Wednesday, February 26, 2014

signs that my life is in compete chaos

i haven't blogged in over a month

i STILL haven't looked through pictures from the girlies' birthday party

things are getting crossed off my to do list because they're no longer relevant,
not because they're actually getting done

valentines day included dinner out for my best friend's birthday 
followed by attending the home / water birth of my first niece
...all in the span of 3 hours (dinner, labor, delivery and all)!

my on-again, off-again relationship with my espresso machine is very much back ON
she's temperamental and practically vintage,
but she makes a mean americano when she works
plus i got her for $2 at an estate sale...don't judge!
i've done four photography sessions in just about four weeks:
one maternity, one Tiny Footprints,  one (my first!) birth and one newborn
plus i've got another session penciled in pretty soon
(so much for choosing to be very part time during this season of my life...!)
it's all good though - this was just a random busy stint, 
plus i'm thankful to be busy doing something that fires me up!  :)

i can't remember the last time i went to bed before midnight

we almost put in an offer on a house
...aaaand didn't, since we still had a few more numbers to crunch
i was in tears, but knew it was the wise thing to do
and now that we have taken a look at all the numbers, 
i'm super grateful to the Lord for giving me a wise (and number-savvy!) husband
so we're back to the drawing board for now
where the Lord continues to whisper to my fretful heart:  trust in me, I've got a plan

i keep forgetting to eat breakfast,
and when i do finally get around to it, 
i'm finding i prefer to drink it, because it's that much quicker to "eat"

lucky for you, i actually remember what i threw into my most recent shake, 
and I carved out time to share can thank me later!  ;)

a couple notes before i share the recipe:
- it has a really strong almond flavor, so if that's not your thing, you might want to pass on this one
- you don't really taste the banana in the shake, which is a BIG plus in my books since i don't like drinking bananas.  weird, i know.  when i order a smoothie on the go, i always ask for the banana on the side, for about getting funny looks!
- the ingredient list looks long, but gathering them is the hardest part so don't let that keep you from trying it!

1/2 - 3/4 cup chilled coffee or espresso shots
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp pure almond extract
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsps hemp seeds
1 [heaping] tbsp cocoa powder
1 frozen banana
1-2 tbsp almond butter

dump everything into a blender and blend until smooth
presto, change-o
your mid-morning / afternoon pick me up is ready!

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