This past week has been a whirl wind. For the last couple of months, I have been pondering and looking for direction in my life. It has been a struggle, but my puzzle pieces finally came together. It’s amazing how life works itself out. I am grateful and truly blessed. We celebrated my exciting week by making strawberry mango smoothies.
This week I’m participating in the United Way Hunger Action Week . I made myself this Orange Julius inspired smoothie modified to what I had on hand with only a few ingredients for lunch. Smoothies make a great snack or meal replacement and can be made in just a few minutes. The nice thing about smoothies is this.. when you blend drinks with ice the volume of the liquids expands so your drink lasts longer. Enjoy.
Let’s just close out eyes and pretend we’re sitting under an orange tree. An orange tree heavy with fruit… but with the occasional late blooming blossom. There are honey bees too. Just a few. The friendly kind. The kind of honeybees that remind you that life is full of creatures big and small… and we all have tasks to do.
Summer is finally in full swing here, after a late start marked by thunderstorms and cool nights. This did a number on my vegetable garden, which is still trying to find itself, but I have to say, I loved the temporary stay from the heat of our summers. That heat has now arrived, which means I’m not leaving my house ’til September. I’ve really been enjoying plain, unflavored yogurt lately and have began buying two large cartons of the stuff every time I go to the grocery store. I made my homemade ranch dressing last week, substituting yogurt for sour cream (only because I’d forgotten to buy the sour cream) and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious it was. Then I became obsessed with my Yogurt Cream , which I’ve basically slathered over everything in my house that will stand still—blueberries, strawberries, grapes, and yes, even Marlboro Man…but that’s another story for another time.
Before we all load up on Super Bowl food, let’s take a break and have…a smoothie. My mom has years of experience as an oncology social worker, and is a big believer in mind-body medicine. She’s also—wait for it—a very healthy eater, and she never walks through my house on the first day of her visit without carrying a bag of cruciferous vegetables and colorful fruits.
When I was a kid, we never had smoothies in our house. I don’t know why exactly. I’m sure it never would have occurred to my dad to make them for us.
School is back in session and the mornings might be a little crazy. I remember the days of fighting for the bathroom, finishing up my homework, frantically searching for my library books, and trying to eat breakfast before I missed the bus. There never seemed to be enough time in the morning. I was always rushed.
Raspberry Smoothie and Cinnamon Sugar Biscuits Biscuits , Breads , Breakfast and Brunch , Drinks , Giveaway , Product Reviews | 405 comments This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Courtney Sweets ! We made these Raspberry Orange Smoothies (we called them Sweetheart Smoothies for their festive color) and these tender, flaky Cinnamon Sugar Buttermilk Biscuits for a little pre-Valentine’s day treat when the kids were home from school.
I’ve always been very good about eating my vegetables and I’ve never had a problem with spinach, but when I first heard of putting spinach in a smoothie it seemed like blasphemy. Why on earth would anyone want to do such a thing to their smoothie? But, I kept hearing and hearing about people who do this and actually, you know, enjoy it .
Mixed Berry Summer Smoothie ~ From Bikini Killer Cookies to Belt Bust’n Chocolate Bars , I’m kicking the week off with a healthy summer smoothie that’s packed with antioxidant-packed super foods. Mixed Berry Summer Smoothie I’m not intentionally doing a 180 here, but boysenberry season has just begun here in California. Every year I go crazy stocking up on them.