smoothie recipe

Smoothie RecipeI'm on a big smoothie kick right now. Smoothies for breakfast. Smoothies for lunch. Smoothies for snacks. It's an easy and fast way to get healthy calories and I've been burning a lot since I started my road bike training this spring. I accidentally biked 72 miles on Saturday. The weather was perfect and I didn't map out my route. I had an idea of where I wanted to go, I just didn't realize how many miles I committed to with my loop. Around mile 65, I realized I didn't want to keep biking. So I called home for a pick up and biked another 7 miles.

When I got home, my leftover breakfast smoothie was divine. And the enormous hamburger I ate wasn't too bad, either.

There are endless varieties to this smoothie. When I have spinach and kale, I throw a handful of that in for added nutrition.

But this one is a good ol' fashioned fruit smoothie.

Step 1: In your blender, throw in 5-7 frozen strawberries and 1 banana (fresh or frozen)

Step 2: Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of yogurt. I used Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Step 3: Add in your powdered ingredients. I used 2 teaspoons of ground flax seed and 2 teaspoons of vanilla protein powder

Step 4: Add in about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk or almond milk

Step 5: Mix it in the blender & enjoy!

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PS...can you tell that Instagram finally released an Android app? I'm having fun with it...

last minute holiday gifts: the knitting edition

Last week we started the "Last Minute Holiday Gift" series where I'll be sharing some gift ideas that you can make, bake or buy for your friends and family. Don't worry, I'm not going to suggest that you start knitting a sweater for each of your family members. These ideas will be fast and easy...and they'll get progressively easier as we get closer to the end of the month.

Today's edition is for knitters. 

Gifts to Knit

another cozy

Coffee Mug Cozies: These cozies are perfect for people who love to enjoy their warm beverages this winter. You can use your leftover scrap yarn to make them and they're very simple and fast to make. Add a funky button and you have a great gift for the coffee lover in your life.  (Free pattern from Ravelry)


Simple Hats:Hat 1 (to the left) and hat 2 (right) will keep your friends and family warm this winter. These can be sized up or down. I'm terrible at measuring and knitting hats that actually fit my head so all the hats I knit for myself end up being gifts for my friends with babies and toddlers ;-)  (Free pattern for hat 1 and hat 2)

knitted cowl
Cowl Knitting Pattern

Cowls: My friends love these cowls. They take a little longer to knit than the hats and cozies, but you still have time! Cast on and get started. Find the pattern for the linear cowl here and the knobby cowl here.

Gifts for knitters

Do you have knitters in your life? Why not buy a gift certificate to Purl Soho or Knit Picks?

Want something more personal?

How about you?  Any suggestions for knitting related gifts? 

Leave a comment below and I'll randomly select 5 people to receive a free knitting pattern from my store (your choice)!