“Did you hear it?”
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I could hear his smile across the pillow from mine
“Listen closer ”
And there it was, the first birds of the season, singing. I can't think of a better way to have started this week, of unseasonably beautiful weather in Iowa. Truly they've been days to savor
It felt good to open the windows for the kitties to sit in, dust off my bike, wipe down the bistro table on the back deck, and prep the grill. Shaking out the rugs, along with a bit of spring cleaning
Not to mention, it was warm enough to walk outside. There aren't many things in life that make me happier than long afternoon walks through campus. It's fun to get to see everybody in shorts and springtime dresses after the winter thaw.
This weekend we'll stay close to home, and do more of the same. A few trips to the park with the puppies. A game or two of pool, and a glass of wine along with something tasty on the grill.
To kick off the weekend, a few links from around the web
A new Vegetarian Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen. NPR featured it in a great podcast this week
Speaking of spring cleaning, have you heard of The Tidying Trend? I just might do it! The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Have a snack before going shopping for anything. Being hungry makes us buy more stuff, even if it's not food
How to fix stale bread
With our next Spaghetti Saturday only a week away – Italian Chefs rate grocery-store pasta (hint: go to Trader Joe's)
What a cool bike path – inspired by Van Gogh
How the New York Times Works
Things you should know before getting into a relationship with someone who loves food
A smoothie recipe to share today
I've been making a variation of this smoothie for the past few months, although alter it from time to time. I like to use raw cacao instead of cocoa powder or syrup, and sometimes add things like almond butter or flax-seed.
I really like adding avocado, and the healthy fat and vitamin E it brings. Its taste isn't detectable and makes the smoothie incredibly smooth, thick, and creamy
~ Adapted from Against All Grain
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
- 2 bananas, frozen
- 2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
- ½ large avocado
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted (or 1 Tbsp honey)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
- small pinch fine-grain sea salt
- a few ice cubes
- Blend for 30 seconds until smooth.
Tasted so good. Creamy and smooth! 🙂
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Love it! I do my avocado smoothie with just milk, avo and a spoon of honey for the morning. And my chocolate smoothie is basically all your ingredients except avo 🙂 Combining is a great idea! Will try it today 🙂 Yum!
Love xxx J
That sounds so great smoothie recipe! I have to try it out!
I would have never thought to put those ingredients together!
Yum! Chocolate and avocado are 2 of my favorite things! I have to do this at home!
So good. I make an avocado smoothie almost every day. I love them with bananas, strawberries, and of course chocolate!
I’ve never thought about putting avocado in my smoothie. Can’t wait to try this!
This smoothie sounds yummy! I never would have thought to add avocado!
I’ll have to try this. I had my first avocado smoothie the other day and was quite impressed.
OMG this sounds amazing. I have never tried an avocado and chocolate smoothie x
Chocolate avocado smoothie?! Wow, sounds super interesting. I’ve never had the two together. Gonna try this yummy looking recipe!
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a smoothie with dates….but I love dates so I need to try this! Thanks for sharing
Chocolate smoothies are the best I love that you sneak in some Avocado so good!!!
This looks so yummy! I have a smoothie every morning and I think I will try this one tomorrow.
This smoothie recipes look so DELICIOUS!
I think I’m the only person in the world who isn’t a huge avocado fan *hides* but in a chocolate smoothie I might just be able to handle it x
I love trying new smoothie recipes, and this one sounds like a winner! You had me at “smooth, creamy, and delicious”.
I’m so looking forward to making this.
Not big into avocados, might have to give it a try as it does sound yummy
I love smoothies! And this one sure looks delicious – I’m very curious about avocado & chocolate combination 🙂
I need to jump up and try this today! I mean….avocado AND chocolate?! YUM!
Pinning this for sure! Sounds delicious.
Yum! Love chocolate and avocado. Definitely going to try this!
this really sounds like the perfect morning smoothie! love those flavors so much!
I just bought avocados today so I’m definitely going to try a variation of this! It looks super delicious!!
It sounds like a very yummy smoothie, full of protein as well. My question is, how thick is it? I tried to add avocado in my smoothies but I found that they become very thick and oily. Maybe I’m doing something wrong.
What a great idea for a smoothie! I can’t wait to try!!!
This Chocolate Avocado Smoothie looks incredibly delicious! Can’t wait to try it!
I sure love springtime! I gave the lifechanging magic of tidying up a try. I probably need to do a refresh every year!
I can relate to staying home for a bit. it sounds like you have had alot of things going on. I always seem to get refreshed once I take a walk and listen to nature. Looking forward to trying out this recipe as well.
Wow and wow! A very refreshing smoothie. And yet we are talking about chocolate and avocado. Two of my favorites, and I’m excited to give this one a try. x
This sounds bomb! I make chocolate avocado pudding for my kids quite often, so I know this one will be a huge hit. I really like thick and creamy smoothies – this one sounds perfect for me!
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