Monday, January 3, 2011


We had a great long weekend ringing in the New Year with friends.  Cleveland was a tranquil escape for the busyness of 2010.  Apples to Apples and Cranium supplied many laughs.  Stories of the year were shared over glasses of wine.  The snow from previous days added a picturesque backdrop.  The friendships, lasting through the years, stretching from Augusta to Charlotte to Philadelphia, came together for one memorable weekend.

An outing in Brevard brought us to this heavenly nook. 

Thanks to Rico and Lorena, we all enjoyed an Irish Creme Chocolate and Grand Marnier Chocolate.  They were divine!

Needless to say, by the end of the festivities, my body was screaming for a Green Monster.  William and I arrived home, and these four went immediately into the blender.

Don't be afraid of the spinach.  Although it does make your smoothie look a little disgusting, spinach has a very mild, slightly sweet taste, and becomes totally masked by the other flavors.  If you can get past the green, it adds so many vitamins and minerals to your drink.

This monster contained about a half a cup of strawberries, half a cup of plain non-fat yogurt, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, a large handful of spinach, and a handful of ice cubes.

It was refreshing and energizing.  I tried to get William to taste it; he wouldn't.  Oh well, more Monster for me! mountain friends know how much I LOVE monsters.  Bring on the ghost stories.  :)

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