The 20/20 Shake

>> Saturday, July 30, 2011

Another smoothie made by Stephen. He says it's important to note that blending the carrots might not work with a standard blender -- we used our Ninja. But if you have a powerful one -- give this recipe a try.


THE 20/20 SHAKE

What you'll need . . .
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Heaping tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Teaspoon maple syrup

Toss everything into a powerful blender and blend.


Adjust the consistency by adding more almond milk, if you like. Stephen ate his smoothie with a spoon and added tons of raw rolled oats.


Our vacation is drawing to a close. Tonight will be our last night at the shore. We'll probably spend the day at the beach and in the pool. Followed by a quick dinner out and maybe some more boardwalk time.

Though, the boardwalk is quite an overwhelming spot . . .


Seriously.


Where you can lose lots of money doing silly things. Like trying to win sports jerseys by shooting hoops with over-inflated basketballs.


Or trying to win gigantic stuffed toys.


Defeat . . .


Regardless, we managed to have some fun.


Fewer than 24 hours left . . . and I refuse to spend them blogging :) Happy Saturday!

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Watermelon Hydro-Cooler

>> Friday, July 29, 2011

We finally sliced into the watermelon yesterday afternoon. And this morning's 4-mile run -- OK, it was a humid, steamy, sticky, sweaty run/walk -- left me more-than thirsty. Parched, really.

I've made watermelon smoothies in the past, but could never figure out a way to make them at least somewhat creamy. So, I added banana this time around. Good news: It seemed to do the trick just fine.


WATERMELON HYRDO-COOLER

What you'll need . . .
  • 1 cup watermelon slices (de-seeded)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
Toss everything into your blender and blend. Drink immediately, as it tends to separate after 20 minutes (into water and fruit).

Last night, we headed to Cape May to have my 28th birthday dinner at Panico's Bistro (my favorite restaurant from our babymoon). First, we had to wait for some boats to cross under the drawbridge.


I snapped some shots of the tidal rivers from the car while we waited.


Eventually, we got to Panico's. If you're ever in Cape May, add this place to your must-go list. After last night's meal, I've declared it my favorite Italian restaurant of all-time.


And no birthday is complete without cake!


Oh, and maybe I should mention I haven't worn make-up in over a week. I look tired!


Chocolate-chocolate mousse cake. I may or may not have eaten a piece with for breakfast.


Uhhhhhhhhhhhh. No comment . . .

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Blueberry Birthday Smoothie

>> Thursday, July 28, 2011

After my insanely indulgent peanut butter-M&Ms pancake breakfast, I needed to get some fruit in my system.

FAST.


BLUEBERRY BIRTHDAY SMOOTHIE

What you'll need . . .
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 to 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener
  • 1 handful almonds

Just throw everything into a blender and blend! Make sure you let it go for a while -- the almonds can be tricky. Alternatively, you could probably soak them for an hour or so in water before adding them to the mix.

I had an interesting sweetener on hand -- fig jam with cocoa.


It's SUPER sweet on its own. But it isn't essential to a successful smoothie experience. I think honey or maple syrup would work great, too. Maybe toss a bit of cocoa powder in there for extra flair.


I don't typically use blueberries in my smoothies because we don't keep them around the house -- so the flavor is a nice treat. But I will say that -- personally -- I enjoy smoothies with a bit of almond milk or other dairy-ish product best. Stephen made a variation of this smoothie, but he added Greek yogurt versus applesauce.

Still, on a hot day, it's great to get fruit in as quickly as possible. Oh, by the way -- this recipe makes WAY more than what's pictured in the fancy glass.


Have a great day!

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Twenty-Eight on the 28th

I'm bad at taking photos of myself. Especially in mirrors. But, today I turn 28 -- so, documentation isn't only fun, it's required.


Oh, geez . . . PS: Would it KILL us to keep our room tidy?


The day began with breakfast at my favorite shore spot: Uncle Bill's Pancake House:


My pick? Peanut butter-M&M pancakes. They sure got our baby girl kicking . . .


Other plans include a dip (or four) in the pool:


Maybe even some more time with these cuties:


A bit of blogging:


And several hours at the beach:


I even skipped my workout this morning. Yesterday's 5-miler on the beach (and subsequent trip to the gym) has me beat! Read more on (never home)maker, baby!


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Finish-It-Up Smoothie

>> Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I wouldn't describe this smoothie as exciting or innovative. It's pretty basic, really. As with all our cooking, though, sometimes you just have to use up the ingredients that are around. And that's exactly what I did! We have tons of strawberries and blueberries. We've nearly run out of oats and almond milk. But before we replenish supplies, we have to finish 'em up!

I slurped the whole thing (plus another cup of overflow that didn't fit in the fancy glass) after a 5-mile barefoot beach run.


FINISH-IT-UP SMOOTHIE

What you'll need . . .
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 6 large strawberries
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 to 1 cup ice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Just toss everything into your blender and blend until smooth.

And here's a glimpse into what we're doing. Hanging out with these kids is tons of fun!


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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Smoothie

>> Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I love family beach vacations because we always have a kitchen. So, we can always cook our own food. (One of my biggest complaints on our babymoon was that I got tired of eating out the entire time.) But it's always difficult to get used to using someone else's tools.

Like this knife. For lack of better words, it sucks.


Oh, well. My strawberries still ended up fine for use in this smoothie. If you didn't catch Stephen's Post-Workout Pick-Me-Up Smoothie, be sure to catch that post, too.

But if you like Nutella . . . keep reading for MY creation.


CHOCOLATE-COVERED STRAWBERRIES SMOOTHIE

What you'll need . . .
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 (generous) tablespoon Nutella
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup ice
Just put everything in a blender and blend. I should note that with every smoothie we make, there's always SOME adjustment involved. That could mean adding a few splashes of almond milk. Or maybe a few ice cubes. Consistency is all up to you.

That's all you need to do to change it -- add liquid or ice.

And on (never home)maker, baby! today -- see me 22 weeks. I'm baring all. Well, almost all.

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Greetings from . . .


Hello! So, our internet connection isn't quite as reliable as I had hoped. As we mentioned in our Chocolate-Plum-Pecan Breakfast Shake post, this week is smoothie week! I meant to get this recipe out to y'all yesterday -- and if all goes well, you're in for TWO smoothie recipes today.

Anyway, I have a lot of relaxing to do, so I'll make this post brief.

PS: This shake is Stephen's creation.

POST-WORKOUT PICK-ME-UP SMOOTHIE

What you'll need . . .
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (not made, just the crystals)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 10 pitted cherries

Method . . .
  1. Toss everything in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!
It's e.x.t.r.e.m.e.l.y humid here right now, so I snapped a couple quick photos from our deck before my lens fogged up.


It's been hot, but not nearly as bad as a few days ago. Hope you enjoy this recipe . . . and we'll post more soon. Now: the ocean. Ahhhhhhh . . .

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