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Little Celebrations and a Blueberry Plum Smoothie

Good morning, dear ones! πŸ™‚

I fell asleep last night to the lulling sounds of rain pouring on my roof and the delicious scent of homemade meatball soup lingering in the air. Needless to slay I slept like a rock and woke with my heart full of gratefulness for this crazy, good week.

I’ve had pain – lingering car accident issues – but I have an amazing chiropractor who not only massages and adjusts but also cheers, supports and encourages. I daresay every patient feels like she’s their biggest fan.

I’ve been stressed – so much work to do – but have been experiencing the amazing peace you get when you breathe deep, let it all go, and just focus on one thing at a time, urgent things first. I keep thinking of The Tortoise and the Hare and smiling. πŸ™‚ “Slow and steady” really does win the race.

I’ve been hurt – painful emotional situations – but oh, this is the part that makes me happiest, I didn’t get CRUSHED!! πŸ™‚ Instead of being overwhelmed by pain and the accompanying false guilt and pressure to fix everything, I could simply acknowledge the hurt, weep a bit if necessary, then step back and remind myself: “Send them love, send them light, then let them go.” I love Elizabeth Gilbert for teaching me that. What a beautiful way to deal with crushing folks. πŸ™‚

Once I started thinking of things I was grateful for, I couldn’t stop!!

  • The Belgian restaurant, Chambar, my friend Drea took me to in Vancouver. Oh! If you ever get to Vancouver, please go to this restaurant and order, well, anything! I had the Grilled Ostrich appetizer with Prunes and Sweet Onions, Braised Lamb Shank Tagine with Honey, Figs and Cinnamon for entree, Blackberry Tart with Lemongrass Coconut Ice Cream for dessert, and a foamy Latte after dinner. I also had the best beer of my life, a Belgian Trapiste: Rochefort 10. That meal took all my fun money for this month and the tastes, the atmosphere and the company made it worth every penny. πŸ™‚
  • I had one guest post and one article run this week!! The post on a Rainier Cherry Tart with Maple Cream is here at Lazaro Cooks, and the article on The Country Escape of Marie Antoinette is here at The Travel Belles. If you have a moment, I’d love it if you’d stop by, have a read and leave a comment letting us know what you think. πŸ™‚
  • My dishes are all done!!! Seriously – that makes me really, really happy. πŸ™‚

How about you, dear ones? How has your week been? What are you celebrating as you look back?

Since it’s Friday, I’m starting my day with something special: a Blueberry Plum Smoothie. Mmm, it’s so creamy and scrumptious filled with red plums, plump blueberries, peach Greek Yogurt, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and a spoonful of lemon-flavored fish oil to fill it full of healthy Omegas.

As we all start this weekend, I raise my smoothie glass to you and thank you for your comments, your emails, and even just your presence. I love getting to know you and hearing about your lives and hopes and struggles. I’m so glad you’re in my life. πŸ™‚

Blueberry Plum Smoothie
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen blueberries
2 red plums, pitted and sliced
1 small container peach Greek yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp lemon-flavored fish oil

Directions:

  1. Add everything to blender or food processor and whir until smooth.
  2. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.



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elra - You are such a sweet soul and have big heart. You deserve the best! Have a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚

Mary - I’m sorry you’ve been hurt but it is so nice to see that you’ve come up for air and are floating. Congratulations on your features published elsewhere. The smoothie sounds amazingly delicious.

RamblingTart - Thank you so much, dear Elra! πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - It feels so good to learn how to deal with crushing people in a healthy way, dear Mary. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your support. πŸ™‚

El - It looks rich, refreshing and healthy. Delicious!!

Barbara - Life throws a lot of punches at us, but you are handling everything so very well. Keep it up!

And my oh my…the color of that smoothie is gorgeous. Bet it tastes as good as it looks, too.

Anna Johnston - Awhhh, I raise my Smoothie Glass to you too Krista. Gratitude is, without a doubt, the most healing of emotions. Its amazing to realise isn’t it when you find out the most crushing pain didn’t break. One door closes & another one opens…. this has been my experience & Oh Boy…, you’ll be amazed at the door that opens. Trust me kid. Gobsmacked is the only word I can use to adequately describe the awesome new-ness of life.
Me? I’m grateful for the wretched crushing I experienced, because without it, I wouldn’t have met my guy. Who woulda thunk huh.
Hugs to you Krista. Have a fabulous weekend πŸ™‚
Anna

sweetlife - beautiful smoothie, the color alone is enough to make your day brighter..hope you feel better

sweetlife

Ksenia - I miss blueberries sooo much! Berries in general and raspberries in particular are my favorite kind of fruit πŸ™‚ I should try to find them frozen: I’m sure it will be easier than finding them fresh.

I’m sorry to hear about the car accident and the emotional pain, but I’m happy to hear that you’re strong and positive enough to put up with it. And congrats on the guest post and article πŸ˜€

Tuula M - Thanks for sharing this with us Krista…there are really so many ups & downs in life & you have such positive energy that comes through in all of your posts, photos, & what you share with the world. It’s these types of things that make us all a bit happier each day πŸ™‚ Plus, the yummy smoothies don’t hurt! πŸ™‚ enjoy your weekend!

MaryMoh - Thanks for sharing your life with us. It’s very encouraging how you cope and stay strong and move on. Love your smoothie. I’m a smoothie fan. I have it everyday. It’s so delicious and healthy. I think I’m just very grateful to be alive when I wake up every morning πŸ˜€ I have a smoothie every morning to celebrate the start of a new day πŸ˜€

Kitchen Butterfly - Hello dearie, I will adopt your attitude – promise. When I’m down, I will write down 10 things I’m grateful for. What a joy you are. Wish you a great weekend, with the best of health. Stay blessed

Rosa - What wise words… That is a delightful smoothie!

Cheers,

Rosa

Andrea Isaak - I will ALWAYS be happy to help you blow a whole months Fun Money on a mind-boggling-ly good meal!! Delish in every way … especially with you, my Dear One! Great post! (though I may be a teeeensy bit partial)!

sophia - LOVED this post. I’m infected by your bubbly, positive energy and outlook. For that, I’m sure that the following week will be better, and even more things to be grateful for will seek yo out. πŸ™‚

Joanne - All of my dishes are done right now too! That might not SEEM like an accomplishment but it’s a huge weight off my back. Seeing them all cluttered in the sink makes me anxious.

These smoothie sounds so incredibly refreshing and is definitely a good way to kick off the weekend!

I’m so grateful to have you and your blog in my life Krista!

Katie@Cozydelicious - You are such an inspiration Krista! It’s time I sat down to think about all the things and places and people I am grateful for too. And maybe I’ll make myself a smoothie to enjoy while I do! I love the glass you used – makes it so much more fun!

Faith - This was such a lovely post to read! Your sweet, happy personality is such an inspiration!

Chef Dennis - that smoothie looks exceptionally delicious! The colour is perfect, and I do wish I could have a taste or two….
I hope things are working out for you , it sounds like you have been through so much, but tomorrow is another day, and as long as you have the strength to rise and face the days challenges, things will get better…
cheers
Dennis

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - What a gorgeous smoothie! Lovely photos as always.

5 Star Foodie - The smoothie looks amazing with the combination of blueberries and plums! Delicious!

Jen Cheung - that blueberry smoothie sure does remind me of summer again πŸ™‚ hehes. I miss summer already. here in toronto feels like winter. its been freezing and it shouldnt be. its fall season!!!

have a lovely tuesday love.
jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

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