Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Smoothie Recipe

Just posting this here for lack of somewhere else to post it, not that it has anything to do with this blog, but nobody reads this blog, so it doesn't make any difference...

I'm hoping to get Shannon onto eating breakfast, and preferably a healthy breakfast without too many sugar and white flour carbs like your average bagel, juice and coffee breakfast. Also, this is something I can hand her on her way to the car and she can sip it as she goes. The rest of us drink kefir smoothies, but Shanny took one look at kefir grains and refused ever to let kefir pass her lips again.

Smoothie I'm hoping Shanny will like:

Vanilla yogurt (~1/2 cup)
Orange juice (~1 cup)
Frozen strawberries (~2/3 cup)
Two bananas
Oatmeal (uncooked flakes) (~1/3 cup)
Ground flax seed (~2 rounded tablespoons)

I made this today and Jon and I shared it. It was tasty, if a bit grainy, and plenty for two, so if Shanny makes these for herself next year, she can half the recipe. I'd like to try it with a scoop of whey protein powder, probably vanilla. Our bananas were room temperature; it would be better with chilled or frozen bananas. I can't remember if Shannon hates bananas in smoothies. Somebody does. I hope it is not her, because bananas are so handy and affordable.


I think spring is finally here.

It is 71 degrees, for one thing. I went to the doctor this morning and I didn't wear a coat, only a sweater, and a three-quarter length sleeve sweater at that.

The best thing: the tiny leaves are starting to grow, spreading a soft green mist among the bare branches.

Daffodils are up.

Forsythia is blooming. Forsythia is not my favorite, crazy yellow shrub. But it is definitely a sign of spring, so I always welcome it, zany as it may seem.

The hyacinths are up, too. They always look a little forced and artificial to me, but they are undeniably pretty in all their varied pinks, purples and blues.

If it just doesn't snow tonight, I think we'll be in business.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A year later

I haven't posted here for nearly a year.

It has been a difficult year.

This past winter was brutal. It started early and snowed hard, froze hard, and continued long.

This week is spring break, with Easter coming on Sunday. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 40-50 range with lots of rain. Last night, howling wind, thunder and lightening kept me from peaceful sleep. My daffodils are up, but they look pale in the dim, clouded atmosphere. I don't feel like taking pictures of them. The rabbits ate most of the rest of my landscaping... the holly and the rose-of-sharon are bare of bark. We will likely have to replace a lot.

It is a good atmosphere for practicing Habakkuk 3:17-19.

On a bright note, DJ is doing better.