Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Week in Review

My Lovelies, 

I hope you had a great weekend! Ours was pretty low key: big breakfasts, a few walks, and [more than] a few naps. 

Here are a few photos from our last week:
 Every year we go through all our files. It is one heck of a process: saving the few important documents and ditching the rest. Our poor dining room took a beating for a while but it’s slowly being restored to its less cluttered self. Next up: getting rid of the millions of old magazines I have laying around the house.
 Randomly, Chris and I have been on a daily smoothie kick. There must be something about this nice Seattle weather: it makes me pine for fruit. This lovely specimen is a humdinger: yogurt, soy milk, [frozen] blueberries, mango, spinach, bananas, and orange juice. Yum! Any secret ingredients that you add to your smoothies?
 I’ve been working on a few furniture pieces. This small stool I picked up a trash heap on the side of the road; it was formerly a child’s chair. After a quick refinishing and new coat of paint, it’ll have a new home in Benjamin’s room. More on that later.
 After nearly three months, I finally got around to designing and having Ben’s birth announcements printed. I had fun making a few fancy versions for Benjamin’s birth book and hope to have them all in the mail this week. I will be so glad to have this project behind me.
And my biggest news is that the kiddo’s room is finally completed. Hooray! I’ll post final pictures tomorrow. Here’s a sneak peak at one of the projects: This is a nifty little hanging rod that will allow us to switch out artwork on the wall as his tastes change.

Hope you have a great week, my dears!

6 comments:

  1. Yummy. I love shakes. Danny makes us shakes every morning (when I'm in Oregon) ;) But I get really suspicious when he tries to sneak healthy things in like "protein powder" or "wheat grass." I am suspicious of the shake in your picture because it has spinach in it. ;) So I'm curious...does adding spinach to a fruit smoothie dilute the fruity taste?

    -- linds

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  2. A shake every morning? That guy is a keeper! But I’m sure you already knew that. :) So the fantastic thing about the spinach is that I can’t actually taste it. I think the OJ and berries dominate, flavor-wise. Chris is still wary though and has thus far poo-pooed my spinach concoctions. But you should experiment with a small handful to see if you can detect any spinach-y flavor and then build from there.

    My gal pal Jennie also suggested ground flax seeds for a boost of Omega 3s. That’s next on my list!

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  3. I add spinach to every smoothie I make and you can never taste it. It can make it a funky unappetizing color, but never taste it. I posted the Green Monster one on my Cozy Pumpkin blog and it is DELICIOUS! :)

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  4. Here is the link:

    http://www.thecozypumpkin.com/2010/08/recipe-green-slime-smoothie.html

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  5. We love shakes! We don't make them every day, but every so often we'll grab some frozen fruit, some fresh fruit (great way to use up almost too-ripe fruit), some juice and ta-da! Healthy drink to go. Linds, I've used spinach before, as well as carrots, & they add surprisingly little flavor (although you have to be more careful with carrots as they are a bit stronger in flavor). Like brother like sister - I often throw in ground flax seed or wheat germ & Steve eyes the shake suspiciously. Usually I don't tell him I've added that weird healthy stuff. :)

    One of my favorite quick breakfast shakes: one banana, a pinch of cocoa powder (per your preferred taste), 1/2 c milk, 1/2 c yogurt, a pinch of sugar (may need more if using plain or Greek yogurt), a splash of vanilla, 2 Tbsp peanut butter, & 1 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional). Ice cubes add frothiness if that's your preferred shake style. Blend and go!

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  6. Chicly, Yum, Yum, that sounds delicious. I'd definitely like to try adding peanut butter or carrots!

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