Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Orange and Raspberry Smoothie - Cheers!

I don't care that we are just over one week from winter (one week!!!), the weather has been so gloriously warm that I couldn't resist something fruity and cool with lunch today.

I give you...

The orange and raspberry smoothie!

Pretty sure this isn't an original idea, but it was so basic to make and so incredibly delicious that I thought I'd share it anyway.

2 oranges - cut in wedges and peeled
Approximately 1/2 a cup of frozen raspberries

Put ingredients in food processor (I used the jug that came with my Bamix) and process till it's basically smooth.

Pour into a pretty glass and enjoy!

I will say that this makes enough for a large glass - or 1 1/2 smaller glasses. And I did have to fight the boys off to get ANY. Little Clam would have drunk all of it if I let him (he got the half glass), and Baby Starfish (who's not really a baby anymore) tried to scarf all of my glass full.

So go on, get off your computer and go make one! You can come back and thank me later! ;)

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Little Splash of Sunshine on a Cool and Windy Day

For the past little while I've been quietly working with a ball of yellow yarn. Secretly squirreling away a moment here and a moment there to add another row to each of these little curvey sphere-like shapes.

One by one they join the other's on the plate - a happy little spot of bright warmth in the steadily cooling weather. Just looking at them over this past weekend has been a moment of visual snuggly-ness. Saturday was a chilly 16 degrees C (OK, so for those of you who live in snowy areas, I don't like the cold. And houses in Sydney are not built for the cold. I did grow up in an area where there would be frost on the ground every day in winter {parts of autumn and spring too}, but it's just not my cup of tea. Ohhhhh. Just thinking of tea has me wanting to reach for a cup of T2's Turkish Apple tea - or my fave Symington's Dandilion Tea.
Right. That's it. I'm off for a cup of the latter!

Enjoy your day - and may your cup be full of something good!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Where the Rubber Meets the Road - or in this case - Where the Shoe meets the Track

Years ago I met this guy while on an expedition (3 day hike) who I thought at the time was part crazy, part talented, and definitely liked to "aim for the sky". Turns out I was probably right on all accounts. Darren has recently started training for what I would term a Marathon hike - the Bibbulmun Track. The record for the shortest time that it has been done (unsupported) in was 17 days, 15 hours, and 10 minutes (for those who are counting!). How many Kilometers, I hear you ask? 1000!!! (Refer to the 3 previous criteria that I thought he fitted in to).

The thing is, he is motivated to do it in part by the fact that he is aiming to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) because his wife and other special people in his family have Type 1 Diabetes. Talk about ways of saying "I love you" to the person who matters most in your life! He's new to the blog scene too, so if you have a minute, pop over and give him some encouragement!

Hope your weekend has been brilliant!

P. S. I'll be back tomorrow with a little splash of colour...