Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday Blog!

Wow, time flies. While I technically started this blog two years ago in mid-September, MMM's current manifestation really turned a year old yesterday! I wish I could say that cakes and streamers and general hoop-la was involved, but alas, yesterday I was otherwise engaged.

As you, my lovely reader know, I recently moved out to Washington, DC for a two-month contract, started a new job a week ago (sustainable ag, baby!), and then moved on Saturday! But that's not even my excuse for missing my dear blog's birthday. Yesterday, following the most enjoyable five hours of my week, working the farmers market, I proceeded to spend the rest of the day at IKEA, gazing ever-so-longingly at all the beautiful kitchen apparel, in search of bookcases. We definitely took the scenic route through the store, but when I go back this week to get the rest of the necessary shelfage, it will be purely business (haha).

So is that it? Excuses are going to form the backbone of your blog entry today? Well, kids, I am dreadfully behind - have not completed a Daring Bakers challenge in two months or Pies with That - but I will include a dessert that I helped concoct on Friday but can take no credit for the creative mind that dreamed it up (except for the vegan substitutions...)

Strawberry Shortcake Shake

1 pint vanilla non-dairy ice cream (I like So Delicious fruit-sweetened)
1 pint strawberries (if you are lucky, you can find some end-of-season berries at the market)
8 oz dark chocolate bars (70%+ for best health benefits)
1 sleeve of graham crackers (or half a recipe of home-made gluten-free vegan crackers)
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer plain almond)

1. I would do this in two batches, unless you have a massive blender. Pour in the milk. Add strawberries...perhaps sliced or smashed depending on how strong your blender is. Pulse a few times.
2. Add ice cream. Pulse until pink.
3. Add chocolate bar broken up. Pulse until you get speckles.
4. Add crumbled graham crackers. Pulse until desired consistency.
5. Pour and consume. I recommend a small spoon, but you can also drink it.

No photos, but this was a solid ending to the dinner party my friend and I put on last Friday!

And this Friday is special because it is the second blog action day in which I have taken part. Our theme this year is water, so stay tuned to learn more about water and agriculture! Also, more adventures to ensue as I settle into my new kitchen!!
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