Red Rubber Bowl

April 30, 2010

My mom’s favorite song!!

Let’s all sing to the red rubber [cali] bowl 

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I was craving a SIAB this morning!

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Sadly I didn’t get the texture right on this one. I was going for a thick sorbet and ended up with a grainy, grassy texture :( It was still tasty though.

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The Vita-Mix

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 packet Vega Berry Blend
  • 3/4 cup vanilla hemp milk
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 4 big kale leaves

Toppings:

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I LOVE the Vita-mix for so many reasons. If you are a frequent smoothie maker, I would definitely recommend the investment (if you rarely make smoothies, stick with a simple standard blender for those few occasions).

Reason #1 why I love it: the plunger. You know when you have liquid whirring on the bottom and solids filled to the brim that won’t blend? Just insert the plunger and push it all down and blend easily.

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Reason #2 why I love it: cleaning. Just rinse out your smoothie residue, add a drop of dish soap and fill halfway with water. Blend on high and the suds clean the blender sponge-free! (No pricking hands on blades!)

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Tea party for one:

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I used the Tiger Chocomint and Vanilla Cream. Still a bit of a disappointment :(

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But nice and strong with the doubled up bags!

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Going to crank the heat in my car! Brrr!

We have a nice weekend ahead. I’m planning on frozen yogurt, swimming, yoga, a pedicure and reading!!

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1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 30, 2010 at 6:58 am

You’ve totally sold that mixer to me – I want one!!
Can you taste the kale in your smoothies? I have loads of kale at the moment, and I WANT to blend it, but I’m slightly afraid….

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2 Kath April 30, 2010 at 7:00 am

A little. But kale is good!!

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3 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 30, 2010 at 6:59 am

I love that song!!! I have it on my running mix, no lie, lol.

Sounds like a great weekend planned– I need a pedicure BADLY!

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4 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life April 30, 2010 at 7:00 am

That is SUCH a good idea with cleaning the mixer! I’m trying that with my blender :)
Your weekend sounds a lot like mine! Reading, PEDICURE (badly needed) and I’m almost positive there will be some ice cream/frozen yogurt involved! Have fun! :)

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5 Diana April 30, 2010 at 7:10 am

I don’t think I’ve ever tried kale. Well, not that I remember. It’s not very common here I don’t think.
Have a great day Kath :)

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6 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 30, 2010 at 7:11 am

Bummer that those teas have been so disappointing – they sound delicious!

And the Vitamix souns amazingggggg but they are soooo expensive!

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7 Food Makes Fun Fuel April 30, 2010 at 7:14 am

I think the day I buy a vitamix. Sounds like they both last equally as long

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8 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 30, 2010 at 7:19 am

Sounds like a nice weekend! I hope it is pretty here. We have friends coming in from out of town…I just want to relax and get a little bit of vitamin D!

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9 theemptynutjar April 30, 2010 at 7:19 am

Kale for breakfast? I hear kale is a bit tougher to get used to. I see these kale chips everywhere…or maybe kale on pizza might be nice!

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10 Jessica @ How Sweet April 30, 2010 at 7:23 am

I have never tried cleaning a blender like that! So cool!

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11 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 30, 2010 at 7:30 am

the vitamix sounds incredible…to bad i’d have to win one to own one! i love the table your breakfast is on, it’s so pretty and colorful!

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12 Shawna @ Balancing Me April 30, 2010 at 7:34 am

I love my vitamix! Can I ask you a question about yours? When it starts blending does the container shift towards the right when the motor catches it? Just wondering if that’s normal or if I need to send it in for a repair.

Thanks!

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13 Kath April 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

Mine does not do that :(

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14 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 30, 2010 at 7:47 am

Sounds like a great weekend ahead- hope you enjoy it!!

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15 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) April 30, 2010 at 7:48 am

Kath~

So i have been totally inspired by you and your SIAB/Vitamix for as long as you’ve had them. I checked out my Credit Card pts and what do ya know, had enough to cover a brand new high performance blender/juicer. SO EXCITED!!!!! Can’t wait to start making my own SIAB and more….

woot!

Barbara

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16 Kath April 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

Woo hoo!

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17 Veggielady4life April 30, 2010 at 7:51 am

Thanks for the tip on cleaning the Vita-Mix! I have REALLY been thinking about buying one of these (as in dropping hints to my hubby that it would be SOO worth it!). I can’t wait until you get it back in stock at your store.

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18 Midgetkeeper April 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

I make at least 2 smoothies every day. They are a great afternoon snack for kids. The vita-mix is so expensive though, maybe some day after I get my food processor.

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19 Joanne April 30, 2010 at 7:58 am

Sounds like a great weekend. I wanna come :(

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20 Wei-Wei April 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

I love that bowl! It’s so cute :D The SIAB today sounds so good… I’ve never thought about cleaning my blender like that before! I’ll definitely try it next time :D

Have a great day today! :)

Wei-Wei

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21 Cait (Cait's Plate) April 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

That sounds like an awesome weekend to me! I’m planning much of the same (minus the swimming – but that’s the part I’m most jealous about!). Have a blast Kath! :D

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22 Lisa C. April 30, 2010 at 8:12 am

I have yet to try the SIAB but I must.

A pedicure and a haircut are in my near future :) Spa weekend, if you please!

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23 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) April 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

I love my Vita-Mix, too!! :D

Frozen yogurt is definitely something to look forward to. I think we might go to TCBY this weekend.

Jenn

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24 Meg April 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

Ahh what an amazing weekend you have coming up! :D Hope you enjoy your lunch a little more than your breakfast (texture and tea-wise) :P, and you can always count on dinner, right?

Happy Friday Kath!!!

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25 Kalli@fitandfortysomething April 30, 2010 at 8:25 am

Well a vita mix is lovely but a nice low budget option is the magic bullet. Much easier to clean than a blender for sure!

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26 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies April 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

I do the same thing with my blender haha. Nice and sudsy.

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27 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

Oh! I love that self cleaning idea! Is it not dishwasher safe?

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28 Kath April 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

It’s not recommended b/c it’s plastic

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29 Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

LOVELY weekend planned – esp the frozen yogurt! ;)

have a great afternoon

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30 Angela (ohsheglows) April 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

Thank you so much for the Vitamix review!

I am trying to figure out whether Blendtec’s or Vitamixes are rated better. Anyone know? I’ve heard good things about both…

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31 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 30, 2010 at 8:44 am

I want a Vita-Mix SO BADLY!!! Especially after that tip on how to clean them..

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32 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

I love that you double up different types of tea–I’ve never thought of doing that! :D

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33 Sarah April 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

Your weekend sounds fantastic! I just might copy some of your ideas:-).

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34 Michelle April 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

I’ve been double-dosing my tea a lot more as of late. My generic green tea doesn’t taste so good on its own, so I mix it in with another tea (today it was Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride!) so I can get the health benefits of the green tea and the flavor of the other!

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35 Kellie April 30, 2010 at 8:58 am

I just have a cheap blender, but I do end up taking the lid off to mix all the ingredients. The plunger would be a benefit. Maybe someday.

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36 Camille April 30, 2010 at 9:27 am

I love how dark your SIAB is today! It looks gorgeous!

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37 Ashley April 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

You HAVE to see this shirt I got from whole foods….it says I [HEART] KALE but instead of a “heart” graphic is a picture of kale..omg!! lol Also, totally in love with my vitamix. I had to get up at 5am for a 6am meeting and it was 34*…..terrrrrible

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38 Kath April 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm

What brand?

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39 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 30, 2010 at 9:38 am

Whoa I’ve never thought about that way to clean a blender! That’s so cool!

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40 Heather April 30, 2010 at 9:39 am

I wish I had a weekend of activities like yours – instead I will be at the library studying!

I would love love love a vita-mix. My husband and I are on a smoothie kick lately and I think our blender is on its way out…

I have never tried kale in a smoothie – just spinach. I need to try that!

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41 Jenny April 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

Here’s hoping you warmed up!

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42 Amber K April 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

I always love my smoothies thick enough to eat with a spoon, but I’ve never had them in a bowl before. I use my magic bullet about twice daily for smoothie and blending purposes. Not the best, but it was cheap!

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43 Beth @ DiningAndDishing April 30, 2010 at 10:03 am

Oh my, we used a vitamix to make lobster bisque in culinary school last night and MAN that thing is powerful! Apparently (news to me) lobster bisque includes the shell of the lobster and the Vitamix did an awesome job at cutting that thing to bits! We did strain before serving but yikes! Powerful stuff :).

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44 Diana April 30, 2010 at 10:09 am

My family loves the VitaMix – they are awesome!

Are you going to Tasty Yo!? I still haven’t been there!

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45 Kath April 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Yophoria (Sp?) Tasty-yo is awesome though!

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46 lynn (The Actors Diet) April 30, 2010 at 10:17 am

i’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the vita mix! my co-blogger has one (she even tried to become their spokesperson!) but i just can’t afford it right now. on my list, though!

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47 Lauren April 30, 2010 at 10:23 am

Woah, I wonder if any normal blenders can do that cleaning thing. The vitamix might be worth the price just for that feature. My blender is such a pain to take apart and put back together every time I use it!

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48 Kath April 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I think it’s something about the way the VM blades whirl. Others wouldn’t push the liquid against the walls enough?

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49 jaclyn@todays lady April 30, 2010 at 10:24 am

It sounds like such a great weekend you have planned!!!

I want a vita mix! I love that plunger, soooo convenient!

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50 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) April 30, 2010 at 10:58 am

I would love a vitamix…why don’t all blenders come with a plunger? Genius!

Your SIAB looks so delish! :D

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51 Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary April 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

My vita mix is probably the coolest, most useful small appliance I’ve ever had. The plunger is the key to reaaaaally thick smoothies/ protein shakes. You can make so many things in there, not just shakes.

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52 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle April 30, 2010 at 11:30 am

Happy Friday! Your weekend sounds like it’ll be fun and relaxing!

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53 Hallie April 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

Oh I want a Vita Mix so bad and I know I would use it tons but I just can’t fork over the cash! I was wondering though, the two things you praised it for, the plunger and the cleaning, don’t you think you could do that with a regular blender too? Like, stop blending and smoosh (technical term there) everything down with a spoon, and do the same cleaning trick when done? Or…maybe I’m just convincing myself that my “blender de crapola” is really a Vita Mix in disguise :-)

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54 Kath April 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I think you COULD do anything in a regular blender, but it would take longer and would probably not work as well. So like I said, it’s more of a convenience thing – if you make smoothies all the time.

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55 Eileen April 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm

That is a genius cleaning tip!

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56 Kristina April 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

My Kitchen Aid 5 Speed suggested that method of cleaning in the manual. Also wanted to note, they suggested putting the ice and hard objects at the bottom so it blends way easier (I never need a plunger…well not that I have one to use…)

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57 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 30, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I’ve put frozen yogurt on my to do list for this weekend also. :)

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58 Mom April 30, 2010 at 7:32 pm

My favorite song! YEAH!!!!

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59 caronae April 30, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Oh SIABs, that most delicious meal of spring and summer and…the whole rest of the year. Yum. I just consumed one. And the vitamix sounds spectacular; you’re making me drool…

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60 Hannah April 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm

What about those of us who would love to make the investment in a vitamix but can’t get them in our own country? SOB!

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61 perry May 1, 2010 at 6:47 am

… freeze your banana–(for texture)? And maybe a gluggier protein (so less liquid)… cottage cheese or yogurt or tofu-block–grassy texture being a little depressing in the morning, and all…

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