Today we’re MAKING

So our third theme is “making”. Whether it’s food or something crafty, this feature each month will highlight an idea for puttering. Do you putter? I LOVE to putter. Puttering is not doing chores; it’s not a formal hobby. It’s messing around in a desultory way, attending to things that don’t have to get done, but make life a little cheerier–or at least easier.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m not terribly fond of the kitchen. I don’t mind playing around in there, but OH GOD THE MEALS. Being responsible for meal prep for other people for years on end is just exhausting. With our daughter off at college, the husband and I resort often to healthy takeout–yep, there is such a thing, plates of cheeses and meats and fruit, frittatas–things that can be conjured up in minutes. If I’m actually cooking, I often throw meat in an iron skillet and finish it in the oven with a tray of roasted vegetables.

Occasionally when I’m writing, I find I lose track of time and neglect lunch–a deplorable thing. I don’t think skipping meals is a great idea EVER. But if I’ve managed to miss out, I compensate with a protein shake.

Yeah, I know. Gross. But these are DELICIOUS. And the work of seconds. In a blender toss a scoop of chocolate protein powder, two ice cubes, unsweetened almond milk, a dash of vanilla, a spoonful of dark cocoa powder, and–this is the kicker–a sploosh of heavy cream. I don’t know how to measure a sploosh. I don’t measure any of this. Pour the heavy cream for one Mississippi. That gives the shake a super rich note that makes it all ever so satisfying. Blend it all up until the powder is fully mixed, the ice cubes crushed. Now, I don’t advocate doing this often, but if it comes down to sipping this or missing a meal, then I’ll take this yummy chocolate concoction any time.