Day 111: Back to Reality – and a little smoothie making

I don't usually "drink my calories" but I might have to make an exception in this case.

I don’t usually “drink my calories” but I might have to make an exception in this case.

 

 

I’m back home and just as I feared there is a lot of work to do around here.  I need to get this place cleaned up before the weekend because we have family coming home.  The baby will be here and my youngest daughter is moving home for the summer.  It will be fun, but there’s a lot to do to get ready.

Ingredients for a Sunrise Surprise

Ingredients for a Sunrise Surprise

Before I can even tackle the house I need to do something for work.  I’m doing a little workshop for “Bring your Child to Work Day” and am having a smoothie demonstration.  This means that I need to try a lot of different recipes and I figured I could easily roll this into a Pinterest project.  I’m really happy that I will have a little time to do some things around the house again, at least for a few days.

I found a few recipes that I thought the kids might like and headed out to get everything I need.  It takes a lot of stuff and is pretty expensive because of all the fruit that’s needed.  The checkout lady looked in my cart and said “making smoothies?”  so I guess it was pretty obvious what I was doing.

One of the random things I think about is whether people working in checkout lines have any curiosity about what people buy.  I know I would – I guess I’m just nosy!  I always think about what’s in my cart because I don’t want the clerk to think I’m buying a bunch of junk food.  Haha, they could probably care less!

I took all my supplies home and mixed up the smoothies.  Big Daddio wasn’t home yet so I had to try them myself.  Too bad, because I think he would have enjoyed this activity.

My new immersion blender!

My new immersion blender!

I pulled out my new immersion blender.  I had to get a new one because I broke my old one trying to use it to mix up cookie dough.  I think I mentioned this in my very first blog post and I finally got a new one last week.  They have lots of fun colors and I decided on apple green.  I don’t know why – I just liked it!

I made four different recipes.  Very Berry Smoothie, Sunrise Smoothie, Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie, Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie

Here are the links to the recipes:  http://recipes.prevention.com/Recipe/berry-good-smoothie.aspxhttp://pinterest.com/pin/22518066859454580/http://recipes.prevention.com/Recipe/SunriseSmoothies.aspxhttp://pinterest.com/pin/22518066859454668/

Smoothie3

Smoothie making is not hard once you get started, but it is rather messy.  There’s a lot of sticky fruit and juice involved and you have to be really careful with the immersion blender.  One slip of the hand and things can go flying.  Also, be careful around the blade because I knew a woman who cut her finger REALLY bad on one of these.  There’s no guard or anything, so you have to really watch it.

The general agreement was that the Sunrise Smoothie was the best.  I guess it all depends on what you like.  The good thing about these is that you can play around with them until you come up with your own perfect recipe!