Friday, August 23, 2013

Juicing

It was inevitable. A while back a friend of mine posted this to the Twitter:

http://blog.zagat.com/2013/02/what-your-coffee-drink-says-about-you.html

Although I drink Tea during the week, Chai is my go-to at the coffee shop #allergictocoffeeproblems

If you read the article you also saw that under said Chai description it read "The probability of your having tried a juice cleanse is at 98.7%"...

Now, I am not doing a juice cleanse. I like popcorn too much. And actually, I wasn't really into 'juicing' for awhile. No real reason aside from the process being messy and expensive. Earlier this week, something came over me, and nothing could stop my desire to try it. Thankfully my roommate got on a juicing kick for a full day and purchased a juicer. He watched the documentary "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" and he was sold, I on the other hand didn't catch the whole show so I was still on the fence. His first run, took 2 bags of veggies and an hour to clean up, ending his trial run.

Which explains my two issues.

But whatever, I still wanted to try it.

So I headed over to Trader Joe's to stock up on veggies. It does take a lot of veggies to make a cup of juice. But the juice, oooh is it good!


This mixture was my favorite. Carrots and Oranges. Simple and delicious, just how I like it.


AND, it came out looking like Halloween candy! 


I tried a few more concoctions/recipes I found on this website: http://www.nativejuicer.com/juicer_recipes_s/45.htm

BUT, what is awesome, is that you can basically put WHATEVER you want in there and it will come out delicious (except tomatoes, I didn't like that in there...). The second night I juiced I followed a recipe for my glass and the boyfriend threw in a bag of random veggies for his, both turned out delicious. One thing is just to make sure you put a little fruit in there to make it a sweeter than an all veggies drink would.

Also, aside from what all of the online juicing-health-nut's are saying, I pre-made a few glasses to have at work. AND, I lived to tell the tale. You totally can do that, in my unprofessional opinion. HOWEVER, just make sure you don't put anything in the glass that, when cut, turns brown. Like an apple, because then your roommates will wonder why you are drinking brown liquid in the morning. The carrots/oranges glass I made at night lasted until the next day at lunch. And it was delicious.  

Now I just need to try and grow some veggies find some cheaper veggies to fund this new obsession. 



Thursday, August 8, 2013

Another Birthday, Another Homemade gift

As I add tools to my tool box, and wood to my wood pile, I am beginning to see some pretty cool projects come of it. I  like the limitations of selective materials. So when a friend's birthday approached and I had scrap wood, nails, string and paint, well...wanna see what came of it?

Channeling some of my previous work, I  painted the wood a light blue and nailed a flower pattern on to thread some kite string! 


 Very simple project, and of course I was running late for a little cabin adventure so I forgot to take a final shot, blogger fail. But you get the idea, fun little project! I just glue the ends to a nail and pull it tight with tape to dry. then just cut the string when the glue dries.


To dwindle my scrap wood pile down a bit more, I made a little stand for the Jenga Set to stand it off a bit from the grass.


Woop Woop, Three cheers for hoarding wood scraps!


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Healthy Treat

If there were such a thing as, say, a snack goddess. Duchess of snacks. I would totes "apply within". Especially since my life, in the past few years, has turned into a 'working lady,' snacks keep my energy up throughout the day. I tried that whole "keep nuts at your desk to ward off cravings!" I'm not a squirrel, also, I don't want to limit myself to nuts, homie needs some more healthy snack ideas!

SO, in the tune of summer, I combined a few recipes, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. and mmmm it was tasty. I wanted something cold and light, so in comes a fruit/yogurt/granola mix!


Ingredients:
Greek Yogurt (about 2 cups)
10 strawberries chopped small
1c Granola
a hand full of chocolate chips, because, yum.
Note: if you are going with a flavored yogurt or granola, make sure they party together. I have honey yogurt and maple pecan granola which was bomb-diggity


Once you mix all of the ingred. together, put some parchment paper in a pan and press the mixture into it. Throw some tin foil on top and stick it in the freezer over night.


OMG. yum. Bonus: it's pretty filling. One larger size bar was perfect for a light breakfast.