Juicy Blueberry Smoothie

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This month’s recipe offering from High Five magazine involved lots of fun equipment. Juicers and blenders and spoons, oh my!


  • 1 orange
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Plain non-dairy yogurt
  1. Adults, cut the orange in half, and then help your child squeeze on a juicer to extract 1/4 cup fresh orange juice – definitely my son’s favorite step!Blueberry Smoothie (1)
  2. Combine the orange juice in a blender with the blueberries, white grape juice, water, and cinnamon. Process until blended.Blueberry Smoothie (3)
  3. Pour the smoothie into cups. If desired, spoon a dollop of non-dairy yogurt on top just before serving.

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Green Time: Counting Walk

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Well, here we are in April but we’re just now getting the chance – a sunny, warm day! – to go on our Green Time adventure from March’s issue of Ranger Rick Jr. – a counting walk!

The magazine included a list of suggested things to count as you take a walk outside, including mailboxes, fire hydrants, and squirrels. We wanted a nice warm day so we’d be more likely to see a couple items on the list like dogs (out for a walk) and bicycle riders.

As we kept a tally of each item, I helped Travis decide what number was one higher than the number we’d said before.

By far we found the most mailboxes – 10!

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Meanwhile Travis loved spotting hydrants – 2!

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We nearly thought we’d end the walk with zero bicycles until a man went cycling past us. Travis was very proud to make the tally.

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And because he loves them, Travis decided we needed to count pickup trucks in driveways as well – for a grand total of 7.

Overall, this was a great exercise – not just for the legs but for the mind as well!

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