Made With Love

Beaufort food columnist brushes up on making to-do lists

I am an early riser and, each morning, I mentally plan the day ahead.

I decided today would be a day to stay inside, so last evening, I wrote a to-do list and put all the chores in the order of how I wanted to tackle them. But, as is often the case, my best-laid plans changed when I entered the kitchen.

It’s as if I am put under a spell. As soon as I’m in my “office,” I fall into old habits and get distracted. This morning, I celebrated the sunrise and the little bit of breeze before the heat of the day began to take over. I had my usual lemon juice, water and olive oil after breakfast. I pulled out recipes for the day.

After this, I showered and decided I would be my own private beautician. I gathered all my hair products and set to work. Then I noticed I could really use a new hairbrush.

So I began a to-do list for the next day and put “buy brush” at the top of the list.

Then I added “donate items” to the list. I like to donate to CAPA’s Closet in Port Royal, a thrift store that raises money for the Child Abuse Prevention Agency, and to the Salvation Army in Beaufort, which is collecting school supplies right now.

I also enjoy wandering the aisles of these thrift stores to see the used books. It gives me an idea of what people in the community are reading these days.

Oh dear. My to-do list for tomorrow is filling up, but what about today’s list? There is no time to be idle.

The sun is setting now, and as I look back on my stay-in day I am pleased to report that it was just wonderful. I spent time in the kitchen, preparing dishes especially for myself. And I took much-needed time to pamper myself and relax.

I have a new list, too. One inspired by my hair “brush.”

Next time I stay in, I plan to brush up on friendships and brush up on nutrition.

Columnist Ervena Faulkner is a Port Royal resident and a retired educator who has always had an interest in food and nutrition.

Summer Breeze Smoothie

1 cup yogurt, plain nonfat

6 medium strawberries

1 cup pineapple crushed, canned in juice

1 medium banana

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon bee pollen

6 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.

Source: Ervena Faulkner’s personal file

Fruit Salad

2 medium fresh peaches, peeled and sliced

1 medium red apple, chopped

1 cup halved seedless red grapes

1 medium ripe mango, peeled and sliced

1 medium firm banana, sliced

1 1/2 cups apple pie filling

In a large bowl, combine the fruit. Add pie filling and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Source: Ervena Faulkner’s personal file

Watermelon Ice

8 cups cubed seedless watermelon

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups diet lemon-lime soda

In a blender, place the watermelon, lime juice and sugar, blending until smooth. Pour into a freezer-proof container. Cover and freeze for 30 minutes or until edges begin to freeze. Remove, stir and return to freezer. Continue this process until slushy. Spoon into glasses, add 1/3 cup soda, and serve with spoon or straw

Source: Ervena Faulkner’s personal file