I briefly mentioned it once or twice but I guess I’ll reluctantly bring it up again since the bulk of this post has to do with it…
About a month ago, I… I celebrated my 30th birthday.
There, I said it. The big 3-0.
You women tend to think us guys don’t care about the numbers because, well you know, we’re like fine wines and all. But that’s beside the point. Just because we grow awesomer by the day, doesn’t mean we don’t feel hurt when you put a number next to our level of radness. Sometimes I feel (or “act”, as I’m told) like I’m 20, but that parade I’m riding gets torn down when my wife constantly reminds me that I’m 30.
“Hahaha, look, you have grey hair because you’re 30. You’re an old man. Sebastian, tell your father he’s thirty hahaha..”
(Sebastian) “You’re dirty daddy, hahahaha”
Then everyone laughs. Everyone but me. It’s like a short, tight leash on an already domesticated dog.
But hey, I’m not here to talk about all that. It’s not like I cry about it at night…
I’m here to talk about the spoils of my birthday. You already know my mom was awesome enough to pay for a year of hosting for my blog, but in addition to that, she also got a sweet deal on this:
As you may recall on my first and only smoothie post (as of this writing), I said “Until my $20 blender that I don’t even remember buying burns out and dies, don’t expect me to get too invested in this game.” But after some consideration I decided to go back on what I said.
A few reasons why I became so interested was mainly due to the price. It was on a pretty good sale and it is insanely difficult for me to not pay attention to something when it’s on sale (yes, I am a man, and men do that, in case you’re wondering). The price, coupled with the fact that my amazing wife will be giving birth to Mini-Me #2 literally any day now, made me want to be ready for the time when baby food was needed. I really want to go the homemade route for baby food this time around and after some research I saw this can do a pretty good job at it. And lastly, I really wanted to try and start eating more balanced. Like I mentioned, I’m… not as young as I think I am and I’m constantly afraid that’s going to catch up to me one day. I felt like consuming various smoothies which I wouldn’t mind doing would help me get more of the stuff I needed into my body in an easier way.
Oh yeah, and the color. Freaking love the color. One day all my appliances will be that color (the little ones, not like the fridge and stuff).
Considering all of that, it went on my birthday list and was eventually gifted. Thanks again mom!
So what better way to introduce a new kitchen appliance than to put it to use with a recipe?! I’ve been on an almond milk kick as of late and I must say it is somewhat of a secret weapon in smoothies. When I first tried it a couple of weeks ago, it made regular milk taste like water. And that was just the vanilla flavored. Then I tried the chocolate and it was all over.
I’ve been wanting to try almond milk for a while but it wasn’t until I saw this Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Smoothie by Ashton at Something Swanky that I really got a kick in the butt to try it. Strangely enough, when I put this smoothie together, I wasn’t even thinking about Aston’s. But now that I look at it again I guess it was a subconscious thing that they’re fairly similar.
Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Smoothie: subconsciously adapted from Something Swanky
1 each ~ Banana, sliced
2 tablespoons ~ Peanut Butter
½ cup ~ Old Fashioned Oats
2/3 cup ~ Chocolate Almond Milk
½ teaspoon ~ Cinnamon
about 10 ice cubes
- I know it sounds like a lot of ice cubes, but after trying it without them, I can tell you straight up there is a difference. This smoothie at room temperature is not as great as it is chilled.
- I have yet to try with frozen bananas, so maybe that’ll omit the ice cubes. Give it a shot!
Don’t quote me on this, but it looks like there is a lot of stuff that is good for you in this smoothie. I like to think that I’m on the right track with eating better in the mornings, what do you think?
- Oh, you’re waiting for me to tell you how to make the smoothie? …Really?
Nope, I’m not going to tell you how to make the smoothie since my 3 year old pretty much makes them for me. But, I will share this with you:
It’s an unboxing video!!
The food blogging world may not be familiar with the art of unboxing videos, but where I come from in the video game world, it’s pretty much a given to expect one every time you get something new to show off. The level of our coolness is measured by these vids, no matter how weird my wife looks at me. I always loved doing unboxings for the special editions of games and stuff like that, so I thought it would be cool to do one for the blender and post it on the blog here.
And that’s that. I’ll experiment more with smoothie recipes in the future and I’ll more than likely share my experiences in making homemade baby food when that time comes. Until then, I hope you enjoy this one!
If you’re interested, this version of the Ninja Blender in the Cinnamon Red color is only available exclusively on QVC. It’s a decent price compared to regular stores, and it comes with the.. well, check out the unboxing video if you’re interested. Everything works great. I use the 72 oz pitcher and single serve cups on a daily basis, and the food processor has been put to use rather successfully. Especially considering the price, this has my vote over any of those fancy shmancy $400+ blenders.
About the song: What’s My Age Again? by Blink-182 - I used to LOVE Blink. They were one of my favorite bands growing up and I have nothing but fond memories rocking out with friends listening to them. Every year on my birthday I am guaranteed to listen to this song on repeat. It is off Enema of the State.