Before I get to the very simple recipe for cherry vanilla smoothies, I thought I'd show our cats' seating area just across from the stove. Bun in particular likes to observe and oversee our kitchen activities and request samples. She and Q were looking especially precious this morning.
As is Pache, my li'l computah snugglah.
OK, so these smoothies are so easy to make and, like yesterday's peach smoothies, are also from Ellie Krieger's new book. Here's all you do. Put two cups (one small bag) of unsweetened frozen cherries in a blender. Add one cup of skim or Very Vanilla Silk soy milk and one cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt. Squeeze in a tablespoon or two of honey. Add a tiny splash of vanilla if you are not using vanilla soy milk. Blend until smooth. Sensational!
And last weekend I stumbled upon a life-changing hair solution. My parents were visiting and helping Jeff and me haul my paintings around at the Boneyard Arts Festival. Mom cut my hair on Saturday morning, which was the only time we could fit it in. This was a kind of major cut for me--losing around 3 inches all over makes a huge difference with my hair. Thank you, Mom! Since we had a lot of running around to do the rest of the day, I put some product into my wet hair, cinched it up in a high ponytail, and forgot about it. I took it down hours later and it fell into a kind of retro-looking style with zero assistance from me. The ponytail straightened part of my hair, but the ends were curly. I have since been able to wear my hair like this (in more of a side part) to work, and I have received more compliments on it this week than I have in...a decade? My entire life? A student said I looked like Marilyn Monroe, and a colleague announced, "Kelly, your hair looks awesome!" at the end of a meeting. Amazing. And so I, at age 41 and after decades of fighting it, may have finally figured out this crazy hair of mine.