I’m crazy happy right now.
I have been spending countless hours working on beautifying the front and backyard of our little house over the past week. While that might not sound like a lot of fun, it actually has been extremely satisfying to me. I have never claimed to be a gardener, in fact I am positive I have claimed the opposite on this blog before, but I am giving it another go. Last week, with the help of a friend, I ripped out a good section of grass in the front yard to plant a flower bed. Upon completion of said flower bed, I was feeling slightly confident so I decided to tackle a vegetable garden in the backyard.
Gardening is so much more than floppy sun hats and tiny shovels. It’s friends and conversations. It’s learning and growth. It’s also a lot of hard work…
While I was in laboring over my garden in the front yard several neighbors would walk by and conversations would flow, cheers of encouragement were shouted, and friendships were born. My sweet friend that helped me start my garden also generously pulled beautiful tulips and other flowers out of her garden so I could have something beautiful to look at in mine. When I told her that I was going to build a vegetable garden in my backyard she quickly offered up several strawberry plants from hers.
I can’t wait till these little green saplings grow and turn into ruby red strawberries. That way I can make my gardening buddy a cool and refreshing Strawberry Julius.
Nothing says “Summer” quite like plump and juicy strawberries.
After several hours of working on the yard, I decided it was time to cool off with a Strawberry Julius. Instantly I am transported back to Junior High, cruising the mall with my BFF’s in our jellies; frothy Strawberry Julius in one hand, pager in the other.
If you’re looking for a sweet treat to spoil yourself with this Mother’s Day, then sip on this throw-back drink. It’ll bring you right back to your pre-mothering days in a flash, and give you 5 minutes of relaxation before you realize that mound of laundry piling up in the corner isn’t going to fold itself.
Better yet, get the kids to fold the laundry… right after they whip you up another Strawberry Julius.
Kick up your feet and enjoy your day… you’ve earned it.
- 1½ cups fresh strawberries, stems removed
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute. Enjoy right away.