a green smoothie I can’t believe my kids like as much as they do

I didn’t plan on sharing this smoothie with you all.  Mostly because as it was loading into the Vita-Mix I was pretty unconvinced that the kiddos would be clamoring for it.

But I’d like to say this about the concoction … it’s a nutritious and highly digestible protein-packed power-house.


They seriously were nearly fighting over my cup.




I think this Victory Smile just says it all …

So … here you go (this makes 2 servings … that we had to share with four):


  • 1 cup kombucha
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1/2 cup whey (a wonderfully useful by-product of making yogurt at home)
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups of raw spinach
  • 1 raspberry flavored Emergen-C


Put everything in the Vita-Mix and blend on high until it’s well-blended and a frothy delicious green juice.

Good luck keeping the kids away from it!

Happy Saturday.

from glamour-to-this

We don’t have a photo-ready kitchen.

Not since our adventures in nourishing food and gardening began.

There are “science experiments” all over the place.

And I’m kind of proud of it.

We developed this very fancy sign because we’ve lost our yogurt on more than one occasion to the oven being turned on while the milk was souring … oops. Oh … and there are beans soaking in that stainless steel saucepan.

Milk “yogurting” (I know it’s not a word) in the oven.


There is quinoa soaking near the Vita-Mix (for a soup I’m making tomorrow).

sourdough start

Two kinds of sourdough start “souring” on the cutting board (one is whole wheat bread flour, the other whole wheat plus all-purpose unbleached unrefined).


There’s bread dough rising on the counter.

Compost ready to be taken outside … but it’s 14 degrees outside and I’m reluctant to walk 50 feet through the snow from the backdoor to the bin.
And vegetables fermenting on top of the refrigerator.

Oh … and don’t forget the kombucha … on its second fermentation on the washing machine (which is not technically in the kitchen, but the laundry room is just next door).

And then, of course, there’s kefir in the fridge.  And more yogurt.  And more fermented veggies.  And bone broth.  And farm-fresh eggs.  And home-made jams and jellies (which we get from a local food swap as we don’t have any fruit trees to speak of).

And a maple coconut milk ice cream that I made to help celebrate Abby’s birthday tonight firming up in the freezer.  (Going to share that recipe tomorrow … it’s a favorite here in the Cottage!)

Aren’t we fancy?

Yeah … I thought so 🙂

– Jeanne