Monday, December 29, 2014

Cranberry Smoothie

The diet is in another state...

I try to eat healthy everyday, but with the holidays come chocolate and sugar and butter and salt and and and ... I am still exercising, but I am barely maintaining. It is a huge losing battle. Over sized sweaters are becoming my new friend. They can camouflage anything. 

Since I love fresh cranberries, I decided to make a winter drink. It is a great way to get some protein and the benefits of cranberries. They are loaded with anti-oxidants. I really just love the fresh taste of them. I also made a loaf of cranberry nut bread. Should have posted that. It was just delicious.

The beautiful purple swirls of flavor

Cranberry Smoothie
designed by ME
1 cup Almond Milk
1 tablespoon of Vanilla Protein Powder
1 cup or so grated Cranberries
1 squirt of Agave Nectar

Place Almond milk and Protein powder in the high power blender. Mix. Add remaining ingredients and mix until blended. Because my Almond milk was sweetened, I needed less agave nectar. Suite to taste.

Raw goodness

How much easier can this get

This was a full glass of delicious flavors

If you wanted to strain, you could, BUT why..

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Box Project

Because I love to decorate all year round, and especially at Christmas. I decided to do a planter box. The beauty of this project, is that you can do it any size, shape or style. There are NO directions with this project. Just use your imagination and let your creative juices flow.

So, this Fall I was out at my Moms. I was in the looking at her pots and planters. She asked me if I wanted it, at the time, I was not sure. Buzzing around Pinterest, this idea hit me. My Husband was out at her house, and "borrowed" the box. If she needs it back, I will be happy to return it to her.

It was just a plain color. It took a couple of coats of green spray paint, to give it the color I wanted. I also did some wisps of gold paint. I am still not sure about the gold. I wanted it to pop.

Just a lightweight planter box

As we all know, I love to spray paint. 
I so could have been a tagger. Maybe it is the defacing of property 
and getting in trouble that has stopped me..

OK, you can use any color. Something that works with 
your color scheme. Or just a favorite color

Two or three coats and some wisps of Gold. 
You see it from the street, and that is why I want some pop

Plain old greenery. 
It was stuffed into the box.

Shatterproof ornaments. 
I used curling ribbon to attach everything together

Different ribbon and decorations are what added to the colors in this box
Because of where this box was going, I added color lights
White or any color would also work.
We are using all LED lights. We feel that they are
more energy efficient. My meter is not spinning out of control.

Just a simple planter box filled with greenery and ornaments. 
I really like this on my porch

I updated my Christmas tree to match the box

Two years ago, I made the garland.
With the front door swag from last year
and everything else, my front porch is very inviting

AND this is my tree...
It is so beautiful this year.
The jewel tones look just beautiful