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Well this is surely a milestone and cause for celebration - my 26 year old son made a Green Smoothie for ME! He used the blender that I got for him (a basic inexpensive 3 speed type), and ingredients we shopped for at Trader Joes - but the recipe was all his and he had such joy creating it, including a 'secret' ingredient that he did with flare - he had me turn around so I wouldn't see him put the 'hot pepper sauce' into the mix at the end.  He said he was a little timid to make it for me - because 'mama is such a pro'.

The blender didn't quite do the job that my Vitamix does, but I'll tell you, no smoothie ever tasted as good as this one - because of all that it represents to me. To see my son take up this idea and embrace it for himself and to be innovative and delighted with his green smoothie preparation - wow that's a milestone and I am a proud Mama, indeed!

And the raw life inspiration continues - my sweetheart and I visited the very best local Farmer's Market yesterday and scored some beautiful red russian kale, miner's lettuce, radish blossoms and all manner of greens - it is always such a celebration! And when he spoke about needing to release some excess weight and began to complain about it, I gently (I hope so anyway) reminded him that he has all that he needs to make good choices - starting with chia breakfast, green smoothies and daily walking just for starters.

Then, for a lovely surprise, the Fairies left this for me today! 

(ok I made this part up - no fairies were involved in the preparation or delivery of this salad - but they coulda been, right?)

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Comment by Michelle K on March 13, 2013 at 6:01am

yay!  I can feel your pride & joy:) 

Comment by Mae Jardine on March 10, 2013 at 9:12am

A wonderful time of celebration, Janet!  It won't be long and your son could be surprising you with fancy salads using the Spiralizer.  Beautiful photo of your salad : )

Comment by Jane on March 10, 2013 at 8:59am

Thanks Janet,

Now I know what they’re called I’ve been able to Google them; not only are they available in the UK but they also grow here because the seeds are frost resistant.  I’ll probably spot them all over the place now!  Incidentally, I also read – you’ll probably know this – that their green tops are nutritious and tasty (although they won’t last as long as the bulbs in the fridge), but most of all they’re remarkably pretty inside.


Comment by Supermom on March 9, 2013 at 10:20pm

You bless us with your wonderful writing and pictures too! Yes- it's Lynda!

Love to you Janet! Happy Daylight Savings Spring Ahead Day!

Comment by Janet Carol Ryan on March 9, 2013 at 5:16pm

It's so sweet to see your posts and feel your love - thank you Devona, Bette, supermom (Lynda?), and Jane - I love being here with you! Jane, you are correct the pink ribbons around the edge of the salad come from a 'watermelon radish' - a new item for me, but it's been around for a while I guess ;-)  It is milder than the small red radish, and usually larger and more round which lends itself very well to making ribbons in the spiralizer. The white vegetable is a celery root sliced into stick, and the green adornments in the middle are miner's lettuce - a wild green. the salad was divinely delicious!

Comment by Jane on March 9, 2013 at 1:17am

A dash of hot pepper sauce you say! – Interesting...

(I’ve recently started experimenting with “hot”)

 What’s the pink and green vegetable in your salad; it doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen in England.  My best guess is a type of radish, but over here they’re little with red skin and white ‘flesh’.  The pink and green is stunning. 

Comment by Supermom on March 9, 2013 at 12:08am

I was swept up with your joy Janet! Oh yes, that is a wonderful milestone! You have done the fairies prould with your salad!

Comment by Bette Bliss Shaw on March 8, 2013 at 7:37pm

I was thinking about how long you have wanted this and what a huge milestone this is for you both! This is so amazing! It gives all hope that their loved ones will come around!! Keep at it and they will, they will.

Comment by Bette Bliss Shaw on March 8, 2013 at 7:01pm

YAY!!! A VICTORY!! Good for you. I was just telling some people today, that, as a result of my raw life, both my grown kids make juices and smoothies and eat some raw food.

Also I am working with a family right now who are all three overweight. We are just starting with juice and smoothies and taking it one step at a time. The 13 yr old is in big trouble. Well all three are really! Will see how it goes!

Comment by Devona on March 8, 2013 at 5:39pm

Looks yummy!

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