I made an excellent orange sorbet today with my VitaMix. (I’m sure you can do it with any blender, but I especially love the VitaMix. It pulverizes everything in 30 seconds.) Here’s the recipe if you want:

Orange Sorbet Recipe

– 2 oranges, peeled and halved (I put in 3)
– 2 tbsp of sugar (or whatever type sweetener you want), I used 2 tbsp
even with my 3 oranges and it turned out fine
– 4 cups of ice

Blend (starting on Variable 1 then switch to High) for about 30-60
seconds until the sound changes and 4 lumps/mounds form. I presume it may
take a little longer on other blenders, but not much, I don’t think.

– Source: VitaMix cookbook

Of course, I also made guacamole tonight. (And I’ve made hummus in the past, too.) Mostly, I make insane fruit/veggie smoothies and force DS to drink them. (He loves them and can’t get enough. I think he usually drinks 4-6 oz. And then he pees all night.)

I have to use this sucker a lot because otherwise, its cost per usage skyrockets. This BAMF came with quite a hefty price tag, don’tcha know… I figure, if I use it almost daily for at least a year, it’ll come down to almost a dollar a day, right? That’s reasonable! So, I force soups (I made this truly disgusting pumpkin soup that I will never make again – or at least follow the recipe MUCH closer… *shudder*) and dips and juices on DH and DS. But NOW, now that I know the sorbets and ice creams are SO EASY (I can’t believe I never tried until now – such an IDIOT!), and spring and summer are just around the corner, this will be AWESOME.

And I won’t feel bad when DS gobbles it all down because really, the sugar content is minimal! YAY! YUM! DELISH!

 

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DH has commented lately that I’ve been really big on making my own foods. For instance, today, I made kale chips. Delicious. And nutritious! (BONUS!) It totally satisfies that potato chip craving (you know what it is, that salty, crunchy, oily taste) and is good for you to boot. YUM! I’ve also made my own hummus, juices/smoothies, and sunflower seed butter (DS is allergic to peanuts so this is allegedly as close as you can get to PB). Gotta put that new Vita-Mix to work! Don’t get me wrong – this still doesn’t guarantee that DH has dinner on the table when he gets home (that is a rare and lucky day for him. Poor man.) but I’m trying to do better. After all, the guy does work all day and commutes about three hours a day.

Sure, I work all day, too. Running after a 13 month old boy is no joke! However, I do usually get at least an hour nap with DS and we do have a lot of fun playing and reading stories and running errands. I am exhausted at the end of the day – but in a very different and far more rewarding manner than DH.

I know DH sometimes resents all the time I get with DS and wishes he didn’t have the majority of our financial burden on his shoulders. He tells me that by the end of the day, his brain is mush and he really can’t remember half the things I tell him as he comes in through the door. He just wants to play with DS a bit, eat some food, catch up on the work he didn’t do all day and sleep.

It’s hard though. Even though DH doesn’t mean to make it sound as if I do nothing all day (or that it’s all fun – and it is fun), I still sometimes feel as if I need to justify taking a break at the end of the day, too. I am exhausted, too! I work, too! Just because my work involves DS and he’s super cute and adorable and I love him doesn’t mean that I’m any less tired! Besides, after DS goes to sleep, I occasionally do “real” work, too.

But anyway, this post is all rambly-like and I digress.

I do enjoy making and trying all these new healthy foods and seeing if I enjoy making them and eating them at the same time. Perhaps it will also translate into us finally figuring out what to have for dinner every night. (Sometimes, I have no idea how DH and I survive in regards to food. What exactly are we eating?) I’ll become a domestic goddess yet.