I’m a simple girl, my fav homemade shake is chocolate!

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71 Erin @ Brownie Bites July 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

I love a good thick vanilla shake with a strong vanilla bean flavor.. yum yum yum!

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72 Sabrina Rose July 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

I learned that I could mill rice with this blender.

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73 Sabrina Rose July 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

I tweeted about the giveaway!

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74 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets July 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

This looks so good! I love your background surface, too! I follow you via RSS.

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75 Sabrina Rose July 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

I follow you on twitter!

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76 Sabrina Rose July 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

I follow Blendtec on twitter

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77 Jen July 25, 2011 at 9:47 am

I learned on Blendtec’s website that you can make your own almondmilk with the blender – something I’d love to do but my current blender is too weak. :/

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78 Evelyn R July 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

I would love a Blendtec for making smoothies.

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79 Evelyn R July 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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80 Grace@ Food-Fitness-FreshAir July 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

This sounds amazing! Blueberries and goats milk…Mmmmm. I want one now.

I’d definitely whip up a ton of smoothies with the Blendtec!

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81 Grace@ Food-Fitness-FreshAir July 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

I follow you on Twitter.

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82 Adrienne July 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

I’d make a smoothie every morning for breakfast! My current blender just doesn’t cut it!

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83 Grace@ Food-Fitness-FreshAir July 25, 2011 at 9:58 am

Here’s my basic green smoothie recipe:

-3 medium collard greens leaves, hand-torn into smaller pieces (about 2 cups, chopped)*
-7-8 strawberries, frozen
-1/2 apple, chopped (preferably a sweeter variety)
-Cold water/juice/milk, 6-8 ounces

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84 susan July 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

I make a protein shake every morning. Water, goats milk yogurt, cherries or blueberries, protein powder, and a little espresso/cocoa paste that I make at the beginning of the week. So satisfying! I am so in need of a blender and this one looks DEVINE! Your shake looks delish,

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85 Amanda July 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

Roasted Marshmallow is the best

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86 Amanda July 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

My favorite shake is strawberry… great giveaway Marla!!!

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87 Annicedda July 25, 2011 at 10:23 am

We love to make smoothies at my house. My favorite is strawberry, banana and orange juice. The volume depends on how many you will be making. Start with frozen fruit (bananas and strawberries). Add 2 cups of strawberries and 1/2 a banana to blender. Use approx 1/2 cup of yogurt (can be unsweetened or strawberry flavored). Then add orange juice till it just about covers the fruit in the blender. Blend till smooth. Delicious and a healthy breakfast or snack!!

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88 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 25, 2011 at 10:23 am

These look great! What an awesome giveaway! I will follow, stumble, etc

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89 Lynn July 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

I subscribe to your emails.
Almond milk, any frozen fruit and a little almond butter.

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90 Maura Mark July 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

My favorite smoothie recipe: 1c. coconut milk, vanilla whey protein powder, 2T. of ground flax seeds, 1T. coconut oil, 1c. fresh berries, 1T. raw cacao powder, 1T. goji berries. Yum! I would love to win a Bendtec Blender!

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91 Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos July 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

My fave new shake is a Key Lime Pie Shake – http://crumbsandchaos.blogspot.com/2011/07/key-lime-pie-milkshakes.html

If I had this blender I would use it to make smoothies!

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92 Maura Mark July 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

I learned on BlendTecs website that I can make cashew and other nut milks!

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93 Katherine D. July 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

I love making green monster smoothies! Spinach, frozen fruit, and blend away! Than I pour it over my cooked oatmeal.

katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

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94 Katherine D. July 25, 2011 at 10:38 am

On the website, I learned you can make berry syrup on your blender! Just combine, and press button #3!

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95 Lindsey July 25, 2011 at 10:38 am

I am craving a milkshake now!

My favorite shake right now (since it changes weekly!) is spinach, a frozen banana, frozen blueberries, vanilla protein powder and unsweetened vanilla almond milk :)

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96 Katherine D. July 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

I also subscribe via email!

katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

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97 Kari Howell July 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

I just love to throw in some yogurt and fresh fruit (Blueberries, Strawberries, and Mangoes) and a dash of milk and I am good to go!

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98 Kari Howell July 25, 2011 at 10:40 am
99 Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos July 25, 2011 at 10:41 am

I stumbled this and now follow you on Stumble Upon!

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100 Kari Howell July 25, 2011 at 10:41 am

I am following @MarlaMeridith on Twitter (@lch2004).

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101 Tracey July 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

Your milkshake sounds fantastic, love the combination of flavors! Thanks for linking to my shake too :)

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102 Kari Howell July 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

I am following @Blendtec on Twitter (@lch2004).

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103 Becky O'Connor July 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

I love shakes but my true love is smoothies (& fresh fruit margaritas/daquiris when I’m feeling really indulgent!). (Ok, so my waistline made that decision for me!) I have a tendency to go nuts when I go to farmers markets when they have fresh fruit, half of it winds up being chopped up and frozen and then being used for smoothies. I’d love to share a recipe but it’s usually just throw whatever I have in the blender and go to town. My current blender is fairly new but very pathetic. I would love a new blendtec blender to replace my cheapo! :)

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104 Maura Mark July 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

I receive your emails :) Blendtec blender

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105 Kari Howell July 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

I am an email subscriber.

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106 Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos July 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

From the Blendtec website…it actually turns ice to snow and comes with an ice crushing guarantee!!! Wow, that would be awesome, we love crushed ice around here!

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107 Denise July 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

I’d love to have a big girl blender! My favorite shake/smoothie is a peach/blackberry that is just bunches of the fruit, some greek yogurt and a little juice if needed for thinning. Best if the fruit is frozen first, then it will really be thick. No need to worry about the blackberry seeds- they’ll just fall to the bottom so if you don’t slurp the last bit, no seeds!

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108 Maria Malaveci July 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

I just like a basic Milkshake, but I would definitely use Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream to make it!

½ cup milk (refrigerated)
¼ cup chocolate syrup
2 cups Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream

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109 Maria Malaveci July 25, 2011 at 10:49 am

I really would love to win this blender. I have heard such wonderful things about the Blendtec blender. I would love to make soups with it!

mmalavec@med.umich.edu

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110 Maria Malaveci July 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

I visited the Blendtec website and learned that Tom Dickson is the inventor of Blendtec.

mmalavec@med.umich.edu

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111 Maria Malaveci July 25, 2011 at 10:56 am
112 Maria Malaveci July 25, 2011 at 10:56 am

Follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter

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113 Lindsey Canaley July 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

Oh I’ve always wanted a Blendtec! I’m going in a different direction with the recipe though! This is my favorite healthy soup that I whip up in huge batches for the week. Its all veggies and blended together tastes more decadent than you would expect!

South West Soup
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium red onion, finely diced
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- dash ground cumin
- dash ground ginger
- sea salt to taste
- dash turmeric
- 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes (or yams), peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
- 1 cans black beans, well rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 cup fresh broccoli, chopped
- 1 quart chicken broth (can do vegetable broth to make vegetarian)
- Juice of one lime

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes in dutch oven. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on low (covered) for 30-45 minutes. When sweet potatoes are soft, its done! Carefully blend soup until there are no visible chunks left (I had to do this in batches) and serve hot!

Soup keeps well for a week in the fridge or freeze portions for later. Great as a side or even a main course!

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114 Lindsey Canaley July 25, 2011 at 11:14 am
115 Maria Malaveci July 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

Follow @Blendtec on Twitter

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116 Maria Malaveci July 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

Signed up for your emails!

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117 Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride July 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

Oh, my goodness does that EVER look good.

We would probably make tons of strawberry shakes and protein shakes!

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118 Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride July 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

I tweeted the giveaway!! (@joshuasgirl)

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119 Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride July 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

Following Blendteck on Twitter!

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120 Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride July 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

Following you on twitter!

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121 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

I love to mix ice cream with peanut butter cups and a spash of milk. Heavenly milkshake.

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122 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’ve never heard of Blendtec before so I learned a lot on their site, but specifically just how many appliances they have! The kitchen mill would have been perfect when my son was a baby.

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123 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 25, 2011 at 11:16 am
124 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 25, 2011 at 11:16 am

I follow you on Twitter (@amyradish)

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125 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

I follow Blendtec on Twitter (@amyradish)

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126 Jen L. July 25, 2011 at 11:19 am

We are smoothie fans here!
1 c fat free plain yogurt with Splenda
dash of vanilla
about 3 T of wheat germ
a banana
combination of frozen fruits, we love mango, strawberry, blueberries and cherries
enough milk add to make it blend smoothly

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127 Jen L. July 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

I subscribe to your emails

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128 chelsea July 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

coffee milkshake…with old coffee and vanilla bean ice cream. Yum.

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129 Miranda July 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

I would love to use this to make bread dough.

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130 chelsea July 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

I just signed up for email updates. And I want this Blentec SOOOOO bad!

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131 Miranda July 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

I’m an email subscriber

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132 chelsea July 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

And on the Blendtec website, I learned that one can spend over $1000 on a blender. AMAZING! I am trying to spend only $1000 on a whole living room redo!

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133 Jen L. July 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

Blendtec.com has some great recipes and I read about the wildside blender. I love how it can blend so much at once!

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134 Ally @ Sweet & Savory July 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

We are in need of a new blender SO bad! My husband uses them daily for his protein shakes…in fact we were just discussing our blender the other night (yeah, I know, exciting.)

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135 Ally @ Sweet & Savory July 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

I have Family Fresh Cooking on my blogroll!

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136 LeAnna July 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

Awesome giveaway! One of my favorite smoothie combos involves a container og Brown Cow coffee yogurt, a banana and chocolate syrup!

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137 Desi July 25, 2011 at 11:43 am

I love a cookies and cream shake. Or a banana pudding shake. Yum! I would definitely try to make my own homemade version :)

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138 Desi July 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

I learned on their site that there is a $1000+ blender called the Tom Dickson Extreme Blender that can be built-in to one’s countertop. I didn’t know $1000 blenders existed!

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139 Desi July 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

I am subscribed to your posts by email :)

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140 Beth July 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

Green Smoothies for sure! Spinach/Kale, lemon, fruit of choice!

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141 Pat R July 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I follow you on email

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142 Pat R July 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I adore vanilla malted milkshakes!

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143 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Mmmm I love PB+banana+chocolate shakes!

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144 Kelly July 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

They sell kitchen mills too- had never been to their website.

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145 Kelly July 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I would use it for soups. thanks!

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146 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I tweeted.

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147 Kelly July 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I am an RSS feed subscriber.

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148 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I follow you on Twitter. @HappyHealthMama

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149 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I subscribe via RSS.

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150 Charissa July 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Aw, thanks for the link love! :) Your smoothie looks absolutely drool worthy!

I think one of my favourite smoothies is like this one…blueberries and bananas!

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151 Leigh Ann July 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm

dark chocolate berries shake: dark chocolate almond milk, frozen berries (love strawberries and raspberries), and ice!

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152 Leigh Ann July 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

following you on twitter

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153 Leigh Ann July 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

following you on instagram

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154 Leigh Ann July 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

following you on SU!

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155 Suzanne July 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie
1/2 cup no salt added cottage cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup fresh blueberries

Blend cottage cheese and milk until smooth. Add blueberries and banana and blend.

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156 Suzanne July 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I learned that their blender has a seven year warranty.

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157 Suzanne July 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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158 Linda July 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Green smoothie is the first thing I’d make! I don’t have an exact recipe – just plan on throwing in blueberries, spinach, pineapple, and probably a dark juice – like grape cherry. My magic bullet does not do well with chopping up the spinach. I”ve been lusting after a blendtec for a long time! :)

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159 Linda July 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I get your email newsletters!

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160 Squash Blossom Babies July 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

First of all, that shake looks amazing! And I would LOVE to get my hands on that blender!! My favorite summer blender dinner treat is poppy seed dressing! http://squashblossombabies.com/2011/07/20/poppy-seed-dressing/

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161 HeatherChristo July 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I love banana and blueberry, and in a milkshake!? so good. And as always- beautiful pictures :)

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162 Louis July 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Strawberry Smoothie.

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163 jaclyn July 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

thanks so much for linking to my blueberry crumb pie milkshake! your blueberry banana milkshake looks amazing!

i would love to have a blendtec blender! i would definitely make tons of milkshakes in it, especially chocolate shakes! yum!

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164 Meryl July 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Banana smoothie with frozen bananas, a little maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon.

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165 Linda July 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I went to the blendtec site and learned that it can make snow! That is cool. My kids would love that!

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166 Helen July 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I love chocolate-cherry smoothies. I use 1/2 frozen banana, 1/4c forzen cherries, 1-2T cocoa powder, almond milk to desired consistency.

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167 Helen July 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I follow you on twitter!

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168 Helen July 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I tweeted the giveaway!

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169 Helen July 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I learned how shocking it can be to look at the prices of blenders!

Wow, 1000$ blenders! I didn’t know that blenders could have so many zeros on a price tag…..lo!

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170 Kathryn July 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I’m a sucker for green monsters. My favorite monster goes like this:

-Around 1/2 c. Almond milk
-A couple dollops of plain yogurt
-A few big handfuls of spinach
-A TON of frozen strawberries. I have no measurements, I just drop em in.
-A tablespoon or so of cocoa powder… I usually use a a lot more than a tablespoon cos I’m a chocolate fiend :p

Blend everything up and enjoy! This makes a GINORMOUS, incredibly thick smoothie. I guess it could be split into two servings, but really… who likes sharing? :p

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171 Kathryn July 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Apparently this thing can make snow. That sounds incredibly delightful since it’s been pretty friggin hot lately!

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172 Marly July 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

What a wonderful give-away! My favorite smoothie is so simple: 1 banana, a bunch of spinach and some frozen strawberries with soymilk to get the right consistency. yumm!

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173 Marly July 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I already follow you on Twitter (of course!)

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174 Marly July 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Consider yourself stumbled on SU!

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175 Paula - bell'alimento July 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

My favorite new smoothie is a blueberry cobbler smoothie!

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176 Paula - bell'alimento July 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I follow you on Twitter! @bellalimento

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177 Paula - bell'alimento July 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I follow Blendtec on Twitter – @bellalimento

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178 Paula - bell'alimento July 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I stumbled the post!

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179 Steve G. July 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Great photos as always. Those shakes look so cool and refreshing on a 100 degree day. I’d be making peach shakes with this blender. I’m loving peach ice cream right now. Thanks for the giveaway. Be Blessed!!!

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180 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Mmm, your milkshakes look incredible! On a regular basis we love having green smoothies which basically all follow the same recipe
1 banana
1 C+ frozen fruit or berries(our favorite right now is raspberries)
1-2 C milk
vanilla
a couple handfuls of spinach or other mild flavored greens
other add-ins like flax seed, peanut butter, etc. Yummy!

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181 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I had no idea I could make bread dough in a blendtec! That is so awesome.

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182 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I follow you by rss :D

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183 Jill July 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Green smoothies!!! Banana, grapes, apple, spinach, yogurt and mix!!!

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184 Jill July 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I’m Amazed at the amount of things you can make with a Blendtec! Including scones! One of my favorite things!!!

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185 Jenna Z July 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I’d use this instead of my ancient kenmore blender for making my protein oat waffles! Oatmeal, protein powder, egg whites, baking soda and vanilla! Maybe some flax seed and cinnamon if I’m feeling fancy!

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186 Jenna Z July 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I learned that there are no live demos in my area. :(

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187 Jenna Z July 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I follow you on twitter (corgipants)

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188 Jenna Z July 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I follow blendtec on twitter (corgipants)

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189 Debby G. July 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I LOVE a good vanilla malt milkshake…..
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons malted milk powder
1/2 tablespoon vanilla

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190 Debby G. July 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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191 Debby G. July 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Just went to the Blendtec site and learned you can use it to make snow cones!

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192 Ashley H July 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Ahh I would LOVE a blender!!! I would make a good old fashioned Malted Milk Shake like Nanny used to make -=D SO YUMMY!

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193 jc July 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

i love banana maca!

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194 Monica July 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

OMG a BLENDTEC???
I would make delicious smoothies, shakes, sauces and bread dough?? OMG

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195 karen d July 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Chocolate peanut butter malts!!! So soooo gooood!!!

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196 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] July 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm

That deep purple color from the blueberries is out-of-this world gorgeous!

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197 Jess@HealthyExposures July 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

This milkshake looks awesome!
I love to make banana soft serve…except, it takes ages because I only have a cheap-o, almost dead blender. I’d also use it to make nut butters – something else that’s becoming quite difficult to make! My favorite is figgy peanut butter – peanuts, dried figs, cinnamon and maple!

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198 Jess@HealthyExposures July 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I learned that the Total Blender WildSide can replace up to 9 other kitchen appliances. Crazy!

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199 Jess@HealthyExposures July 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Now following you on Twitter (@HlthyExposures)

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200 Jess@HealthyExposures July 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Aaand, lastly, I’ve tweeted this giveaway. I’ll get out of your hair now ;) Thanks so much for hosting and sharing!

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201 Heather at Multiply Delicious July 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Awesome milkshake Marla! I’ve never tried goats milk. I’m intrigued!
We love smoothies around my house. You name it we’ve tried to mix up in the blender. A Chocolate, Banana, Almond Butter smoothie is high up there on the list these days if you ask my munchkins. However, if you ask my husband he’s all about milkshakes!

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202 Regina July 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

My favorite is malted shakes made with frozen vanilla custard.

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203 M July 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

my favorite smoothie is pineapple with ginger and yogurt!

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204 Terese July 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Great giveaway!

I’d use the Blendtec to make smoothies! Our fave one is:

Strawberry Banana Almond Milk Smoothie

1 banana
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of almond milk
1 tb. of ground flaxseeds

Put it all in the blender, puree’ and enjoy!

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205 Terese July 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Went to the Blendtec website and found out the blender can even do bread dough!

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206 Terese July 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Tweeted your giveaway!

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207 Terese July 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Followed you on Twitter!

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208 Terese July 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Followed Blendtec on Twitter!

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209 Terese July 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I subscribed to you blog via email!

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210 Terese July 25, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I Stumbled your post and am now following you on StumbleUpon!

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211 Jeff July 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I am Canadian, so I’m afraid I can’t participate! However, I am dying to know how you made the top of the milkshake look so amazing! How did you get that frothy look? Made my mouth water just by looking at it!

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212 gordy217 July 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm

This milkshake looks delicious! Another good mix is papaya and bananas with milk. yum!

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213 Anna July 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Looks delicious! One of my favorite things to make in my blender are green monsters but I have tried my hand at a few milkshake creations. My favorites come from Katie’s creations: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/chocolate-covered-recipes/milkshakes/

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214 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I WOULD MAKE SOME OF MY CINNAMON RAISIN WALNUT BUTTER!!! :D

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215 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I’m signed up! :)

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216 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

One thing I learned is that their recipe section looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to try all of them! :D

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217 Amanda Thompson July 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

My favorite shake is Chocolate-Peanut Butter!

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218 Amanda Thompson July 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I learned that the Tom Dickson Extreme Blender can even blend rake handles!

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219 Katrina July 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm

This is such an awesome giveaway! My favorite shake is cookies and cream. Mmm.

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220 Katrina July 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I re-tweeted – @katrinadingle

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221 Katrina July 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I follow you on twitter – @katrinadingle

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222 Mariko July 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Ooooo. That’s like asking me what my favorite flavor ice cream is. Ummm… All of them? Blended up together? With Oreo cookies on top?

I’m a big chocolate peanut butter fan. Mmmmm. Haagen Dazs chocolate ice cream with a big spoonful of peanut butter, and just a teensy bit of milk. I like it thick.

I bet I’d adore that blueberry banana milkshake though. Goats milk is an especially great twist!

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223 Alli July 26, 2011 at 12:25 am

The shake looks amazing, I wish we had weather for it here, I love the idea of the coconut milk and added the blueberry sauce afterwards. Roll on summer

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224 Katrina July 26, 2011 at 1:17 am

I learned that: Blendtec can blend an ipod! Cool!

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225 Katrina July 26, 2011 at 1:18 am

I follow you on Instagram!

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226 Joanne July 26, 2011 at 3:59 am

A blender is actually one of hte few kitchen tools that I DON’T own…which is sad because I really want to make this milkshake! I love that it uses frozen bananas!

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227 Alyssa July 26, 2011 at 4:00 am

I would definitely be making my daily morning Green Monsters with this bad boy…I’d also love to try your banana blueberry milkshake! I grew up next to a goat breeder and have been aware or goat’s milk, but have never ever tried it. Interesting!

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228 Alyssa July 26, 2011 at 4:02 am

I checked out the Blendtec website and saw the recipe page! What a good idea to put healthy recipies on the product website!

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229 Marla July 26, 2011 at 6:19 am

Alyssa, that is a great idea more and more companies are beginning to do that. Very helpful. Fun too when they enlist their favorite bloggers ;)

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230 Clair July 26, 2011 at 4:29 am

I love smoothies, but lately my favorite has been unflavored whey protein and frozen mango, with a little stevia and salt. Tastes like a frozen mango lassi!

I would L-O-V-E to have this blender.

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231 Clair July 26, 2011 at 4:31 am

And I learned on the Blendtec website that they have a blender for more than $1000! Man, would I love to see what that baby can do…

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232 Marla July 26, 2011 at 6:18 am

One for $1000?? Wow, I cannot even imagine. Must be industrial for Starbucks or something…

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233 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 26, 2011 at 4:40 am

I have heard so many great things about this blender, I would use it to make my daily green smoothies.

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234 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 26, 2011 at 4:40 am

I already follow you on Twitter!

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235 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 26, 2011 at 4:43 am

Checked out their site and saw that they even have a container to grind your own flour which sounds really great!

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236 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 26, 2011 at 4:45 am

I tweeted the contest!

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237 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 26, 2011 at 4:46 am

I stumbled the post as well and you know I follow you on SU. :-)

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238 Kathi July 26, 2011 at 4:58 am

I don’t make smoothies because I don’t have a decent blender. I tried using my Magic Bullet, but never liked the way the smoothies turned out and the smell of smoke wasn’t appealing. It just couldn’t handle the ice.

But I love berry smoothies! Especially raspberry with only a tiny bit of banana in it so the banana isn’t too overpowering. I’ve been drooling over the Blendtec blenders every time they come to our Costco, but I haven’t been able to work it into the budget yet.

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239 Marla July 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Kathi, I agree the smell of metal grinding and smoke could kill the buzz on a great smoothie. Thankfully this blender is waaaay stronger than that.

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240 Kathi July 26, 2011 at 5:00 am

I went to the Blendtec website and learned that it can make bread dough. I knew it could do soups, salsas, batters, ice cream, etc but never actually knew that it could make a dough!

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241 Kathi July 26, 2011 at 5:02 am

I followed you on Twitter! Today was the first time I’ve found your blog. :-)

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242 Kathi July 26, 2011 at 5:03 am

I’m now following @blendtec on twitter.

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243 Kathi July 26, 2011 at 5:04 am

I retweeted – @wyndechyme

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244 Kathi July 26, 2011 at 5:07 am

I subscribed to your blog via RSS (using my other email address – kathi823).

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245 Kathi July 26, 2011 at 5:14 am

I liked this post on StumbleUpon and followed you there. I also posted it to Facebook. I don’t have a blog so I can’t do any of the blog-specific actions. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this – I’ve never entered a blog giveaway before. There’s a first time for everything!! I look forward to reading more of your posts. :-)

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246 Miriam July 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

the best shake i had was called the Elvis Presley – I’ve tried to re-create it but it doesn’t come out quite the same as the original..it is vanilla ice cream, reese’s pb cups, bananas and chocolate syrup…it is soo good!

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247 Miriam July 26, 2011 at 7:02 am

on the BlendTec website I learned that you can find alot of recipes using the blender..I didn’t know there were so many. I’ve been missing out!

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248 Becky Belting July 26, 2011 at 7:40 am

I found an excellent dressing recipe on the website that i will be trying out! I am so excited.

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249 Jennie July 26, 2011 at 7:52 am

I would try the “Will it blend?” ipod shake! Just kidding, I definitely wouldn’t risk my brand new fancy blender on that. But I definitely would start adding greens to my shakes! My current blender doesn’t blend well enough for that… they end up stringy and gross.

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250 Marla July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Ohhhh Jennie, stringy and gross greens are never a good thing at all. Yup, sounds like you need a big ‘n fancy blender for those healthy shakes.

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251 Jennie July 26, 2011 at 7:53 am

I learned they sell a factory reconditioned version for about $100 less. Still too expensive for me…

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252 Jennie July 26, 2011 at 7:55 am

I follow via RSS on google reader.

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253 Kayla July 26, 2011 at 7:58 am

This looks delicious! My favorite shake is spinach, frozen banana, peanut butter and cocoa powder.

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254 Kayla July 26, 2011 at 7:59 am

On the Blendtec website i learned that the Blendtec has different settings for icecream and soups. It pulses slower but more powerful for ice cream and for soup it goes very fast, fast enough to get hot so you can have hot soup! sooo cool!

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255 Marla July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Kayla, it is so cool when you actually get to watch each of those blender modes in action. They really are all so different. I must/need to try every kind of recipe in this thing!

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256 Kayla July 26, 2011 at 7:59 am

I tweeted!

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257 Kayla July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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258 Kayla July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

I follow blendtec on twitter!

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259 Kayla July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

I follow you on Instagram!

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260 Jill July 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

Just tweeted about you!

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261 Jill July 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

Now following MarlaMeredith!

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262 Jill July 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

Now following Blendtec!

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263 Jill July 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

Just signed up for email subscription! Yippee!!!

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264 Tim July 26, 2011 at 9:53 am

Smoothies in the morning: Any frozed fruit, but our favorite is strawberries, banana, blueberries and vanilla yogurt, maybe a little orange juice to thin it. Delicious.

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265 Haley Grossman July 26, 2011 at 10:30 am

My favorite blended drink is my version of an orange julius…you put some frozen orange juice concentrate, milk, vanilla extract and ice and blend until smooth…not exactly like the original but still very tasty.

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266 Melissa Vasquez July 26, 2011 at 10:32 am

I have to say that a Rocky Road milkshake= heaven.

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267 Haley Grossman July 26, 2011 at 10:37 am

Went to the Blendtec site and learned that you can buy some awesome accessories for your blender…including dough hooks, and even a mixing bowl…so cool.

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268 Haley Grossman July 26, 2011 at 10:38 am

Singed up for you emails.

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269 Tim July 26, 2011 at 10:42 am

I went to the Blendtec website and found that I can make ice cream right in the blender….no need for an ice cream maker!!

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270 Jackie July 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

I learned Justin Bieber cd’s should only be blended and not played.

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271 Marla July 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Jackie, that is hilarious!! lol

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272 Jackie July 26, 2011 at 11:37 am

i follow blendtec on twitter

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273 Ashlie July 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I maintain a dairy free diet and I’ve come across dozens of recipes that blend cashews that have been soaked in water for a couple of hours, a bit of lemon juice, and sweetener to taste to create a vegan cheesecake filling. I’ve been dying to try it out, but sadly my cheapo blender can barely handle soft fruit, so there is no way it could blend cashews to a creamy texture. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

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274 Marla July 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Ashlie, I see so many raw nut based drinks and shakes that I am dying to try too. Cashews and almonds seem to be the popular nut to use.

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275 Sarah July 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

The first thing I would make in this blender would be this awesome chocolate chip cookie milkshake recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod that i’ve had my eye on for a while: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/chocolate-chip-cookie-milkshake-a-blendtec-blender-giveaway

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276 Marla July 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Sarah, Maria makes some great shakes, ice cream & goodies over on her blog! Great inspiration.

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277 Sarah July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I learned on Blendtec’s site that they have a 7 year warranty on all of their products

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278 Marla July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Oh, that is very good to know. They are a company that stands behind their goods and that is so very important!

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279 Sarah July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I subscribe to your posts via RSS(Google Reader)

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280 lana July 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I love key lime pie, so a key lime pie milkshake would be great. I would have to do some experimenting to get the shake just right.

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281 Marla July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Lana, Key Lime Pie Shake sounds awesome. Not such a bad thing if you need to experiment a whole bunch with it :) Bet there would be many grateful taste testers.

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282 Michelle July 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I use my blender most for soups! Bean soups, veggie soups– pureed beans, cauliflower or potatoes make a great alternative to cream.

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283 lana July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Went to the Blendtec website and learned how to make lemon velvet smoothies. Sounds delicious, im definitely going to try that.

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284 lana July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway. @mslana09

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285 Kristen July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I love smoothies & milkshakes and would like to try the recipe for your banana blueberry one posted today!!

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286 lana July 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Im following @marlameredith

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287 lana July 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I have already been following Blendtec, I love their products.

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288 Michael Jozwiak July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I just want to make shakes! Many shakes! I’ll throw random things in and discover new recipes for myself. :)
Ever since our blender got busted up a few months ago, I just haven’t been the same.

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289 lana July 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I am subscribed to your blog.

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290 Rachel (teacher-chef) July 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm

My Milkshake of the week seems to be something along these lines: 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 frozen bananas, 1/4 cup Flax Seed, 1 scoop Super Green, 2 stalks celery, then some honey and maybe even peanut butter some days! I grew up experimenting with “milkshakes” which were always just some combo of yogurt and fruits, it never gets old!!

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291 Klee July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

That is awesome! I just made a smoothie with almond butter, a banana, protein powder, cocoa powder, coffee, milk, and ice. It’s perfect after my morning run.

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292 Klee July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Now subscribed via Google Reader!

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293 Klee July 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I just went to the Blendtec website and learned how much more powerful this blender is than my old hand-me-down Cuisinart (that just died and left my kitchen with a lovely molten plastic smell)!

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294 Nancy July 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm

My favorite shake always includes frozen bananas for sweetness and whatever fruit is in season, sometimes yogurt and/or orange juice. Another favorite is chocolate hemp milk, frozen banana and peanut butter – sweeter and good for a snack.

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295 Brett July 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I would make mango smoothies, and drink an obscene amount of them.

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296 Jenni July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

My favorite shake is a chocolate malt! I’d use a Blendtec way more for smoothies, though, as I’m trying to be semi-healthy. :)

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297 Brett July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I learned on the Blendtec site that the device came about due to the founder’s desire to push as much power into devices as possible.

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298 Jenni July 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I’ve been following Blendtec on Twitter for a while now.

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299 Jenni July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I’m amazed after reading about Blendtec’s blenders on their website. I’d LOVE to have something so so much powerful than the cheapo blender I have now (that is currently dying, I think).

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300 Brett July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter.

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301 Brett July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I follow @Blendtec on Twitter.

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302 Brett July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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303 Brett July 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I tweeted your message: Pls RT @MarlaMeridith has a $474 @Blendtec blender #giveaway. Make ice cream, shakes, soup, sauces, dough, etc. To enter http://su.pr/32G5go

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304 Ashley July 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm

A new blender would be nice! Here’s my favorite smoothie recipe:
1 large banana, broken into pieces
1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
1/2 cup frozen mixed berry blend
3 or 4 large fresh or frozen strawberries
1/4 cup water
8 or 9 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients together until smooth and serve. Makes 2 servings.

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305 Alli July 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm

My favorite smoothie-shake recipe is Apple Pie!

To prep the day before:

I bake some apples in my oven. When they are done cooking, I cut each apple into quarters and put the cut up apples ( now in 4 pieces…) into Ziplock bags to freeze overnight.

By the next morning the apples are frozen solid and ready to use!

Then to my blender I add:

1 baked apple ( now in frozen apple goodness chunks..)
a healthy dash of cinnamon
1c. soy milk ( can use any milk, dairy or non-dairy..)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
3 packets stevia
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Blend and whizz away till creamy.
The frozen apples take the place of ice-cubes and your shake should be rich and thick.

Dee-licious!!

Alli

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306 Ashley July 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

If I won this blender, I would make the Chai Smoothie from the Stonyfield Farm website. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

Here it is:
1 ripe mango, cubed
2 cups Stonyfield Organic Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt
1 cup ice
1 teaspoon crushed cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

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307 Alli July 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I also learned on the Blendtec website that Blendtec has a 7 year warranty,
*and*, it can help you lose weight by using the whole part of vegetables and fruit, fiber and all!

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308 Ashley July 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm

When I went to the Blendtec website, I learned that you can mix cookie dough and other desserts in a blender. I never would have known!

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309 Ashley July 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I just signed up for your email!

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310 bridget {bake at 350} July 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

definitely chocolate….and *insert whiny voice* I want a big girl blender, too!!!

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311 bridget {bake at 350} July 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I follow you on twitter! :)

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312 bridget {bake at 350} July 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm

and I follow blendtec on twitter. :)

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313 Maris (In Good Taste) July 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I like strawberry milkshakes

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314 Maris (In Good Taste) July 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I follow you on twitter

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315 Rosalind July 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I would make so many greenmonsters in that! And banana softserve, yem.

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316 Susie D. July 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Well this is sad, but what came to mind was a chocolate shake from McD’s. I haven’t had one in years, but I’d like to. Is that awful? I do like Frappucinos and would love to try making my own.

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317 Faith July 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm

This shake is stunning, Marla! It looks like something from an old fashioned ice cream shop…only healthier and more delicious! :)

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318 naomi July 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Great recipe! Love the sound of using goats milk.

. . . I have a Blendtec and love it!

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319 Brooke @ Food Woolf July 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Wow. Looks like a lot of people want this BIG GIRL blender too. Ah well, might as well through my hat into the ring…Reason? Because my husband and I make shakes every morning to start our days off right. Our favorite? Kefir, fresh fruit (blueberries and strawberries, of course), a scoop of coconut oil or almond butter, a scoop of protein powder and voila! Delicious! Hope I win! Thanks for hosting this contest!

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320 MikeVFMK July 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Marla, this shake looks amazing. So does the blender. Too bad I can’t win one but that won’t stop me from loving that shake and the pictures! Beautiful.

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321 caroline129 July 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm

can’t wait to try this! looks and sounds divine!

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322 Dana Zia July 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Coconut milk bliss milkshakes, hands down! Melt 2-4 tablespoons of dark dark chocolate in the microwave. While that cools, pour 6 – 8 oz chilled coconut milk into the blender and blend with one frozen banana drizzle in the melted chocolate while it is blending. Feel free t add a tablespoon of nut butter while you are at it and voila!

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323 whitney July 26, 2011 at 8:36 pm

My favorite shake is a frozen banana,stevia,instant coffee, and coconut milk.

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324 whitney July 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I learned that you can make your own flour with the Blendtec!

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325 Russell van Kraayenburg July 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I would definitely make this blueberry banana milkshake! It looks scrumptious!

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326 Russell van Kraayenburg July 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I learned they make a kitchen mill!

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327 Russell van Kraayenburg July 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I tweeted too!

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328 Kristen M. July 26, 2011 at 11:22 pm

My favorite shake is an oatmeal shake (tastes like a cinnamon oatmeal cookie).

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329 Kristen M. July 26, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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330 Kristen M. July 26, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I follow Blendtec on twitter.

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331 Kristen M. July 26, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I follow follow @MarlaMeridith on twitter.

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332 Kristen M. July 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I didn’t know Blendtec sold a Tom Dickson Extreme Blender. Really expensive but totally worth it to ask the question, “Will it blend?”

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333 Julien July 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Since it’s summer, why not my go-to summer milkshake? I throw some frozen slices of banana, frozen strawberries, maybe a touch of orange juice for fluid value, and then some rich vanilla ice cream. It would be even better if I could manage some Mexican vanilla ice cream; that stuff even makes appearances in my dreams!

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334 Ste July 27, 2011 at 3:01 am

I’d like to join this “giveaway” but I can’t …I live in Italy but still I can sing up for email and follow your blog. This milkshake looks delicious !

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335 Stephanie July 27, 2011 at 4:06 am

i love fruit smoothies….take a cup of frozen fruit (i like mango, strawberry, pineapple combo), a 1/2 c or so of vanilla yogurt, some ice cubes and enough milk to make it your desired consistency and blend it all up.

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336 Stephanie July 27, 2011 at 4:06 am

i received your email updates.

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337 Stephanie July 27, 2011 at 4:14 am

from the website i learned there are machines that allow you to mill your own flours….cool. i also like the fact that the blender can blend ice so well it’s like shaved ice….and it makes ice cream!!

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338 Jenna July 27, 2011 at 7:29 am

What a great giveaway! With this blender, I would make all manner of smoothies, such as this one from my blog:http://jennaseverythingblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/thick-strawberry-banana-smoothie/
My current blender gets overheated and refuses to blend things like ice, so this would be so welcome in my kitchen!

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339 Christi R July 27, 2011 at 7:32 am

I love chocolate milkshakes and that’s what I would make with the blender!

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340 Dakota Campbell July 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

I would make a frozen watermelon shake with this new blender!

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341 Cori July 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

I would make oat smoothies!

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342 Cori July 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

Follow you on facebook!

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343 Kate@Diethood July 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

I love strawberry shakes!! I would use this beautiful blender for all things that need blending! :)

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344 Kate@Diethood July 27, 2011 at 8:38 am

I like the ‘recipe’ section on their site

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345 Kate@Diethood July 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

I tweeted about the giveaway

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346 Kate@Diethood July 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

I follow you on Twitter

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347 Kate@Diethood July 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

I’m a Facebook fan

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348 Kate@Diethood July 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

I stumbled this post

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349 Kelly J July 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

I love chocolate, but any fruit shake comes close!

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350 Marisa July 27, 2011 at 9:21 am

My favorite shake is my strawberry blueberry smoothie:

1 heaping cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
a handful of organic baby spinach
a little more than 1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 6 oz container organic yogurt
1 scoop Natures Life Healthy Veg protein powder
2 Tbs rolled oats
1 Tbs flax seed meal
1 Tbs wheat germ
1/2 Tbs chia seeds
1/2 packet Truvia

It’s very thick, so I use a spoon to eat it.

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351 Marisa July 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

Oops, I typed my email wrong. I’ll just repost my comment.

My favorite shake is my strawberry blueberry smoothie:

1 heaping cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
a handful of organic baby spinach
a little more than 1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 6 oz container organic yogurt
1 scoop Natures Life Healthy Veg protein powder
2 Tbs rolled oats
1 Tbs flax seed meal
1 Tbs wheat germ
1/2 Tbs chia seeds
1/2 packet Truvia

It’s very thick, so I use a spoon to eat it.

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352 Marisa July 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

I learned that a Blendtec can actually make steaming hot soup.

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353 Marisa July 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

I tweeted this giveaway (I’m @n4ilpolishlov3r on Twitter).

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354 Marisa July 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

I follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter (I’m @n4ilpolishlov3r on Twitter).

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355 Marisa July 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

I follow @Blendtec on Twitter (I’m @n4ilpolishlov3r on Twitter).

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356 Marisa July 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

I signed up to receive your Emails.

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357 Nutmeg Nanny July 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

What an awesome giveaway! I’m dying to give one of these blenders a try. In fact I don’t even own a blender…it’s pretty pathetic. I would love to make a vegetable and fruit smoothie. We are part of CSA and sometimes feel overwhelmed with all the green vegetables. It would be nice to just throw them into a smoothie and enjoy them in liquid form…yum!

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358 Marla July 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Sounds like you need an awesome high powered blender. I hear those CSA baskets are awesome, but can get overwhelming at times.

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359 Nutmeg Nanny July 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

I visited the Blendtec site and found out you can make soup in the blenders…how awesome!

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360 Nutmeg Nanny July 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

I follow you on Twitter

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361 Nutmeg Nanny July 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

I follow blendtec on Twitter

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362 Nutmeg Nanny July 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

I stumbled your post and follow you on SU

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363 Nutmeg Nanny July 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

I tweeted about the giveaway

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364 camille July 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

Making bread with a blender???? Crazy yet cool!
Wild side is calling my name :-)

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365 camille July 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

i love making banana, PB, choclate milkshakes and smoothies… making popcicles with any leftovers ( doesn’t happen very offen, the leftovers that is :-)

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366 Marla July 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Camille, popsicles with the left over shakes is a great idea. How come I never thought of that?!

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367 camille July 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

i am subscribed to your email

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368 Teawench July 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

I think it’s more like what *wouldn’t* I do with this blender! Can you really do bread dough? I suppose to break it in, though, I’d have to do an adult smoothie. Just a bunch of frozen fruit, maybe some coconut milk (not the canned stuff from the ethnic section of the grocery store. The boxed stuff by the almond/soy/rice milks) though I could try goat milk and some vodka.

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369 Teawench July 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

I learned it comes with an ‘ice crushing guarantee’. I just like the way that sounds.

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370 Teawench July 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

I follow you on Twitter (for a second I couldn’t remember how to spell that!): @teawench

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371 Teawench July 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

I get your emails

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372 Carmen July 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

You can make bread dough with this thing?! That would be awesome. I love making fresh bread and don’t own a bread machine because I prefer to bake them in pans. But anything that would help with mixing would be great. Oh, and I’m pretty boring with shakes – usually strawberry banana.

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373 Carmen July 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

You can make your own flour? What won’t this machine do!

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374 Marla July 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Carmen, they say it can even crush an iPod. Not sure why anyone would ever want to do that though….

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375 Carmen July 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

I already follow @MarlaMeridith

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376 Carmen July 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

I now follow @Blendtec (cmouse01)

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377 Carmen July 27, 2011 at 10:50 am
378 Poonam July 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

I would love a blendtec blender.

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379 Poonam July 27, 2011 at 11:15 am

My Favorit milkshake is a classic chocolate milkshake. Nothing like classics.

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380 Poonam July 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

FYI, I am absolutely going to be making this milkshake tonight, and I just want to thank you for making my horrible week so much better. <3 thanks!

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381 Marla July 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

Oh no a horrible week?! This shake should put a big grin on your face & in your belly :)

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382 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet July 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

Followed Blendtec on Twitter.

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383 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet July 27, 2011 at 11:36 am

I think I would love the blender. I’ve been using the one my Mom got for her wedding present in 1967. Time for an upgrade in my opinion. “Big Girl Blender”

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384 Marla July 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

1967? Yeah, girl you need an upgrade big time! I would be scared that thing would blow up!! Sounds like it has a motor that wants to live forever ;)

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385 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet July 27, 2011 at 11:36 am

I already follow you. :)

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386 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet July 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

Tweeted.

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387 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet July 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

Stumbled this post

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388 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet July 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

Have the Family Fresh badge on my blog

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389 Tricia July 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Lots of protein smoothies!

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390 Beaty July 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I love to make smoothies for my two daughters and myself! A current favorite is Banana, nectarine smoothie. Yummy!!! Would love a stronger blender to make lots of things!

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391 Cathy July 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

My favorite easy protein shake. 1 cup fat free milk, 1 cup natural chocolate protein powder, 1 frozen banana, and 2 Tb. of Chocolate PB2. Yummmy!

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392 Marla July 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Cathy, they make chocolate PB2? No way!! I must get my hands on some. Love the original one. Great in shakes & yogurt parfaits too.

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393 Cathy July 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I already follow you.

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394 Cathy July 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Planet Smoothie uses Blendtech blenders. cool!

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395 kristi July 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm

My favorite smoothie – 8oz of almond milk or coconut milk, a scoop of my favorite vanilla whey protein powder, 1/2 banana and four ice cubes(sometimes a handful of spinach if I have it)!! YUMMY. My current blender is so old and sad that I end up having to fish out the ice cubes that it didn’t end up crushing :o(

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396 Ellen July 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I follow Blendtec on Twitter.

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397 Ellen July 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I would make a peach milkshake with our freshly picked peaches from SC.

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398 Ellen July 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I learned that you can make flours from grains on the Blendtec website. Cool!

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399 Ellen July 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway! My first tweet! :)

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400 Ellen July 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I follow you on twitter now. :)

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401 Ellen July 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I signed up for the RSS feed for this site. Cooking blogs are my favorites.

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402 Kevin July 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I like a milkshake with vanilla ice cream, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate syrup. Yummy, but could better with a BlendTec blender!

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403 Cara July 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Hey Marla! Gorgeous shots, as always. This summer I’ve been addicted to starting my days with a Mocha FraPROccino (that’s my made-up word for a thick, frozen beverage made of casein protein powder and iced coffee.) I like to think my blender does the trick, but I don’t know what I’m missing without a Blendtec! I’d sure love to find out :)

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404 Cara July 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I just tweeted about the giveaway. PS, I also love making Pumpkin FraPROccinos. Much better than Starbucks! yum :)

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405 Cara July 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I follow you on twitter

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406 Cara July 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm

And I already follow Blendtec on Twitter too. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway opportunity!

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407 Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles July 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Oh my goodness I need this!! Here’s my vegan banana soft serve recipe:

Freeze a banana+some other fruit overnight.
Blend until soft serve consistency.

That’s it! But difficult with a regular blender!

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408 Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles July 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I learned that there are 6 Blendtec Models!

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409 Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles July 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Twitter following!

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410 Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles July 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Tweeted!

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411 Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles July 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Following Blendtec!

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412 Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles July 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Stumbled!

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413 Ruth Hill July 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I absolutely love the Espresso Protein powder Click, and I absolutely love to make tasty shakes with it in the blender. Here is one:

CLICK Red Eye

8 oz. milk, soy or almond
8 oz. coffee
2 scoops CLICK
2 TBS lite Hershey’s chocolate syrup.
ice
Pour milk and coffee into blender. Add CLICK. Then, add ice (enough to reach 2 cup mark on blender). Pulse, then blend until smooth. Add more ice and blend to make a thick shake you can eat with a spoon. Enjoy this as a meal, snack, or dessert. . You’ll feel like a cheater with this simple recipe.

BTW… You can totally sneak a handful of spinach in this baby and no one will ever know! Doubt me? Well then… I guess you gotta try it. One serving of veggies… down the hatch!

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414 Ruth Hill July 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm

We would use this for our coffee drinks and much more!

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415 Ruth Hill July 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I learned that they have a whole line of cute products called Will It Blend. Looked really neat. Loved the recipe section too.

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416 Ruth Hill July 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm
417 Ruth Hill July 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm

follow you on twitter
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418 Ruth Hill July 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

e-mail subscriber

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419 Ruth Hill July 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm

stumbled the giveaway–following you: ruthhill74

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420 Kerry July 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I love this shake:

1c milk of choice
1.5 frozen bananas
1-2c ice
3T raw protein powder [opt]
1T raw cacao beans
1t unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1.5T creamy pnut butter
1t maca powder [opt]
1/2t cinnamon
1/2t vanilla extract

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421 Kerry July 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed!

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422 Kerry July 28, 2011 at 12:19 am

I learned that Blendtec makes a kitchen mill for grinding your own flours. They even make roller for rolling your own oats!

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423 Carolyn July 28, 2011 at 4:34 am

I don’t think I have tried goat’s milk yet, but I keep seeing that Goaterie sign on blogs and yes, I raised both eyebrows too!
Don’t think I can pick a favourite shake to make, but we would definitely do my husband’s smoothies in this blender!

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424 Carolyn July 28, 2011 at 4:37 am

You asked what I learned on the Blendtec website? Well, they have a recipe for a tabouli smoothie. How wild is that???

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425 Marla July 28, 2011 at 5:35 am

Carolyn, a tabouleh smoothie?? Have never heard of such a thing. I must go check that out……

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426 Carolyn July 28, 2011 at 4:37 am

I already follow you on Twitter.

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427 Carolyn July 28, 2011 at 4:38 am

I now follow Blendtec on Twitter

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428 Carolyn July 28, 2011 at 4:39 am

Retweeted!

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429 Tonya July 28, 2011 at 6:29 am

We LOVE smoothies around here and here’s mine
(altho, I’d use this powerful blender for our 100% gtube fed 3 y/o foster child. Here’s to hoping we win!)

Tonya’s Smoothie
Half a carafe of orange juice
two bananas (mushy is great, frozen works too)
half a bag of frozen strawberries
half a large carton of vanilla yogurt
(notice the precise measurments?)

Blend and then have kids fight over who gets more.

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430 teri July 28, 2011 at 7:02 am

avocado shakes are my favorite, but I’d love to try making a shake with frozen berries. (I’m not convinced my current blender can handle it.)

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431 teri July 28, 2011 at 7:04 am

I’d want to try out the Blendtec Kitchen Mill. I love baking bread and the idea of milling my own flour sounds like fun. :)

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432 Cookin' Canuck July 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

This sounds like the most amazing milkshake. You have a wonderful culinary imagination, my friend. No need to enter me into the giveaway – I’m lucky enough to have one of these beauties sitting in my kitchen.

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433 nicci July 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

favorite shake…Baskin Robbins, Mint Chocolate Chip shake! delicious…:)

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434 nicci July 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

on Blendtec’s website, I learned that every machine they sell is made in the USA!!!! how wonderful is that! So hard to find these days….

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435 MICHELLE E. July 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

I would make green smoothies with a Blendtec. Oh pretty please, I want this!

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436 JulieD July 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

I absolutely adore vanilla milkshakes. The simplicity and velvety texture, I just love them. Thanks!

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437 Will July 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I LOVE chocolate banana milkshakes.

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438 Diana July 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Would love to have this blender. These days we are loving the banana pudding smoothie that we recently invented.

3 Cups of Milk
1 packet of instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups ice cubes
2 bananas
6 vanilla wafers

Put them all in a blender and blend and blend and blend until smooth. Suspiciously delicious.

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439 Diana July 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway.

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440 Diana July 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I follow you on Twitter

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441 Diana July 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Following Blendtec on Twitter

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442 Diana July 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Visited Blendtech and found they have a 7 year warranty! Wonderful

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443 Diana July 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Signed up for email subscription.

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444 Danielle July 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

This shake looks sooooo goood! I would love a new blender!

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445 Cheryl July 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm

My favorite shake is Cookie Dough with vanilla bean ice cream!

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446 Cheryl July 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I learnt that they have the craziest longest waranty 7 YEAR shut the front door thats amazing!!

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447 Cheryl July 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Tweeted

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448 Kristin July 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

i LOVE this giveaway! My fingers are crossed :)!!

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449 grace July 29, 2011 at 12:08 am

what a tasty treat, marla, and it’s so stunningly beautiful too! my favorite shake is one made with toasted marshmallows. thank you, spike from top chef!

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450 Marla July 29, 2011 at 5:27 am

Grace, toasted marshmallows in a shake has got to be a win in every way! Pretty too.

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451 Shelby July 29, 2011 at 2:35 am

I rarely ever enter giveaways – but this is one I cannot resist! I love to make smoothies and my very favorite one is a blueberry smoothie I posted last year.

HoneyB’s Blueberry Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup vanilla flavored fat free yogurt (I use Stonyfield)
1/2 cup 1% milk (or more if needed to loosen smoothie up a little)
2 packets Splenda sweetener – feel free to sweeten to your taste with your favorite sweetener
2 teaspoons flax meal

Put ingredients all together in blender and blend until smooth.

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452 Shelby July 29, 2011 at 2:43 am

I had never heard of blendtec before, however I learned from the about page the engineer behind the invention (Tom) has a curious mind that doesn’t stop thinking and that curiosity is what brought him to this invention!

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453 Shelby July 29, 2011 at 2:48 am

I’m following you on twitter

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454 Shelby July 29, 2011 at 2:52 am

Following Blentec on twitter!

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455 Shelby July 29, 2011 at 2:53 am

I added your badge to my page :)

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456 Shelby July 29, 2011 at 3:00 am

stumbled this post and published it on FB

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457 Shelby July 29, 2011 at 3:10 am

I signed up for instagram AND I’m following you there!

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458 Shelby July 29, 2011 at 3:14 am

I added your feed to my google reader!

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459 Jenny July 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

First of all I would try this shake recipe! I really would love to make more smoothies, but I have a cheap, crummy blender and I gave up trying to use it. This one would make my dreams come true! :)

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460 lindsay July 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

my favorite smoothie recipe is a green smoothie! They are quite popular in the blogosphere and I’ve learned that adding greens to your smoothie is not only nutritious, it can also taste delicious! My fav green smoothie would have to be:

2 large handfuls fresh spinach
1/2 c. frozen blueberries
1 large frozen banana
3/4 c. almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon

Add the greens first, along with the berries, milk and cinnamon. Blend on high until the greens are chopped up nice and small then add frozen banana for a creamy texture. So delicious and nutritious! :)

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461 lindsay July 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I tweeted! @lovesveggees :)

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462 lindsay July 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I follow you on twitter. @lovesveggees

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463 lindsay July 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I follow Blendtec on twitter! @lovesveggees

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464 lindsay July 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm
465 Daydreamer Desserts July 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

My favorite shake by far, is a rich, thick, and straight up chocolate!

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466 Marla July 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Josie, I can only imagine a chocolate shake made by you girl. It would be heavenly….or should I say dreamy ;)

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467 Daydreamer Desserts July 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

You know you already get twitter love from me…

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468 Daydreamer Desserts July 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

And of course your RSS feed is delivered to my google reader on a regular basis. xoxo

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469 Jamie July 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Awesome giveaway! My favorite shake may be a little boring but I love a good old fashioned vanilla milkshake.

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470 Jamie July 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

On the Blendtec website, learned that the founder is Tom Dickson, an engineer and inventor.

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471 Jamie July 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I stumbled this post and now follow you on Stumbleupon.

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472 Rebekah W July 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm

My favorite smoothie is kale, almond milk, a frozen banana and cherries w/ a sprinkle of hemp seeds on top. My current blender never fully blends the kale so this blender would be amazing for me!

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473 Jamie July 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Now following you on Instagram.

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474 Irina July 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I’m addicted to oat smoothies! I just throw together oats, milk, and whatever ingredients come to mind, refrigerate overnight and blend in the morning. Love love love!

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475 Marla July 30, 2011 at 6:23 am

Irina, oat smoothies sound like a great idea that I have never tried. A full meal too!

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476 Irina July 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I checked out the website! Umm I learned that I desperately “need” a grinder so that I could grind my own flour. A girl can dream!

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477 Irina July 29, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I already follow you on Twitter :)

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478 Irina July 29, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I follow them on Twitter now also!

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479 Irina July 29, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Aaaaaan I tweeted

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480 Irina July 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I also followed you on Instagram. I’m a newbie there and am looking forward to checking out all of your fab pics!

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481 Robin G July 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I don’t have a blender and I am definitely in need of one! This would be a great win!

I love this fancy fruit blend smoothie:

* 1 plum, pitted
* 1 orange, sliced
* 2 handfuls of seedless grapes
* 1 banana
* 4 T grape juice
* 1 c frozen strawberries

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix well on high speed. May add ice for thicker smoothie.

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482 Robin G July 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I learned that the best way to use the Blendtec is by adding the soft ingredients before the hard ones. I was a bit surprised that you add the ice last!

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483 Marla July 30, 2011 at 6:22 am

Robin, so was I. Really makes a difference to add the ice last though. I always used to throw everything in the blender in no particular order. With Blendtec I am learning how to be a pro!

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484 Robin G July 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I follow you on twitter HelloRG

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485 Robin G July 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I follow BlenderTec on Twitter. HelloRG

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486 Robin G July 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I tweeted this giveaway. hoping for a win!
HelloRG

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487 Robin G July 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Following you on stumbleupon. Rg86nau.
And i stumbled this post!

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488 teresa July 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Do you KNOW how badly I need a fancy~smancy BLENDER!
I would LOVE to win this!
Thanks for the chance!
xo

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489 teresa July 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I totally FOLLOW Family Fresh Cooking!

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490 teresa July 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Tweet~Tweet.
I LOVE tweeting with you my friend.
Makes me SMILE!
xo

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491 teresa July 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm

My favorite healthy milkshake is fat free milk~vanilla extract~truvia~lots of ICE…and blend for awhile.
It honestly taste like a milkshake~
I desperately need a new high powered blender!
xo

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492 teresa July 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I LIKE you on Facebook~

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493 teresa July 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I have your adorable Family Fresh Cooking button on my sidebar.
Remember when I emailed about sending me a button!
xo

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494 teresa July 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I LOVE following YOU on Instagram!
YOU are too cool!
I am honored to share your days with your through pictures!
xo

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495 Marla July 30, 2011 at 6:19 am

Teresa, back at you girl! I love following you over there on Instagram too. Besides, how would I stay connected with the daily adventures of Dugan??!!
btw: I will never forget when you asked me for my side bar button. Made me feel so good & still does every time I visit BIB
I like the idea of your favorite vanilla shake, sounds like exactly what I do with a table spoon of instant coffee (cause I always need my “go” juice) It is amazing how we don’t need to add too many ingredients and we can keep things light – while they still taste like all those so called “guilt” foods.
And yes, you do need a high tech, super powered blender! Everyone does….

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496 teresa July 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Let’s see…what else!
Would it help me WIN if I told you I think you are one of the most adorable~HIP~FUN~talented~CREATIVE~lovely girls I have ever had the pleasure of knowing!
Can’t wait to meet and HUG and hike one day!
LOve to you!
Thanks for the chance to WIN this fab blender!
xo

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497 Suzanne July 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Oh my, my husband totally has been wanting one of these since he saw all the it could blend up. We make tons of smoothies so it would sure be handy for that, but I also have a wheat pancake recipe that is made in the blender yum!

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498 Suzanne July 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I already follow you on twitter :)

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499 Suzanne July 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm

following blendtec on twitter

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500 Suzanne July 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I’m following you on the rss feed :)

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501 Sarah Croswhite July 30, 2011 at 12:26 am

1. I would make nut butters and other recipes that high powered blenders like this make easy. :)

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502 Sarah Croswhite July 30, 2011 at 12:26 am

2. I learned on the Blendtec website that the Wildside Blender speeds up/slows down/ends all by itself!!

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503 Sarah Croswhite July 30, 2011 at 12:27 am

3. Signed up for email feed.

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504 Sarah Croswhite July 30, 2011 at 12:27 am

4. Stumbled this post.

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505 Ashlee July 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

My old blender just died and my family loves to have a green smoothie every morning! Winning this giveaway would be perfect! Here is my green smoothie recipe: http://totallyblessed.blogspot.com/2011/04/green-secret.html

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506 Ashlee July 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

2. The cucumber does not need to be peeled before being put in the Blendtec for the Green Juice recipe.

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507 Ashlee July 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

3. I tweeted about the giveaway. (energyashlee)

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508 Ashlee July 30, 2011 at 10:24 am

4. I follow you on Twitter.

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509 Ashlee July 30, 2011 at 10:25 am

5. I follow Blendtec! (Can you tell I really want/need this blender?!)

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510 Ashlee July 30, 2011 at 10:25 am

6. I added you to my RSS feed.

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511 Ashlee July 30, 2011 at 10:33 am
512 TK Oler July 30, 2011 at 11:16 am

I signed up for your e-mail:)

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513 TK Oler July 30, 2011 at 11:18 am

From the blendtec site I learned that it matters what order you put ingredients in the blender…I usually just add randomly:)

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514 TK Oler July 30, 2011 at 11:20 am

My favorite blender recipe is:
Harvest Whole Wheat Waffles
Add: 1 c whole wheat (uncooked)
1-1/2 c milk
Blend in blender at high speed – about 2-1/2- 3 minutes until thick and creamy .
Then add: 4 t baking powder, 1/2 t salt, 4 T brown sugar, 1/4 c oil, 2 eggs.
Blend an additional 2-3 minutes on medium. Bake in greased waffle iron.
Serve with vanilla syrup.

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515 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I’d love to make Milk Shakes, Protein Shakes, Bread Crumbs, Purees, and Soups!!

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516 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Love this feature! ” Blend Cycles
Total Blender® comes with our exclusive Smart-Touch Tec-nology™ which means when a cycle button is pushed, the Total Blender® automatically speeds up and slows down, then shuts off when the cycle is complete, so recipes turn out perfect every time. ” My blender definitely doesn’t do this!

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517 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm
518 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I follow you on twitter @CourtneysSweets

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519 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I follow BlendTec on Twitter @CourtneysSweets

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520 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Already an email subscriber – courtneyssweets(at)hotmail.com

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521 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm
522 Maura van der Linden July 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I’d love to make a low carb protein shake with this blender – maybe it could be less chunky!

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523 Maura van der Linden July 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I already follow you via RSS feed to include you in my weekly roundup as well :)

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524 Danielle July 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Ohh I really want to try to make a matcha tea frappe like the one at Robek’s made with soy milk and non-dairy sherbet. Great giveaway!

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525 Danielle July 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Didn’t realize you can use the Blendtec blenders to make dough for breads…pretty cool!

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526 Haley July 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I’d blend up my fave “Tropical Green Monster” post-run smoothie -
1/2 small carton coconut water
1 scoop Vanilla brown rice protein powder
1 tsp. ground flaxseeds
1/4 C. frozen pineapple chunks
1/4 C. frozen tropical blend fruits (mango, papaya, …)
1-2 large handfuls fresh spinach
YUMMMMMMMM…..

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527 melissa@IWasBornToCook July 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm
528 melissa@IWasBornToCook July 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I follow you via RSS!

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529 melissa@IWasBornToCook July 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

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530 Amy Tong July 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I just made these amazing strawberry milkshakes for my kids. They are simple and I’m sure if I win this Blendtec Blender, I can make a larger batch in no time! :) Here;s my recipe:

Strawberry Milkshake:
serves 2 (tall) glasses

1/2 cup whole milk
2 cups strawberries (hulled and halved)
1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
2 tablespoon agave
whipped cream for garnish on top (optional)
2 whole strawberries for garnish

In a blender, add milk, strawberries, ice cream and agave, blend until smooth. Pour into 2 tall glasses. garnish with whipped cream on top and a strawberry on top.

Very delicious and my kids loved them! Thanks for a chance to win this giveaway! I can’t wait to get my hands on this hi-tech blender and make more milkshakes! :)

amy [at] utry [dot] it

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531 Amy Tong July 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Wow, I’m really amazed by this blender’s technology! Love the Blend Cycles function that the blender can automatically speeds up and slows down, then shuts off when the cycle is complete, so recipes turn out perfect every time! Really sounds perfect and I can’t wait to try it. Didn’t know a blender can be so advanced! :D

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532 Amy Tong July 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Just tweeted about this giveaway and here’s the link: http://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it

amy [at] utry [dot] it

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533 Amy Tong July 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Following @MarlaMeridith on Twitter. @utry_it

amy [at] utry [dot] it

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534 Amy Tong July 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Following @Blendtec on Twitter. @utry_it

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535 Amy Tong July 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Signed up for RSS feeds.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

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536 Amy Tong July 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Stumbled this post & following you @familyfresh on StumbleUpon.

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537 Christi R July 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I went to the blendtec website and found great recipes for salsa and guacamole!

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538 Betsy July 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I love smoothies and milkshakes of all sorts! Here’s my favorite as of late…
Minty-mint choc. chipper:
1/2 cup mint chocolate chip ice cream (not the fake green stuff, I buy mine at a local creamery)
1/3 c. whole milk
1 T. chopped fresh mint leaves
4 ice cubes
1/2 frozen banana (for a little extra thickener)

Blend and enjoy!

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539 Shumaila July 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Such a wonderful giveaway! Would use the blender to make my favorite cold coffee!

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540 amberly July 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I want in! frozen berries, banana, chia seeds, teff, chocolate protein powder and a little milk… gets gobbled up by all of my little people!

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541 kiley July 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I am going to use this blender mostly for smoothies and salsa but sometimes for making tomato sauce!

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542 kiley July 30, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Just learned this fantastic healthy recipe from Blendtec:

Flaxy Green Smoothie
Elizabeth Brown
Published 11/19/2010
2 Tbsp flax seeds
2 Clementine oranges, peeled
1 banana, peeled
2 cups spinach
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
Add water and flax seeds to Basic or WildSide pitcher and secure lid. Press “Pulse” 4-6 times. Add remaining ingredients to pitcher in the order listed above and secure lid. Press “Ice Crush” and serve.

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543 kiley July 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

got a badge!

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544 kiley July 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

subscribed to rss feed :)!

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545 kiley July 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm

posted a link to this post in my blog!

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546 Amanda July 31, 2011 at 8:32 am

I had a fresh peach smoothie at the farmer’s market this week and I would LOVE to recreate it!

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547 Amanda July 31, 2011 at 8:33 am

follow you on twitter

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548 Amanda July 31, 2011 at 8:34 am

follow blendtec on twitter

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549 Amanda July 31, 2011 at 8:34 am

follow your rss feed

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550 Amanda July 31, 2011 at 8:37 am

I follow you on stumbleupon and just stumbled the post

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551 Linda from Everyday Gourmet July 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I would love this blender to make my favorite Coffee shake!

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552 Linda from Everyday Gourmet July 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I put your badge on my blog @ enjoyeverydaygourmet.blogspot.com

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553 Linda from Everyday Gourmet July 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I “liked” you on my Everyday Gourmet fb page.

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554 Linda from Everyday Gourmet July 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I signed up for your newsletter through email.

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555 Linda from Everyday Gourmet July 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I’ve gone to the Blendtec website and learned that I want this blender!!

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556 Jennifer (Savor) August 1, 2011 at 3:40 am

Iced Coffee Banana Shake: do I need to say more? http://www.savoringthethyme.com/2011/05/iced-coffee-banana-milkshake/

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557 SMITH BITES August 1, 2011 at 5:30 am

bet that is killer with coconut milk – love this Marla and yes, more = better!!

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558 teresa August 1, 2011 at 7:45 am

Marla~
Sweet adorable~hip~FUN~GLOWING~inspring Marla!
I can’t tell you what this BlendTec means to me.
Seriously~
I have always wanted a really really nice blender.
A week or so ago we were in Costco.
I stood for 3o minutes watching a girl demonstrate a blender…making soups and smoothies.
I really really wanted a nice blender.
I can’t WAIT to showcase all that I can create with this BlendTec!
I thank BlendTec~
and I thank you!
Gotta scoot!
I’m headed to the airprot!~
Flying to Telluride to HUG you!!!!!!!!
Smiles and hugs and kisses and LOVE from Bainbridge Marla!
Honestly~
I am so grateful.
xo

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559 Mark Scarbrough August 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm

What a fantastic way to get your goat. Love every slurp. And so glad you’re on the goaterie wagon!

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560 Chris Armstrong January 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Love this Marla. I think it would even be good without the added sweetener — either way, delicious. I’ll be sharing this. Thanks.

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561 Denise Terry April 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

This looks so yummy!

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562 Brett Bidstrup April 13, 2013 at 5:24 am

Jolly Green Smoothie
Ingredients:
2 cups almond milk
2 tbsp honey
1 banana
1 orange, peeled and halved
1/2 cup raspberries
5 strawberries
3 cups spinach
2 cups ice cubes

Combine all ingredients, select “Smoothie” and blend for a delicious and nutritious green smoothie!

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563 Marla April 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

Sounds great Brett!

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