Does it ever feel good to be back! I realize I’ve been gone quite a while. I got my wisdom teeth out last month and thought I’d take a week off, just reading blogs while eating mashed potatoes and ice cream and these mango lassi popsicles, in smoothie form(SO awesome with a generous chunk of fresh ginger!). Well it was so nice I took some more time off. And then a little more. It was lovely getting back to just cooking for necessity rather than forcing myself to be creative each and every day. But now that I’ve had that time off I feel like I’m bursting with creativity 🙂 I really can’t wait to get back to sharing my ideas with you!
While I was taking my little vacation from blogging, I actually missed my 2 year blogoversary 🙁 I started Food Doodles 2 years ago on the last day of February. I can hardly believe it’s been 2 years! My little girl who was only 1 at the time is now 3 and my baby girl is almost a year old(just one month to go!)
I’m so thankful that you all enjoy Food Doodles enough to show your support by subscribing in whatever way you do, or just by checking back regularly. I appreciate it so much. Thank you all!
So in the last couple weeks I’ve been dreaming up some wonderful, amazing treats to share with you, and nothing seemed good enough to be my first post after taking time off but here I am sharing a smoothie(especially when I’m saving some incredibly decadent chocolate hazelnut and date blondies for later in the week). I don’t understand it either.
But I did think this smoothie was well worth sharing. I don’t even remember where I saw the original idea to put cranberries in a smoothie. I remember liking the idea but then putting off trying it. If you’re anything like me, the idea of eating plain raw cranberries kind of makes you cringe. They don’t exactly make my mouth water. But put them in a smoothie like this and they are amazing! My son finished all of his smoothie so it must be good 🙂
Cranberries are so good for you it’s great to have another way to enjoy them, especially one that isn’t in baked goodies… Even though you know I love those 😀
So, about the smoothie… Yes, it’s sour. But not overly sour. I don’t even like sour candy but I loved this smoothie even though that’s what it reminded me of. So if you’re anything like my hubby and can’t get enough sour candy, maybe give this a try 🙂 With the sweet applesauce to balance out the cranberries and the yogurt, plus warming spices it is just perfect. Like I mentioned in the recipe though you can always add a little extra sweetness if you want it 🙂 I also think this would be amazing in a bowl with granola on top, like a breakfast apple cranberry crisp!
Again, I just wanted to say I’m so glad to be back to blogging. It was so nice to take a little break, but I can’t wait to spend more time creating in the kitchen again! And I have so much to catch up on with all my favorite blogs! What amazing things have been posted in the last month? Fill me in! Plus I got a new lens for my camera and Lightroom so I’ll have to spend some time figuring those out. Hopefully you’ll notice an improvement soon 😉
Spiced Apple Cranberry Smoothie
- 1 C unsweetened applesauce
- 3/4 C fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- pinch cloves
- 1 tbsp maple syrup optional
- 1-2 tbsp extra milk or water to blend
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smoothie, adding the extra water or milk only if needed.