We read Meghan three books each night at bedtime. She gets to choose the books, which is limited to three because otherwise we’d be reading to her for hours. She’d happily choose reading over sleeping any day of the week. The girl loves her books.
Here’s a totally honest mommy confession, though. When she reaches for a Dr. Seuss book at bedtime, I cringe a little. Not because I don’t love the sing-songy nonsensical rhymes that are Dr. Seuss books. They’re fun to read and I’m all for the silliness. But. Those suckers are long. Talk about drawing out bedtime with three Dr. Suess books. Holy moly.
The one Dr. Seuss book I don’t mind reading her any time, however, is good old One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. It’s just as long as the others, but the characters and “funny things are everywhere” sentiments are fabulous.
When I told Meghan that Dr. Seuess’s birthday was coming up and asked her if she’d like to have some pink ink like a yink for her snack, her eyes lit up. “Yes! Yes, I do!” she replied.
But first she had to run up to her room and retrieve the beloved story. She was back in a flash and we got started creating some pink ink to drink.
This is essentially strawberry milk. Delicious strawberry milk. I couldn’t have a glass, given that I’ve given up sugar and sweeteners for Lent and all, but I had to have one tiny taste. I can’t just feed my daughter something without tasting it, right? That’s totally not cheating in my book.
My little taste brought me back to my childhood when I’d enjoy Nestle’s strawberry milk. Oh, yum. Except this is without all the refined sugar, artificial flavors, and all that jazz.
So whether you have a little one or not, grab One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and drink some pink ink. Don’t be afraid to wink while you drink your pink ink like a yink. (Dr. Seuss must have loved his job!)
Meghan also had two orange almond energy balls for her snack, so she only drank half of her pink ink drink. When it came straight out of the blender, it was dark pink, almost purple. I put the portion she didn’t drink in the fridge, and when I took it out later for photographs, it was a much lighter pink. If you’d like your pink ink to be a lighter color to match the pink ink in the book, make this ahead of time.
As a special bonus today, here’s Meghan “reading” part of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!