Friday, June 8, 2012

The Accidental Experiment

Pretty much what the inside of my fridge looks like now.
I didn't mean to do it. It's really a big accident. After releasing "Teas for Life", I was anxious to start on the next book project. My husband suggested a recipe book filled with all those green smoothies I make for the family, the ones I've been blogging about for years. It sounded like a great idea, and to be perfectly honest, it also sounded like an easy idea. I'd just start taking notes of what I was making anyway, then compile a small collection of recipes, and another book would be born.

But instead, as all my ebook projects have done, it's taken on a life of its own. As soon as I told my husband I'd do the smoothie book, he was all excited for a trip to the grocery store to purchase ingredients for taste testing. (He does enjoy a good grocery store trip.) So we carted home armfuls of fruits and leafy greens.

The first day was a lot of fun. I came up with three smoothie recipes, all winners. But since I ended up with three quarts, I found myself drinking most of it. Felt kinda funny. Floaty. Good but... well, maybe not so good. Perhaps I'd overdone it. (Mind you, I did share with my son and husband, but they only had small glasses each, whereas I didn't want to waste any and drank the remaining 2 1/2 quarts. Perhaps that's why my son told me I looked pregnant. No, Mom, I'm not.)

I swore the next day I'd only make maybe one recipe, but it was so much fun. And I could have sworn my lungs felt more open. Perhaps this would help with my asthma. Three quarts later, I was feeling pretty darned good. Still oddly sluggish, but happy.

Day three, I forgot to eat lunch. Just forgot. Didn't feel like it after 1 1/2 quarts of smoothie, including a killer combo that includes cactus leaves. I realized I hadn't been constantly snacking, either. I felt pretty energetic.

Today is day four. I realized that when I awoke with a good dose of energy, that perhaps this simple recipe book thing wasn't going to be that simple anymore. There's something to this. I'm about to concoct the third recipe of the day, and I'm totally looking forward to it. Like, totally, like, 80's valley girl big-hair looking forward to it. So I thought I'd better share.

Normally, I'd post things like this at my other blog dkMommy Spot, but this is a writing project, after all. It just fits here. So I'll keep you up to date on my smoothie progress, share a recipe or two as a sneak preview, and I'll let you know if I stick with it, become more energized, or perhaps start to turn green or grow a third leg. So far, all I can think of is that bag of kale in the fridge. I got a smoothie to whip up.

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