Monday, June 9, 2014

Six Things I Love for 2014

My last two posts were a bit intense, so I thought I’d lighten things up a bit with a short list of six things that are new to me this year.  I’m terrible, just terrible, at writing end-of-year pieces, and I still haven’t posted my goals for 2014.  (But at least we’ve made big progress on one of them: move to Austin!)  So rather than waiting until the end of the year to do 2014-themed posts, I’ll write them as the mood strikes.  I hope that’s okay with you!

Perhaps it’s no surprise that many of these items are pure Paul inspiration.  I’ve always loved getting recommendations from friends, and Paul is my friend and my love.  So here we go: six fun and/or useful things.

{ONE}  Wunderlist.  We have started using this website/app to organize our grocery shopping and menu-planning.  In a word?  It’s awesome!  Though I kinda miss writing a list with pen and paper, the ease of editing and shared access to Wunderlist makes kitchen organization quick and painless. 

{TWO}  A rice cooker.  Romantics that we are, Paul and I bought each other this rice cooker for Valentine’s Day.  A rice cooker may seem like an unnecessary appliance, but we use it almost every day.  We really like rice!

{THREE}  Coffee beans from What’s the Buzz.  What’s the Buzz is our local coffee roaster, and wow, they make good stuff!  If I were to put together a “Love from College Station” gift basket, their beans would be in it, no doubt.  Paul’s roommate is devote to What’s the Buzz, and now I get it.  I totally get it.  And of course it’s wonderful to support local business.

{FOUR}  Parks and Recreation.  Yes, I’m way behind the rest of the world.  But this show is great!  So funny, so well-written, so lovable.

{FIVE}  The power of tiny habits.  I’ve been doing really well with my plan to study chemistry for 15 minutes a day, either during or after my morning coffee.  It feels huge to have found a time slot that actually works, one that doesn’t occur at a time of day when I’m tired.

{SIX}  My standard smoothie.  This one wasn’t intentional, but damn if it’s not tasty!  I make this smoothie almost every day for Paul and me, usually for breakfast.  I often put mine in a bowl and top it with Grape-Nuts and a spoonful of peanut butter.  Yum!  And now it’s yours to make, if you’d like.

Smoothie Half-Drunk

Daily Smoothie

This smoothie is thick, creamy, and deliciously blue.  I want to try making a vegan version by subbing out the yogurt for 1/3 cup of coconut milk and a squeeze of lemon.  The fat is important for making this more of a meal, I think.

Serves 2

2 ripe bananas

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 cups soymilk

1/3 cup plain yogurt (I use a full-fat version, usually the Brown Cow brand.)

1)  Put everything in a blender and buzz away.  Share with someone you like!

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Any good things cross your path this year?  Let me know in the comments!

PS  This post was inspired by this one over at SortaCrunchy, on whom I have a blog crush <3

PPS  There is an affiliate link in this post just in case you’d like to buy a rice cooker and throw us a few cents.  No pressure!  

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