J – Jazz Up Your Breakfast with a Julius!




“If there’s a recipe for success in life, it starts with picking the right ingredients.” – Anonymous

A recipe is every bit as unique – and just as intensely personal – as a portrait painted by hand.   Each family has their own “take” on classic recipes, and when someone shares a favorite dish of theirs they also share a small piece of who they are and where they came from – they have literally placed their life story onto a plate.  When seen in such a light, we can honestly conclude that a recipe is, indeed, a work of art – a thing of beauty.

Today I’d like to share a recipe for a “Julius Smoothie” that my family has passed down through several generations.  While it is not an exact duplicate of  the infamous Orange Julius that was invented by Julius Freed’s Los Angeles orange juice stand in 1926, it is a wonderfully smooth, sweet way to begin your morning.   In fact, I whipped this up for my college roommate while he and his wife were staying with my family and he cried, “Honey!  This smoothie is way better than the ones you make!”  His wife still holds an extremely bitter grudge against me over this, but I have to agree with the man… this recipe is a keeper!

Julius Smoothie


1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1/4 can frozen juice concentrate  (You can go with classic orange juice, but my favorite is Welch’s “Strawberry Breeze”)

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

12-14 large ice cubes


Place all ingredients into a blender and blend for 30 seconds.  Pour into a cold, frosted glass and enjoy this simple summer treat!

How About You? 

Is there a cool, tasty recipe that helps you survive the summer months?  If so, leave a comment or link and share with the rest of us!  I’m always looking for beautiful new recipes to brighten up my day!



Today’s post is part of the A-to-Z Challenge, where participants commit to posting one article for each day during the month of April – one for every letter of the alphabet.

Check back here at “The Artistic Christian” for a daily slice of art (art reviews, practical tips, and motivation for artists), all steeped in a rich Christian worldview.


5 thoughts on “J – Jazz Up Your Breakfast with a Julius!

  1. I don’t see Orange Julius around anymore, but I think you can still get one at Dairy Queen. At least, you can in my part of the country. But I don’t see them in the mall anymore. Heck, I don’t see much at all in the mall anymore.

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