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Berry Smoothie

Below is my favorite smoothie recipe. Of course you could add a few of your favorite fruits: mango, papaya, pineapple, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, etc… That’s what I love about smoothies, they are so versatile.

If you have any leftovers, you can place in a container and freeze. Later you can scrape it for a delicious fruit ice similar to a granita. A healthy and delicious sweet treat.

Today in yoga, our instructor read a Rumi poem called the guest house that really struck a chord with me. Enjoy!

THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Berry Smoothie

Berry Smoothie
Berry Smoothie

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Berry Berry Cobbler

Before we get into a debate about what a cobbler is, I understand that there are different kinds of cobblers. This kind happens to be what my family made when I was coming up.

A simple sugary batter is poured into a buttered dish with fruit spooned on top and somehow, magically, the batter rises to the top and the fruit juices end up on the bottom making this lovely interpretation of a cobbler. It is quick and easy and can be made into many different variations, depending on what fruit you have available, it just takes a little creative ingenuity. Enjoy!

Berry Berry Cobbler

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

When I lived in the Midwest, I was introduced to a new food item, rhubarb. Rhubarb did not grow in the southern part of the United States, but as I was growing into a new part of my life, so must my palate.

I probably would have never tried it had I not been informed by my neighbor that I had the plant growing in my garden. Of course, informed by a, “if you are not going to use it, can I have it” proposal as they point to it over the fence. Obviously untended to, as the weeds blew like waves of grain around it, I assured my neighbor I was going for a more natural looking garden, a quaint wildness akin to the English gardens spoken of in novels. Urrrr yeah, something like that.

The truth of the matter, the last time I was in that God-forsaken garden “weeding” it, I found a snake skin and poison ivy. One I could identify, the other I could not. Guess which one. Yeah, it took weeks to get over the poison ivy debacle, but a side ways look told me the neighbor wasn’t buying it.

Oh well, whatever, I had danced my way out of giving up what was rightfully mine, all mine, even if I hadn’t known about it seconds ago.  Unfortunately for my neighbor, it just set a fire under me to figure out what to do with rhubarb, my strange new food item obsession.

During my research, I came across an article that included a prize winning strawberry rhubarb pie from some state fair. Of course, I clipped the article and made it. Over time, the article was soiled and falling apart from so much use, so I transposed it to a handwritten sheet of paper and I am so glad that I did because it is a delicious pie, replete with the perfect tartness from the rhubarb and sweetness from the strawberries. Served with a side of cream, so yummy, I never for a second felt guilty about hoarding my pretty little rhubarb plant.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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Poppy Seed Dressing

With the entrance of spring, right now is a beautiful time for using the crossover fruits and vegetables for meals. As apples are exiting the scene, strawberries are entering, so why not pair them during this rare opportunity.  That was my thought at least when making my gorgeous salad yesterday, bursting with vivid colors and various textures and flavors, it kept my taste buds interested. The perfect topping was a sweet and tangy dressing accented by pops of savory crunch provided by the poppy seeds. Enjoy!

Poppy Seed Dressing

Apple and Strawberry Salad with Bacon, Pecans, Gorgonzola and Poppy Seed Dressing
Apple and Strawberry Salad with Bacon, Pecans, Gorgonzola and Poppy Seed Dressing

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