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Blueberry Oatmeal Green Smoothie

The work week can get very busy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious homemade meal.  This morning was cool and I felt like oatmeal. Unfortunately, I did’t have time to make any.  Luckily, I always have time to whip up a green smoothie.

I love the versatility of smoothies. I am constantly trying new combinations and this morning I really enjoyed my creation. It tasted like blueberry oatmeal but was quick and easy to grab and go on my way to work. The recipe below is half of what I made because I made some for my husband and son. They both loved it.

Next time you crave something yummy, try this:


1/2 banana
1 cup blueberries
1 cup kale
1/8 cup whole oats
1 cup water
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
1 scoop collagen powder
good dusting of cinnamon
6 ice cubes


Add ingredients to high speed blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. I use the Vitamix and it is always smooth and delicious.

Strawberry Shortcake

Another busy weekend at the urban farm. There is something about working outdoors that really stirs up the appetite. We ate home-grown eggs, locally harvested oysters and fresh strawberry shortcakes.

Our weekend was filled with more big tasks.  Since we ordered the new shed, we are working hard to make the site ready.  The back corner of our lot was overgrown with blackberries. There was a tree that was infested with bugs that we had cut down a few years ago. Later, we found our shed was also infested with bugs and because life was busy, we abandoned the building.  Over time, the blackberries engulfed the building.

We were left with logs under several feet of blackberry bushes.  With the help of family, we rented a wood splitter one weekend and removed the logs.  We will now have firewood for the next few years.

The next weekend, we borrowed an industrial weed whacker and chopped the blackberries to the ground.

This weekend, we rented a large rototiller and churned the roots up.  We went through after the rototiller and pulled as many of the root systems as we could find in the loose dirt. The chickens helped us.  They loved finding bugs and worms in the loose soil.

I can hardly wait for the old shed to be torn down and a new barn style shed put up in its place…now what to plan in my newly opened up space?

Unlike all of the work we did this weekend, this recipe is simple.  I like that the majority of the work is done in advance. This recipe is so easy I wonder why I ever bought that chemical filled easy-whip in the past.

Easy Strawberry Shortcake 

1 pint fresh strawberries
6 tablespoons sugar or sweetener of choice
1 teaspoon vanilla
16 oz heavy whipping cream
1 package pre-made angel food cake


Place mixing bowl and electric mixer whisk attachment in freezer until ready to serve dessert.

Cut fresh strawberries into small bite-size pieces. In a bowl, mix cut strawberries and two tablespoons of sugar. Stir well. This will encourage the strawberries to release their juices and absorb the sugar.  Let rest for a few hours in the refrigerator.

Using the chilled mixing bowl and whisk, add whipping cream and start mixer.  Slowly add remaining four tablespoons or sugar and vanilla.  Mix until stiff peaks form.

Assemble shortcakes with angel food cake as the bottom layer, strawberries and a large dollop of whipped cream on top. Enjoy!


Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Protein Smoothie

Every morning I walk out my front door to kale!

What a difference a few weeks makes! The kale in my garden is growing like crazy. The kale is in the front.  There are three different varieties of curly kale.

Lettuce is under the wooden structure while sugar snap peas are growing up the chicken wire.  There are sweet onions growing to the left. In addition, carrots are behind the onions but they didn’t fit into the picture.

This garden receives morning shade and afternoon sun.

I started harvesting the bottom leaves on the kale plants because they were the biggest. This was a mistake.  I learned later that I needed to cut the center stem out before it started to flower (aka “bolt”).  By cutting out the top center, the kale plants are bushing out and creating new leaves and branches.  I will continue to cut the newer leaves before they flower.  I hope to be able to harvest through the summer.  I am going to start a new round of seeds that should be ready for harvest when these are done. I will plant them in another section of my yard.

I have several garden sections mixed with flowers.  With chickens free range in the back yard, I had to be creative in the front.  When my chickens were new, I had a batch of kale and lettuce starts to plant in my raised bed.  It was on the side of my house, an area connected to the back yard.  The next day I went to water my new seedlings and they were gone!  There was a couple chicken poops left as evidence to let me know who the thieves were.  I fenced the side yard garden away from the chickens now.  I don’t know what I was thinking.

So let me get back to the topic. You cannot deny that this is a delicious way to eat your greens.

Combine the following in your blender in the following order:

1 banana
8 oz water
1 tbl spoon powdered peanut butter
2 cups kale
6 ice cubes

Blend until all chunks are gone

Add 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Blend until mixed



People have asked me what protein powder I like. I have tried many. My favorite brand is GNC Pro Performance AMP Wheybolic Extreme 60 Original. I use the chocolate for this recipe and vanilla with my berry and tropical smoothies.  It is the smoothest and creamiest powder I have found.  I mix it in at the end of my blending process because it gets frothy if blended with frozen chunks.

Also, you have to try powdered peanut butter.  This was a game changer for my smoothies. It is all the taste and none of the fat.  There are even brands that include fax and chia seeds to make smoothie prep quick and easy.

Please try this recipe and let me know if you like it.



Raw Diet – Day 7

It is Friday night and I am only slightly missing my glass of wine while sitting on the couch.  Instead, I have washed the dishes and swept the kitchen floor.  I’m full of energy but starting to get a slight headache.  Today overall, was mostly free of headaches.

We tried something new for breakfast. It was a smoothie but it was not green!  I found a new recipe in a magazine from The Blender Girl. It was supposed to taste like chai tea and it did.  I will definitely keep this recipe.

I had a dentist appointment today, so I ate lunch early.  As a result, I ate two afternoon snacks.  I used some of the leftover coconut sauce from last night’s dessert as salad dressing today.  It was a nice change of pace.

For dinner, I was out of interesting ideas. since I had not had a green smoothie for breakfast, it was time to have one for dinner.  I made enough for the rest of the family to have a small glass with their food.  It is a good way to get some fruits and veggies into the orange chicken and fried rice dinner.  My six year old asked if fried rice was healthy because it was full of veggies.  Unfortunately it is not healthy because it is cooked with a fair amount of oil.  I am happy that they did eat every little carrot, pea and soy bean on their plate without complaint.

Today’s Menuimage

Breakfast – 278 calories

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/8 cup almonds, soaked overnight
  • 1 medium banana, frozen
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2 shakes allspiceimage

Lunch – 244 calories

  • 2 cups 50/50 baby salad mix
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 small mandarin
  • 1/8 cup almonds
  • 3 tbsp coconut sauce from yesterday

Afternoon Snacks – 175 calories

  • 1/8 cup almonds
  • 3/4 ounce Brad’s Crunchy Kale, Nachoimage

Dinner – 281 calories

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups kale
  • 1/8 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup of remaining coconut sauce

After Dinner Snack

  • 1 cup grapes (it’s almost wine!)

Raw Diet – Day 6

imageI’m over half way through.  Today was rough, I was ready to throw in the towel until my dessert/dinner.

Breakfast was very tasty. I really enjoyed the green apple in my smoothie for it’s sweet tart flavor.  I was quite hungry by 9:30 and dove into my almond mid-morning snack. Time flew by and before I knew it I was hungry for lunch and it was 12:30.  Unfortunately, I cut into my avocado at lunch time and found strange brown, stringy, rotten looking things staring back at me.  This didn’t leave me with much to eat for lunch.

I wasn’t hungry at 3:00 but knew it was only a matter of time. I went to the local QFC and couldn’t find anything raw nuts.  They were all roasted.  I ended up buying some natural chunky peanut butter. It was delicious with a banana, but was not raw….hopefully close enough.

When I arrived home, I nibbled on the nacho kale chips from yesterday while I made a dessert for dinner and for the rest of the family.  It was a Fruit Tart recipe from Blender Babes that I recently saw on Facebook. I did not take a picture because mine looked nothing like theirs.  I really liked the taste and so did my husband.  It disappeared before I had a chance to ask if he liked it!  My two boys have different tastes; one loved the fruit and one loved the crust.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – 169 calories

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 small tangerine
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup ice

Morning Snack – 119 calories

  • 1/4 cup almondsimage

Lunch – 32 calories

  • 2 cups 50/50 spring mix
  • Pico de Gallo from Day 4

Afternoon Snack – 295 calories

  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 tbsp natural crunchy peanut butterimage

Dinner – 335 calories

Evening Snack – 66 calories

  • Brad’s Organic Kale Chips, Nacho