Vitamix

So if you know me, and depending on how well you know me, you will know a few things.
1) I worked at Booster Juice (smoothie bar) for 5+ years. I love my smoothies
2) I drink a smoothie generally every day
3) because of #1, I have high standards for when it comes to the brand of blenders.
4) I’ve wanted a vitamix for quite the while

come make bread and go home with a vitamix.!

I’ve been talking about getting a vitamix. But one day. I know I would use it all the time, but once we have kids I would use it even more. (sneak spinach, kale etc into their drinks and they don’t even know).
Then there is the great vitamix vs blendtec debate. I watched many many videos/reviews on them both and one day I wanted a blendtec but then the next day I wanted a vitamix. They’re essentially both the best you can get, just one has a better feature than the other in some area or the other. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Our Sunday am elder here has a vitamix. She knows I love my smoothies, and we’ve talked about vitamixes off and on. Last week, she called me one morning asking if I wanted to come make bread. (I live the simple, basic life 🙂 So I went. I get to their house and there’s something covered up with a sheet in the middle of the room. She had me guess what it was. I was guessing garden potatoes, or canned goods as its that time of the year. She then tells me to look and that it was mine. So I look. It was a vitamix. I was in COMPLETE shock. Vitamixes aren’t exactly cheap, nor are they something you ‘just buy’. It wasn’t my birthday or anything! I didn’t know what to say. She told me that it’s a late wedding gift. (even though we had got a gift already). They told me they wanted to do it for a while but didn’t know how to get me to their house without being suspicious. (Because I would assume they had got me a vitamix. NOT!) I am still slightly in awe that they bought me a vitamix!
It was such an eye opener and realization of others put OTHERS first in their lives. They knew I would use it, and could use it, and they really wanted to do that for me. So I am extra loved, spoiled and lucky!

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I had seen some recipes for sunbutter. (sunflower seed butter). I had all the ingredients+the vitamix so OF Course I had to make some!
Each recipe I saw was a little different. Some called for oil, some didn’t. Some called for sugar. Some didn’t. There isn’t really a recipe needed to be followed.
Roast sunflower seeds in the oven until golden, stirring periodically. Let them cool. I didn’t because I was impatient.
Throw in vitamix with pinch of salt. Start at variable 1, work your way up to 10, using tamper, and then put on high and use the tamper. I don’t have a dry blender jar so I would start and stop my vitamix so it doesn’t overheat. Depending on how you like the consistency of your sunbutter, will depend on if you add oil.

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2 cups of sunflower seeds equaled one little jar of nut butter! It’s super tasty on toasted english muffins and with honey. Or just straight from the jar!

Critters

Last week I found some corn that had been eaten by something. A raccoon of course. So we set a trap and that morning we woke up to a coon in it! A good sized mama one I think it was.  Sassie (dog) discovered the coon in the trap, and she went up to creep on it and it hissed and lurked at her and she jumped back about 8ft and the hair on her back was all standing! So she crept more.


IMG_0422I then saw these two cats stalking my cantaloupe plant. Turns out there was a mouse hiding in there! I think they migrated to the bean teepee to hide from the dog!

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Sassie is a watcher dog. She sits under the chicken door and watches the chickens forever! She then watched the coon and started barking at it! Luckily my father in law was around (I had forgot about the trap until after Jed left for work) so he dealt with the raccoon!

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And my chickens. They have the whole pasture surrounding their coop area to explore in yet need a little prompting! They’ve been exploring over there a bit more though lately.