Christmas Collection – Joseph and Mary

I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite Christmas decorations with you in the days to come ….This was a gift from my aunt and for the life of me – I haven’t been able to locate it the last few years.  It’s not that I haven’t looked.  We’ve been doing some decluttering around our house in the past few weeks and guess what my sweet husband pulled down from an upper shelf in a the den closet.  You guessed it.  

Christmas - Joseph and Mary

I believe I am enjoying this piece more than I have – perhaps it’s because it was once lost and is now found. Funny how when we get rid of the clutter – the unneeded items that surround us – we often find what we were looking for.

I’d enjoy hearing about a favorite decoration you have in your home – leave a comment 🙂


Herb Garden

This is my herb garden.  Surrounded by the pretty pink vinca is mojito mint, spearmint, orange mint and thai basil.  Each mint has a distinctive flavor which gives an extra boost to water, iced tea, smoothies and salads.  Mint takes the heat so it’s a good fit for Arizona.  I even tucked a cute wooden bird in to keep the mint and basil company.

Herb Garden

Here is some information on growing mint.  Mint is very evasive so planting in a container is recommended.  Mine were starter plants.  

What types of herbs do you like?  Have you tried growing them yourself?  Let’s learn from one another.


Smoothie Freezer Organization

This morning I was given a bag of fresh cherries.  Since I already had cherries in the refrigerator I decided to use the gift for smoothies.  So I sat watching a cooking show on Channel 8 and took the pits out.  I then laid them out on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and placed them in the freezer.  Several hours they were ready to add to my smoothie freezer basket. 

smoothie organization 2014

Smoothies are my “go to” breakfast. I have my freezer smoothie items stored in a basket from the Dollar Store that easily stores on a freezer shelf and slides out so I can place on the counter while I decide what type of smoothie I want to make. I also keep small containers of chia, hemp and flax seed in this area with a set of measuring spoons. It is such a timesaver to have the items together and allows me to easily see what I am running low on. Using even 1/2 cup of frozen fruit will not only add flavor but acts the same as if you were adding ice cubes to thicken. One of the best dollars I’ve spent.

Freezing Cherries

Freezer Cleanup
Smoothie basket on shelf in freezer – can you tell my husband likes Van’s Gluten Free Waffles?

Bananas - Freezing
Freezing Bananas

Looking for Smoothie Recipes – Click Here and search for smoothies

My Favorite Items for Making Smoothies

Bella Rocket – a small personal size.  I’ve owned two of these over the years and think they work as well as some of the more expensive products available.

Waring Blender – my blender is an older model of this one – love it.

VitaMix  – This is king of blenders and has the power to make nut butters, soups and of course smoothies

Here are my favorite protein powders:

Vega Vanilla

Vega Chocolate

Sun Warrior Vanilla

Sun Warrior Chocolate

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