Since it’s almost summer and way past spring and the sun has only shone for approximately 4.6 seconds since March 21st and there is so much water pouring from the sky that I’ve inflated an inner tube and decided I’m going to float to the nearest island, I’ve officially declared it milkshake time.

Nectarine milkshake time. With mint. Nectarine and mint. Sound weird? I know. It’s not. Just ask Bath and Body Works. They make soap with that scent.  Foaming soap. The best kind of soap.


A soap so deliciously smelly that it coerced me into going to the store and finding nectarines on sale. Mint wasn’t on sale. Do you know what fresh mint looks like in April in Pittsburgh? When it’s supposed to be warm and sunny and scented with hyacinths but instead looks like death and drear and everything gray? With a snowflake thrown in for good measure?

Mint looks likes it had a rough night. One too many hits of the bottle if you ask me.  It’s black and blue and brown and wilted and shriveled and looks like it’s been stepped on. What’s worse? Dirty, old mint or that I made a milkshake based on suds?


But since this is my favorite soap scent, I made the oddball milkshake after searching for pretty mint all day long. And since you’re my favorite person (yes, you!), I made it for you. I love you so much that I whirled it up first in the case that it tasted like utter crud… just so you wouldn’t have to drink it. And I would suffer through every last slurp vowing to never wash my hands again.

But luckily for us it tasted delightful; fruity and minty and fresh and invigorating. And luckily for human kind, I will continued to wash my hands.

Maybe if I had friends you wouldn’t have to be subjected to my weirdness? Just a thought.

Nectarine Mint Milkshakes

serves 2

2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream

4 nectarines, chopped

10 mint leaves, chopped

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a blender and whirl until smooth. Garnish with additional mint and chunks of nectarine.

Wanna be my friend? I’ll bribe you with cookies.