Thursday, June 9, 2011

Recipe for a Hot Summer Day

Making life a little easier. Sounds good doesn't it. Seems like there is always a million things to do & not enough time to do them. I was just finishing up making almond milk after working outside most of the day and started thinking of the coffee smoothie I made yesterday when it was so darn hot. By the way, it has been 58 degrees all day today. A forty degree drop....yes. Feels so good. Anyway, I thought came to me on how to make the smoothie a little easier to make. I will still be making the almond milk the regular way (click here for the recipe) but I will now add chocolate syrup and freeze it in ice cube trays. You see I usually crave this coffee smoothie on the hottest days of summer. The colder the smoothie, the better. Here is what's in it...

Coffee Smoothie
Your favorite coffee. Amount is up to you. (My favorite right now is Organic Kickapoo Coffee Mocha Java)
 Throw in the chocolate almond milk ice cubes. Or just add chocolate syrup & unfrozen almond milk.
Add some plain ice cubes
Add a banana or two (or any fruit you like...frozen makes it even better)
Blend away.
There are many substitutes for the coffee. Try coconut milk for a really creamy treat.
Experiment until you get the thickness and slushyness you want.

This morning, guess who woke me up? Bubbles the rooster, crowing at 6am. So funny! He is in the workshop room next to our living area. He has been crowing (in his juvenile voice) for a week or so but always at night around 8. Today I heard him at 6am, 8am & when I came back inside at 5:30. Guess I won't have to think about setting an alarm with him around :-)
Handsome, isn't he?

I picked the first strawberries of the season today.
Don't they look tasty in that purple bamboo bowl?
I also noticed when mowing in the orchard that there are Pixwell Gooseberries on the bushes. This is the first time I've grown them & can't wait to taste them. We planted them last spring. Nice to have instant fruit (unlike the apples, cherries & pears we have :-)
Love the color & the stripes

I think it is early to bed tonight. It is supposed to rain tonight & tomorrow. In that case it will be a much needed inside cleaning day. Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

I would love to wake up to a rooster :-) I can hear one in the distance most days but it is to far away to wake me up though :-)

I think it won´t take long until my gooseberries are ripe too :-)

Have a great day!

Lois Evensen said...

That coffee smoothie looks delish! I'll surely try that one. Great post. :)