Summer has been a blur. My kids went back to school yesterday, and I can hardly believe it. There are mixed feelings–some regret for the things we didn’t get done over the summer, some sadness that they are already as old as they are, and some pure joy that I get to go back to grocery shopping all by MYSELF.
How sad that that brings me such joy. What has happened to me?
If you have kids like mine, though, you know what it is like. They fight over who gets to push the grocery cart. They fight over who gets to ride in the cart. They fight over who gets to put the items in the cart. They fight over who gets to take the items out of the cart. They beg to stand in the toy aisle drooling. They have to go to the bathroom. Oy. I don’t have any of those issues when I am there alone. Will I really miss this some day when they are all grown up? Probably. But for today, I feel joy.
Joy for grocery shopping alone and joy for one of the best parts of summer–peach season. Summer isn’t really over yet after all; our school district just starts early. The peaches right now are so juicy and delicious and on sale. A little over a week ago, a friend of mine from western Colorado came to visit Colorado Springs, and he brought cases of fresh peaches just picked off the slopes of Palisade, Colorado. Palisade is peach and wine country. They even have a peach festival later this month with peach eating contests, parades, runs, socials, and recipe contests. Sounds like perfect small town fun.
Anyway, we have been eating lots of peaches, but unfortunately, they do not keep for an extended period unless you freeze or can them or make them into lovely pies or bars or some such thing. My work schedule has prevented me from getting much baking done lately, so I was thrilled to see this recipe for a peach shake on Our Best Bites recently. The shakes were a big hit a week ago, and they were a great after supper celebration of the first day of school last night.
Yum. This shake is just peachy.
It is delicious, easy, and a good way to use up peaches that may be a little past their prime for eating.
Peach Pie Shake
- 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh peaches with skin on (about 3-4 peaches, depending on size)
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups vanilla ice cream
- (optional): graham cracker or ginger cookie crumbs for garnish
- Place cut peaches in bottom of blender.
- Add brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and ice cream.
- Blend thoroughly. If the mixture is too thick for your taste, add a small amount of milk or cream to desired consistency.
- Pour into glasses for individual servings. If desired, sprinkle the top of each serving with a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs or ginger bread cookie crumbs.
Source: Our Best Bites