“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
We have a Vitamix blender. It is probably our most-used kitchen appliance. The one shown in the picture below is 12+ years old. It is well-loved and well-used sometimes multiple times a day.
Every morning, I make myself a breakfast "smoothie": 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 1 frozen overripe banana (for sweetness), a spoonful of flax seeds, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa. After I mix all of the above on high, and then a small handful of raw almonds and blend on low for a bit. I love having crunchy almonds in every bite. (That's a Julie Anne original recipe - enjoy!) I love it and miss it whenever I am away from home.
I also enjoy making the kids smoothies and use various fruit depending on what is available. I might put these fruit in a smoothie: pineapple, mango, banana, and orange.
Or I might put these fruit in a smoothie: banana, orange, mango, and pineapple.
I could change things around and put these fruit in a smoothie: mango, pineapple, orange, and banana.
Or this combination, too, works well: orange, banana, pineapple, and mango.
How will Smoothie 1 vary in taste from Smoothie 2? How about the taste of Smoothie 3 and Smoothie 4? Will they vary in taste or be the same? Yes, I think you are probably getting it by now.
The pastor's family had recently purchased a Vitamix and I know from talking with his wife, that they were thrilled with using it and the health benefits from drinking smoothies. We had been using our Vitamix for years, so they were speaking our language. I remember sharing my favorite ways of using our Vitamix with her.
At church, I became aware that many people were tiring of the very repetitious sermons, week after week, month after month. I encouraged them to tell the pastor, that it wouldn't do any good to tell me about it (although I personally did have the same issue).
After hearing that others had brought this subject to their attention time and again, I used this Vitamix illustration in a meeting with the pastor and elders. It seemed apparent that either the pastor did not get the message or did not want to get the message from others, so I attempted to speak in a language that might make a clear connection.
I told him that if someone was to take Fruit A, Fruit B, Fruit C, and Fruit D, mix it up in the Vitamix and pour it out, it will taste the same if you switched around the order and used Fruit D, Fruit, C, Fruit B, and Fruit A. I explained that people were going crazy with the repetitious sermons (that typically lasted one hour). We needed more fruit, not the same fruit mixed up again and again.
Note: If Vitamix Corporation likes this free advertisement for them and would like to upgrade the Smith family's Vitamix, please contact Julie Anne here: bgbcsurvivors @ gmail dot com :)
. . . . to be continued