Friday, March 05, 2010

Happy Friday!

After several wonderful days of sunshine and warmth we are expecting rain and fog today. That's okay as those few days have made me feel like I have absorbed the sunshine in my soul and can carry it with me through the cloudy days. I am glad that we spent as much time out as we could this week.

Today will be spent at home. I have some baking to catch up on. On the list for today are whole wheat tortillas, a variety of crackers, and a batch of meatballs. I'll make pitas if I have time and energy.

The picture above shows one of our little rituals around here. We are sharing a green smoothie. I usually make them with several (3) cups of spinach, frozen berries, and water. I just run it in the blender for awhile adding more water if needed to keep it all smooth. Depending on the day, I may add vanilla yogurt and bananas. I just load up whatever is on hand.

Then, I pour it in the glass and grab three straws. Yes, we each have our own color for the straws. Less arguing. It is a race to the bottom of the glass! Lots of kisses happen at the same time as well.

Yesterday I whipped up a blenderful and poured it into a quart-size canning jar. I tucked in our straws and put the lid on the jar and tossed it in my ever-present basket. We enjoyed it next to a fish pond at the gardening center we went to. I think next time I will wait to add the straws until we are ready to drink it as it did make it a bit messier!

It is an easy way to load up a few more servings of fruits and veggies and we all love it. Speaking of fruits and veggies, I picked up some seed packets for this year's garden. I ordered most of my seeds last year from catalogs, but found in mid summer the best gardening place in Denver. Paulino's is amazing. I got my batch of tomato plants there and planted them fourth of July weekend and still ended up with close to 100 lbs of tomatoes.

What else? Feel free to comment on the Jane Austen discussion from yesterday's post. Also, this list of substitutions in cooking from Aspiring Homemaker looks really helpful. I had no idea about some of these! Loved this post from Muthering Heights. I think we'd be friends in real life. Also, I am wishing one of my real friends-who I met through blogging, Janna, a very Happy birthday today!

Hope you all have a wonderful end to the week! Thank you to the other Company Girls for stopping by!


The Queen Mommy said...

What a FUN post. I am uninspired when it comes to smoothies - I want to make them, and I think about them, but just haven't jumped into it yet. I LOVE the colored straw idea - that's inspired... =)

Oh yes, I will be starting my seeds here in the next week or two and look forward to getting my hands in the soil again. Still too much snow for now, but I'm ready to see the budding trees and get my hands dirty planting!

Janna Widdifield said...

Thank you for the sweet birthday wishes, friend!

Mia said...

I'm so glad you liked the substitutions list :)
I also wanted to compliment you on your blog, it's lovely! I'll be back to visit :)


MrsJenB said...

I am *itching* for the snow to finish melting and the temps to warm up. This year will be my first attempt at gardening and I can't wait to get started! Tomatoes are most definitely on my list.

Alicia said...

Found your site recently, and I love the quote on your header. I relate!!

The tomato gardening sounds so fun. I look forward to doing this one day myself!

carikaufm said...

love that picture! what an awesome ritual!Now that's making veggies fun!

Crazy Lady Cheryl said...

Precious picture and a great way to get some fruits and veggies into your kids in a fun way!

Lea said...

Enjoyed stopping by your post today. What a great way to promote healthy eating! Blessings to you and a Happy Spring!

secondofwett said...

Not only is it healthy but what a wonderful treasured memory you are making with your children! Well done, mom!

kimberly shaw said...

Thanks for sharing the other lovely blogs. I've just been on a little stroll through each one and have been delighted or learned something from each, like the egg & milk substitutions, every helpful!!!

One More Equals Four said...

Lots of sunshine sounds divine! This weekend we are FINALLY getting some...I hope it carries into next week since we will be on spring break! We will be having lots of outdoor time if it does!

I LOVE green smoothies! Unfortunately, I am the only one, everyone else in my family turns their noses up at them! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Muthering Heights said...

They are SO cute sharing the smoothie!!! :)

Thanks for the link today!

Cathy said...

What a neat smoothie routine. Colored straws...great idea.
Thanks for sharing your recipe.
I love your positive outlook on the gloomy weather coming. We're supposed to get some of that this week too. SO thankful for the sunshine we've had.
Hope you have a great week!

Angie said...

Cute picture!

And speaking of gloomy weather... did you see the forecast for this week? Sheesh! At least we won't feel guilty when we stay inside to bake and make things. (And by "we" I mean "you".)

bashtree said...

Mmm your smoothies sound so good. And thanks for the tip on Paulino's! I've only been to Nick's in Aurora but I'll be heading to Paulino's soon too. I've never had success with seeds but I'm hoping to find some young plants that i can take care of from here on out.


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