1 cup of vanilla soy milk
2 green tea bags (regular green tea or fruit green tea — I used grapefruit green tea from Republic of Tea)
1 banana cut into a few pieces — toss in a baggie and drop off in the freezer for a half an hour or so (or up to a day ahead of time), so that the banana pieces are somewhere between nice and cold to actually frozen
1 cup frozen mango chunks
juice of one orange
Simmer the soy milk, just when it starts to boil, turn off the heat and steep the tea bags for 5 minutes. This can be done ahead of time and placed in the fridge for later in the day, so it’s already chilled when you want to make a smoothie. Or, you can throw it in the freezer for a few minutes after steeping. Or have a not super cold smoothie — it all works. When I haven’t planned ahead of time, I just use the hot green tea soy milk and add a handful of ice cubes to the blender along with everything else.
Take the frozen mango chunks, orange juice, semi-frozen banana chunks, and green tea . . . → Read More: Green Tea Fruit Smoothie
But I was totally in a burrito mood and not in a cheese-less pierogi & veggies mood. . . . → Read More: A Snaccident at Noon
Now that it’s summer in Portland (and should remain so for about 3 more weeks), I wanted to spiffy up the front porch a bit. To that end, I recently painted a cheap wood table from Target and put it between the chairs we have out there. See, I was having trouble finding a table that matched the chairs well — everything I saw was a different color wood and would have looked stupid between the chairs. This table was originally a much darker wood color, but for about $16 I decided to get it anyway.
Ha! Now it is green and lavender — take that hard-to-match chairs! Anyway, I think it turned out very nice.
Here’s a detail of the fine paint job:
The cactuses are from Trader Joes. What can’t you find there? I do not know. (Well, sure, like you can’t buy a computer or a running shoes there or anything, but as a one-stop place for decorative succulents, dishwashing soap, frozen spinach, and goat cheese, you really can’t beat it!)
Hmmm…this was kind of a boring post.
But coming soon: A gazpacho recipe, fun w/ lavender (and possibly . . . → Read More: Lazy Summer Front Porch
We’ll definitely eat there again but perhaps in the Fall & Winter, when big-portion season (much like the phenomenon pancake weather) has begun anew.
. . . → Read More: Romo’s La Jara: Mexican Comfort Food on a Hot & Sunny Day
I saw an ad for this in the July 2005 issue of Italian Cooking & Living magazine and “ohhhed” and “ahhhed” over it. I already have a Capresso Espresso/Cappuccino machine, which I really like — but this one — it has cow spots! Which, of course, is not reason enough to get one but…
It’s $89.95 at Cooking.com.
Sigh. It’s so pretty. . . . → Read More: Quite Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever…