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Mr. January

After skipping December's cupcake of the month, Sophie was anxious to get January's done this weekend in time them to bring them to classmates on Monday.  It involved the bulk candy aisle and a lot of butter and sugar.

 We made the cupcakes from scratch using a recipe Sophie found on the internets.  A yellow spice cupcake swirled with mixed berry jam topped with an orange buttercream.  Originally we were going to use a marshmallow fluff buttercream but I broke a glass near the open jar of fluff.  I debated, but then threw the jar away when I thought about how this statement, "I was pretty sure there wasn't broken glass in the frosting" would sound on the witness stand.

The only kind of snowmen we make in central Texas....

While every kitchen surface was coated with a fine dusting of confectioner's sugar I used the Vitamix to whip up something a little less Paula Deen.

 Blueberry Banana Lassi

2 very ripe bananas

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup Greek yogurt

splash or two of almond milk

1/2 tsp. cardamom

Whirl all together in blender. Serves 3.  If you are Paula Deen you could use cinnamon instead--supposed to be good for the sugar diabetes.


Dark chocolate blueberry banana smoothie

This is a creation inspired by bachelor living conditions.  Finding myself with rotting bananas and out of regular almond milk and mixed fruit, I decided to mix dark chocolate almond milk with frozen blueberries, a brown banana, and water.

The result?  A delicious new smoothie combination that is high in potassium, anti-oxidants, and protein. Could there be a better recovery drink?  I don't think so.  Taste is awesome, and substituting rum for water could easily convert this into an adult smoothie.


The Blue Hour

With our stomachs slowly returning to pre-cruise volume, dinner has been light lately.  We were blessed, and if you live in Texas, you know I truly mean blessed, with a bit of rain one afternoon.  It was long gone by the time I left work, but the temperature was magically below 90 degrees when I got home.

I made smoothies--simple--2 bananas, 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries and 1 cup milk--dinner for two.  We drank them on the back porch because as Sophie put it, "Let's enjoy the post rain." And so we did; a brief respite before the crushing temps predicted this weekend--highs in the 105-108 range.  Just a bit jealous of those getting a taste of Hurricane Irene and dreading my long run tomorrow.


A Skinnier Smoothie

Sophie is a smoothie junkie.  Like a tractor beam, a smoothie on a coffeeshop menu will draw her attention, and she will focus all her efforts on obtaining it.  It may work if she is with Ian, and heaven help us if the two of them are anywhere near a Jamba Juice.  It kills me to spend $5.00 on a sugar-laden version of a potentially healthy snack. 

Why not make your own?  I used to use orange juice but have recently abandoned it in favor of unsweetened almond milk for an even lower sugar beverage.  Bananas are a great anchor for a  smoothie, they thicken it and make it creamy without taking over the flavor profile. 

2 bananas

6 strawberries

1 cup blue berries

2 kiwi

1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (you could use soy or dairy too)

Put all in blender with 2 scoops ice and blend

You can use any combination of fruits; a great way to use up some ripe fruit all at once. Way cheaper and healthier than Jamba Juice.  This smoothie will make your butt look smaller.