Today's Chocolate Monday is inspired by my mom! She LOVES Almond Joy! So here you go! Recipe at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened (or your milk preference)
1/2 cup cottage cheese, low fat
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop whey protein powder, (chocolate flavored) unsweetened
1 large ripe banana
1 cup crushed ice
Add all of the ingredients into blender (except crushed ice). Once well blended add the crushed ice to the blender, blend until most of ice is broken up. Taste and add sweetener if needed. Enjoy immediately!
Original recipe at Sugar Free Mom. I changed mine up a bit for my taste. Still Sugar Free and still very yummy!
I am in love with the vibrant colors of the veggies I picked today. I have not enhanced the picture at all. :) This next year when I plant Carrots I am going to make sure that there isn't going to be a freak storm the same night as I plant the seeds. Most of the carrot seeds that I did plant got either washed away or "relocated" to various parts of the garden. So... this is our HUGE harvest of carrots - LOL. I am, although, quite impressed with our Rainbow Chard. It came out bright and beautiful. I am learning so much this first year. I can't wait until we plant again :). How are your gardens doing? Would love to see pics! Send me an email with your pictures (subject line: GARDEN) and I will post them up on my blog for all to see! :)
Today was another part of the mourning process. Almost 2 months after my dear friend Becky passed away, we were able to bury her ashes at the local cemetery. I went to the florist and they helped me arrange the most beautiful arrangement for her grave. We picked out her favorite colors and flowers - she would have loved them.
I am so thankful that I got to spend these last years with her. Laughing, crying, singing, praying, sharing, and so much more. I have regrets, but I pray that she knows that the love I had for her was genuine and selfless. Becky was an amazing woman. Her hugs were so big and strong (even in her weakest days). I miss those so much! One of my regrets was that I didn't hug her enough. Since I started working as her caretaker, I saw her everyday, so the hugs didn't happen as much. But I am so thankful that I got to spend every day with her. Even though she was terminally ill, her spirits were always lifting. Her death was quick, she didn't suffer, we all thought she was going to live forever.
What an adorable idea for a party, a gift, for a baby or wedding shower...the possibilities are endless! Plus you can make these little darlings with your kiddos. Check out Cute Food for Kids for this recipe and many more fun and easy ideas.
Get Recipe here >> http://fifteenspatulas.com/2012/07/16/homemade-peanut-butter-cups
It's been a little while since I photographed the progress of our garden. Boy things sure have grown since the last time I posted. Very excited about the pumpkins growing in front. I am excited about my tomato plants as well, except I am getting a little impatient with them that they aren't as big as I wish they were :). I see the garden at work and get a little bummed that mine is taking so long to produce...but I know that all of ours is done without chemicals... And for that I am very happy. So we just wait and praise God that we haven't lost it all in this very dry and 100+ degree weather.
Starting at the top left:
kale, endive, peaches, cinderella pumpkin, basil, rosemary, potato
Starting at the top left:
Carrot, tomato (not sure which one since some of my markers vanished), purple tomatillos, rainbow cherry tomatoes, Cherokee purple tomatoes
I got to try out my new Zoku this afternoon! And what a perfect afternoon to have a cold and yummy treat! Here is what I used...
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 frozen raspberries
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp lime juice
Almond milk to fill
Once thoroughly blended in my Magic Bullet, I poured in the slots on the Zoku. And then followed the manufacturers instructions for wait time and extraction.
In less than 20 minutes I had 6 fresh delicious Popsicles (2 batches at 8 mins a batch).
One thing I will note for next time. I will add a little sweetner. Even though the liquid was spectacular, once frozen it was not as sweet... Something that has to do with taste buds and cold.