Here we are - Its already the month of May and the Indian Summer hasn't been kind to us at all. With ever soaring temperatures and insane humidity levels, we've been reeling with the heat. I can't wait for the rains to kick in. However, if there's something that can take my mind of the weather, its got to be the Secret Recipe Club. Month after month we have 4 reveals by 4 incredible groups of bloggers, each Group headed by a hostess, Jane, Suzanna, Angela and Sarah for Groups A, B, C and D respectively, and at the head of this massive project, we have our fearless leader April. Thank you ladies for the huge effort you make each month to add this wonderful element of fun to our lives.
For this month's assignment, I had Nicole's blog The Daily Dish Recipes. Nicole is a mom to 5 teenagers and a bunch of furbabies - 4 dogs, 2 cats and a hedgehog. I've wanted to be a part of a big family for as long as I can remember. You've got to head on over and check them out. The kids are adorable and do check out the pets - they're cutey-pies too. You think Nicole would have her hands full, just taking care of the household. No can do. Besides cooking, writing, blogging and photography, she does scrapbooking, crafting, DIY and home improvement projects. She also enjoys reading, music and movies. I'll let you in on a personal secret - I think I've partnered with Superwoman for this months SRC. :) :) :) Nicole, you are my role model. How you get all this done, I can't begin to fathom, but you have inspired me to try getting a few more things done with my time. Its just the nudge I needed, so thanks a ton.
I had such a wonderful time going through this blog. Nicole's got so much to choose from. I'm dying to try out so many things from her blog. You won't believe it, but I've had her post on Homemade Fruit Irish Cream Sodas pinned months ago. I was so glad to bump into her blog again, since I'd almost forgotten about these beauties. I'm so gonna try them this summer. She has so many other wonderfully cooling drinks listed that its no surprise that I decided to go with one of her smoothies for this month's reveal. I made a couple of changes to the smoothie based on availability of ingredients. I subbed almond milk for regular dairy and I don't have access to sweet basil, homegrown or otherwise, so I left that out altogether. The recipe below reflect the changes I made. What I ended up with was so good. Healthy and perfect for this never ending heat wave we seem to be going through. I know this drink will make an appearance a few time again before the summer is done.
Melon - Cucumber Smoothie
(Serves about 4)
1 small Cantaloupe, skinned, deseeded and cubed (about 2 1/2 cups)
2 fresh cucumbers, skinned and thickly sliced
1 cup milk
2 tsp honey (you can add this to taste)
2 cups crushed ice
Blend all the ingredients except this ice, till smooth.
Add the ice cubes and blend again.
Pour into glasses and chill out!!!