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For my birthday, super-hubby gave me a new juicer! It’s a Breville. Don’t ask me the model number – that would require me to get up out of my chair, which I’ve consequently melted into since I took a hot yoga class this evening. I’ll save that one for another post.

Back to juicing. I have to say, this beauty does much better than my all-purpose blender that previously wrote about. What a pathetic first try at juicing, but hey…you live and learn right?

The Before…

The After… 

Honestly, juicing is not what the Ninja was made for and I still love using it for other things in the kitchen, like homemade apple cobbler which we inhaled a couple nights ago after dinner.

It even sounds like a jet engine when you start it up! Here’s our current favorite recipe. This only makes enough for two juice glasses, so double or triple it if you want more. I’ve occasionally thrown in some ginger and that adds a nice kick.

2 green apples
2 stalks of celery
4 carrots

Want to know the surprising things I’ve learned as I’ve started my juicing journey?

1. If you don’t put the pusher-downer thing into the fruit chute, whatever you stuff in there will surely come back to visit you…and your walls, cabinets and nice new blouse your wearing. Ok, so maybe that’s not so surprising when you think about it.

2. Celery juice has a much more pungent taste than you’d imagine. Use it sparingly if you’re not that into it.

3. Use a plastic bag to line the can that catches all the cast off material once the fruits/ veggies have been juiced. Then you can dispose of it in your composter. What works perfectly are the bags from your daily newspaper (do people actually still get those things??), or your last trip to Target when you went back to school shopping and you of course forgot your reusable bags and now have 20 of them staring back at you waiting for their encore.

4. This is a GREAT way to use those just-overripe fruits and vegetables. It reduces waste and gives you a great energy boost that is healthy!

Bottoms up!!

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I’m giving this recipe a shot – it’s all mixed up and hanging out in my fridge overnight.

I used orange juice and blueberries as some of the optional ingredients I’ll let you know how it tastes tomorrow!

Are you going to give it a try? What quick breakfast recipes do you love?

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Back in January, I showed you the humble beginnings of my future walk-in pantry. My husband removed a window, created a new cement block wall, poured a slab, put down new tile and hand crated new shelves. I know these things didn’t necessarily happen in this order, and there are a lot of details I’ve left out (like how when we stared this project, temps were in the 30’s and we were getting a lovely draft in the house – and now I’d die for that weather as it’s 900 degrees on a daily basis).

Ta da!!! My husband worked his tush off getting this pantry finished – and I’m excited to share that we were able to move all of our food into it today! Just don’t look too closely. I still need to do a bit of organizing.

Below is a shot of our sad, old pantry – and if I have my way, it will no longer be standing by Christmas!! Note the nice 1970’s contact paper that lines the shelves. Please don’t ask why, after 11 years of living here, this is still around.

And what kind of day would it be in our house if we didn’t start another project! Stay tuned and I’ll give you and update soon.

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No, I haven’t exactly created a drink using the green means you may have thought. This green drink is the recipe from Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet blog and I tried it tonight. I think my body craved something green to balance out all the tomatoes we’ve been pounding the past 3 weeks.

Let’s just say this is acquired taste – and while I didn’t finish all of it, I will be giving it another go in the morning. My daughter, Z, tried it and loved it! You never know what kids are going to eat – just glad she tried it.

I’ve also decided that I need to invest in a juicer. While I love my Ninja, it’s not really meant for juicing.

Any suggestions on juicers?


I love breakfast for dinner!!

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It’s our first week back with everyone where they should be – school, work, pre-school – and we were quickly reminded of how fast time goes in the morning. Unless we wake earlier than 7am, a hot breakfast where we sit and eat just doesn’t happen.

This leads to our first food mission (there are definitely more) – serving something healthy and filling, since breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I feel so guilty sending Z off to school with a bag of Cheerios and dried cranberries in bag to eat on the way to the car line.

So while I’m researching breakfast bars we can make at home, I’m going to throw it out there…have any meal ideas that match what we’re looking for? I’m in need of some fresh ideas.

And in the mean time, feast your eyes on the hole in our kitchen. Hopefully our new pantry will be finished in the next week. Wish us luck!

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It’s all about balance, right? This week I’m tending to my ‘other’ life as a 9-5er marketer. I’m looking forward to the weekend trip to the farmers market and making some new recipes with our goods from the co-op.

A few weeks back, I picked up some adzuki beans. Still trying to figure out what tondo with them. Any ideas?

Oh, and kitchen demo has begun! Husband has taken out a window and will be cutting through the concrete wall later this week to make a walk-in pantry. What a dream! I’m trying not to get too ahead of myself with thoughts of more demolition and renovation.

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We’re starting to clean up after the festivities from Christmas, and still basking in the glow of togetherness with family. We were lucky enough to spend the holiday with both our families. Though on opposite sides of town, as we were driving I was thankful we didn’t have to fly anywhere and got to sleep in our own beds last night. To all of you who had to travel, I hope it went smoothly given the weather going around the US in the past couple days! Last night, we were exhausted – even sore! – from all the preparation and celebrating and relished in the warmth of the covers last night as we fell into bed.

This morning, the girls were enjoying the Christmas loot…A was drinking in every page of a new Richard Scarry book her Aunt V got her.

Today’s weather is cold and windy, and perfect inspiration for soup and chili making. I’m trying to decide between a few different recipes in a new book I received from V, too! So excited to dive into this one! Urban Pantry: Tips & Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonal Kitchen. Right up my alley! I’ll let you know how it goes.

I also got to something that’s been on my list for a while – and yes, this is how exciting my day has been so far. I cleaned the shower heads!! Woo hoo! I know, you’re totally envious of my glamorous lifestyle. But seriously, every time I took a shower, I thought to myself how badly the shower heads needed to be cleaned.

So if you’re inspired by my domesticity – find instructions here on how to clean your shower head with just a bit of vinegar and some heat. One caveat – it does stink up the house, but works like a charm!

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