The Frog Prince

August 4, 2010

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I found a lovely post that was MADE for food photography!!

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And a smoothie that was MADE for my  mouth!

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The mix for TWO smoothies:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup raw oats
  • 2 scoops Vega Vanilla Chai
  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 oz Goji berry juice

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We were out of milk so I used Genesis Today Goji Berry Juice instead. It worked great and gave the smoothie a tropical taste!

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We found out the secret to iced coffee that I like is LESS ICE

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I have really senstitive teeth and can’t strain icy liquids between them. Filling the jar 2/3 full meant all of the ice melted by the time I was ready to drink (and it was less cold, and less watered down!)

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See, no ice! Score!

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The basil is doing better today – it was limp yesterday

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Frog Prince #1

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Frog Prince #2

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The Bear Princes are making a noontime appearance!!

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1 Samantha August 4, 2010 at 8:15 am

The secret to iced coffee is coffee ice cubes! Next time you have left over..make some.
xo

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2 Kath August 4, 2010 at 8:16 am

But I don’t like iced cubes!

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3 Rhea (Greek Feaster) August 4, 2010 at 8:18 am

Dharma straw, maybs? I’m the same way, can’t deal with the sensitivity/tooth puckering feeling!

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4 Ashley August 4, 2010 at 8:53 am

You can still melt the cubes but coffee ice cubes stop it from tasting watered down :)

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5 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 4, 2010 at 8:16 am

I’m lovin the coffee in a jar..it’s good to be different :)

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6 sweetersalt August 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

I do overnight french press iced coffee. Super simple, just dump your normal amount of coffee and water in (water should be cold). Then let it sit overnight in the fridge. That way it’s brewed and cold when you wake up, and less bitter. So good!

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7 Marisa @ Loser for Life August 4, 2010 at 9:20 am

I agree! I love this method and it’s cold enough that I don’t have to use cubes!

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8 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy August 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

Bwahaha priceless photo of Math!

There’s a bar here in Montreal that serves their beer in jars like that … I never thought of doing it at home ;)

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9 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 4, 2010 at 8:18 am

I love all the uses you’re finding for those jars! I love to make dressing in mine– they’re great for shaking :-)

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10 Rhea (Greek Feaster) August 4, 2010 at 8:18 am

SIABOAP : Smoothie in a Bowl on a PEDESTAL! Where it belongs.
Looks good ;)

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11 Haley August 4, 2010 at 8:18 am

How about a straw?

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12 Kath August 4, 2010 at 8:20 am

Now that’s a good idea!

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13 haya August 4, 2010 at 8:19 am

basil plants love water! when they start to look limp, that means they are thirsty.

i am hooked on drinking things out of jars! also the mason (canning) jar lids have a pretty good seal on them, so i can throw a smoothie in one and put it in my backpack and there’s no leakage! plus it looks cool.

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14 Lauren August 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

basil is sort of finicky – when the roots sit too long in water, they also go limp. too much humidity can also make them droopy. lots of drainage and warm air is key (rocks in the bottom of a planter work really well)… here, have some unasked-for advice! lol

the coffee ice cubes are great (especially if you pour them into hot or warm coffee; they melt pretty quickly) but think about all the awesome straws you could start buying… ;)

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15 JenATX August 4, 2010 at 8:20 am

you & Matt are so lucky to eat breakfast together out on that porch… in fact, you can see the happiness in his face in that picture haha

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16 Courtney (Delightful Devours) August 4, 2010 at 8:23 am

Yum! Smoothie in a bowl!

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17 Stacey August 4, 2010 at 8:28 am

Mmmm…I’m so gonna go make some iced coffee now :D

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18 rebecca lustig August 4, 2010 at 8:31 am

i lvoe the way you set the smoothies up! they rest so beautifully on their pedestals haha!

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19 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 4, 2010 at 8:34 am

I love the ball jars for glasses! We use those too!

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20 Katharina August 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

Hey Kath! I’m reading a book by Brendan Brazier and I found out about Vega through that. How did the vanilla chai flavor taste? Have you tried other flavors? Thank you for sharing!

Have a great day :)

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21 Kath August 4, 2010 at 8:39 am

It’s amazing!!!

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22 brandi August 4, 2010 at 8:37 am

I’m the same way with ice! My teeth are so sensitive with certain cold things. I only like my water room temp unless I’m REALLY hot, but I just can’t take super cold drinks.

I love using mason jars for drinking.

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23 Hannah August 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

I’m EXACTLY the same in regards to sensitive teeth! In fact, I’ve taken to drinking tepid tap water because it hurts to have cold water :( I always have to let ice cream melt, too…

Maybe it’s just as well I don’t have access to your wonderful froyo, then!

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24 Meg August 4, 2010 at 9:03 am

I love iced coffee – haven’t tried to make it, though, I usually stick to buying it – tough on the wallet ;) but still worth it. What a sweeeet morning, and even sweeter morning fuel :) Enjoy your day, Kath!!

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25 Vivi August 4, 2010 at 9:04 am

I want to try planting basil and some other herbs! hopefully a gateway to someday getting a real garden!

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26 Esse August 4, 2010 at 9:06 am

Hopefully the sun will shine on you all the time you are in Chi Town! We’ve had a bit of a rainy spell lately with some clouds (felt bad for the Transformers 3 film production crew filming in dt Chicago) but it’s been a hot, sunny summer here otherwise.

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27 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 4, 2010 at 9:08 am

haha love that picture of Matt! how funny!

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28 tanyasDailyProductReviews August 4, 2010 at 9:14 am

your weather looks like june gloom what we have in calif

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29 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

that shot of matt is priceless!!!

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30 Marina August 4, 2010 at 9:16 am

I adore ice coffee! I always use a straw for it, makes the drinking more fun :))
Matt looks so funny :))

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31 Corey - The Runner's Cookie August 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

:) nice photos – and sweet discovery with the iced coffee!

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32 Kimberly August 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

i think i need an iced coffee tutorial. i think that also means i need a french press? oh the money i could save if i could master this at home!

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33 Allison K August 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

Between your move to VA and Caitlin’s move to Charlotte and your subsequent organizing and simplifying endeavors, you ladies have insipired me to do the same! I just bout a 12 back of ball jars and am working on revamping my kitchen pantry-I love the way it looks!

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34 Camille August 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

What a perfect photo location!
I can’t stand iced coffee. I have tried it in so many forms and it just grosses me out. This is a major bummer during hot summer days!

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35 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

Goji Berry juice sounds SO good! I hope you have a wonderful day Kath!

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36 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf August 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

I recently found that my iced coffee preference is basically chocolate milk with chilled coffee thrown in. Hah! Maybe one day I’ll learn…

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37 The Wife of a Dairyman August 4, 2010 at 9:23 am

That iced coffee looks very refreshing. Do you make your coffee at night or in the morning?

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38 Kath August 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm

In the morning

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39 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) August 4, 2010 at 9:28 am

Jealous of that basil! Mine won’t grow this year.

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40 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

Frog Prince #2 is adorable!!! I can’t wait to see the Bears this afternoon.

I love that you are drinking out of Ball jars — my brother in law has had a set for years that he loves to drink out of.

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41 Wei-Wei August 4, 2010 at 9:32 am

Have you ever listened to the sporkful podcast? The two guys come up with insane food ideas, and one of their solutions for curing iced coffee dilution-by-ice cubes is… Coffee ice cubes. Awesome.

Wei Wei

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42 expatsagain August 4, 2010 at 9:33 am

Good comparison between your hubby and Frog Prince #2. They both have the same smirk.

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43 Julia @ Brit Bride August 4, 2010 at 9:38 am

Hi Kath

I have been away for a few days, but just want to say, your new place is adorable! You and Matt are so lucky!

Julia

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44 theemptynutjar August 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

Okay…so I swear I am not a creepy stalker…but I just think you have the cutest husband ever…(who needs to day-dream about actors/athletes when u have him, Kath ;) ).

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45 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 4, 2010 at 9:41 am

I have to hand it to Matt, that’s a pretty impeccable Frog Prince impersonation.

That post really is perfect for food photography! Score. I’ve yet to try blending oats in my smoothie, or did you just top the smoothie with 1/2 cup of oats?

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46 Kath August 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm

They were blended in. That was granola on top!

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47 Lizzie August 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

I don’t have a french press – any tips for making iced coffee without one??

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48 Kath August 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm

You just make regular coffee and pour it over ice

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49 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 4, 2010 at 9:59 am

Haha, is that Matt’s frog face?

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50 Michelle August 4, 2010 at 10:01 am

I’m not a big fan of iced coffee either. I don’t know why! The more it’s doctored up with sugar and cream the better – but that’s why I can’t have it often…

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51 Heather August 4, 2010 at 10:04 am

Love your new picture taking location.

Tomorrow is smoothie day for me – I’m hoping to try some of your combos.

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52 Callie August 4, 2010 at 10:08 am

Can’t wait to see the bears again!

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53 Run Sarah August 4, 2010 at 10:22 am

Great photography spot! I love when the ice gets all melty in my iced coffee too – too much ice and it’s difficult to drink.

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54 Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews August 4, 2010 at 10:30 am

I tried that Goji berry juice and thought that it was a little to strong. Have you tried the same brands resveratrol juice? That one is really good!

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55 Cassie August 4, 2010 at 10:33 am

Do you make your coffee stronger when you know it is going to be iced? Every time I try making iced coffee, by the time the milk is in and the ice has melted, it barely tastes like coffee anymore.

I have an obsession with your green-handled tea spoon. Must head to the flea markets to see if I can find any fun tea spoons!

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56 Kath August 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm

That is a drawback. I don’t like iced coffee enough to put all the effort into make it in advance and ice cubes and all.

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57 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 4, 2010 at 10:38 am

i’m so bad with my herbs – my basil is so dead

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58 Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 August 4, 2010 at 10:45 am

For your iced coffee you could also pour some coffee into your ice cube trays, and use that for your cubes. That way, when it melts, it doesn’t water down the coffee.

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59 Paige(Running Around Normal) August 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

That goji juice sounds great! You’re right – the post was begging to be photographed, haha.
Do you melt the nut butter before putting it in your smoothie? Mine gets all cold and…clumpy lol

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60 Kath August 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Clumping is the best part!

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61 Melissa @ HerGreenLife August 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

It can be hard to keep potted plants watered and happy in the heat (don’t know if it’s hot there again, but we’ve been scorching in St. Louis). We arrived home yesterday to find our poor little broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage seedlings in sad shape. Most of them seemed to recover after a watering, but I’m feeling like a bad plant mama. We just need to nurse them along for a bit longer until we can get them out in the garden.

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62 stephanie@Avocado Nation August 4, 2010 at 11:25 am

I love drinking out of jars! I don’t drink coffee, iced or otherwise, but my teeth are sensitive too so I feel your pain.

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63 Laura @ youngDCliving August 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm

You should put brewed coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze them–this way you could add as much ice or as little ice as you want, without having to worry about it watering down! This goes for iced tea too :)

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64 Sami August 4, 2010 at 2:19 pm

ha. loving frogg prince #1! i like to refrigerate my coffee overnight so i don’t need ice cubes! it works really well!

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65 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I just started doing the vita mix smoothies but haven’t tried the oats or toppings yet.

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66 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Nice sounding smoothie and good photography spot.

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67 Meagan August 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Basil is a VERY thirsty plant. It wilts when there is too much sun (it needs full sun for at least 6 hours a day) or not enough water. Keep the soil moist, and if the soil ever feels dry, give it lots of water, and it will suck it right up!!

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68 coco August 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm

both princess are gorgeous!! :D You made me smile after a tough day Kath, thanks! ;)

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69 melanie August 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

have you ever tried cold-brewed coffee? it’s great for either iced or hot coffee, as it produces a concentrate, of sorts, that’s kept in the fridge, so you can make hot or iced coffee easily, and only have to ‘brew’ (let the coarse grounds steep for 12 hours and then strain) once every week or so. i started making my coffee this way b/c it reduces the acid content greatly and produces a better-tasting cup, i think. worth looking into if you drink iced coffee on a regular basis! there are a few systems you can buy (‘toddy’ brand is the one i have), but you could likely rig something similar up if you’re handy.

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