I am sad tonight. We gave Yum, our old Isuzu Trooper, away to a fellow from our church congregation. We've had some fun adventures in that old car--it would go anywhere and do most anything we asked of it. It was about as frou-frou as an old VW Bug (my first car, and it broke my heart to lose that one to a major accident) and about that friendly too. I've had to blur my eyes and my brain a bit every time I look at the Trooper or think of it being gone ever since we committed to pass it on. We're working hard inside and outside to declutter our lives, so it's natural that this old mobile should go, but it's one of the hardest things to let go of. I guess it represents a time when Rob and I had the freedom and the ability to do things like camp and take little trips and follow interesting, seemingly-impassable roads. Yum could take it. The Camry, which is a much nicer and more reliable car, can't. And my grandma can't. Ho hum, well, we're in a different place now, but I'm half-crazy sometimes to be able to do some of those small outings again. Giving away Yum is a good move for us in that we need to cut loose all that isn't working . . . and Yum isn't currently working. We're not likely to have the money to pour into it anytime soon. So, tra la lee, it's an abundant universe, right? Maybe one day we'll troop again. I cried a few tears in the studio when the fellas who were towing it showed up, but it's time to move on.
It would have been a perfect moment for eating too many chocolate chip cookies, but I'm out of that groove, so I made myself a comfort drink that turned out nicely. Of course it's not your usual ingredients; it's me, remember? In the drinkable dairy world, I am currently only tolerating goat's milk, and I'm still supposed to be avoiding sugar. If you really can't help yourself, you could substitute sugar for my off-beat sweetener, but you would probably like it my way, and you will definitely not want to replace the goat's milk with anything else. It works like magic every time, fluffing up like it was made by the worlds most skillful soda jerk.
Load blender with:
1 cup whole goat's milk
a generous handful of frozen, unsweetened strawberries
a splash of pure vanilla
a bigger splash of lemon juice
vegetable glycerin to taste (or sugar, if you must)
Blend on high till strawberries are liquefied and your drink is nice and smooth. Drink and be comforted.