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A Little Catching Up

Admittedly, I am way behind, and I will not be able to catch up today, but you probably don’t want to read 20-some entries at once anyway! There’s been a lot of Summer between my last post and this one, and I’ve enjoyed most of it. I hope you’ll enjoy some of these ideas as well.

22. (Adult) Beverages, Take 2: I made a delicious batch of iced coffee when a friend came to visit — the very friend who had taught me her recipe. I’ve since adapted that recipe to include flavors other than coffee and milk, but it is her recipe nonetheless. If you like Frappucinos, you will like these, and these you can make decaf. I do. The recipe is simple: 1 Cup coffee, 1 Cup milk, and 1 Tbsp sugar. For a flavored coffee, it’s 1 Cup coffee to 1/3 Cup flavored creamer. Serve poured over ice. The batch I made was White Chocolate Mocha.

23. And Take 3: Smoothies for breakfast. These are far more satisfying when the fruit is fresh and the day is already so hot you only want to eat ice cream all day. You feel like you’re having a treat for breakfast! No recipe: just yogurt, milk, fruit, and maybe some honey or sugar in a blender. Experiment. The day we got our new blender my daughter did just that. All afternoon. It was bliss!

24. More Fruit: Today a friend served me fresh blueberry cake. The cake was fresh and the blueberries certainly had been before they met their delicious end in cake batter. Thanks to freezers, we can have fruit pies and such all year round, but they’re so much better fresh. How many slices of cake do I need to eat to get in one serving of fruit?

25. Veggies, too: Yesterday I ate one of the first tomatoes off my own plants. Not the very first — the birds had take care of that (must buy netting!) — but an early one. And it was just grand.

26. Grow something: I garden mostly in containers, thanks to a restrictive HOA covenant, and I like to add new ones each year. This year my husband repaired a cracked clay fire bowl, drilled drainage holes in the bottom, and set it up in a newly cleared space by our front door. I filled it with colorful annuals, mostly non-flowering, in various shades of green and dark purple. Two of them are so pleased with their new space that they have new leaves already: green ones on the purple plants. I guess they start that way and change color? We’ll see!

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