June 2012

A Breakfast Blend

June 28, 2012

So many of you have emailed after hearing the news of the devastating wildfires that have hit Colorado. Thank you so much for your concern for all those affected by this. Fort Collins has just come through a two week blaze that left 257 people without a home, 90,000 acres burned, and 1000’s of firefighters on the line. We are now 75% contained, and sending our prayers to those in Colorado Springs who may well see the most tragic and unprecedented fire in our state’s history. What those folks are dealing with is a shock and a heart break, and if I may ask, any prayers or thoughts would be so appreciated. With between 8 and 10 fires burning in Colorado, we have a lot of support, recovery, and clean up to lend to our beautiful state in the coming months ahead. Again, thank you for your caring thoughts. 

A few weeks back, during one of Jacob’s soccer tournaments, my oldest son had a revelation. He realized that all of his mother’s incessant talk about green smoothies was not, in fact, just talk. You see, Jacob was in the middle of his third game of the day (and home for lunch), when we got into a discussion of how the food he was about to put into his system was going to fuel him for the hours of play ahead. We made a small piece of salmon, a few cut up pieces of fruit, and of course, a green smoothie. He was sure that the fuel talk was just my way of getting him to drink every last drop.

He got out onto the field and scored a very respectable 2 goals. His father (who is also his coach) quickly gave credit to the green smoothie. Thinking that he would laugh it off as we were, he surprised us by asking me to get everything that I needed from the store to make him one the following morning before he took the field.

Of course I didn’t think anything of this new found love of drinking spinach until he scored not 1, not 2, but 5 goals in the game. You know what is coming next, right? A green smoothie EVERY day, and one right before any games, track meets or swimming events. What started out as a way to just get him to drink a smoothie without much complaint has become a daily affair and a true belief that his performance is based on drinking that magic elixir.

Now I am not sure if the green smoothie is actually causing his rise in athletic performance, but really, what do I care? The boy is drinking a handful of spinach, fruit, vitamins and minerals every day without complaint. I’ll take it and call it whatever he would like.

A few years back I came across a breakfast blend that I fell in love with at Vitamin Cottage. It was a blend of nuts, seeds and Spirulina, and it gave our smoothies, as well as out yogurt, a nutty flavor and a great boost of protein. Very shortly after I began using it, all of the stores in town stopped carrying it. I asked the grocer why, and all that they could tell me was that at $22 a bag it was not a high seller (I think that is a valid point, don’t you?). The idea of having on hand a quick blend that would give my smoothies an extra punch was pretty inviting, and I decided to try and create my own. I used the blend as a base, and added what we had and what we needed to it over time.

Breakfast Blend

Print Recipe

1/2 c raw almonds

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup golden flax meal

3 tbsp chia seeds

4 tbsp Spirulina

3 tbsp dried fruit powder

Start with 1/2 cup of raw almonds and a 1/4 of a cup of raw sunflower seeds. Put these into the food processor and blend until a fine meal occurs. In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup of hemp seed, 1/4 cup of golden flax meal (this can be ground in a clean coffee grinder, free of coffee residue), 3 tbsp of chia seeds, 4 tbsp spirulina, and 3 tbsp. of dried fruit powder (we love Berry Green from New Chapter). Add your ground nuts and seeds to the bowl, and place into a mason jar with the lid screwed on tight. Shake until fully blended, and refrigerate. Use a heaping tbsp. per person.

This blend can be added to with spices, shredded coconut, probiotics, and other nuts and seeds. I try and make only enough for one week at a time to keep it at it’s freshest.

There are tons of green smoothie recipes on the Internet that are available to try and enjoy. Pinterest has a variety of recipes to choose from, and a simple Google search will yield more than one would want to go through in a lifetime.



I am joining Ginny here for the first time in the Yarn Along. You would think that with 5 + days of over 100 degree temps that I would have no inclination to knit, but my fingers seem to have a need for wool. This past Monday marked just 6 short months until Christmas Day, and while I normally try never to think that far ahead, I have promised myself that this year I would begin my holiday knitting on December 26th. The picture above is the Cobblestone Pullover in the process of being made for Elwood. This sweater is a project that I both love, and have a need to put down on a regular basis. I have never quite worked with such heavy modifications, and I pray that this beautiful yarn does not go to waste will an ill fitting sweater come Christmas Day. Creating a sweater for a 6 year old from a pattern for an adult male has had it’s challenges, but I think that in the end I am going to feel a little bit more capable of tackling such big projects, and perhaps have the ability to let go of some of my insecurities about the relationship between math and knitting.

On the nightstand is one of my all time favorites, Women Who Run With the Wolves. I remember being introduced to this book in my sophomore year in college, and this is still my original copy (notes and all). Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a magical storyteller whose work has inspired so many women to hear the call of their wild and true self, and it is a reminder to me about the beauty that all women hold. The boys love the stories, and it is nice to have something both deeply personal, and fun to share all at the same time.

Knitting often feels like the weaving of the stories of the times that we are in. I will always remember this sweater as the piece I made the summer that Colorado burned. It will always be the sweater that kept me sane as we endured a season indoors that by all accounts should have been spent along the creeks, in the mountains, and on the trails. Perhaps I might be lucky enough to also remember this as the first sweater that I did not finish in the final moments before Christmas dawned.

One can dream.