My brother-in-law's wedding was last weekend so we flew down to Georgia for a few days to be a part of the festivities. Both the wedding ceremony and reception were held on a Southern plantation--A plantation? Geez, doesn't that just sound romantic? Well, it was. And the weather couldn't have been more perfect--75 degrees and sunny. It just made me realize, more than ever, that I'm ready to kiss this horrible, no-good, never-ending winter of 2014 goodbye.
My husband's birthday was also this past week. The cake I made for him didn't really turn out as I was hoping...it looked more like a baby shower or wedding shower cake than an Awesome Husband/Father birthday cake--he thought so too :(
There is nothing I like more in the winter (except 75 degrees and sunshine, and perhaps living in California) than the California Navel orange. The Navel is not the best orange for juicing, however, it's perfect for smoothies and just plain eating. With the last few months being, oh, miserable--partly because of a two week long bout we had with the flu, croup, and two visits to the ER, among other things (like, the weather)--I've been turning a lot to my favorite cure all smoothie. High in vitamin C (my miracle drug), vitamin A and important antioxidant properties, this beverage brings sunshine to my soul :)
2 oranges, rinds and pith cut off
6 baby carrots
2 slices of jarred peaches, plus a splash of the juice (1 to 2 teaspoons)
2 to 3 tablespoons vanilla Greek-style yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons Turbinado sugar (sugar-in-the-raw), or less to your liking
Blend everything on high (Vitamix or powerful blender works best) for about 30 seconds (longer if using a less-powerful blender.) Add about 20 to 30 ice cubes and blend until smooth.