1. First of all, for those of you who enjoy the cooking / recipe segments of this blog, I promise you that there is plenty of kitchen-time coming up. I haven’t taken a vacation from cooking. Rather, I’ve been trying some new recipes, and I’ve come to realize that most of them need a bit of tweaking. I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the way things turned out. But never fear, I’ll be back to posting about my cooking escapades in the next several days!
I’m also excited about a new cooking segment that I’ll be adding to the blog. In memory of my Memere and all the time she and I spent together watching the Food Network, I’ll be cooking recipes by some of her favorite chefs (starting with Paula Dean). 🙂 The segment title will be Cooking With: and I’ll fill in the chef’s name. It’ll be a way to not only try new recipes but also to feel like — even though Memere is gone — she isn’t too far away.
2. That said, I will be taking a blogger’s vacation on Wednesday and Thursday, as I’m leaving Tuesday afternoon on a mini-vacation. I will probably have some guest bloggers when I go away for a week in October. But this quick trip is all about escaping technology and just living in the moment. I can’t explain to you just how much I need this time away. I think I’m most excited about not being a slave to time. You can be sure that I will not be wearing a watch or staring at the clock. Where am I going? One word: mountains!
3. Oh, and I tried a Green Monster for the first time yesterday! (Hold your applause). For those of you who associate a green monster with the large wall in Fenway Park, I must explain. It’s a smoothie, which at its very minimum is made up of milk, a banana, and two cups of spinach. Yes, I am telling you the truth. Spinach in a smoothie. I’m going to be honest with you. I wasn’t a huge fan. I loved how the spinach was completely blended into the smoothie and that there was no consistency of leaves (because that would just be gross). But I was a bit freaked out by the glowing green color (slight exaggeration) and the taste that was left in my mouth afterward. Still, it honestly wasn’t disgusting. AND, I had drank two cups of spinach, which has a boat-load of health benefits. I am totally excited about that!
So will I be drinking one again? YES! Will I be adjusting the ingredients a bit? YES! I’m thinking that some frozen blueberries will change the color enough and add the extra touch of flavor I needed. (Thank you to Meg at Life is Better than Fiction for the link to greenmonstermovement.com,so that I could get started in this green smoothie phenomenon). Once I come up with a flavor that I like, you can be sure that I’ll write about it. 🙂 What about you? Are you a Green Monster fan? Is there a flavor combination that I should try?
Do you have any get-away plans for the summer?