Today we had the tennis courts all to ourselves for an hour and a half. The sun was shining, the cardinals were singing, and for a little while I forgot about every single stress in my life. This seems to be a theme for me lately. It's been a long, long time since life in general felt okay, but I make sure that I do at least one thing every day that feels good--just deeply good, you know? Tennis is good, picking berries is good, playing with kids is good, and roaming through the Asian foods market is good, especially because I can buy a whole perfectly ripe pineapple there for a buck. One buck! Not much costs a buck in this world, especially not something so darn amazing.
So, what do I do with all those ripe pineapples? Well, my favorite thing is to make smoothies. My current obsession is a blend of pineapple, mango, banana, and coconut milk. Here's my recipe for two tall glasses:
- One third to one half a pineapple, cubed
- Half a mango, cubed (2 for a buck at our store!)
- One or two frozen bananas (I just keep whole bananas in the freezer all the time so I can grab 'em when I need 'em)
- A couple of ice cubes
- Canned, unsweetened coconut milk, to taste (I use a quarter of a can or so)
Puree the fruit and and ice cubes in a blender until smooth, then pour in the coconut milk and puree one more time until creamy and perfect.
I pour the smoothies into two glasses that I've chilled in the freezer for a bit, then I top each one with a spring of orange mint from my windowsill. Summer in a glass!
Hope you're having a beautiful weekend . . .