Every day when I get to work at my medical technology company, I sleepily turn my laptop on and wait for all my programs to load. One of my first steps in the morning is to plug in my earphones and find the perfect music to accompany through my day. For me, music is very seasonal and when the cold chill blows in, I want to hear Gordon Lightfoot muse about some mystical and ethereal place I am far too young to have ever seen, but the perfect age to understand. He calms my soul and helps me brace the onslaught of leaf-scattered wind and rain that defines a Kansas City autumn.
On this particular Tuesday, I was wondering whether ole Gordon was still alive. A quick google search assured me that he was, and beyond that-he still toured! I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that he would be performing that very night three hours away in Springfield, Missouri! I didn’t know if that opportunity would come my way again, so I decided that I had to go. I anxiously waited for my manager to return from a meeting so I could ask him about leaving an hour early. My mother being the gem she is, had already agreed to accompany me on my adventurous whim.
Long story, short—everything worked out & as I settled into my seat in the cozy Gillioz theatre I could not contain my excitement. Gordon Lightfoot is so much more than background music as I type on my laptop. He is rich company when I find myself alone in foreign countries, he is fulfillment when the longing of winter grabs my soul, & he is an anchor in the wrenching changes of time. When he walked out on the stage I saw a legend. Each song was a favorite because each song of his is unique, yet signature- nostalgic, yet timeless- beautiful, yet raw.
The concert made for an amazing evening with my mother. 3 hours of driving there listening to the music that pricks our souls, enjoying Gordon, eating a 10:30pm dinner at an Irish Pub and 3 hours back. It’s intriguing how someone you have never met can impact your life so much. It’s the signature of an individual and the legacy of a creative spirit.
Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy! Another smoothie night my friends. I love when healthy is delicious!!
Ahhhh. The beauty of food. Check out the recipe for this bad boy below!
For two 12 oz. servings:
-1 cup frozen strawberries
-1 cup canned or frozen peaches
-1/2 cup ice
-1/2 cup milk (any kind, including almond milk)
-2 Tbsp. sugar, sugar substitute or honey
Put all ingredients into blender. Blend until thoroughly mixed & smooth.
Now make it pretty…….
XoXoXo - V
Well, hello there & welcome to .lipstick pie. We are so pleased to have you here with us today! Feel free to explore our versions of everything wonderful from lipstick to pie…lipstick to pie, get it? Anyway, happy wandering!
XoXoXo - J&V
P.S. That is short for Jessica & Victoria.
P.P.S. That is us down below lookin’ fine in dat photograph.
Man, oh man, is my sweet tooth acting up! Ever since I woke up this morning, I have been craving the sweet stuff. Usually, when this happens, I open up my freezer & head straight for the Bomb Pops. Oh yes, you heard me correctly. Those delicious little 35 calorie red, white & blue frozen dreams are my FAVORITE! I never go to the store without buying 8 million of them. Ok, maybe only a couple boxes but still, you get the picture.
Any-who, unfortunately for me, my freezer was completely void of Bomb Pops. By now you & I are both thinking, “What is up with my luck today?! First the elliptical, now the Bomb Pops! Geeeze!” Even though it seems like I am in for a bout of bad luck, I am determined not to let it get me down! So, although I did not find my frozen rainbows on sticks in the freezer, I did spy some frozen strawberries waiting for their time to shine.
So what did I do? Well what does anyone do when life hands them frozen berries? Make lemonade of course!!! However, “lemonade” was busy. So, the part of the lemonade was played by “smoothie” (orange strawberry banana smoothie to be exact) & she played the part beautifully!
Ummmm, can you say “yum”?! This smoothie was FANTASTIC! It completely satisfied my sweet tooth too! And the best part about this sweet treat is that it is not only simple to make but it is packed with fruit (& possibly veggies, if you’re feeling wild), making it a healthy choice that will keep your diet on track!
So, here’s what I used to make two 12 oz. servings of my Orange Strawberry-Banana Smoothie:
-1cup frozen strawberries
-1 small banana
- 1/2 cup orange juice
-1/4 cup 2% milk (any milk will work, including almond milk)
-1/4 cup ice cubes
-1 Tbsp. sugar (or sugar substitute)
Put ALL ingredients into blender. Blend on high until thoroughly mixed & smooth.
CAUTION: Using the recipe above may result in optimal smoothie taste, texture, consistency & color.
Needless to say, the day was saved by a couple of smoothies. My sweet tooth is happy, my diet is happy, Yonny’s tummy is happy, so, I am happy too! Until next time!
XoXoXo - V
Hey, hey! I hope that everyone is enjoying their Tuesday as much as I am. It is brisk & beautiful here in Kansas. Fall has definitely arrived & I hope it decides to stay.
This morning my brain decided that it want to sleep in & I woke up late. So, I had to hurry through breakfast in order to make it down to the gym on time (I ALWAYS go to the gym at 10:30 a.m. because no one else ever works out at that time apparently & I get the place to myself). I know, sneaky, sneaky.
So, for breakfast I had the following:
-1 slice Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread (toasted) & topped with 1 Tbsp. of Mara Natha’s All Natural Almond Butter & 1/2 of a small banana
-1 cup fresh strawberries
-8 oz. Irish Breakfast Tea
It was quick, delicious, healthy & just the right about of fuel I needed to get in a good morning workout. I even decided to eat the same thing of lunch!
Anyway, I finally made it down to the gym, on time, & much to my dismay the elliptical machine decided to break sometime between yesterday nigh & this morning! Ugh! What are the odds?! So, even though I would normally do an hour on the elliptical before focusing on my upper arm strength, I walked @ 4mph on the treadmill with a level 4 incline for an hour and a half instead. *sigh* I really missed my elliptical. Yonny said that it was God’s way of telling me that I need to get my butt running more. Ha! Though he probably is right. I HATE HATE HATE running, but I definitely need to do it more often if I am going to hang with the big dogs at boot camp.
Ok, well, I have go on wayyyy to long about nothing. So, peace out homies. Happy Tuesday!!
XoXoXo - V