Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Green Breakfast Smoothie

Don't freak out at the sight of a green smoothie for breakfast! This is a tasty and healthy breakfast option. The smoothie is a lovely shade of green. You can't even taste the spinach. If you need to, simply close your eyes. I found this shake from the blog fit2fat2fit. In addition to being tasty and healthy, it is quick and keeps me satisfied until lunch time.

Banana Breakfast Smoothie
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter or 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 banana
Add ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Pulse until the spinach is nearly minced and the peanut butter is incoporated.

Do you have a favorite strange but healthy meal idea that most people would balk at but that you think tastes great?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Morning Cup of Joe

I love greeting the morning with a good cup of coffee. I like it even better when I can drink it out of a beautiful mug. I had a little extra time one morning and decided to see if coffee "tastes" better when it is served out of my china that my grandmother gave me - perhaps the sentimentality of the cups and wonderful memories of my grandmother will enhance the flavor... I love clear glass coffee cups and mugs. My husband and I got the Irish coffee cups for a wedding present. My husband got me the plain class mug for Valentine's day several years ago. For this experiment, I tried all three. I can't say that one tasted better than the other. It was fun nevertheless.  Of course, I had to peruse the Internet and see what other coffee mugs might be available.
My own collection of coffee cups





Once you've got the mug or cup selected, you have to put something in it. My hubby jokes that I need a little coffee with my cream and sugar. I'll take a decaf, non-fat latte with one pack of Splenda, please. How about this recipe for my all-time-favorite, Pumpkin Pie Spiced Latte? Or this one for just a plain latte. Here's a whole website devoted to coffee recipes.

Greet the day and enjoy your morning cup of Joe.


Friday, February 3, 2012

An Impressive Upgrade to an Inexpensive Bedskirt

I've had my red floral bed spread for 8 or 9 years. I still love it, but it is starting to wear in spots. I've also started updating the house colors to be more light and airy rather than warm and cozy. I got a white down-alternative comforter for Christmas, and I wanted to add an expensive-looking bed skirt that I have seen in other magazines. Just because I want it to be expensive looking doesn't mean that I want to pay a lot of money for it! I spent less than $25.00 and one hour to create this. This is the beginning of my master bedroom updates.

Materials
  • Inexpensive bedskirt ($15.00)
  • 7/8" grograin ribbon (amount depends on size of bed). I purchased two rolls for a queen sized bed. I also checked that the ribbon was washable. (@ $7.00)
  • 7/8" iron on Heat-n-Bond (@ $2.50)



Instructions
  1. Wash the bed skirt.
  2. Measure the approximate circumference of the bed skirt. This determines how much ribbon you will need. For a queen, I needed two roles, but was actually only a foot or so short.
  3. Iron the fusible web onto the ribbon. Follow the instructions on the package.
  4. Peel the paper off of the ribbon. The side with the adhesive is slightly shiny.
  5. Position the ribbon onto the bed skirt so that you maintain a straight line. This works best in small sections. I opted to place the ribbon roughly 4" from the bottom of the bedskirt. You can pin this on if desired. Iron the ribbon into place. Once again, follow the instructions on the fusible web package.
A glimpse of the final project!
I love how this looks so far and can't wait to finish the rest of the bedroom projects.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

Another simple, yet healthy, dinner idea!  My local grocery store has pre-cut stir fry vegetables. This package only cost me $2.75. Seriously. This isn't necessarily an official "recipe" as much as it is an idea for a simple meal.
Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

Ingredients
  • Canola oil
  • Lean steaks, thinly sliced and lightly patted dry with a paper towel
  • Assorted cut vegetables
  • Stir Fry sauce (I used a spicy Szechuan sauce, which was delicious, but there are so many varieties. You can also look at sodium content if that is a dietary concern)
Heat pan over medium to medium-high heat. Once it has heated for a couple of minutes, add the oil. As soon as the oil is hot, add the meat. Keep stirring until all of the pink is gone. Remove the steak from the heat. Add a bit more oil. When it has heated again, add the vegetables. Keep stirring until they are tender crisp, typically just a few minutes when the broccoli is bright green. Add the meat back in and add the stir fry sauce. Cook until bubbling hot. You can enjoy over brown rice if you wish! 
Beef is cooking away

Veggies are in the pan

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