The Ultimate Green Smoothie

Hello friends,

Lately, my husband and I have jumped on the bandwagon of making ‘green’ smoothies every morning. The recipe we typically use (or some variation of it) was from a good friend, who swears these smoothies are the best thing. ever. You can find that recipe here.  Today, because I had avocados that were on the cusp of becoming non-edible, I decided to change up our normal recipe and add some avocado to the fun. This smoothie is packed full of yummy, nutritious, and simple ingredients! It’s gluten free, dairy free, and awesome.

First, gather all your ingredients.

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Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk* (I make mine homemade, you can use store bought, too).

1 TBSP ground flaxseed

1/2 avocado

1/2 banana

2 hand fulls of spinach

3-4 ice cubes, or crushed ice

Next, throw all your ingredients into the blender. If you don’t have a vitamix, do yourself a favor and start saving now. Or ask Santa for one. It is an amazing, powerful machine that will make your heart flutter.

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Blend it up until nice and smooth….

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And there you have it!  A delicious, healthy, and green way to start your day! Packed full of omega 3s, fiber, protein, vitamins, and HEALTHY fats! Enjoy!

* Here’s where I learned how to make homemade almond milk.

Desk make-over

Oh, hello blog.  Remember me? I started you a month and a half ago, then abandoned you. Sorry.

Well, my goal to re-do my desk is done! (yes, finally).  I started in the middle of July, but when the weather decided to go tropical on us here in Minnesota, I had to take leave of the project.  90+ temps inside our house with no air conditioning or air flow didn’t seem ideal for painting.  But alas! I am here blogging on my newly finished desk to share with you, whoever you are, my steps to re-vamp a drab desk!

 

<— Before picture of the desk.

 

 

 

Below: I used a white primer to cover the desk.  Use one that is an oil-based stain cover.  I did two coats of this bad boy.  When using oil based paint, you will need to clean brushes using turpentine oil. (learned this one the hard way).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I painted the desk a “mint julep” color. Two coats again.  Satin finish.

Lastly, I decoupaged the drawers and drawer face.  Originally I chose a wrapping paper from Target to do the job, but it was so thin that it just crinkled up when I used Mod Podge on it.  So I made a quick trip to JoAnn to find some thicker scrapbook paper. I found a lovely pink vintage floral design that complimented the mint julep color very nicely!

And so…the finished project:

Now, normally this should be finished in a coat of polyurethane to protect the surface, but I’ll save that step for a different day.  For now, I’ll just enjoy having our office put back together and having a space I actually enjoy working at now!

Next up will be the bulletin board I re-did (you can see it in the picture above)!

Inspiration

I must admit that I’m new the writing blog world.  The truth is, I need a creative outlet–a place where I can send my thoughts, inspiration, projects out into the abyss in hopes of…? Well, I’m not really sure.  I spend enough time browsing other blogs, trying to find vintage inspiration for decorating, wedding stuff, projects etc. that for some reason I felt the urge to share my finds and ideas.

I have so many ideas for different DIY projects running through my head that, quite honestly, I don’t know where to begin.  Things I want to do:

  1. Learn to sew
  2. Sew curtains
  3. Sew pillow covers
  4. Antique a desk
  5. Finish painting an antique cupboard
  6. one million different wedding projects…

This list could go on and on….and on.  This blog feels like a good place to begin.  Perhaps it will be my motivator to actually do these things I dream of instead of spending my time looking at pictures online of how others have done these projects.

My internet focus today was finding a method to take a drab desk and antique it! This project seems like it may take longer than I anticipated (judging by all the paint then let dry steps involved), but it is a task that I am determined to accomplish. I think this will be my first project. More on that later…time to go shopping for supplies!

One more thing..I feel like I should leave you with some idea of what inspired me to want to transform a drab desk into something more thrilling.  So here it is:

How cute is this desk? Decoupaging will definitely be involved in my project! (and no, I’ve never done it before…)

Love this antique stained look! Here’s directions on how to “antique” furniture. Going to give my hand at it. wish me luck!