Seeking refreshment

IMG_0963It was certainly a Thanksgiving to remember.  We were blessed to spend the holiday surrounded by aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, and friends, and Cadel was charming as ever, nary a cry escaping his sweet face.

at Babi and Papa's Thanksgiving table

at Babi and Papa’s Thanksgiving table

with Great Grandma Buck

with Great Grandma Buck

with Great Grandpa Douville

with Great Grandpa Deluca

laughing with his aunties

laughing with his aunties

But since we arrived back home on Monday, Cadel has not been sleeping well.   I think the holidays have thrown him for a loop already, and we’ve been carried along with him on this unfortunate ride.  We have been on our hands and knees begging this baby to please please please go to sleep!  Like hostages, we implore him to tell us his conditions; we will do anything, we tell him!
Alas, baby sleeps when he wants to sleep, and now that Cadel is down soundly for what should be a good nap after a long morning, mommy is dragging her tired body through the maze of toys and into the kitchen for some refreshment.  (this picture was not staged; this is actually what our living room looks like now).

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We bought a blender a few years back mostly because Travis loved to make fruit smoothies, but at the time, I didn’t see the big deal. If I want to eat some fruit, I’ll just eat it. Why bother blending it up anyway? But now I have seen the light. When you are desperately thirsty, and tired, and still hungry too, nothing tastes better than an ice cold fruit smoothie, even on a cold winter’s day, if you ask me.
The following is a very simple berry and yogurt drink that I sometimes make for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.  The color alone lifts the spirit.

Simple berry-yogurt refresher

1/2 C yogurt, whole or low-fat
heaping 1/2 C frozen berries (I use a mix of blueberries, marionberries, and raspberries)
1/2 C orange juice or the flesh of one orange
spoonful of honey
1/4 C water
3 ice cubes
pinch of ground cardamom (as fresh as possible, preferably)

First making sure your sleeping baby is behind a closed door, put all ingredients into a blender and whirl away until smooth.   Drink out of a clear glass, with a straw.

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4 responses to “Seeking refreshment

  1. Our travels this past week have also thrown Miller’s sleep ‘schedule’ out of whack. Hopefully the next two weeks when it’s just Mills and Mommy, I’ll be able to get her on a somewhat regular schedule…

    As for the smoothie recipe, since I can’t have dairy at the moment, what would you suggest using instead of yogurt–almond milk? Something more exciting? See you on Friday–can’t wait!

    • Hey Jill, I think almond milk would be tasty, though you may want to add in a half banana or a chunk of avocado to make up for the loss in thickness.
      Cadel is doing much better now, but it has been a try time since Thanksgiving. I hope you and Miller have an easier go of it!

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