so our blender broke this past fall. I was only trying to make a smoothie, but the frozen banana chunks seemed to be too much for the thing. smelly blender motor (worse than usual) followed by a very loud clunk, and it was a goner. aren't blenders supposed to be able to handle these things? there was an ice crushing setting, after all! so we lived a blender-free existence for the fall and winter months and then recently I started really wanting to make smoothies again (it's these 50 and 60 degree days we have sometimes now, I'm sure) and debated what to get. well, in the end I bit the bullet and ordered a vitamix. I got it online when they were having a sale (and free shipping) on the factory-reconditioned ones. so I feel like I got a pretty good deal, considering.
yesterday we christened it with our first smoothie. just a quick bananas, berries, oj and yogurt concoction. I can see lots of smoothies in our future. what I need now is some inspiration for other kinds of things so that I can feel like I didn't spend two weeks' grocery money on a smoothie-maker. I got the little booklet with it showing me all about things like hummus and pesto and even soup..... but.... do you have one of these? what do you make with yours?
also- yesterday I came home to find a box on my front steps. I got my swap box! I knew, of course, who was sending a package my way, but I promise I didn't peek at her post about it. What a lovely and rather generous mix of goodies inside:
Amanda (from The Life and Times of Julian and Amanda) sent me a sweet card, fire starters, an herb bundle, a mix of bee-approved wildflower seeds for our bee yard, loose tea, an herbal foot soak, some of her favorite recipes, a homemade flock-block for the chickens, two cactus starts and two bars of soap! I'll admit, I've been seeing all these homemade bars of soap being swapped around the country (and beyond) and was kinda sorta maybe wishing I'd gotten my hands on some of them. And it turns out, I did. If you have not received your box yet, hang tight- I've had a few folks email me recently to let me know their packages have just gone out. And in the (hopefully very unlikely) event that another week or so passes and you've still not received it? well then, please let me know!
if you haven't posted pictures yet of your swap boxes to'ing and fro'ing, please consider doing so if you are so inclined~ it's been so much fun to see what everyone has come up with!
and don't forget to send those vitamix suggestions my way! ;)