January 31, 2013

Green Smoothies and a Sneak Peak

Around the second week of January I became really motivated to finally do something about our gross basement. If you are new to the blog, I've been complaining about this basement practically forever. 

I first shared a few pictures of the problem areas (basement laundry and bonus room) back in April 2012 in a post titled the UFO that lives in my basement. I then mentioned the "pit of despair" again when I added the laundry room update to my 30 by Thirty list.

Although it looks bad, all it really needed was a fresh coat of paint and a little organization. But the project stalled out when a trip to the hardware store for an additional gallon of paint turned out not to be an exact color match (a fact we didn't realize until after we finished cutting in the edges). I was so frustrated, I sort of gave up on it for a while.

Until I noticed a thick layer of visible dust accumulating on my painters tape.

That lit a fire under my hiney and I suddenly found the determination to tackle the project again. And I am getting oh so close! Just a few more touches and I'll finally be ready to share my budget laundry room makeover. Here's a sneak peak at what we've been up to.

And because I felt the need to share something useful in this post. Here is a great recipe I found for a green smoothie. You seriously can not taste the spinach! Even my vegetable resistant toddler will drink this delicious smoothie. Trust me. It's good.

Green Smoothie Recipe (two small servings)
1 cup tightly packed fresh spinach
1 banana, peeled
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 cup water

Blend together. Serve immediately.

I wish I could remember where I found this recipe. I came across it while clicking through some new blogs a while back. I jotted the recipe on the back of an old envelope laying around but forgot to note the source. I think I even left a comment saying I was going to try the recipe. If this was you, please tell me so I can give you credit!
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  1. I love the combo of pineapple and banana.. And if you *SWEAR* it doesn't taste like spinach I may just be willing to try it! :)

    1. It is good! Start with just a loose handful of spinach then you can tentatively work up to the "tightly packed cup" that the recipe calls for :)

  2. Look at you. You have been motivated. I can't wait to see a bigger glimpse of your painting progress. That smoothie looks delicious!