So lately I have been cranking out summer smoothies and thought to share some ideas that have worked with that, as well as some other summery good things. One thing that has really changed the consistency my smoothies is a hint a friend gave me a while back. The key is to peel older bananas (they're often cheaper at the store), and then stick them in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight. Use the bananas instead of ice! Throw whatever fruits you like into your smoothie and oftentimes I do have to throw a bit of ice in it as well and add some fruit juice for easy mixing.
Another hint, and this might be fun for a date or family event, there's a winery in alabama called Morgan Creek Vineyards in Harpersville that allows people to come and pick seasonally. Until the end of July (or when the fruit is all picked) you can go and pick blueberries by the bucket! I am still eating blueberries by the handfull and they're great with smoothies.
Other things related to summer, in the south in particular, would be staving off bugs. (I hear spiders hate peppermint oil if you're battling that within the home or on camping trips). But the main thing I am usually concerned about are the mosquitoes. So make an organic spray for yourself! It's way healthier and cheaper in the long run if you are concerned about DEET being bad on the body. Rosemary Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Lemongrass, Lavendar, Geraniol and Wintergreeen are known to assist repelling mosquitoes and other insects as well. Mix these oils in with some water and maybe a light, unscented moisturizer like Jojoba and you're good to go!
One more thing: Alabama has some of the most beautiful outdoor recreation available if you're willing to look and get out in the heat. One place in particular that's been coming up for me recently is Oak Mountain, which I am sure a lot of you have been to, and Peavine Falls. Which, I have not been to but I know it's beautiful and refreshing after hiking. Same goes with Oak Mountain since it has a built in beach and paddleboats are just kitchsy fun!
Happy Summer Everyone!