Shiny, Happy Sunrise Yogurt

Do you know it’s really hard to find happy morning quotes. I mean, good gracious! I started hunting for something poetic and beautiful about the light of the morning sun, the golden rays of hope that kiss our days, and ended up with a slew of sarcasm. Most of which had me nodding my head and laughing at the truth of them all.

I mean, let’s be honest. It’s nicer to stay under warm covers. It’s better to push the snooze button. There’s something about Saturday’s, when you can just lay there and read a book, rather than hurl your body throughout the house and into a car and into the office and back home again and into bed before it all starts happening again.

I have a “carpe diem” mug and, truthfully, at six in the morning the words do not make me want to seize the day. They make me want to slap a dead poet. ~Joanne Sherman

So morning is many things. There are sunrises, and fresh smells, and the wild call of possibility. But there’s also smeared mascara, and finding socks, and calling to kids who have to go to school.

Which will it be at your house?

I daresay we don’t have to leave it to poet’s to capture the golden essence of a new morning. Nor do we have to take on the dewey-eyed naivete of a clueless anti-realist. There’s something quite nice about bounding into a day and letting it be all that it is–bright and exhausting, wonderful and terrifying, overwhelmingly routine, full of wonder and possibility.

There’s power in embracing the full range of what morning means to us. Letting it be. Observing it. Embracing it as it is, for all it is.

It’s the long, slow sips of that precious cup of coffee and that hectic inbox of emails needing immediate attention. A closet of clean clothes waiting to be worn and the load of laundry needing to be washboarded. It’s both poet and skeptic. Bright and beautiful. Harsh and hilarious. Of course, in embracing mornings, why not also plan for them.

With winter working its grey haze over our summer light, here’s a fun way to start your morning off with sunshine. A simple idea for a bright morning breakfast. It’ll take you exactly five minute to make. It’ll take your kids exactly five minute to eat. They’ll be smiling the whole time.

Then, of course, they’ll complain about finding their backpacks, and someone will definitely whine over lost socks or spilt school lunch. But it’ll all be okay.

Because instead of expecting morning to be golden ray of perfection, you’ll look at it for all it is, take another sip of coffee, and let the day break in whatever way it pleases.

All bright and wild and wonderful.

You’re just enlightened like that.


Shiny Happy Sunrise Breakfast


For the Sunrise Smoothie (2 servings):
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup milk or almond milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

For the Sunshine Yogurt (2 servings):
2/3 cup greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup cantaloupe, cut into small triangles


In blender, combine all smoothie ingredients. Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

For the Sunshine Yogurt: spoon yogurt into a small ramekin. Drizzle with honey. Arrange on a plate with cantaloupe slices around the ramekin to look like a sunshine.


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