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Make this yummy black raspberry frappé at home in minutes—with only a few ingredients—to celebrate summer. Whether it’s taking time to read a new novel, hanging poolside with your kids, or enjoying a BBQ with friends, we like how you party!
One of my favorite things about summertime is the excuse to slow things down because of hot weather and fewer activities on the calendar.
If I were smart, I wouldn’t wait for a seasonal excuse to relax our schedules, but we all know that’s not as easy as it seems (especially with kid activities in the mix). And yet, here we are in July, and for the past three weekends we’ve had nothing planned.
I’d like to say it was intentional, this simple and unfettered approach to a weekend. The truth is … it was luck. Something I didn’t even realize until each Friday evening was upon us. A delightful surprise!
So, what do you do when there’s 48 hours of unstructured time?
A whole lot of nothing, that’s what.
(As an introvert, that’s my kind of fun!)
How To Enjoy Simplicity This Summer
1. Find time to escape.
I mentioned being an introvert just now. That doesn’t mean I’m shy (quite the contrary), instead it means I need time to myself to recharge after being really busy or spending lots of time with people (even my own family).
I find that waking up an hour before everyone else in the house helps to feed that need on a daily basis, but sometimes I need more. Once every couple of months I head up to NYC to visit my sister and we spend time walking and eating and walking and eating. The hustle-bustle there is calming for me, and it’s different than being busy running errands and shuttling kids from one activity to the next, or racing from one meeting to another and being hyper-focused on balancing work projects.
Escape, my friends. It’s a good thing.
2. Recharge with a good book.
I’ve always been a reader, particularly fiction (though I’ll devour a good memoir now and again).
Books have the ability to transport you into new worlds, fantastical adventures, and epic journeys—and, to me, that’s one of the best feelings in the world. Even as an avid reader, I find that when life gets busy it’s hard to find the time to read, but like any habit, practice makes perfect and I find ways to make it happen. I tote books with me wherever I go, stashing them in my car or purse so I can absorb a few chapters while the kids are at practice, or if I’m early to a meeting.
On the weekends I try to read first thing in the morning before everyone else wakes up. It’s just me, my coffee, and whatever story I’ve started. Sometimes while the kids are splashing in the pool, I’ll grab my book and sit out on the screen porch, feet propped up, and relax in a bug-free, book-laden, zen.
If you make it a habit to read for 30 minutes every day (something my kids have to do this summer), then suddenly … with the right book … reading doesn’t feel like a chore. Instead it becomes something you do regularly, and something to look forward to. Check out your local library for title inspirations, find recommended books online, or join goodreads for some peer reviewed choices!
3. Bring joy into everyday activities.
Cleaning out your car. Fixing dinner. Watering the plants. Folding laundry.
We can choose to regret these chores, or we can bring joy to each activity. I mean, they’re things that have to happen anyway, right, so what’s the point of being a Debbie Downer?
Sure, you can repeat the “not have to, get” mantra:
I don’t have to wash clothes, I get to do laundry—simply and without a whole lot of work.
I don’t have to water the plants, I get to water plants and enjoy fresh produce and beautiful flowers.
Sometimes that’s not enough, though. Instead, while doing chores I choose to do joyful things in tandem, like watch a few episodes of my latest binge-worthy show while folding laundry back in the bedroom. That gives me a little peace and quiet, and I can then work on a mundane task while actually focusing on what’s happening with some of my favorite TV characters (looking at you Claire and Jamie).
I’ll listen to a podcast or an audiobook while spending time watering my container gardens or cleaning out my car, earbuds in, without a care for what’s happening beyond the words in my ears and the job at hand.
4. Treat yourself.
“Treat yourself” can mean a variety of things to different people, but what I’m getting at is treat yourself to self-care. Something to indulge a little and to celebrate you. It could be as simple as spending an hour giving yourself a home mani/pedi, deciding to go to a movie even if you don’t have anyone to go with (I happen to love seeing flicks alone), or indulging on a sweet treat like a frappé that’s easy to make, yummy to eat and perfectly chill for summertime.
Black Raspberry Frappé
The other day when I had a craving for something sweet, I went down to the black raspberry bushes on our property and spent a little time picking berries (and eating some along the way, too). It was hot and I wanted a cool treat—something creamy, sweet and tart: a black raspberry frappé.
Sounds good, right?
If you don’t have fresh berries at your fingertips like I do, rest assured that a pint of fresh black raspberries, red raspberries or blackberries—or frozen berries—from the grocery store would work just fine.
Once I had my fill, I grabbed my blender and a few other ingredients: International Delight® Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream, Reddi-wip® Extra Creamy, whole milk, plain Greek yogurt, and ice.
I tossed everything but the Reddi-wip into the blender and whirrrrrrrred until smooth, about a minute. The berries add tartness and the beautiful purple hue, and the yogurt and milk gave some depth. The International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream adds a vanilla-y, ice cream-y layer of flavor that melded oh-so-well with the black raspberries. Lovers of sweet and creamy, this one’s for you!
Once the frappé was blended to my liking, I filled a couple mason jars three-quarters of the way full, and then topped each with copious amounts of Reddi-wip Extra Creamy. Reddi-wip is made from cows not treated with artificial growth hormone, and with no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Real dairy cream is the number one ingredient. Yum!
Even though plenty of berries are in the frappé, I added a few fresh berries on top for good measure, too. Because, why not.
A black raspberry frappé and a good book—that’s a frappé my way!
Find the ingredients to frappé your way in the dairy case. Walmart makes it simple by having all the International Delight flavors and Reddi-wip options right next to each other. Go to your local store and re-create this (or another fun combo) frappé at home!
Bonus: International Delight and Reddi-wip are also perfect for everyday use, too.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.