Adia named this smoothie, Fruitypants Frappé. It looks like a frappé. It’s definitely fruity. And she wears pants. A lot. So, the name makes sense. Don’tChaThink?
The girls had an early day home from school. Teachers are in training. So I picked them up and we celebrated that we got to hang out and do fun things for a half day. It’s been a couple of weeks since school started, and I was missing them. Anyhoo, we did some stuff.
- Like, first we walked up to Jane and Dan’s house with Charlie, to pick more plums and give them some of the delicious plum jam and roasted chai spice almonds I had made. That was a thank you for the tons of plums they have given me from their tree. We played around at Clinton Park and I had a memory-blast from the days my boys still lived at home — we used to play at that park all the time.
- Then we made the best (!) oatmeal cookies from my grandma’s recipe. We packaged them up nicely and took them over to the Clay Arts Guild for Gene Hickman, who was kind enough to show the girls how to make clay trays and fire them for us. It was just a little thank you for Gene. We hope he likes them. We just left them on his bench.
- Oh. And we ate a few cookies.
- I was planning to do some photos with Jaime and her girls when she came to pick them up. I wanted us all to pose with the Day of the Dead masks Jaime and I got from the farmers market last Saturday. Adia wanted to make her own mask, then they both did. They used a cereal box and markers. These are cool, and were super easy to make.
- We drove out to Prickly Pear Creek to play in the water with Charlie. Well. It was cold. So. We didn’t exactly get wet. But Charlie did.
- We made a smoothie for “old times sake.” Fruitypants Frappé is the first official smoothie of Autumn. Fall Equinox is almost here. We are into our (northern hemisphere) best time of year — the crisp, cooler days of color and fresh air and invigoration! Go for it — try this one. Sip it outside, wherever you live.
We just used what was in the freezer. Ema suggested almond extract. That turned out to be a key flavor. Yumma-yumma!
- 1 cup frozen watermelon chunks, cut from the rind and frozen (or use fresh)
- 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 2 slices frozen lemon (peel and all) or use fresh
- 1 tangerine, peeled
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 T maple syrup (optional – this is for if you have a sweet tooth)
- 2 or 3 drops almond extract
- ice cubes (optional, if you are using fresh fruit you need ice to make the smoothie “frosty”)
- Just toss all the ingredients in a blender, liquids and fresh fruits first (so you don’t jam the blender blades)
- Pulse til it runs freely in the blender.
- Blend on high for about a minute to get it really smooth.
- Taste. Adjust the flavorings (maybe add more lemon slices, maple syrup or almond extract …)
- Pour in a glass and sip to your heart’s delight!