Pineapple, banana and spinach smoothieWe love smoothies with a capital L in our house. Almost every morning I whip one up while Juliet waits impatiently yelling “moonie! moonie!”.

I hope she always calls them “moonies”. 

I recently purchased some fresh pineapple from Whole Foods and it was a delicious addition to our smoothies. Pineapple added such a nice brightness and freshness. It was also a nice change from our regular strawberry, banana spinach smoothies.

This bright green smoothie was also perfect for St. Patrick’s Day earlier this week.
Pineapple, banana and spinach smoothiePretty straw from Target

I am always experimenting with smoothie combinations. When I’m on Weight Watchers I like smoothies made with water instead of milk because it keeps them at 0 points, which is awesome. For Juliet’s smoothies I always include milk and sometimes yogurt. If the smoothie doesn’t taste sweet enough I’ll add a little honey or pure maple syrup. The other day I made a simple banana, frozen strawberry, whole milk, yogurt smoothie and Juliet exclaimed “ice cream!”. It was thicker than the usual smoothie so I put it in a bowl with a spoon and she was one happy girl.

Pineapple, banana and spinach smoothie

Ingredients

3/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or regular milk)
1 banana
1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
A couple handfuls of spinach
Few ice cubes

Preparation

Place all ingredients in a blender (if using a high powered blender like a Blendtec add the milk first, followed by the spinach, banana, pineapple and ice) and blend until smooth.

I have a Blendtec Designer Series blender and I love it. In a big way. Full review coming soon.

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St. Patrick's Day desserts{Photo credits: Martha Stewart and Eat Drink Pretty}

My plans for the weekend include dinner with girlfriends, spending time with Erik and Juliet and lots of baking. I have a major baking bug right now and can’t wait to roll up my sleeves in the kitchen. Hopefully Juliet will feel like joining me.

I looked back in the Eat Drink Pretty archives and found this post on mixed berry Irish scones. I remembered the day I made these scones (one of my first times) and stressed about the texture not being right and that they didn’t turn out as I hoped. But then I added jam and cream and the scones transformed. They were so delicious. Even though I made these years ago I can still remember exactly how they tasted.

And then there is bread baking, a favorite of mine. I’m eyeing that Irish butter soda bread.

And how can you go wrong with desserts? My mom’s famous pistachio dessert isn’t technically Irish, but it is green so there you go. A perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

St. Patrick’s Day baking recipes:

Irish butter shortbread
Irish brown soda bread
Irish coffee cupcakes  
Mixed berry Irish scones
Lime squares with pistachio graham cracker crust
Pistachio dessert 

Do you have any plans for the weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We will be laying low for the most part but then on Monday my ad agency will be throwing a big party with a band, booze and traditional food. I’m looking forward to it. My work knows how to throw a damn good party.

Happy Friday.

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