freezing peaches for smoothies :)

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Remember this recipe, the smoothie with the peaches & the spinach? Yuppers, this is what we usually do. It’s easier and faster in the mornings to just throw in spinach and frozen peaches, instead of having to take the time to cut them up. It works beautifully!

And anyways, when life gives you peaches, what else are ya going to do with them? ;)

We found a nice, simple way to do this from Better Homes & Gardens. Steps & Pictures 1-6 belong to BH & G. The seventh step is changed to how we normally do it.

How to Freeze Peaches

Step 1: Slit the skin on each peach

Use a sharp knife to make a shallow X on the bottom of each peach.
(This step allows for expansion when the peaches get blanched in Step 2.)
 

Step 2: Blanch the peaches

 
  • Bring a large pot of water to boiling.
  • Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  • Working in batches, carefully lower 3 or 4 peaches into the boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds.

Step 3: Quickly cool peaches

Using a slotted spoon, transfer peaches from boiling water to the bowl of ice water.

Step 4: Peel peaches

When the peaches are cool enough to handle, use a knife or your fingers to peel the skin from each peach.

They should be super easy to peel though. You should barely have to use a knife.

Step 5: Remove peach pits

  • Using a sharp knife, cut each peeled peach in half around the pit.
  • Gently twist each half to expose the pit.
  • Using the knife, pry the pit out of the peach.

Step 6: Slice peaches

Cut each peach half into slices.

Step 7: Prepare peaches for freezing

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Arrange peach slices evenly on baking sheets, and make sure they’re not touching each other (unless you want a big ice-ball of peaches).

Freeze them overnight, put them in plastic baggies, and voila! :D

No Place to Hide by Dr. W. Lee Warren, M.D.

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“When Dr. W. Lee Warren landed at the 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, he quickly learned that the challenges he faced as a brain surgeon in Texas were nothing compared to tent-hospital operations in a war zone.

Months of personal struggles on the home front. One hundred twenty days of combat carnage on the battlefield. One desperate will to survive …

There was no place to hide.”

{excerpt from the summary on the back of the book}

Dr. Warren faced trials that most individuals couldn’t live through. A rocky marriage at home. Thinning relationships with his kids. Mortars crashing near his living quarters. Not knowing if he would be alive by the end of the day. And his faith on life-support.

~*~

This book was not an easy read. Right and wrong were not black and white. He phenomenally displayed the grey areas, and he showed war for what it really is: gritty, dark, and something no one can understand unless he’s lived in it.

Most military books written in the first person are from the perspective of soldiers and those in combat. But No Place to Hide tells the horrors and fears a brain-surgeon had to face every day for four months.

Dr. Warren accounted his feelings and thoughts throughout his time in Balad. He reveals to us his fears in a very real, very powerful way, not only of rockets and bombs and terrorists, but also on a spiritual level.

A book everyone should read. It gave me a new perspective on my day-to-day life — while I’m complaining about current politics and the news, there are people fighting for our country right now, dodging missiles and watching their comrades die, and, later, going in for PTSD therapy. Or not coming home at all.

A reminder not only of the frailty of life, but also how we have no control over it. God has planned everything, and even when things seem too chaotic and the world is spinning out of control … we as Christians have the hope that this world is not made from a random explosion.

God has — and always will have — control over the most wildest, darkest parts of our lives.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.