I am writing to you from the kitchen in my mum's house in Toronto! We made it. The last few days have been so lovely and grounding. We packed up our apartment in a whirlwind of boxes, cake, and spring celebrations and drove the 550km from Montreal to Toronto (or rather, my mum drove) with good music and excitement in the air. I've always had a soft spot for that drive, having travelled the route so often over my four years of school. There is something so humble about the landscape, such beauty in unassuming places. Each farmhouse and field is slightly different, each one suspending the acres of land in a different way. Even though the highway passes so many of these farms, every time we saw a cow or a flock of sheep we would point with excited fingers, giggling as we drove by. I've talked about my love of mountains and need for new adventures, but taking the trip back home always reminds me of how much this place means to me. I feel a sense of home in the truest way - I firmly believe that home can exist in many different places, and that home is really what you bring to a place, but having said that I never feel as strongly planted in the earth as I do when come back to this city (Toronto). Its familiarity and friendly faces contain an aspect of home that cannot ever be uprooted. I am excited to find home in different places across the country, even across the world, but it feels good to know that this place will always be here, standing strong.
As the weather warms, I've been really into different smoothie combinations. I whipped this one up the other day and couldn't believe how well the mint paired with the cashew butter and fruit. I've always been a fan of mint in fruit salad, but I hadn't tried it in a smoothie. Let me tell you, it works amazingly! This smoothie has the bright freshness of spring days, while still retaining that creamy comfort that the chilly winds leave me craving. What are your favourite spring combinations? I am excited to test out some more recipes that incorporate both the fresh and the cozy :)
Minty Spring Smoothie w/ Creamy Cashew Butter
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 tbsp cashew butter
- 2 sprigs mint
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups cashew milk
- 1/2 - 1 tbsp maple syrup (depending on desired sweetness)
- 1 tsp olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately!