I have a new “Top 5” running moment, as of yesterday afternoon. I took the boys to the park. They climbed on the playground for a while, and then I asked if they wanted to run around the little loop. Bless their little hearts, they were game! Manchild went off on his own while Squish and I ran as fast as his stubby little legs would let him. It was pretty hilarious, but I was proud of him nonetheless. He didn’t fall down once, he only needed me to carry him twice, and he hardly got distracted by all the sticks and rocks and squirrels. Pretty good for someone who has been a bi-ped for less than a year.
His big brother was a rockstar in his own right. Not only did he cruise around the loop like it was his job, he totally found himself a running buddy. There was a lady there doing laps at a pace that closely matched Manchild’s, and he ran and talked with her for a while, then ran ahead and off the loop, and then went back and joined her for another stretch. It pretty much rocked my world. I could hardly believe he was my child. But I’ll claim him anyway — any day of the week.
I’d also like to claim credit for this tasty summer treat I’m about to share with you, but I’m not sure I can. If I recall, the evolution of the idea went something like this: Micah and I were walking home from the park on Monday after playing Ultimate frisbee. I mentioned that we had a giant can of peaches in our “pantry” and maybe we could make something delicious with it. Micah suggested a smoothie. I said we didn’t have milk or bananas. He said maybe we could just blend up the peaches with some yogurt. I said I wanted to save the yogurt to make frozen yogurt. He said maybe we could just puree the peaches and put them in the ice cream maker. I said I thought it was worth a shot. He said, “You have such good ideas.” I said, “Wasn’t it your idea?” He said, “No, you mentioned the peaches.” And I said, “And you took it from there.”
And he did. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. This is Micah’s brilliant creation.
Fuzzy Mango Ice Dream (that’s my
corny brilliant name for it)
We had a big Costco-size can of peaches. If you use normal sized cans, you will probably need two of them.
5 cups canned sliced peaches (if you use fresh — and I hope you do — you may want to add a little sugar to bring out the juices)
1 large, ripe mango, peeled and chopped
Put the fruit in a blender. Blend until smooth. Place in the refrigerator to chill for about an hour. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately.