Yesterday I was totally fine and dandy, but I wake up this morning and I’m sick. My nose is all stuffed up and my throat hurts. My parents are both sick too – my Dad’s been sick a couple days so we think he gave his cold to us.
Since we’re all sick, we can’t go to my grandma’s house to celebrate her birthday. It’s probably a good thing, because my mom and my aunt need more time to talk about the menu: it was set for pizza and cheesecake, but then my grandpa decided to start a dairy-free/low dairy diet. So my mom was angsting most of yesterday about what type of cake we were going to have, whether or not to have pizza, etcetera. I told her Whole Foods sells non-dairy vegan cheese, but she turns up her nose at “all that weird vegan stuff.” I think vegan cheese might be interesting, but I can respect how someone might be weirded out by it. So anyway, now we’ve got another week to straighten out the menu for Grandma’s birthday. Maybe we’ll get lucky, and Grandpa will be on a high-dairy diet instead by next week.
I don’t think I could survive without dairy – it’s like my favorite food group! This morning, I had an apple spice smoothie that was simple, almost boring, but yummy. As it slid down my throat, it totally soothed that awful scorched feeling water doesn’t seem to help. So I enjoyed it despite the simplicity. However, I think I should state that this smoothie is not for the kind of person who would click on the “Autumn Madness Apple Cinnamon Caramel Banana Pumpkin Butter Smoothie Surprise.” It’s more for conservative smoothie-drinkers like my aunt, who would click on the “Apple Smoothie,” or possibly if she was feeling extremely adventurous the “Apple Spice Smoothie.” I’m kind of putting this recipe up just for her benefit. I mean, it was quite delicious, but usually I’m more into complicated smoothies with lots of flavors.
I recommend this smoothie if you like calligraphy and mauve nail polish. Or if you just want something comforting and simple for an under-the-weather fall morning.
Apple Spice Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 Chobani apple cinnamon flavor Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup Grandma Hoerner’s pumpkin butter
- 1 tbsp caramel topping
- 5-6 ice cubes
Pour all ingredients in blender and blend for a couple minutes. Pour smoothie into a glass and get ready for your apple cinnamon fix.
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