Friday, April 29, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

If you love Chocolate and Peanut Butter you will LOVE this smoothie. The best thing about it, it is SUGAR FREE!!


  • 2 cups almond milk or other non-dairy milk

  • 2 large ripe bananas -peeled, broken into pieces and frozen

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened and unsalted peanut butter or almond butter

  • ¼ teaspoon instant espresso coffee(optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients; blend on high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.

When I make this, I make it without espresso, but I can only imagine it is very good with it.

recipe adapted from Silvana's Kitchen

EDITED recipe

I have experimented with this recipe and came up with a very quick yummy version.

  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk or rice milk(rice milk is sugar free)or cows milk

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

  • 1 frozen banana (or unfrozen)

blend it all up for a very simple yummy smoothie. The frozen banana will give this a milkshake consistency, but if you don't have any then just use a ripe banana for the flavour. You could also try adding some ice for that smoothie consistency.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Fit

Here today, gone tomorrow. Just like that our little black car(the Honda Fit) is completely smashed due to some crazy kids running a flashing red light.
First and foremost, my Husband is 100% ok, amazingly not a scratch to be found, maybe a stiff neck and back that could use some physio. He walked away a little shaken, he ended up T-boning a full size van(Toyota Sienna) with a bunch of teenagers driving after curfew, no full license behind their names and passengers that were illegally present in the van.

What have I taken from this experience? Many things.
The Honda Fit is amazing at safety! My husband went from 60k to 0k in 0 seconds flat with a head-on collision and lived to tell about it.
I learned my husband has a lot of strength to move forward from situations that I otherwise would probably be traumatised about for weeks if not months. I already knew I loved my husband more than anything, but when I saw our little car and what was left of it I got very choked up and realised how lucky we really are that nothing serious has come from this.
On a down side, I am saddened that some young kids think they are invisible to risk their lives and others for an evening out. I am also upset that our brand new car(only 1 year old to the day!) is gone and we have to fight with our insurance company to get out of this in some way benefiting us. I find it funny how the accident is not even our fault yet we might have to fight for our rights.

Live each day like it is your last. Hug your spouse, snuggle your children and eat some good food!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

No to Facebook?

I did it, I left Facebook and all the time wasting energy behind.

With some recent events happening in my life I had this overhwleming feeling that Facebook was really nothing but a times waster and I was letting it enable me to do just that.

I actually feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel so free now. I might not know when Janet ate her last cookie, or when Sally goes on her next vacation, but I do know that everyone I care deeply about will stay in contact with me through e-mail, phone and coffee chats(which are the best!).

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gingerbread cookies

My little peanut and I made some yummy gluten free/dairy free ginger cookies today.

I have been having so much luck with Slivana Nardone's cook book(Cooking for Isaiah) that I look forward to the next recipe I might try. I like to keep some sweet treats in the freezer for those short notice play dates, or tea with my girlfriends.

These ginger cookies are very good and they have very little sugar, which is a plus. The only negative thing I can say about Cooking for Isaiah is the amount of sugar in the recipes. I have successfully cut the amount of sugar in half when the sugar content seemed to be very high, with great results I am happy to report. But this recipe only has 1/2 a cup of light packed brown sugar and it seems to be the right amount.