Happy Birthday to Me! (and 2 recipes)

A few years ago I mentioned to someone at work that I was turning 30 that year. My best friend reminded me that I was only turning 29. I couldn’t believe it! I really forgot how old I was going to be! I used the excuse that Peter was turning 30 that year, so, obviously, I was thinking of his age instead of mine. Obviously. However, I still have to really think about how old I am when someone asks me my age. Is this because I am truly an old person now, and cannot remember my own age? No, that just cannot be the case. Perhaps, I don’t really care how old I am, so it doesn’t even matter what my age is? Yes, that has to be it. Regardless of my 30-something age (31 to be exact… I think), I still love celebrating my birthday!

This is what I do remember of my 31st birthday celebrations:

My birthday was on a glorious Saturday! Being a mother, and having your birthday fall on a Saturday is like winning the lottery. This means the husband is home to help take care of the kids. Jackpot!

But I do love my family dearly, so I wanted to spend the day with them. We went to lunch at Tucanos with Bruce and Christina, and then to the theater to see The Lorax.

On Sunday we had a family dinner/birthday celebration at Aunt RoseAnn’s house.

Peter, my parents, his parents, and some siblings went in on a big gift for me… a new Blendtec blender that I had been eying for several months!

I love my new blender! I make smoothies all the time, and since summer has arrived the kids and I make smoothie popsicles. I also like making soup in it. It came with an awesome recipe book, and I can’t wait to try out the dressing, batter, jam, syrup, sauce, and bread recipes. It can also grind wheat! Here are a couple of my favorite recipes from the Fresh Blends recipe book:

STRAWBANA SMOOTHIE

1 cup apple juice (I use orange juice)

1 banana

1 cup frozen strawberries (I always have a big bag of frozen strawberries on hand from Costco)

Add ingredients in jar in order listed and secure lid. Select “Smoothie” and serve.

So super easy, and my kids love it! Great as popsicles, too!

TORTILLA SOUP

2 cups warm water

2 roma tomatoes

1/2 large carrot

1 inch slice red pepper

1/4 avocado

1 onion wedge

2, 1″ x 1/2″chunks pepper jack cheese

2 sprigs fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon no-salt herb seasoning

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Add ingredients to jar in order listed and secure lid. Select “Soups” then serve.

I also usually add some corn and black beans, and you can add chicken, too! If you start with a warm water/broth base, the soup will heat up to hot once you blend it just from the friction in the blender, so it’s ready to serve in just a few minutes!

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