April 29, 2013
Yep, I am a naughty, naughty blogger. I haven’t blogged in forever! In my defense, part of the reason I wasn’t blogging was because I was sick with that sinus thing for a while, but part of it was laziness too.
But I’m baaaaaaaaaaack!
A while back, I was approached by the lovely folks at Kretschmer, asking me if I would like to try out there wheat germ. What they didn’t know, is that I have been using Kretschmer wheat germ for years so naturally I was more than willing to blog about their wheat germ! A big thank you to Kretschmer wheat germ for the opportunity to blog about a product I love!
For a while now, I have only made two types of smoothie: the one I will share with you today and green smoothies. Green smoothies have been a fairly recent addition to my smoothie repertoire over the past six or seven years.
I have a hard time eating breakfast, so I find smoothies help me get something in my belly before I start my day. But thanks to my best friend, I have been slowly getting on the smoothie train. She is doing a vegan smoothie challenge and has been drinking smoothies daily for a while now. I have learned a lot from her smoothie adventures, including the benefits of adding matcha powder and ginger to smoothies.
So here’s my tried and true smoothie: The PB and WG!
The PB and WG Smoothie
1 cup rice, almond, or soy milk (I used vanilla almond milk for this particular batch)
2 teaspoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons Kretschmer wheat germ
Blend all ingredients together in a blender, pour into your favorite glass, drink, and smile!
Personally, I have almost always used unflavored or vanilla rice/almond milk when making this, but I think this would be great with a chocolate flavored soy milk.
I feel it’s important at this point in the blog to say thank you to my 1970s avocado green Waring blender with it’s three settings: lo, hi, and off. I love this blender! I have been using it for twelve years and it has never let me down. It was a gift from my Dad when I moved in to my first apartment and it’s what I used the first time I made hummus. Me and this blender go way back, from margaritas and pina coladas to the exploding hot soup incident. If you ever wonder why I always write a disclaimer about how you should never put hot soup in a blender to puree it, it’s because I learned the hard and painful way when this very blender turned into a HOT SOUP VOLCANO! Remember, never put hot soup into a blender to puree it.
So what else did I get up to over the weekend? My Saturday was pretty laid back. I spent a good portion of the day listening to records and drinking my favorite beer, Switchback Ale. For my birthday this year, me, Mark, and my best friend toured the brewery. It was awesome and everyone was so nice. I stocked up on the bottled beer because we only have it on tap in NY. I also stocked up on their Dooley’s Belated Porter. I have a recipe brewing in my head using the porter. Watch this space!
For the record (see what I did there?) that Styx 45 of “Too Much Time on My Hands” has my name written in pencil by my sister. It was one of the first 45s I ever bought and it’s still a favorite song to this day.
On Sunday, we actually had our first real spring day here in the North Country. I took advantage of the free Vitamin D and hung out on the back porch with a magazine and a snack of granola and some home brewed iced tea with a splash of orange blossom water.
I bought the orange blossom water on a whim and didn’t know what to do with it. I Googled for a bit and found that some folks liked to mix it into iced tea so I tried it and I loved it. It might be my new favorite summertime drink, replacing the love affair I had with jasmine iced tea last year. I drink gallons of home brewed unsweetened iced tea a year and I never add lemon, lime or sweeteners. But, the slightly floral taste of the jasmine tea and now the orange blossom water really hits the spot for me.
Phew! What an update! Did you make it this far? If so, I realize that I never blogged about the Nick Cave concert and my trip to Montreal, but since this is already long I will wrap things up. I am going to a concert on Thursday, so maybe I will blog about that show and the Nick Cave show later this week. In case you were wondering, I am going to see Spacehog and I am so excited I could burst!