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Project 365, Day 53: Avocado smoothie

A few weeks ago, I tried an avocado boba tea for the first time. I was a bit hesitant with it being avocado, but intrigued at the same time. I had never had sweetened avocado, but it made sense to me since it’s got a rich, but mild flavor. So, what the heck, I ordered it and it was delicious!

While grocery shopping today, avocados were on sale so I was inspired to make an avocado smoothie. The first time I had it was at a Vietnamese restaurant and it’s called sinh to bo. This is the recipe:

  1. a ripe avocado
  2. 1 cup of ice
  3. 1/3 cup condensed sweetened milk
  4. 1/4 cup of milk 

If you do not have condensed sweetened milk on hand (like me) you can use this alternate recipe:

  1.  a ripe avocado
  2. 1 cup of ice
  3. 1 cup of millk
  4. 4 tablespoons of sugar (or to taste)

You can make a paleo version by substituting with coconut/almond milk and agave for the sugar.

Blend everything together with a blender, food processor or immersion blender (which is what I used). SO GOOD! Very smooth, rich and creamy like a milk shake. Even Caleb approved :)

Project 365, Day 3: Pandora charm bracelet

I’ve had the worst luck when it comes to Pandora clips for their bracelet. Somehow in the past year and a half, three have come loose and fallen off my bracelet! When it happened the second time, I emailed the company because something was not right. They were nice enough to send me a free replacement and what do you know–two days later and it fell off again! I was so bummed, but I didn’t want to keep shelling out money to replace them that I eventually stopped wearing my bracelet altogether.

Roxie was so sweet and bought me a replacement clip (in addition to a bunch of other charms) for Christmas so I started wearing it again and I am constantly checking to see that the clips are still there. They’re hard to unclamp so how they even got off to begin with is beyond me. So far, so good.

Fast forward to last night. Steve broke a glass by the nightstand and while he was cleaning up, he found one of my clips! Not sure how it ended up there, but there it was. I ended up going to the Pandora store today to exchange it for another charm though Steve said maybe I should keep it as a back up in case I lose another on (har har). I ended up getting a cute lil’ bird and getting my bracelet cleaned for the first time–I never saw it so shiny before!

This is my bracelet after two years. It’s almost full! It probably has room for maybe three more charms and some spacers, but that’s about it.

For those with Pandora (or similar) bracelets, what do you do when you run out of space? Do you buy another bracelet? If so, do you wear them both? Do you rotate the charms if you stick with one bracelet?

Roxie started a second bracelet in which she’s getting charms of places that she’s traveled too. I might do the same and was looking to buy the viking charm they had for the trip to Iceland we went in June, but they were sold out *pouts*.

Have I mentioned how much I love the electric pressure cooker my brothers got me for Christmas? I made stuffed cabbage leaves today in 25 minutes–25 MINUTES! Usually you have to cook it for at least an hour. It just saves so much time and energy. I only wish I had known about such awesome kitchen gadgetry earlier.

New blog – Cheese and Cheesecake

Well, sort of. I bought a domain and quickly put together something quick :) The best part is that I can cross-post my entries onto LJ (and vice versa). So, you’ll still see my entries here on LJ if you do not go directly to my new blog link, but my pictures will all be watermarked with my new blog web address.

So, if you want to check it out, it’s here: Cheese and Cheesecake.

I’ve also created a FB page for updates in case you want to “like” it.

Thanks guys :) It’s good to be back!

*tap, tap, tap*

Is this thing on? Does anybody even read this anymore?

I want to get back into blogging. Thinking of transferring everything to my own domain. I saw that WordPress will import all old entries, comments, etc. so it’s tempting.

So, what’s up? What’s been going on?

Things that have happened.

1. Steve and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. 7th!!! Doesn’t seem that long ago :o)
2. I photographed weddings two weekends in a row and killed my shoulder lugging my equipment around. My body ached for days.
3. We packed up our townhouse in VA and moved to MD! Caleb has lived in 3 states so far in his short 15 month lifetime.
4. Caleb and I flew to MA while Steve, Brian and Roxie drove.
5. Caleb spent a week with my folks while we all went to Iceland for a week. AMAZING!
6. I turned 30 on Fathers Day this year and I’m totally ok with it :o)

I wish I updated this thing more often…

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Crepes

Hi friends!

It’s been a while. We were all in TX last week for Steve’s hooding ceremony as part of graduation from Baylor with his MBA and MHA! We also saw a lot of friends and former co-workers of mine :o) But an update on that later!

Today, I made crepes for the first time. I remember watching some sort of cooking show (maybe Top Chef) and one guy had to make crepes and he kept messing up. I figured if a chef couldn’t make crepes, I probably couldn’t either.

Well, I attempted the blueberry lemon ricotta crepes fir breakfast since we bought a huge tub of ricotta at Costco and I was Googling breakfast items that included it. This was the first thing that came up and sounded good so why not? Plus, I already had all of the ingredients.

My only set back was not having a crepe pan. I had a frying pan that was slightly larger than a crepe pan so it would have to do. Everything actually was pretty easy and the crepes were DELICIOUS! I did poke a hole in one of the crepes so the filling was spilling out, but still very tasty :o) Caleb even approved which was my #1 thing.

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Crepes
Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Crepes



I’m just going to admit failure to my Project 366. I’m sure I did take picture everyday, but most of them are of my clients and I don’t really want to be posting their pictures for my project. Ahhhh well. It was so much easier to do this project when I was kid-free and not running around the state taking photos and then staying up late to edit them :o)

Anyway, we’ll be in Texas in less than 2 weeks because Steve is graduating from his dual masters program! I’m so proud of him :o) He’s flying in before me and Caleb because as a birthday gift, he’s playing in an $$$ golf tournament on a PGA golf course that includes lunch and dinner so he’s pretty excited. I hope to see a lot of my ol’ friends out there–can’t believe it’s already been 10 months since we’ve moved from there. Think I could bring a 1 year old to Schlitterbahn!?

On the home front, we’ve been making good use of our Costco membership and buying boat loads of things in bulk, especially food. Steve bought this book on the Kindle that’s all about prepping freezer meals so you can come home to a quick meal after work. Him and Roxie spent an entire day prepping meals for a week. There’s everything from stuffed peppers to stuffed chicken breast.

I bought a lot of meat and prepped them as well. I marinated flank steak in freezer bags and then stuck them in the freezer. I also bought a cut of rib eye that I ended up cutting 9 steaks from and individually wrapping them. Once we move to MD, Steve and I have looked into purchasing half or whole cow in a CSA beef share. They are grass fed, hormone free and the price is reasonable–only $3/lb which includes everything from filet mignon to ground beef! We just need to pick it up from the butcher. Once we move, we’re going to purchase a freezer chest.

I took Caleb to the Reston Zoo after seeing what a hit the lambs were at Mt. Vernon. He LOVED it! The zoo isn’t very big so that’s a plus for a lil’ guy who just wants to walk (while holding my hand) and see every animal. I bought a bottle of milk since I asked the worker which would be the best option for a 1 year old to feed the animals with. I also bought a cup of feed.

When we went to see the lambs there, I gave Caleb the bottle to give to the lamb and what does he do? He tries to drink it himself! Then when I gave him some feed, he put the pellets in his mouth. Such a silly guy.

During the drive through safari, he was a bit more intimidated by the animals since they were bigger and more forthcoming. The camel snatched the cup of feed right out of my hands! The watusi has HUUGE horns and every time he’d turn, he’s almost whack someone with them.

Anyway, I’m off to bed. My first photo session tomorrow is at 7am!