Thought for Today

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

To know how to free oneself is nothing:  the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.”— Andre Gide  Source: []


Cool Smoothies for a Hot Summer: The Peach Berry Summer Slurper

Peach Berry Summer Slurper Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Peach Berry Summer Slurper
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Serves: 2

This is a cool, light and refreshing summer smoothie. Use your own choice of fruit to make your own flavor. Smoothies often contain fruit juice, but I used water to reduce the sugar in this. But how healthy is this smoothie? Peaches are high in potassium, beta carotene, fiber and a good source of Vitamin C. Strawberries are high in antioxidants and there is current research looking into possible anti-inflammatory properties. [Source:]


  • 2 medium peaches cut into large chunks (I prefer to leave the peel on)
  • 4 or 5 fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 packet of powdered stevia sweetener (optional)
  • 10 – 12 large ice cubes (more or less as needed)


  • Combine fruit, water lemon juice and sweetener in blender.
  • Puree until fruit is liquefied.
  • Add ice cubes one at a time and blend until ice cubes are crushed and the drink is thick.

Rogene Robbins is the author of Frozen Fun: 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes available in the Kindle Store

Look What we Made!

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

This past weekend was our village picnic.  Bob and I worked together on this watermelon basket.  We took this so there would be something we could eat for dessert.  Don’t forget fresh fruit is naturally sweet and gluten free.  When you live with food restrictions you learn to think about these things.

Not bad for a first try.  It was a bit of work (Bob carved the melon to make the basket) but was a big hit at the picnic — until the 5 gallons of homemade ice cream showed up. 🙂

I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out of that green and white wired ribbon.  It’s my go to ribbon when I need to make a bow.


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Morning Thoughts

I try to get down to the water early in the morning for quiet time alone with God and my thoughts.   I call this “sunrise service.” Sometimes Grandma is with me in memory as I think of how much she would have liked this place.  Sometimes there is musical accompaniment (in my head, I don’t have an iPod).  Often it is  Morning Has Broken or This is my Father’s World.  Recently the music for sunrise service was Wade in the Water.  Please enjoy this heartfelt version from Sweet Honey in the Rock with me.

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul.

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