Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A Good Lemon

Sometimes I will buy the big bag of lemons at Costco, just to put in a bowl & display. Its fresh & lasts longer than flowers! But then the guilt of food "just sitting there" gets to me. So I tested out this smoothie recipe on the girls yesterday, and it was a HIT! Thanks Family Fun Magazine!

Banana Lemonade Cooler

1 Banana
3 T. Honey
1/4 cup fresh Lemon Juice
6 ice cubes

Acutally my 8 year old made it, it was so simple, so fresh & very delish! She's not a fresh fruit gal (GASP!) so smoothies are our vice! Do you have a good smoothie recipe to share?

Tomorrow is Remicade Chemo Day for Charlotte (who loved this smoothie by the way! - also try making it into popsicles, dont add the ice, put into molds instead). Its going to be a hot day here, so after Remicade, if she is still awake & has enough energy, we are going swimming with her sisters (whom she begged to come with her to the hospital, but the offer to play dolls with friends surpassed the guilty rejection) in the evening! As Charlotte is getting older, she is understanding that we HAVE to go to the hospital. She's not freaking out so much. She also is clueing in (finally) that's she's being bought for calming her nerves. A new Polly Pocket doesnt break the bank & gives her something to play with while we are there! Yay! Its good all the way around, and this too shall pass!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What's that?

Since my camera was “bitten” by the puppy (I am sure it was an accident – since I left the point & shoot camera in the same bag as highly smelling peppermint lip-balm), I have been documenting ZERO finds & ZERO activities thus far this summer.

But we aren’t resting at home & during our summer outings between the ocean, the high dessert & the local pool, I have been learning “things” …. So let me give you a list of my latest readings, findings & favorites & document for myself so I wont forget!!

Eating: Panzanella (from Ina Garten - Barefoot Contessa: PARTIES!) Doesn’t keep – but you usually never have leftovers. Its my favorite summer salad!! My Father-in-Law’s favorite too (yay!!) !
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/panzanella-recipe/index.html

Must Buy: Lip Stain from Mac (raspberry color) Magazines keep talking about this latest “just bitten look” & sounds like this one is the one to get! MAC See thru lip color in Secret Crush. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/spp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT166&PRODUCT_ID=1253

Gotta Subscribe: Body & Soul Magazine from Martha Stewart, chalk full of great stuff! https://secure.zt03.net/custapps/B+S/BS2/index.php

Quote: A good life comes from making choices that honor what my heart values most!

Look for: www.herbsaway.com / Crème de chocolat: Calorie Free, Caffeine free & sugar free (add to coffee or milk!)

Must make: Natural Mosquito repellant: 20 drops of thyme oil / 1 cup grape seed oil / 1.5 cups purified water

Chant: May I be healthy / May I be @ Peace / May I be Content

Check out: www.sukipure.com for skincare that’s natural & effective!

Suggestions: on covering up @ www.skincancer.org/clothing

Organize: The closet & if there are any old leather jackets you are not going to wear anymore, check out www.refindoriginals.com / she makes one of a kind purses & totes out of your old leather items.

Learning: To not shrug off compliments; honor & remember them!

Now... I am off to find a heart rate monitor watch so I can keep in that fat-burning zone. Why work harder than I have to during the summer!?!?