Friday, May 07, 2010

Pink Delights

More lilacs are in full bloom around the house. There are still white ones too, but I posted a pic of them the other day, so I thought I'd share the pink/purple ones today. This one came with the property and has a large trunk, so it might be quite old.

This is a doubled variety that I planted by the porch. If you click to enlarge the pictures you can see all the extra petals compared to the first one. It never seems to grow much and I wish it would put up more new shoots and grow taller!

This candy cane phlox is very pretty. Unfortunately, some weeds are trying to invade it, including another ground cover type flower that self sows everywhere. It's hard to weed as it's a little sharp to reach into.

Since there is such a pink theme to the flower pics tonight, I thought it would be fun to share something pink I make in the kitchen. I've been making this smoothie for over 12 years now and never get tired of it. It's especially refreshing in summertime. It's something I improvised, so the 'recipe' is just a rough guide. You really can't go wrong!

I make it in the two cup Cuisinart Immersion Blender cup, though I used to make it in my food processor before I got the stick blender. A regular blender would work too, but I always thought it was more of a pain to clean up after.


About 1 1/4 cups of frozen strawberries
About 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries

Microwave for 1 minute to soften slightly, the fruit will shrink down a bit leaving more room, but will still be icy enough to make a freezy, cold smoothie

Add orange juice just to the level of the frozen fruit

Fill the rest of the cup with plain, non-fat yogurt, leaving room for blending, of course!

Blend 'til smooth and drink!

One could add supplements to it, but I don't. I do find it makes horse pill sized vitamins go down easily though!

Saffy and Silas enjoy this recipe as they sometimes get a frozen strawberry each. Also, every time I use up a yogurt container, they get to clean it out. The plain yogurt comes in large cups that conveniently fit a whole dog muzzle!


2paw said...

Oh that looks and sounds delicious. I think it is for Spring and not Autumn here!! Peri and Gilly love yoghurt containers too!!

Kristen said...

Beutiful lilacs. Our bushes were abundant with flowers last year, but this year we have few.

knitseashore said...

mmmm. I can almost smell them off the screen. I must get some of these for my garden. I miss them from my old yard.