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It’s Party Time!
This past weekend, Justin and I hosted a “Stock the Bar” housewarming party. It was quite the gathering! We had close to 60 people show up, top shelf liquor in hand and we had a blast! The party started around 3 pm and went all night long! It was a huge success and we are so blessed to have so many amazing people come out and celebrate our new home.
I am so happy with the success of our party. Our goal was to keep our guests happy, but to also enjoy ourselves as well. And let me tell you, we definitely enjoyed ourselves! Both Justin and I worked really hard the past couple weeks, planning, preparing, and executing for this party and I think the planning and prep was key.
We have only been living in our home for almost 2 months, so there were still some home improvement tasks that needed to be accomplished including but not limited to:
- Trimming hedges
- Finishing the garden
- Hanging pictures
- Washing the floors
You get the point. The list was long. But we got it all done! Not only did we have to worry about the house, we also had to worry about feeding and hydrating (or dehydrating) our guests. You can’t have a grown-up party without food and booze. Booze was easy. We got a keg, a couple handles of liquor, lots of mixers, and of course, water.
The Main Course
The food was easy too, just involved a little more prep. Since we were balling on a budget, we were looking for a dish that is cheap, easy, and delish. After tossing around some ideas, we decided to do pulled pork sliders, potatoes, coleslaw, and salad. We made 20lbs of pulled pork which was super easy to do. We split a big ol’ pork butt into two, gave it a coffee bbq rub, baked it low and slow, 225 degrees for 12 hours. It was PERFECTION. The fat cap was rendered perfectly and the pork was so juicy and flavorful. 10/10 would recommend.
On the side, we had 10 lbs of crispy red skinned potatoes which were also really easy to make, and a really delicious coleslaw made by Justin’s mom, Jill, and sister, Courtney. For the potatoes, I boiled them until mostly cooked and then threw some spices on them broiled them until they were nice and crispy! I almost burnt the potatoes because I forgot to set the timer and got side-tracked! Here’s what happened:
Since there were a lot of potatoes to crisp up, I had to shuffle them around every five minutes while they were broiling. Well I forgot to set the timer once, and got distracted taking pictures and Instagram stories about my charcuterie board. All of the sudden, I hear Justin exclaim, “Babe, the potatoes!.” My heart dropped and I ran to the kitchen screaming, “are they burned?!” Luckily, they were not burned, just a little extra crispy. But that was a close one. If you saw my Instagram story that day, I got most of it on camera. It was hilarious.
Anyway, the party was a huge success and Justin and I are so grateful to everyone that came out. It really means a lot. We have already begun to think about our next couple parties and we can’t wait to do it all over again. What can we say, we like to entertain.
Now, onto the Smoothie.
Let’s talk about smoothies. Growing up and even up until recently, I loved to make smoothies in the summer with mixed berries, Yoplait yogurt, orange juice, and a banana. Nothing like a huge purple smoothie to cool ya down for a snack. What I thought was a super healthy drink, was chock-full of sugar, Granted, it was natural sugar–aside from the Yoplait, there is nothing natural about that. But it was delicious regardless of its health benefits, or lack there of.
Recently, since I have been on my long-term health kick, I have been playing with some smoothie ideas that are super yummy to eat, but that aren’t super full of sugar. Getting away with throwing some veggies in there is a plus. After I created my Tahini Carrot Noodle dish, I wanted to create a smoothie that had carrots and a little nutty, cinnamon flavor. So I came up with the Carrot Cake Smoothie. I am in love.
This smoothie is so creamy and smooth. I love the flavors from the ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. The great thing about this smoothie is that it is darn healthy!
The star of the show, the carrot, has many health benefits. Carrots are a great source of potassium, which acts as a vasodilator and can lower blood pressure. Being high in vitamin C and containing antiseptic and antibacterial properties makes carrots a great immune booster as well. This fibrous root veggie is great for digestion as well! Carrots also contain beta-carotene, which has been linked to reducing risk of certain cancers. So basically, carrots are awesome and you should incorporate them into your diet, if you haven’t already.
Not only does cauliflower create a great base for any smoothie, it also has some pretty neat health benefits. Cauliflower is an anti-inflammatory veggie that is rich in many essential vitamins and minerals. It aids in digestion and contains antioxidants that support every cell in your body. Cauliflower even has anti-cancer properties, containing a type of sulfur that has been shown to kill cancer stem cells. If you aren’t adding this super-veggie to every smoothie, what are you waiting for?
Turmeric is a super-spice that has many health benefits. It is an anti-inflammatory agent, great for those who suffer from arthritic pain or injury. Turmeric is also great for your heart health, containing curcumin, which can lower your cholesterol. And, like the latter ingredients, turmeric has anti-cancer properties, and the curcumin plays a huge role in that as well.
Collagen is essential for your hair, skin, nail, joints, and bones. As we age, your ability to produce collagen goes down 1 % a year. Incorporating collagen peptides into your diet will help your body produce collagen, keeping your joints and bones healthy, skin smooth, your hair healthy, and your nails strong. I use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and I absolutely love this product!
So basically, this is a power house smoothie and you have got to try it!
Carrot Cake Smoothie
This smoothie is a delicious and nutritious sweet treat! Perfect for a no-cook breakfast or a nice healthy dessert! Add Vital Protein Collagen Peptides to make this smoothie a meal!
- 1/2 cup carrots chopped
- 1/4 cup riced cauliflower frozen
- 1 medjool date pitted
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 pecans topping
- 1 to 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Optional (make it a meal)
Put everything in a blender.
Blend and enjoy!
I used Trader Joes Frozen Riced Cauliflower, which was easy to just throw right into the blender. If that or something similar is not available to you, you can just use a head of cauliflower. For best results, cut up the head of cauliflower, steam it, and freeze it.
For more information about the health benefits of carrots, click here.
For more information about the health benefits of cauliflower, click here.
For more information about the health benefits of turmeric, click here.
For more information about the health benefits of collagen peptides, click here.