Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mango Milkshake

Hello summer. Meet my new addiction, the mango milkshake:

These days, I am seriously obsessed with all things protein powder (Designer Whey, specifically.) This stuff is delicious. And you can put it in EVERYTHING! It is the first protein powder I've found that actually dissolves. Easily! Like, with nothing more than a spoon in some milk.

So, I'll be featuring a few of my favorite Designer Whey recipes over the next week or so. But, my current go to is this one:

Mango Milkshake:

Frozen mango (about 15 pieces)
1/2 C non-fat greek yogurt
1/2 C soy milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Combine all ingredients in blender. (Because I like all my food ridiculously sweet, I also added 2 packets of equal to the mix.)

Scrape sides with a spatula to get every.last.drop of goodness into your glass. (You may also want to reserve the spatula to scrape the sides of your glass when you're done drinking. No? Just me? Oh well then.)

Nutrition Facts: Calories - 245; Fat - 3g; Protein - 32.5g; Carb - 22g; Fiber - 2g

Monday, June 7, 2010

4 more months...!

Four months from today I will be waking up as "Mrs." I'm kind of in shock. We've been engaged for almost a year, I've run 559 miles, and, yes, I've set myself another wedding goal.

Hitting 1,000 miles on my treadmill last month was such a fun accomplishment, that I've decided to hit 1,000 miles on my wedding day. So, that leaves me roughly 441 miles to go before October 9. (Or, about 3.6 miles a day - not too bad.)

Motiviation is TOTALLY not a problem. I picked up my wedding dress yesterday. Remember this beauty?:

It's hanging over our bedroom door (concealed in a garment bag, don't worry) for at least the next couple months until I start alterations. So both the motivation and the means to my goal are sitting within 998 square feet of one another - and me.

In other wedding-related news, we picked a venue for the shower! The lovely Malibu Wines came highly recommended by a friend (Hi Kristin!) and was EXACTLY what I'd been looking for, but unable to find.

Check it out:

Naturally, being at a winery, there will be some sort of wine-tasting related activity - what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon, no?

I visited the winery with my family over Memorial Day weekend. As we were leaving, the live band was just starting to get set up. I really think that if I hadn't had dinner plans, my sister and I could've just stayed there all night, and shared a bottle of wine.

I mean - seriously, this place has Adirondack chairs! Was it made specifically for me?

But, the real clincher, and what made me know deep in my bones that THIS was the shower venue for me? The swing.

I am a sucker for a swing. So much so that I forced my dad to build one in our backyard growing up (by which I mean, when I was in high school.)

So naturally, after a few minutes on this swing, the deal was sealed.

Now, I just can't wait to bake these to serve at the shower:

(Photo courtesy of Tessa at Handle the Heat)

Mine - all mine!

I love Pasadena. Maybe other stores in other towns were doing it too, but, Neo 39 has had a teaser window up for WEEKS, leading so many unsuspecting shoppers to think they already had the coveted Tom's Wedge in stock. And so, they painstakingly took down a waiting list, and called this morning to say, my shoes were in!

I just walked up there and picked them up, and they're so.dang.cute. I could BARELY restrain myself from wearing them home. (I didn't, in case you're curious, I put them in a baggu, and walked home AS FAST AS I COULD to put them on.)

Now if I could just complete the remaining pieces of my ideal summer outfit...