I am a Vitamix Affiliate!!

This is very exciting for me!! I am a FIRM believer in spreading the word about products so when I received the opportunity to be a Vitamix Affiliate I was beyond ecstatic! I received my Vitamix as a birthday gift....and let me tell you it was a long time coming! I have been hinting bugging the husband for one for the past 5 years or so. As a group effort an investment towards my future addiction was made, and I couldn't be happier!

During the first few in store demos that we watched I was impressed, but admittedly not THAT impressed. Until....the demonstrator made Tortilla Soup. Impressed level...8/9 out of 10, then he turned right around and made sorbet...in seconds. Impression level...12 out of 10! I was immediately hooked from that moment on. Yes the Vitamix can whip up smoothies in seconds, sorbet in less than a minute, and HOT soup start to finish in about 10 minutes. Yes, I said HOT! Everything that I make seems to impress me in a different way, and I have been using the Vitamix multiple times a day.

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Nothin Like Apple Pie {Smoothies}

Ummm YUM!!!

I will take have to remember to take pictures of all the yummy stuff I'm making in my Vita-Mix...but I don't remember until my glass is half empty!!

Tonight was the Apple Pie Smoothie found on Vita-Mix Recipes. I was wanting something sweet, different, and used apples that I have in the fridge.

Apple Pie Smoothie
frozen banana 1
peeled apple 1/2
apple juice 8 oz.
cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon
nutmeg pinch

Blend. Great substitute for applesauce! Control the consistency by adding more or less chopped apple.

My banana wasn't frozen and I didn't have nutmeg, I added a couple ice cubes and blended away!! It was delicious, like a liquid cinnamon-y applesauce!


Everyday I'm Vitamix-in'!!!

I fell in love with Vitamix 5 years ago and have been dropping not so subtle hints to the hub & my mom since then!! The hub knows the wonderfulness of Vitamix (he's in love with the Chicken Tortilla Soup & the green smoothie from the demo) and my mom loves all things kitchen and cooking gadgets but hasn't been graced by the presence of Vitamix..YET!

For my birthday the hub & my parents & a little from myself went in together & I FINALLY got one :) YAY!! Yes I know, I know...I'm spoiled. But in my defense...it's SOOOOO worth it and I've only had it 2 days!

I have made 2 concoctions so far and love both!!

Yesterday for breakfast I (sorta) made the Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie from the Vitamix site.

Peanut Butter - Banana Smoothie

ripe bananas, peeled, frozen 2
milk 16 oz
creamy peanut butter 2 oz
sugar 2 tablespoons
imitation banana extract 1 teaspoon

Yield: 2

Place all ingredients in a Vita-Mix® blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately.

My bananas weren't frozen, and I didn't add the sugar or extract but it was AMAZING!! I poured it into a blender bottle and took it to work with me. I drank both servings and was full until dinner time!

The taste was great! Like a banana covered in peanut butter, and the consistency was about like a melted milkshake..not milky but not thick either.

I decided to make it when I brought the boy home from school and he chugged it right down & said it was tasty!

Tonight I came up with another concoction. I'm sure its been made before but it was also a hit!!

2 bananas
1 naval orange
4 pineapple slices (all I had was canned)
1/2 of the pineapple juice from the can of pineapple slices
apple juice

Blended until smooth & its oh so goood!!! Very tropical and refreshing!

I cannot wait to make more stuff and pass my addiction on to other unsuspecting Vitamix lovers!

Do you have a Vitamix? If so what's your favorite concoction?


Crayon Wreath {Teacher Gift}

For Christmas I wanted to make my sons teacher something to show appreciation for all she has done so far! He's in Kindergarten and before Christmas break knew how to write all letters in cursive, could count to 100, reading 2-5 letter blends & words and already starting addition..I'm impressed to say the least! I have seen a few crayon wreaths online and really liked them..but wanted something different!

Off to Michael's we go!

Here's what we used -
Unfinished wood frame (has a 5x7 opening) - $5.00
Crayons (2 boxes) @ $1.00 each - $2.00 total
Small unfinished wood rectangle "sign" - $0.50
Painted School themed wood cutouts @ $0.25 each - $1.25
Black Matte Finish Paint (on hand) - FREE
White Matte Finish Paint (on hand) - FREE
Glue sticks & Glue Gun (on hand) - FREE
Ribbon (on hand) - FREE
Project Total - $8.75

Ok let's get started! You obviously can put the crayons on however you wanted but this is how I did it! Put all like colors together. I had the boy help me sort them out. Browns, Blacks (which included grays, silver, etc), & White went off to the side as the "extra" colors. I was going to try complete OCD and do all like colors and sort them lightest to darkest but decided to skip that with the help of a 5 year old!

I had the boy hand me whichever crayons he wanted in each group (and tried to not have the same color together). We worked in rainbow order and started with the reds and worked our way around. I found that trying to put glue on the frame first and sticking the crayon on next worked best. Gluing onto the crayon then to the frame made the crayon fall right off! I used a straight edge to line the crayons to the opening of the frame and started at the complete outside edge. I made sure the crayons were even with the floor on the sides of the frame. I worked around the frame clockwise and just repeated until I got back to the starting point.

For some reason the crayons didn't fit on the left side of the frame evenly like they did on the left side! I put one black crayon and two white (the two end crayons), rubbed the second black crayon on the glue gun a bit to melt it some and glued it and wedged into place between the first black and first white crayon. It sticks out some but not a biggie!

Next I put the ribbon on the back. Just made it even on both sides and used the cutout to make the length even. Lots and Lots of hot glue! The "wreath" wasn't heavy just wanted to be safe!

Painted the glass from the frame with a White letter M for his teachers name, let dry and painted over it in the matte black to look like a chalkboard.

The black "Welcome" sign I also painted like a chalkboard. Black with white letters and glued the school themed cutouts around the "chalkboard" and glued on to the wreath!

My biggest worry was breaking it before it got to the school! I was happy to see that after Christmas break it was hanging up in the classroom!

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