To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Friday, May 28, 2010

I ride my bicycle...

all...over...the city...and I love it. I love the places I get to, exploring new places, being outside, seeing the sights, feeling the breeze, the sound the gears make when they're changing, the people I meet. I love that I have to concentrate on my riding so I don't have time to think about what might have been bothering me and it's only moments before my head is clear and I can enjoy the view. Oh, did I mention the views?

I must have accidently ridden all the way to Camelot on this day.

'She' follows me everywhere. Apparently, she doesn't like to be left out of the fun.

A swan and a goose as buddies? Really? It appeared so on this day as they were quite inseparable.

Told you I ride around the city.

I have been up and down so many streets that I never would have known about had it not been for my bike. I've discovered cool stores and shops and houses, found parks and schools and warehouses, came upon hidden creeks and streams and ponds. I found a bar. Yes, a bar. A little run-down hole in the wall place that Brent and I have been to three times now for the simple reason that I think nothing is better than a good bar burger, and this is just the sort of place that serves a great burger with a cold pitcher of beer. Pretty fabulous after a bike ride.

I never would have known this place existed except that I turned on my bike to peddle over a small footbridge that I had only seen before as I was driving in my car. I'm a curious person and though I've always wanted to explore this bridge, you know, to see what was on the other side, the distance was too far to walk from my house, but on this particular day, I was riding my bike so, I turned. Once across the bridge I rode down the street, turned a corner and there was The Point. Yep, that's the name of the bar and it sits at the point of two streets that run off from each other at an angle. How stinkin' clever is that?

I loved riding my bike as a kid...I love it still. Do you ride? What do you find?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I was envious/jealous.

I admit it, and it's all YOUR fault. See, I've been following along on the Green Smoothie Challenge while all of you wrote these fabulous posts, showed me delicious looking drinks and posted amazing recipes. Aaand, you were raving about them. Some of my favorite reads, like Beauty That Moves and Shivaya Naturals and Salt and Chocolate, really went all out and made me crave them. You were out there in blogland enjoying something so delicious and I was being left out. Soooo, I finally broke down and made myself one, and you know what? It was horrible, like ick, choke it down and keep it down horrible. Ewww, that couldn't possibly be right. None of you are crazy enough to keep drinking something that awful tasting. It wasn't your recipes. It was me, wanting to be creative and make my own version, but not knowing what I was doing. By the way, I have a cooking rule that I broke and this is exactly the reason I have this rule. Always make a recipe according to the directions the first time so I know what it tastes like before I go making changes. Good rule.

So, I went back and tried some of the posted recipes, and only then did I try my hand at my own recipe, with great success too. Now, may I please present to you (drum roll please), Lily's Half Smoothie. This is one for the books. This one tastes as delicious as it looks. You may notice I borrowed liberally from each of you ladies, but  I don't think you'll mind because I'm just helping to share more of the goodness. It's called the half smoothie because it uses a half cup or a half piece of everything. haha...clever I am!

1/2 Cara Orange or 1/2 cup pink grapefruit
1/2 banana
1/2 cup mango
1/2 cup pineapple
2 1/2 cup tightly packed collard greens and/or kale
1 1/2 teas. Agave Syrup
1 cup cold water

Load everything into the blender in the order listed (so you don't burn out the blender) and whirl until it's all blended and bright green. Pour yourself a delicious glass and sip til your heart's content.

Oh my heavenly goodness. Now I know what all the fuss was about. I'm a total convert to Green Smoothies.