The other day I walked by our bedroom window where both cats were intently staring and meowing downward towards our side yard. I set the clean towels I had just folded in their little hallway closet home and went to the window to see what the ruckus was.
Outside was David with an adirondack chair up over his head. My dad built us four last summer for our front porch and with 60 degree weather after 5pm, David had declared it warm enough for the return of porch time. In about a half hour we had the chairs out, cushions placed and outdoor rug shaken out and laid down. Our outdoor living room was back.
Our typical night routine on the porch is reading, dinner cooked on the grill, then cocktails and daily summaries of our hours spent apart. It’s some of our favorite time together. As the weather gets warmer, the breezes are more welcome and the clinking of the ice in our glasses fades faster as the heat settles in on our skin and into our glasses.
This year the chairs came out in my 9th month of pregnancy. So after the reading and dinner, I sat out with a seemingly less special cup of ice water. The glass and ice still danced together creating the sounds of summer evenings, but I couldn’t help but miss my standard G&T with extra lime.
So as the week progressed, I was determined to find something a tad more special than tap water. We picked up some flavored sparkling water the other night and once I got home, I put together the easiest mocktail to ever exist on planet earth.
Frozen berry blend (my favorite is raspberry, blueberry and blackberry)
Fill glass halfway with frozen berries. Add sparkling water. Garnish. With lime. Or mint. Not a brussel sprout leaf like I did since that was the only bit of greenery we had in the fridge. Be a better human being.
That’s all there was to it. Two minutes later I had that little something extra that made evenings on the porch a bit more enjoyable. And for all of you pregnant ladies out there. Once the fruit defrosts and the water is gone, you also have a yummy snack to enjoy. Which let’s be honest, is everything.
Until next time!
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