Best Recipe: Doctor’s Orders Protein Smoothie

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Cook’s notes: A doctor I saw recently recommended having a high-protein breakfast within one hour of waking up. His recommendation was to make a breakfast bowl with 1 cup of fat-free Greek yogurt that has at least 23 g protein, 1 Tablespoon olive oil or avocado pieces (for beneficial fats), 1 cup of berries or other fruit (apple pieces or grapes), half a banana, and a sprinkle of nuts.

I turned his yogurt bowl into this delicious smoothie, which has an estimated 8 g of fiber and 27 g protein. I added the spinach for fiber and cinnamon powder, which is supposed to help with blood sugar. It does not need any added sugar, and the color is a beautiful shade of lavender. The almond milk helps it blend smoothly.

This appealing smoothie is a designated Best Recipe on my blog. I would truly be happy having this every day and just changing out the fruit for variety.

See Smoothie Basics for details on ingredients / methods.


Juice of One Lemon

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Posting this here because I often need to know it:

• 1 lemon yields 3 tablespoons juice (1.5 oz; 45 ml)
• 1 lime yields 2 tablespoons juice (1 oz; 30 ml)

Source: thekitchn

FO 2014 Q1: 2 hats

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Two hats made this quarter.

420 Zac Hat
421 Slouchy Beanie

420_Zac_19 420_Zac_Brim 421_Slouchy

2013 Yarn Projects in Review: 41 FO

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41 projects completed in 2013

  • Only 1 project was “frogged” (rip it, rip it)
  • 39 crochet items, 1 knitted hat
  • In 2013, I made 26 hats, 11 utility cloths, 2 shawls, 1 pair slippers, and 1 pair wristwarmers

419 total projects completed since I started keeping track (Dec 2003). So far, that’s an average of 38 projects per year (26 in one year is the least; 67 in one year is the most). I quit my part-time job at the yarn shop this year and no longer do repair jobs or class projects.

Top 5 categories of projects overall:

Hat 203
Utility Cloths 74
Scarf 32
Socks / Slippers 26
Shawl 17


In 2010, projects were about evenly split between knitting and crocheting. In 2012, knitting really tapered off, and I almost exclusively crochet now. Overall, projects are now 39% knitted and 61% crocheted.

FO 2013 Q4

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My first ever “frogged” project (rip it, rip it): the hat just didn’t work with the selected yarn. Two more hats for charity completed.

417 Timba Hat — FROGGED
418 Autumn Slouch
419 Alex Beanie with Surface Braid

FO 2013 Q3: A quiet summer

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Only three projects:

414 Circle Washcloth
415 Basic Blue Beanie (given away; no photo)
416 Bunny Tail Hat

FO 2013 Q2

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Trying out new techniques: crochet ribbing, triangles from the center out, squares from the center out, and mitts.

406 Red and Black Slouch Hat
407 Soft Washcloth (Sage and Cream)
408 Seed Stitch Square Washcloth
409 Scott Pilgrim Slouch Hat
410 Confetti Shawl (given to a friend)
411 Challenge Mitts (donated to a silent auction)
412 Primrose Dishcloth
413 Triangle Washcloth

FO 2013 Q1

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In this quarter, there are chemo hats for a friend, as well as baby hats for newborns. The kitty hats are for 5-year-old twin girls. The felted slippers are for my brother.

394 Cotton Beanie
395 Baby Beanie
396 TechnoLace Hat
397 Reversible Rib Hat
398 Baby Bear Hat
399 Felted Slippers – Gray and Green
400 Kitty Cap – Purple
401 Kitty Cap – Red
402 Slouchy Hat – Sunset
403 One Ball Simple Kerchief
404 Janelle Star Washcloth
405 Little Star Washcloth

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