Looking Forward To Goodbye~

August 18

School has begun again.  The sun sets a little sooner in the evening.  In stores the bright colors of the waning season have been replaced with the muted tones of approaching autumn.  We have another 8 wks left of  ninety plus degree heat here in the desert, but we still adjust our internal clocks with one eye on the calendar.  We are getting ready to say ‘goodbye’ to summer, and we couldn’t be happier.

You see, what the upper Midwest and east part of the country experience in Jan/Feb/Mar, we here in the Southwest desert experience from July to the end of October.  I’m talking about those months where you are fairly house bound by the weather.  We experience a type of ‘cabin fever’ in the late summer, just as those who are snow-bound experience in the last days of winter.  It’s a wonderful feeling come mid October, when we can finally open our windows again.  Although the air conditioner still blows during the day, when the sun starts to set we can let in the cool evening air.  Only a month and a half to go…


Now is the time to use up those final summer fruits while they are still available.  Below is a peach/strawberry smoothie made with ‘orange milk’ from a local dairy here in West Phoenix.  They sell different flavors of freshly drawn milk that make perfect bases for smoothies, as well as ‘root-beer milk’ that tastes like a melted float (my favorite).



Summer-Set Smoothie


~1 peach

~1/2 cup strawberries

~1 cup ‘orange milk’ or (1 cup whole milk and 1 tbsp. orange juice concentrate)

~1 Tbsp raw organic local honey

~4-5 ice cubes

Blend all together.


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  • Reply Marla August 21 at 9:58 am

    HI Red,
    It is that time of year when we are saying goodbye to summer and hopefully some nice fall weather. I just don’t look forward to another cold winter. I love your smoothie recipe – this sounds so refreshing and healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

    • Reply kristine August 21 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Marla! 🙂

  • Reply Katherines Corner August 22 at 7:47 am

    I am always happy to say good bye to the summer heat. But wish the garden would keep thriving as it gets cooler. We are still in triple digits here. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

    • Reply kristine August 22 at 10:39 am

      Thank you Katherine! 🙂 I know exactly what you mean about the heat 🙁

  • Reply Tina Muir August 24 at 10:42 am

    How refreshing! This sounds delicious and perfect for this time of year! Thanks so much for linking up to meatless monday!

    • Reply kristine August 24 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you Tina 🙂

  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness August 24 at 12:59 pm

    We must have been thinking the same thing at the same time, making yummy peach smoothies! I will have to try this version!

    • Reply kristine August 24 at 1:45 pm

      Hope you enjoy Chrissa 🙂

      • Reply kristine August 25 at 6:26 pm


  • Reply Farrah August 25 at 6:36 pm

    This looks delicious! <3 There's orange milk from a local-ish dairy that I love to get whenever I can–I'll definitely have to try this recipe out!

    • Reply kristine August 25 at 11:33 pm

      Good luck Farrah, it is good 😉

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  • Reply jill conyers August 26 at 1:27 am

    I’m so happy to begin having thoughts of hello fall! It’s my favorite time of year, but I will miss summer fruits and veggies. Thanks for sharing with the #fitfam!

    • Reply kristine August 26 at 10:48 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Miz Helen August 26 at 8:52 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply kristine August 26 at 10:48 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Brandi Clevinger August 27 at 1:01 pm

    I am not looking forward to the cold months. My body cannot take the pain; however, living further south is going to be much better. We use to get our milk from a local dairy, too. Now we cannot drink it. So sad to not have that fresh milk any more.

    Thank you for sharing your post at #ChronicFridayLinkup! I pinned your post to the Chronic Friday Linkup board at

    • Reply kristine August 27 at 4:20 pm

      We are lucky here in the winter, the coldest it will get is in the 50’s and that’s only if there is a ‘cold snap’ 🙂

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