While my first thought was how great this is for someone single, the four sippy cups that come with it made me think it might be good for a small family as well. Everyone could have their own drink, in their own cup, in just a few minutes - without having to clean a big blender.
The instruction booklet has a decent selection of recipes, from smoothies to pesto, salsa to salad dressings, just to get the imagination station on line. No margaritas, but I think I can figure that one out myself. It's small, it's efficient, it works and I'm happy. Thanks, P & C!!
Pesto - from the Elite Personal Blender booklet
(I'd change some things on this to make it 'mine', but this is how I make it anyway, so it might as well be official)
4 1/2 cups packed basil leaves, stems removed
1 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted (hey, if you are going to this time and trouble, you might as well toast 'em!)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tbsp freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (just Parm will do if you can't have both)
Blend all ingredients except the cheese until smooth. Fold in cheese afterward.
And that's it! Super easy, super delicious. And it made me think about making hummus in it...
This pesto recipe adds mint and blends the cheese right in. Plus, there are some real pretty photos. I found it looking for different ways to use pesto and I really like the recipe for that as well.
|Photo and recipe credit: Whole Food Diary|
The other gift I got was a total surprise, even though I knew it was on its way. An old friend from way back days has a really nice garden in Florida. We've lightly thrown garden thoughts back and forth, and he said he was going to send me some seeds. Yippie! Usually when I send seeds or someone sends me seeds, it's a few packets or maybe an envelope with some saved seeds and that is what I was expecting. I was NOT expecting the whole aisle of organic seeds of every description!
|Shock-o-rama Surprise Package of Work and Fun|
p.s. All you people talking about a community garden? I've got seeds!
Because it is free range Friday and because I am on a personal mission to change the dress habits of men in America, I have to add this photo. Because I'm telling you, again, cargo shorts, worn below knee length, do nothing for you, men and boys, I'm telling you, nothing! If you are short, you look shorter, if your legs are thin, they look thinner. If your legs aren't thin...trust me, this doesnt work for you either. If you are really tall and have awesome legs, still no. So just stop it. It's embarrassing.
|Really, I was talking to Al the taxi man, but when this guy walked out, I got sidetracked. It's my mission and I must obey. Shorts don't have to be short short to look good. This is the perfect length for most guys.|
Have a festive feasting of a Friday. Do something fundamental.