Something Old, Something New

15 Feb

No, I’m not getting married. If that were the case, this post would be titled…

“I Finally Get To Register For My Crate & Barrel Dream Kitchen!!!”

Just kidding, JWD 🙂

We’ve had several changes in our household this fall. You already know how I feel about change, so of course we hung on to the “old” while we welcomed the “new”.

Remember Kitty from this post?

To Kitty’s dismay, he is not an only child anymore…

Meet Gracie. (Ben Folds, anyone?)

Kitty was NOT happy at first, but she’s grown on him 🙂

We love our little fur children– the old one AND the new one.

Once the cats got all settled in, we decided it was time for  another change.

We both own great bikes, mine a big pink beach cruiser and his a road bike handed down to him from his Grandpa, but neither are well-equipped to handle weekend long rides and commuting around the city. So we decided to invest in something a little more conducive to our current lifestyle.

They are beautiful black Trek single speeds– perfect for city riding. I mentioned in this post that I have been doing weekend group rides. We finished our last ride of the series a couple weeks ago. The rides were about 11-12 miles long, and my new bike was a champ.

We are definitely longing for spring so we can ride our new bikes, but we still adore our old bikes.

I’m usually a little resistant to change, but there was one recent change that I made without looking back. A more appropriate title for this section of the post is “Out With The Old, In With The New”.

The old…

This is the inside of our KitchenAid blender. Please take note of the broken blade that I found in my smoothie. We’ve been through three (three!!!) pitchers in the past year and all of them broke. Blenders get heavy use in our house, at least once or twice a day, and I don’t think the KitchenAid was up for that challenge.

Behold, one of the most coveted health foodie gadgets…


I’ve had my eye on this baby for a long time. It is a high-powered, very durable, very versatile piece of equipment- the perfect tool for our house. Yes, it is an investment, but we’re hoping it will last us a lifetime.

It makes hot soups (no stove necessary), it juices, it makes nut butters, and it makes great smoothies.

Really great smoothies.

Really great recovery smoothies after long bike rides.

Cocoa-Berry Smoothie

  • one frozen banana
  • one cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate almond butter (or any nut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes + more for garnish
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used Sun Warrior vanilla)
  • handful of spinach

How To:

  • Throw all ingredients into the blender and whirrrr until smooth.

  • Pour and enjoy.


Thanks for reading 🙂


3 Responses to “Something Old, Something New”

  1. Katie February 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    I want a VITAMIX!Those things are amazinggg! Plus I’ll take a Cocoa-Berry smoothies too! yum yum.

  2. grandpa February 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    love your posts-sounds like a worthwhile investment for the two of you.

  3. emily February 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    LOVE Ben Folds. 🙂 Congrats on the new addition.

    Hooray for a vita-mix, too! So exciting. Looks like you put it to good use already.

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