Smoothies come in all flavors with a plethora of ingredients. But berry smoothies rank at the top of my flavor list!
Filling, satisfying and good for you, these frosty libations are easy to make and portable. Very good for a quick breakfast or snack when on the go!
I make mine with any berry fruit I have on hand, either fresh or frozen. I use "pom" juice, but I have also used apple, orange or even a little water in it. My yogurt of choice is raspberry, but cherry, strawberry or blueberry tastes great too. I usually eat no fat yogurt.
1 6oz. container of berry flavored yogurt
1 cup berries (frozen or fresh)
1/4 cup Pom, pomegranate juice
1 cup crushed ice
In a food processor, blend yogurt, berries and juice until smooth. Add ice and process until smooth. You may need to add a little more liquid at this point if smoothie is too thick.
This smoothie is more like a melty sorbet than a creamy smoothie.
I am participating in Pink Saturday hosted by Beverly at howsweetthesound.typepad.com. Thanks, Beverly. I just love being a part of this wonderful event!
I know, it really sounds like I am boasting... sorry! But you too can make a chicken noodle soup that is more delicious than you can imagine. There are a few old time secrets that can turn a good soup into one that makes the angels sing. And I can't wait to share them with you. An astrick (*) notes tips to a better soup.
I am not much of a breakfast eater. Although an early riser, I am not usually ready to eat until about 10:30. Just give me a great cup of coffee, or 3 or 4 and I am very happy. Early mornings are spent in my study doing paperwork, bible study, e-mails and now blogging. Then it's off and about the days business.
Today's tablescape was inspired as a result of participating in a "Pillow Party" (see Monday's post) where I shared pictures of my bed, piled high with pillows. That got me thinking... wouldn't it be fun to do a simple tablescape in my bedroom.
I have just the perfect spot... my dressing table. An antique 1850's spinet secretary desk I found in wonderful condition at a local antique shop (the same shop that I found the china in my Swan Table post). This is where I sit each morning getting ready to meet the world.
This desk is cherry and has ornately turned legs, and a carved front. I love rich mahogany and cherry, although it has fallen out of vogue lately. Pity- it is so beautiful!
I appreciate the mix of old and new, priceless meets Walmart! When my decor looks collected over a long period of time- bliss! (Sorry, I did get a little carried away!)
This morning the dressing table is set with a little mid-morning treat.
Hot tea with lemon, fesh cherries and a Butter Rum muffin are waiting.
I found this charming material on sale and made a napkin just for today. I will post a tutorial on how to make napkins. Good quality napkins can be so expensive, yet they are quite reasonable and easy to make!
Tea is served from a Toile inspired tea pot. A lovely gift from a friend. It is served in my Italian Countryside cup and saucer from Mikasa.
The cherries are served up in a floral pedestal bowl. Cherries are my favorite (at least now)!
The yummy Butter Rum (yes, they are as delicious as they sound!!!!) muffin sits on an antique Staffordshire bowl and plate.
These same plates and bowls hang on the wall around a mirror near my dressing table. I find them in antique shops all over, they are quite common, but I think they are so pretty. (Notice the cover on the bench at my dressing table.The bench cushion is very worn. I am making a monogrammed rug hooked cover for it- not finished yet.)
Yellow roses are another big favorite of mine, especially sweetheart roses. I usually have faux Black Eyed Susan's in the blue and white vase, but I could not resist these little beauties! The small arrangement is tucked in a spice jar. I aquired a set of these when visiting Savannah last spring.
I have collected many interesting blue and white pieces to display in my bedroom. There is a good mix of old and new pieces.
I think after breakfast I will sit and do a little reading. There is a chair with my name on it!
I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday. Stop over at Between Naps On The Porch to see all the creativity going on!!!
In my area, many people keep their Christmas wreaths up on their front door for the month of January. All other signs of Christmas are long gone, but a Christmas door wreath is something to be enjoyed through January.
This year, I wanted to make a clean sweep of all things Christmas, and had a fancy to make a winter white wreath for my front door. Because our home sits alone in the middle of farmland amidst gently rolling hills, the winter winds can really whip around us. I need a wreath that would be sturdy and secure to withstand any wind. We are somewhat protected from the elements thanks to our wrap-around porch, but I used materials that could withstand anything mother nature could throw at us- and usually does!
Ihave a not so secret love affair with pillows. They create warmth, beauty, an affordable face lift, and a welcoming atmosphere. They have a definite hold on me. All shapes, all colors, most designs. The more the merrier is my mantra!
Especially apt to give me fits of delight are beds full of soft, piled high pillows! I am NOT a minimalist, no not at all. I love detail and things that entertain my eyes. I have an affinity for color but appreciate the serenity of monocromatic themes as long as there are interesting things going on to keep my visual attention. I think that is why a bed full of beautifully picked pillows fixates me!
My bed is full of pillows. My bedroom is very traditional with a blue-white-yellow color palate. Symetrical placement of the pillows continues the traditional feel. These pillows have been bed buddies with me for years. Collecting new ones ocassionally as the need arises to replace worn and well-loved one.
Time honored color and clasic style is the look I want displayed in my inner sanctuary. I am very comfortable with yellow and the addition of blue and white speaks calmness and order to me. Something I need in my bedroom.
Toile and Flow Blue inspired pieces are repeated elements in my bedroom decor. The pillows reflect that as well. Yellow and soft gold in the pillows bring in the wall and floor color as well the comforter.
Don't you just want to jump in?
I am joining Rhondi at Rose Colored Glasses for her "Pillow Party"- ooooooh how fun!
Week 5 of the Eating From My Freezer/Pantry Challenge: My freezer is still quite full and my pantry stocked pretty well. My mother lives half of the year very near me and half of the year in San Antinio. She just left for San Antonio and brought me a good deal of food from her freezer and pantry. I got a re-stocked so now I will add that to my list of food to eat. Thanks, Mom- I think! A very big benefit in this whole organizing exercise is that I am very focused on planning and trying to find new recipes to use the items in my freezer and pantry together. I really enjoy a good recipe hunt!
If you would like to participate in this challenge all you have to do is comment that you will be joining us.
The goal is to use what you have and clean out your refrigerator and pantry completely. Then we will restock and organize together. In the process we will save money and get a handle on our menus!
I am finding it hard to stick to a $50.00 a week budget. OUCH! I did not make it last week, but came close. I am determined to spend no more than $50.00. I am spending much less than I normally do, so that is a sunny outcome.
This week I have a couple of recipes that look good, but I have never personally prepared them myself. So if you make any of these this week, we will be adventurous together!
(astricked * items from freezer or pantry)
Monday: Ground Turkey Stroganoff Wide Egg Noodles * ( I'm using thin noodles- I have them in my pantry) Green Beans Sauteed with Panchetta *
Recipe: Ground Turkey Stroganoff
2 TBS vegetable oil
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey*
1 small onion, chopped*
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed*
1 can cream of mushroom soup*
1/4 cup milk*
3 TBS white wine*
1 cup sour cream*
salt and pepper*
In a large skillet or dutch oven heat 2 TBS oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent and soft for about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds-1minute. Add ground turkey and cook until browned and no longer pink. Drain fat.
Add wine and cook 2 minutes. Add mushroom soup, milk, a dash of salt and pepper and simmer for 20 minutes. Add sour cream and heat through. Serve over noodles.
Tuesday: Corn Pudding Pan Fried Ham Slices* (Spiral Ham left over from Christmas) Arugula Salad with clementines, pecans and citrus vinagrette*
From AllRecipes: Submitted by Lisa Cohen
1/3 cup butter, melted*
1/4 cup white sugar*
1/2 cup milk*
4 tablespoons cornstarch*
1 (15.25 ounce) can whole
2 (14.75 ounce) cans cream-
1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
2. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add melted butter, sugar, and milk. Whisk in cornstarch. Stir in corn and creamed corn. Blend well. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish.
3. Bake for 1 hour.
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chicken in Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce Rice Oven Roasted Asparagus with Shaved Cheddar Cheese
This soup is Paula Deen meets StoneGable! I started out making Paula's wonderful Taco Soup... but I just got a little carried away! I took out a little of this and that from her recipe... and added a pinch of this and a pound of that to make a soup all my own.I ended up with a soup that the 3 men at my table just loved.
This is not a delicate or gourmet soup. If you are looking for a stick to your ribs, hearty, BIG flavor meal-of-a-soup, then this is the one for you. So easy to make, it is almost embarrassing. I got so many compliments from my men... but I didn't tell how little work went into it.
And Paula... if you are reading my blog, I would love to meet you! I am in Savannah again this coming March for the Historic Home and Garden Tour... it's like finding the Mothership! So let's get together for some sweet tea and and a goodie with lots of butter!
And to all of you... "Best dishes from my blog to you"!
Recipe: Taco Cheese Soup (Adapted from Paula Deen's Taco Soup)
2 pounds ground beef
2 cups diced onions
2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups frozen corn
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) jar mild salsa
1 32oz. box beef broth
2 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix
1 medium pkg mild mexican velveta cheese, cubed
Crisy Tortilla Strips- recipe follows
Sour cream, for garnish
Grated sharp cheese, for garnish
chopped green onions, for garnish
Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large slow cooker or a stockpot. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, salsa, beef stock, taco seasoning, velveta cheese and ranch dressing mix, and cook in a slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours or simmer over low heat for about 1 hour in a pot on the stove(if cooking soup on stove omit cheese and add at the end of cooking time- stir in until it melts) . To serve, top with sour cream, cheese, green onions and crispy tortilla strips.
3-4 large flour tortilla
Heat a large skillet. Add 1 inch of oil in skillet and heat to 350 degrees. Cut tortillas into 1/2 inch strips. Add strips in skillet and watch them very carefully so they do not burn. Turn when brown. They only take a minute so watch them carefully.
Remove from skillet and drain on a paper towel. Salt immediately. Yummy!
This swan soup tureen sits on my dinning room table all year 'round. Rarely do I use it as a centerpiece in a tablescape, but it is really center stage worthy.
Today's table isformal... using very old and traditional elements. Quiet colors reign against a dark table. I wanted this table to speak of the past, because these adornments have been collected for ages and some are almost 100 years old. I am so comfortable in a style that is a marriage of the past and present. A collected feel is how I would describe it.
The inspiration for the table was not the swan but theantiquecut crystal and silver coffee carafe (or wine) my daughter and son-in-law gave me for Christmas.
I also decided to dig out my Noritake "M" porcelain china. I purchased this 14 years ago just before we moved into our present home. I found this set in a local antique store. I am not sure what the pattern is, but with some brief investigation, it was made by Noritake anywhere from 1914-1940ish. I loveyellow and wanted to use it in my built in hutch.
The colors are very light and like a gentlewhisperof a yellow. The china has a hand painted gold scalloppededge around the rim.
I am particularly fond of the square salad/dessert plates. Square dishes are not a new phenomenon after all!
When I first saw this china it was the cup and saucer that captivated me! I knew I wanted to have a cup of hot something from it. I thought they were so beautiful and delicate. The detail inside the cups gave them such quiet importance.
I also loved the lines of the sugar bowl and creamer. These were not just auxillary pieces, they commanded to be noticed. I am using a sterling silver sugarspoon my mother-in-law gave me as a gift many years ago.
No tablecloth for today's tablescape- I wanted the beautiful mahogany wood to continue the traditional feel.
Ivorydamask placemats and antiquelinenand ivory cotton lace napkins add texture and softness to the table. The detail in the lace and the napkin itself is lovely. Simply folded napkins show off the detail best.
The tall stemware were passed down to me from my Grandmother. They were her wedding crystal.
Fluted and slightly iridescent, very reminiscent of the early 1920's, Nani's glasses grace another table 70 years later. I use and enjoy mybelovedthings.
The little cordial glasses were a Goodwill find. I paid $3.00 for all of them! They are etched with a floral design and I thought they would be very pretty on this table.
Can you imagine my surprise when I opened this beauty on Christmas morning? Heavy and detailed, what a magnificent and thoughtfulpiece! My daughter, Jacqueline and her husband Jonathan found it in a Washington DC antique shop. It was waiting for me!!!!
Uncluttered and understated, I wanted the elements in this tablescape to shine. I wanted the formality and elegance to come from fine pieces simply put together.
With my china I have many serving pieces. A small dish and an ornate silver spoon finds a place on a corner of the table.
Yellow Primroses in Waterford bowls add a splash of color to an otherwise soft color palate. I couldn't resist these little harbinger's of spring in the dead of winter!
The Swan was a purchase from a shop in Alexanderia, Virginia just after we built our present home. Graceful and stately, I must admit it is one of my favoritethings!
This tablescape was a joy to create because it displays some of the pieces I love the most.
Collected or gifted, thesetreasures of the heart are filled with memories.
I am participating in Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan at Between Naps On The Porch. Don't miss seeing all the creativity!