Musical pairing – Beautiful Morning by Take That
I visited my stylist last week and during one of our conversations I asked, ‘So did you make any New Year’s Reservations this year?’ She laughed and said, ‘No, I’m a realist, why set myself up for something I know I’m not gonna do!’ I know exactly how she feels . . .
For more years than I can even remember, I’d start the year off with a clean slate, a brand new page, a new chapter . . . this year was going to be my year . . . the year I’d finally get my act together and not make a mistake, to have my priorities straight, to be able to cross everything off my ‘accomplish-by-the-end-of-the-year’ list, to be ‘successful’ . . . yep, saving a ton of money, losing a ton of weight, climbing Killimanjaro . . . (uhm no, that would definitely not be on the list) . . . and finding a better job were all mixed in with various and sundry items . . . and usually by January 5th that list was either torn up and tossed or tucked away in some book or journal never to be seen again.
But about 3 years ago I changed my perspective and swapped the word ‘resolution’ with the word ‘goal’ . . . and suddenly I felt lighter and somewhat excited to think about a new year. Having a ‘goal’ seemed much more positive than having a list of ‘musts,’ ‘don’t dos,’ or ‘would-uh, could-uh, should-uhs’. . .
A few of my goals for 2012 are health related, a few are professional related and a few are food related, (surprise, surprise!) . . . this year, I will finally master filled layer cakes, dadgumit . . . so stay tuned for more cake antics! I am also going to try my hand at making fresh pasta, puff pastry dough, paella and French Macarons for starters . . .
We’ll also be experimenting with new juice and smoothie flavors as they are a staple in our house and have been for several years; last week The Professor played around with beets and created this smoothie which is fast becoming my favorite! And because we use coconut milk, this little gem has great flavor and is vegan!
What are your goals for 2012?
(no, your eyes don’t deceive you . . . the smoothie really is this gorgeous color!)
Serves 2 (makes approximately 3 cups of smoothie)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 3 pitted dates
- 1 slice of fresh ginger (about the size and thickness of a quarter)
- 1 whole medium lemon, peeled
- 1/2 cup of roasted beet
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- A pinch of salt
- Place all ingredients in a blender
- Start blender on low speed and then increase to the highest speed
- Blend for at least 1 minute or until desired consistency
- Serve immediately . . . Cheers!