Weekend Cooking…Er…Weekday Blending

While playing on Pinterest one day, I came across this smoothie recipe. Since iron is one of the things I’ve been struggling to add into my diet and since spinach has plenty of iron, I figured I’d give it a shot. Turns out it is DELICIOUS. Seriously. Don’t be put off by the green. You can’t taste the spinach – it’s just a yummy peanut butter and banana smoothie. And it’s super easy to make. Even I, the one who sleeps until the last possible second in the morning, have time to make it. And I make it almost every day now. Here is the simple step-by-step.

The original recipe calls for a frozen banana.
I use a fresh banana and throw in a handful of ice cubes.

I use vanilla soymilk. I am sure you can use regular milk.

Clearly I am being scientific here.

I have given you your new favorite breakfast. You’re welcome.

Go check out the other Weekend Cooking posts over at Beth Fish Reads.

My Adventures in Pizza Making [Weekend Cooking]

So here is my inaugural Weekend Cooking (hosted by Beth Fish Reads) post. Like I said, I’m broadening the scope of this blog once again. As part of this, I hope to join in with some cooking/baking posts now and then.

In an effort to eat healthier, Ben and I are trying to make more things from scratch. And because the baby doesn’t seem to like takeout pizza anyway, pizza was one of the first things we thought to try in this new made-from-scratch life of ours.

First Attempt. A Learning Experience.

I used my best-friend-from-law-school’s recipe. She makes excellent pizza and I helped her once a few years ago. So I thought I’d start there. But I think I needed a bit more direction than her recipe card and supplemental text messages could give me. I had a hard time kneading it. And I kept adding flour but it stayed sticky. When cooked, parts of the pizza were fine but others were very doughy. More flour was probably the solution (despite my thought at the time that I’d added a truckload already).

Second Attempt. Enter the Stand Mixer.

I switched recipes this time. I used the one out of the cookbook that came with my shiny knew stand mixer. Which, by the way, is my new favorite thing in the world.

Isn’t it pretty?

No more kneading for me. Now that I understood where I went wrong last time, I made sure to add enough flour. And it was completely edible! We ate practically the whole pizza in one sitting.

So my next step is to give the pizza dough some more flavor. Suggestions?