Recently, I was gifted with one of those rare days when I had my daughter all to myself. We sent the boys off to a Cub Scout camp-out. We packed them up, helped organize gear, and applied band-aids to the wounds of my son’s whittling practice. They were off to East Texas to, among other things, earn a whittling chip and an official Cub Scout pocket knife. This is a big deal in a kid’s life.
And, having split the genders, we sent the boys on their way so that we could have an entire day of girl time. We planned good, old-fashioned, gender stereotypical girl time.
But the greater point is that one forgets what it is like to get to be with one child when almost always playing referee to two. The shift in dynamics is tectonic when you remove them from one another. And, I have great kids. Truly. But they know when mom is there to broker disagreements and interfere and they constantly use it to test their strengths relative to one another.
Then you get one to yourself for the whole day and it seems they mature 10 years in a moment. I felt like I was running around with a girlfriend. She aged ten years and I enjoyed a fountain of youth kind of day.
Among other great hours, we had a very pleasant lunch on a very pleasant patio. We splurged a little and each got a $6 glass of juice. I didn’t bat an eye because that was the sort of day we set out to have, one where one of my most often used words, “no,” was put on the shelf for a day. But when we came back down to earth, I decided that I needed to de-construct my fancy (not fancy at all), expensive (not expensive if made at home), beverage. And so I did.
The sweet orange juice is tempered by coconut water. The chunks of frozen pineapple sweeten the deal to just the perfect spot. This is a great way to get a big orange drink without feeling as though you have spent your dessert calories for the day.
This could not be a simpler recipe. Break out the blender and toss in three things. Done. Pour it over ice and go back to the garden and visit your caterpillars and weeds and budding tomatoes. Just yesterday morning I was greeted by beautiful zucchini blossoms that brightened my whole outlook. I spent an hour puttering, sipping my cool drink, and visiting my plants. The perfect recipe for a great day, wouldn’t you agree?
|Orange Pineapple Refresher|| |
- 14 ounces coconut water
- 8 ounces orange juice
- ⅓ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- Place the ingredients in the pitcher of a blender. Blend until the pineapple chunks are processed.
- Pour over ice and enjoy.