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!


  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

  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!

  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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  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!

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