Have you ever heard Judy Garland singing "In Between"? In it, she laments her status as an adolescent...
I'm past the stage of doll and carriage,
I'm not the age to think of marriage,
I'm too old for toys and I'm too young for boys,
I'm just an in between.
It makes me smile, because it's exactly what I loved about teaching freshmen. They were old enough to take part in adult conversations, begin forming their own opinions, challenge everything. In a lot of ways, many were more adult than I. And yet, they were so eager for attention, approval, and love. They were entranced by new ideas. And in a lot of other ways, they were still very naïve about the world.
Everything that is so challenging about being (and dealing with) an in-between age, is exactly what makes it so wonderful.
I find that in-between is a great way for lots of things to be.
Today was an in between day for the weather.
I'm not sure if I should curl up in a fleece to watch a romantic comedy, or put on a light dress and skip off to a barbeque. I can hardly remember what season it is. Thankfully, I don't have to decide, because I can have the best of both worlds.
I don't often share smoothie recipes, because they are so easy. I'm pretty sure I could walk into just about any kitchen and find five or six ingredients to make a delicious smoothie. So you know I'm sharing this because it's a really stellar combo.
Spicy and comforting, cool and refreshing. If you like banana bread, you'll love this smoothie. If you like eggnog, you'll love this smoothie. If you like babies, you'll love this smoothie.
If the whole protein powder thing is not your deal, replace it with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of oatmeal, almond meal, soaked buckwheat groats, or silken tofu.
Banana Bread Smoothie
one very ripe banana, frozen
1 scoop of unsweetened, unflavored protein powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 heaping tbsp of raw, chopped pecans
10 drops liquid stevia
splash of vanilla extract
a liberal dash of cinnamon
a liberal dash of nutmeg
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until very smooth.