January 27, 2010

Citrus Squeeze Smoothie

good morning!

This Sunset magazine has been splayed out on my kitchen counter over the past few weeks…tempting me.

Today was the day that I bowed down and gave in.

a year of living well

I’ve heard soo many people coughing these days that I figured it’s time to get my immunity boost!

Reading that there was a frozen banana in the mix had me sold. Orange banana smoothies are by far my favorite combo.

I already had a huge mess in the kitchen to clean up, what’s a little more?

So get your ingredients ready-


January 25, 2010

my current organizing tips

it's stormy

It’s been raining a lot here in Northern California!  A LOT!

lucky boy

It’s nice, but it’s prevented us from going on the afternoon walks I love so much.

Because I’ve been stuck inside on my days off of work, I’ve been trying my hardest to get organized and streamline my life a bit.

It’s been a challenge, but I have implemented a few things that have saved me.


January 24, 2010

Apple Celery Spinach Juice

Another green juice under my belt.  This one was amazing!

The sweetness of the apples balances out any bitterness that comes from the celery and spinach.

Honestly, the spinach was barely noticeable in the taste, but look how much green I got out of it!

juice juice juice!

I was surprised at the amount of juice that was produced with these simple ingredients:



January 23, 2010

Creamy Artichoke Dip


For those of you who are on the Mayo=Yuck team like me, this is a nice treat!

What we have here is a cream cheese based artichoke dip! A guaranteed hit at your next dinner party!

Or if you are a member of my household, you would just call it “last night’s dinner.”

We sat around the dinner table just dipping stuff into it. *yum*

Casey REALLY loved it and was upset there wasn’t more.  A good sign indeed.

The recipe is very simple and open to interpretation.  I have a hard time following recipes like this because it seems silly to measure parsley in a little tablespoon.  I just added a small bunch in the processor.  I think I got a greener than normal dip, but I loved the way it tasted so I am totally OK with that.


January 20, 2010

Quinoa & Avocado Salad with Dried Fruits

Quinoa Quinoa Quinoa!  Fun to say isn’t it?  KEEN-WAHH!!!

I’ve had my eye on this salad for a week now.  Doesn’t it look good?  I saw it posted at the kitchn and immediately saved it under the MAKE SOON file in my brain.

I am sucker for all things lemony so this lemon-cumin vinaigrette was a nice treat!  The fruit and the almonds kick some serious ass too!

And let’s direct our attention now to the star of this salad- the AVOCADO!


January 20, 2010

Polenta with Sausage, Mushrooms & Spinach

i need a cigarette.


Remember that Breakfast Polenta I made the other morning?   Well I decided to make some for dinner a few nights ago!


January 17, 2010

Beet Greens, Pepper & Cucumber Juice

I’ve started to collect scraps of fruit & veggie leftovers throughout the week.  I save the scraps in a bag in the fridge and pull stuff out to be juiced.  It’s a great way to get something out of the waste that feeding a toddler can create.  A few cucumber spears here…a few slices of yellow bell pepper…beet greens leftover from a salad….

Suddenly, you have a healthy, vibrant juice.