This article is a part of "The Amish Cook Column", a weekly series of featuring a story & recipe from Gloria Yoder, Amish widow & mother of six from Flat Rock, Illinois
I awoke and glanced around the room. The soft purple nightlight glowed over the sleeping children. We were in Maryland staying at the home of the Imran Razvi family, where we had come to spend a couple days to learn more about caring for little hearts who have gone through adoption.
I crept out of bed and carefully pulled back the shade. The scene meeting my eyes brought even a deeper sense of tranquility. Dozens of sheep contentedly grazed in the fields, horses munched their breakfast, and beyond were amazing mountains. I soaked in the daybreak beauty.
Austin, my morning bird, was the first to be awake. It didn’t take him long to get dressed and out to the kitchen. He was back in no time with a glowing report. “Mom, they’ve got waffles!”
“Did they know how much we enjoyed their waffles last time we were here?”
“No, but when I saw them making it, I told them I had been hoping we’ll have waffles again at their house!”
By 8:30 all six children were ready for the day and the beds made.
I stepped into the kitchen, what an amazing treat- A wholesome breakfast was prepared and ready for all of us.
After breakfast the children were off to play. Us adults usually didn’t make it away from the table for an hour or two as we asked questions and enjoyed many good discussions. My natural concept is that children have lots to learn, but then, aren’t we the ones to learn first?
I was amazed how most questions pertaining to children and relationships were answered with simple Bible passages and things they as a family have faced. I sorted, prayed, and stored the tidbits as we went throughout the day.
The children romped in the barn, watched the peacock display its feathers, gathered eggs, and helped with the sheep. There was not a dull moment in sight. Joshua loved the two litters of baby kittens and kept asking to hold a duckling. Hosanna, who loves taking care of baby animals, was impressed with the vast variety of animals. Then the moment she found out about their youngest daughter’s doll collection, she was occupied for hours. I felt myself relaxing on even deeper levels, the children were happy and thriving in this new surrounding and I wasn’t the only adult in the house.
Butchering animals is the norm at our house, but processing a goat was something I had never done. I watched with fascination as one of the girls skinned a goat from their herd, wondering how it might taste.
We only had a day to find out. The next evening the meat had gone through a cooling and marinating process, then baked. Believe it or not, it was delicious; I went for my second helping.
Each night at 8:30 everyone gathered in the living room for family worship. Imran led in prayer and read a passage of Scripture then we sung a hymn together. It reminded me so much of the times Daniel would lead out in our home before his passing. Heading for bed that first night it dawned on me that I was actually eager to wake up the next morning; something I have not felt so much since Daniel went to be with Jesus.
Learning how to walk on a grief journey has many dimensions. When the subject came up, I was spellbound, soaking in what was being shared. The importance of facing the pain and being sad was mentioned, right along with the depth of God’s deep provision IF we surrender to it.
“Knowing that Jesus loves you will be the biggest key,” Tammi encouraged.
Imran’s statement grabbed my full attention.“You needed Daniel, but you need God more.” Those words stuck like glue. That was it. While Daniel was here, I needed him beyond measure, now I need God even more; God is here and he will never die!
Day three sped upon us and we were soon heading back to the airport. I was ready to face life at home and continue caring for the children God has given us.
Whether we are born or adopted into a family, the One who created us will care for us no matter what. This fruit smoothie is similar to what the Razvi children made to eat on top of their pancakes. It was something new for us, which we found tasty and refreshing. Use your imagination in tweaking fruits to suit your taste.
📜 Step-By-Step For Fruit Smoothies With Yogurt
Using frozen fruit works best for ice cold smoothies. You can buy frozen fruit or grow your own, but bag and freeze your fruits before smoothie time!
Smoothies are a summer staple in Amish homes, especially the New Order Amish which have access to more electricty to power appliances like blenders. Smoothies usually involve seasonal fruits, but sometimes they can be more varied like coffee smoothies.
My girls, ages 6 and 9, enjoyed dumping the fruit into the blender.
Gloria's recipe called for 1 /2 cup sugar, we added a full cup, plus a little maple syrup. In our defense, we used higher amounts of fruit also. So you can easily adjust proportions to your taste.
We could have used white grape juice, next time I might try that, then I am sure we'd get a different range of colors.
We added probably a tablespoon of maple syrup, I don't think any more would have been good. I think it was just right or just a hair above right, maybe just under a tablespoon of maple. Honey would also have been a nice addition also.
📋 More Fruit Smoothies With Yogurt Tips
Here are some tips on how to make the best fruit smoothies:
- Use a variety of fruits. This will give your smoothie a more complex flavor and make it more nutritious.
- Use frozen fruit. Frozen fruit will help to thicken your smoothie and make it more refreshing.
- Add a liquid. Milk, yogurt, juice, or water can all be used to thin out your smoothie and make it easier to drink.
- Add a sweetener. If your smoothie is too tart, you can add a sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar.
- Add protein powder. If you're looking for a more filling smoothie, you can add protein powder, although this is probably not a step most Amish would implement.
- Add other ingredients. You can also add other ingredients to your smoothie, such as spinach, kale, avocado, or chia seeds. These ingredients will add extra nutrients and fiber to your smoothie.
🙋 Fruit Smoothies FAQ
Agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey are all great substitutes for cane sugar. Stevia can also be used.
A teaspoon of vanilla extract is a nice extra touch to a smoothie.
Fruits that can be easily pureed work best: berries, grapes, and apples. Fleshy fruits like watermelon and oranges don't blend as well. Carrots are a super vegetable addition.
🖨️ Full Recipe - Fruit Smoothies With Yogurt
Fruit Smoothies With Yogurt
- 16 ounces vanilla yogurt
- 3 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 ¼ cup frozen blueberries
- 2 peaches frozen, diced
- 1 ½ cups grape juice concentrate
- ¼ cup sugar optional
- Put frozen fruit in a blender.
- Add yogurt.
- Add optional honey or maple syrup
- Add grape juice concentrate
- Blend at highest setting for 3 - 5 minutes.
- Serve cold.