Y’all – I cook now.
OK, I’ll rephrase. Y’all – I make things in the kitchen now!
Since moving up to Alaska, we have noticed a major thing: everything is expensive up here! No lie, Anchorage’s cost of living is on par with Los Angeles.
That being said – we can’t afford to eat out or do take-away like we did in South Carolina. (Let’s be honest – how many of you ate something I actually cooked at my house? Yep, very few hands going up.)
So this financial decision, pared with the fact that this house came with a gourmet kitchen, means that the Stewart’s are learning to prepare their own meals!
For breakfast this morning, I decided to make a smoothie. Prep time: 2 minutes. Blender time: 4 minutes. Enjoyment time: all morning.
My ingredients were:
- 2 Tablespoons Carnation Instant Breakfast
- 2/3 Cup of Skim Milk
- 1 Cup of frozen fruit: my mix (OK, Costco’s mix) includes pineapples, strawberries, papaya, and mango!
- 1/2 cup of ice (I used cubed – next time I’ll use crushed)
Next, I put it all in the blender.
Then I hit the smoothie button on my blender. Really quite simple, actually. I had to run it for a few minutes for it to break up the fruit and ice, but it actually turned out great!
My ingredients made enough for a 16oz glass, so I guess it serves 1. (or 2 small glasses, which just seems sad).
The great thing about using a blender is clean up is really easy! All I do is rinse out as much as I can, then fill my blender about halfway with warm water. Add a bit of dish detergent, fire the blender up, and it cleans the inside and the tines for you. Then, just dump out, rinse with water, and voila! I wiped mine out with a clean paper towel and stored it with the lid off to allow anymore air drying.
As I sip my smoothie writing this and watching the neighborhood children ride their bicycles in the street, I can only imagine what things I will prepare in the kitchen next. Hmmm…..