Friday, February 4, 2011

Sweet Tooth Friday!

Being stuck inside for days at a time lends itself to creativity.  Sometimes. 

Sometimes, it just leads to festering boredom.  We've had a little bit of both, lately.

This week, I've left the house twice.  Thankfully, one of those times included a trip to the grocery store to stock up before the blizzard swooshed over us, and stock up I did.  Although it would have been better if I'd had a plan -- lists of goodies to bake, quick and hot dinners, movies and popcorn -- I came away with a lot of helpful randoms.  Bananas.  Eggs.  Tomato sauce.  Donuts (duh).  Yogurt.  Cereal.  Milk.

And then I got home, stared out the snowy windows with my girls, and came down with a raging case of the munchies.  NOTHING sounded good enough, and if it did, I probably didn't have the ingredients to make it work.  Plus, Mia was just getting over being sick; I didn't want her to be tempted by lots of rich sweets.  Then again, I wanted to encourage her to eat something now that she was keeping things down...

In my fridge, there were yogurt and berries.  On my counter, there were a few old bananas.   So I mixed them up....

And we had smoothies! 

I know it's not the most spectacularly sweet of treats, but it satisfied a recovering 5-year-old and a picky mom in one, creamy, frothy, simple sip.  Here's how I made them:

1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 soft banana, broken into pieces
1 cup strawberries

Throw it all in the blender (or food processor) and turn it on to the highest of high.  If it's not mixing well, add a spoonful more of yogurt or a splash of milk.  Once everything's incorporated and foamy, pour smoothies into fancy princess glasses, and serve cold.  We've done these with frozen peaches and blueberries, too, with delicious results. 

If you're stuck inside this weekend, I hope you can find enough goodies to satisfy your sweet cravings by mixing up a smoothie!  I wonder what would happen if I stuck this in the freezer for a few hours and mixed in some chocolate chips...

This post is part of Alli 'n Son's Sweet Tooth Friday!  Head over to see what may tempt you this weekend!


  1. OK, yum! I love smoothies but hardly ever make them. Thanks for reminding me!

  2. Those look delicious, but my brain is pretty much hung up on donuts. Donuuuuuuuuuuts :)

  3. Smoothies always sound good! Those look so pretty, too! Hope you're enjoying your snow days!

  4. I may have to make some tomorrow! We have plain yogurt, and sweeten it up with a touch of honey. Which our pediatrician told us helps loosen coughs. So we'll call it medicinal.

  5. Nothing like a smoothie to make things better!!


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