I’ll be the first to admit that when I saw that this week’s ingredient for Summerfest 2010 was stone-fruit, I was a bit thrown. I should like stone-fruit, right? I barely eat it, although plums and pluots are an exception, let alone cook or bake with it. What’s a girl to do? I almost passed on participating this week, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that.
The August issue of Better Homes & Gardens has a wonderful feature on peaches, 50 Ways to Eat a Peach, including recipes for Peach and Tomato Pasta, Blueberry-Peach Focaccia and a delicious Panna Cotta with Peaches in Lime Syrup. I toyed with the idea of making something from their offerings, and then I thought about perhaps making some sort of stone-fruit topping to go over ice cream or frozen yogurt. But an email arrived this afternoon from Beth that had this brilliant shade of purple in it, by way of a Blueberry Peach Smoothie. But of course!
For dinner, the kids and I packed up our picnic blankets, frisbee, soccer ball and our cooler of food and headed to the park for a little picnic. Something we haven’t done in awhile, and the perfect end to a summer’s day. And really, WHY IS IT that picnics get relegated to a weekend activity? I think we should work on changing that. Who says we can’t have fun during the workweek too? It was still warm outside, but not too warm. The kids can run around and get their crazies out. No worrying about crumbs or spilled food. Peace and tranquility served up with a big side of ahhhh.
And when we got back home? Blueberry Peach Smoothies all around. This was a new recipe for me, and I’m a little on the fence about it. It features Greek yogurt, and I haven’t made a smoothie with that yet. I’m still mulling over if I actually like it enough on its own, let alone mucking with our favorite protein smoothies. It’s not bad, but you really have to like Greek yogurt for this one.
Need more stone fruit inspiration? Check out the links from my fellow food bloggers below. In the meantime, a few pics from our picnic, and I’m off.
See that yogurt there? Two minutes after this shot, SOMEONE spilled it all over the blanket, just barely missing my phone and keys. What was I just saying about no worries about spills?
When Nick saw Madeline rolling around in the grass, he grabbed the camera, laid down in front of her and started shooting.
While Nick and I were playing soccer, Madeline perched herself on the cooler and played little cheerleader, alternating between cheering for either Nick or I. Then when she got out onto the field, we were ordered (and I do mean ordered) to do the same….