There are blenders, and there's Vitamix. Or so people had been telling me. My old Osterizer, which I purchased in 1976 (and yes, it still works!) can still chug its way through a smoothie or a salad dressing, but it doesn't have much power or capacity. This year I decided it was finally time for an upgrade. Enter the Vitamix 7500.
|1976, meet 2017!|
My new machine came with a cookbook, but there are tons of recipes and other information on the internet as well, such as this aptly named site—The Joy of Blending. I have already adapted the Orange Julius-inspired smoothie (this blogger doesn't like bananas, but I love them!) and it's my new morning favorite.
|Lee's orange-banana smoothie and fresh almond milk|
2 oranges, peeled and quartered
1 banana, peeled
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Put everything into the container in the order listed and blend until smooth. Serves two. My Vitamix doesn't have pre-settings, so I start at low speed, dial it up to 5 and let it do its thing for 20 or 30 seconds.
I have also been making bright green smoothies (bring on the spinach!) and luscious red ones with frozen berries. I'm looking forward to making nut butters, and apparently this machine will even knead dough. A friend of mine says it'll probably make rock soup! She might not be wrong.
Another thing I'm excited to share with you this month is the release of my newest Heartwarming and the second book in The Finnegan Sisters trilogy, His Best Friend's Wife.
A second chance for his first loveOne thing Annie Finnegan and I have in common is our love of preparing family dinners. I hope readers enjoy meeting her as much as I enjoyed writing her story.
Paul Woodward has always known Annie Finnegan was the one. But when she married his best friend, he moved away from their tiny hometown to try to forget the woman he could never have. When her husband passes away, Paul is heartbroken and wants to be there for the love of his life—but how can he, given the way he feels? As he returns to take over his ill father's medical practice, though, it's clear that Annie and her son are the family Paul longs for. As Annie heals and their connection grows, Paul will wait to find out if love really gives second chances…
And since I'm all about smoothies these days, I would love it if you would share your tips and recipes for interesting fruit and vegetable combos.
Until next time,
Writing fifty shades of pink