Walking through row after row of machines, kid’s toys, furniture, and tools, I was inspired by so many beautiful artifacts. But there was one particular item that caught my eye; a minty 1950’s green Hamilton Beach milkshake machine.

Now, in all my 13 years of life, I have never made a milkshake. I believe smoothies have taken over the popularity of milkshakes. Instead of going to a diner to pick up a milkshake, we now go into Gaslight Village to grab a smoothie. So, living in my generation, I happen to know how to make a smoothie. Here is my recipe my sister and I use for a modern alternative to an old-fashion milkshake.

Sarah Herscher, 8th grade


Delicious Smoothie Recipe

Serves 2


  • 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups yogurt (your choice of flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup crushed ice



  1. Blend the strawberries, banana, milk, yogurt, vanilla, and ice until smooth.


Sarah Herscher: Sarah is an 8th grader at East Grand Rapids Middle School who enjoys creative writing and running. She has two cats, Bebe and Claire, and a sister in 10th grade.