What I’m lovin’ in May

Today is the first of a recurring series I’m calling “What I’m lovin’!”.

Here’s how it works: On the last Friday of every month, I’ll share a list of all the things I’m lovin’ during the month.

I’m so excited to share this month’s with you – it gave me motivation to look past the 90 degree heat and thick humidity that has engulfed Columbia to see all there is to love about May!

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1. Colorful, fresh produce is in season!

Last month, my family and I filled my grandparent’s garden with tiny plants that have blossomed and are now bearing fruit and vegetables for us to enjoy!

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Little baby butternut squash plant

First zucchini of the season from the family garden!

First zucchini of the season from the family garden!

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Fresh lettuce from my front yard garden ūüôā

 

2. Workouts from Work Hard Eat Harder!

It’s just a bonus that my newest blogger obsession also happens to be a high school classmate of mine (so it’s verified: she’s pretty stellar).

The first workout of hers I tried was the 20 minute Treadmill Blast Рand as a runner who completed a half marathon a few months ago I tell you..this was tough! But it left me wanting more! I also tried her Egg-o-cado recipe and have been making it several times a week as a post-workout breakfast Рquick, easy & delicious!

My favorite workout so far is the Total Body Circuit – tried it with the Hubs and he also loved it!

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I love the combination of a workout + a recipe in Alex’s posts. She also includes links to videos that demonstrate some of the moves which is really helpful for the¬†uncoordinated,¬†clueless people of the world like me! There’s also very little (if any) equipment required so you can try these high intensity workouts wherever you are!

 

3. The Etsy #CraftParty is just around the corner! I’m helping some fellow crafty friends {Shanika of Life is Pichey & Emily from Butterfly Vintage} plan the event in Columbia! We’re so excited about it!

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If you’re wondering what the world it is, check out Etsy’s website for details about this international event. If you’re local, mark your calendar for June 6th from 6-9pm & come craft with us on the patio of First Citizens Cafe on Main Street – a block¬†from the State House!¬†Be sure to follow Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook for the latest event details and for all things crafty in Columbia!

 

4. The fabric on my new Super Tote bag!

Not only is the fabric sweet, the pattern (from Noodlehead) is stellar Рclassic and oh-so-useful! 

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5. Roses¬†are bloomin’ all over!

You may have seen my post at the beginning of the month about my Coretta Scott King rose bush¬†so you know how much I love roses! Well, I’m happy to say that my rose bush is doing ok in my flower bed out front! My Gammy would be so proud! ūüôā

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6. My¬†Magic Bullet¬†I’m really putting some miles on that thing!

If you’re in the mood for a smoothie, check out my latest Tasty Tuesday post for an easy-peasy, healthy recipe to keep you cool in the summer heat!

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AND it’s my¬†anniversary month!

What are you lovin’ about May?

 

 

Tasty Tuesday: Morning Smoothie

In case you didn’t know: I am a¬†huge fan of smoothies! They’re¬†so easy to prepare and it’s the most conveniently delicious way to pack extra fruits and veggies into your day.

In the past, I would make a big batch of smoothies in my very messy, very clunky, very-much-nearly-dead smoothie maker (aka: blender) on Sundays. I’d transfer (very messily) the smoothies into mason jars and freeze them. Every morning, I’d pop one in a koozie, throw it in my lunch box (they double as a freezy pack), give it a good shake around noon and voila! Fresh smoothie at work.

I won’t take full credit for the brilliance of that tip¬†– I heard it on NPR one day as a recommendation for parents to make for their children¬†to¬†pack in their lunchbox¬†(meant for children obviously means meant for Jordan).

Recently, my sister offered to give me her Magic Bullet which I jumped on! I wasn’t sure I’d like it because it made single servings and as you read previously I’m really into saving myself effort by making food in big batches when possible ūüôā Well…I’m¬†obsessed with it!

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Here’s my little bullet in action!

The biggest success out of all of this is that nearly every day I come home to find that the Hubs made himself a smoothie at lunch (which is a¬†huge accomplishment because when I met him, he didn’t eat¬†ANY fruit. Seriously. And he barely does now. Unless it’s in a smoothie).

I have been wanting to share a smoothie recipe with you all, but I have to admit: I rarely stick to the same combination and I rarely (..never) measure anything I throw into my smoothies. So, bear with me on this and let your imagination run wild!

Morning Smoothie Recipe (or my guide to your creative smoothie path)

Gather your ingredients:

  • Milk (I use skim, but use what you want! Soy milk is also great! You could probably try to substitute water if you wanted)
  • Frozen fruit: bananas, blueberries, strawberries –¬†if you don’t have frozen fruit, add some ice cubes
  • Fresh spinach
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey (somewhat optional)
  • Ground flax (optional)

Line the bottom of the blender (or cup) with a handful of fresh spinach leaves. This will keep the fruit from clumping under your blender blades making for a more consistently smooth smoothie!

Next, layer in the frozen fruit until the cup is about 3/4 full. If you are using a traditional blender, just throw in about 2 handfuls of fruit.

Toss in a scoop (about a tablespoon) of peanut butter and drizzle of honey (if your sweet tooth isn’t so strong, feel free to omit the honey and save some calories. You can always add it at the end after you taste test).

Add another handful of spinach (to keep the peanut butter from sticking to the blade when you flip it over if you are using a Bullet-like-contraption).

You should have a vibrant, beautiful layer of fresh fruits and spinach in your blender/Magic Bullet cup, like this:

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You will want to add milk until it reaches the bottom of the top layer of spinach.

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Screw your lid on tight and blend until smooth. After a few seconds, remove the cup or lift the lid of the blender to check the consistency (taste test time! Add more honey if needed).

If the smoothie is too thick, just add a little milk and blend some more. If the smoothie is too thin, add a little more frozen fruit and spinach. Repeat until you reach your desired consistency.

Cheers! Enjoy!