Cookie dough sure is irresistible! Can you wait for your cookie dough smoothie? Neither can I. Click here for the full recipe. Otherwise, stick around with the more patient gang and learn about the trials and triumphs of being an older sibling.
Soon, a new member will be introduced to our family. This member is expected to be cold-blooded, scaly-skinned and a cricket connoisseur. You guessed it: s/he is a bearded dragon! This new addition will be our third non-human family member. Francisco the fish is pretty cool with getting a new sibling, as long as brother/sister doesn’t catch a fancy for some homestyle beta and cricket stew. How Artemis the cat feels about it…I’m not so sure. One can only hope that her predatory instincts will be overcome by sisterly love.
I remember the first weeks after my little brother arrived home from the hospital. I had anxiously been awaiting my opportunity to hold the cherished baby, and rock him, and play with him, and put nail polish on him, and dress him up in Disney princess costumes… ah, sweet memories! But little did I know how taxing it would be, at times, to bear the burden of older-sibling-hood. I soon discovered that being an older sister meant certain sacrifices (namely, Mommy’s lap and attention) and also certain responsibilities (namely, telling on the younger child for any minor transgression that could possibly warrant chiding from Mommy.)
Being a good older sibling takes time and care. It is a labor of love. I expect Artemis has already figured that out: she’s been preparing well for her new little brother/sister. Lately I’ve seen her practicing for her new role in the family. She’s found this toy lizard which she diligently cares for to demonstrate her expertise on the raising of a young bearded dragon:
Look, Mommy, this is how I’ll take care of the baby for you. First, I’ll brush through his scales:
Now I’ll give him some exercise: a brisk run.
And teach him how to roll over:
I’m sure she will be the best big sister ever! (And possibly the only one who viewed her sibling as potential prey.) Like I was saying, a role model for big sisters everywhere.
Artemis is quite the skilled supervisor. For instance, she watched me like a hawk as I made this Maple Pear Cookie Dough Smoothie:
See her there in the back? I think she had her eye on that extra little splash in the tin. But I was a selfish older sister and kept it all to myself!
Frankly, this smoothie was just too good to share. (Unlike Artemis’s favorite pink cat brush.) The cookie dough tasted too delicious to be whole wheat, and the chocolate chips were marvelous little surprises amidst the serene flavors of pear and pure maple syrup. This smoothie is delicious enough for dessert, and healthy enough for breakfast or anytime. Treat yourself and your siblings (if you don’t mind sharing) with a special delight!
Find the full recipe here.