Posts Tagged ‘kitchen ideas’

One Cup Wonders – Single Serve Smoothie Recipes To Try Right Now

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family Fun

When it comes to making smoothies the rules of the game have changed a bit. For decades we’ve whipped them up in our standard kitchen blenders. The taste was great but the effort and ingredients were often excessive. How many blenders half full of smoothie have you put in the fridge only to forget about it and waste the ingredients? Probably quite a few, and fresh foods aren’t cheap.

No need to fret over your money going down the drain anymore. Compact, single serve smoothie machines are the biggest trend in kitchen appliances these days and they solve the problem well. However, most of the smoothie recipes are still portioned for a large batch. So, we created these tasty treats that are excellent options for healthful nutrition, without being bland, boring, or just plain yuck! You won’t need to put these in the fridge for later, they’ll be gone in a flash.


Directions for all recipes

You can use fresh or frozen fruit

All should be blended until smooth or creamy

You can include ½ tsp ground flaxseed in any of them


Tropical Treat



¼ -1/2 mango flesh (remove skin)

1/4 – 1/2 nectarine

½ cup coconut milk

1/2 tbsp vanilla protein powder


Cherry Hills



¼ avocado

1 peach

3 pitted cherries

Almond milk to achieve your preferred consistency

½ tbsp protein powder


Berry Delicious


½ cup almond or rice milk

1 cup blackberries, blueberries, raspberries

1 packet raw sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tbsp protein powder




1/3 cup blackberries

¾ cup pineapple

Water (to achieve thick, creamy consistency)

½ tbsp vanilla protein powder


Strawberry Peach Cake


1/2 cup frozen peaches

6 small strawberries

1 packet raw sugar

¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk (or combo coconut/almond milk)

Dash pumpkin pie spice

½ tbsp vanilla protein powder

Decorating the French Provincial Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design Tips, Kitchen

5119306_SWhen it comes to decorative terms, “French Provincial” is more or less “French Country”. This style of interior decoration from the French Provinces came to the fore during the 17th and 18th centuries. Decorating the French provincial kitchen entails rough and whitewashed walls or smooth walls that are covered in beautiful wallpaper.

Using painted furniture isn’t uncommon, and straw woven seats can be a great addition to the kitchen table. One thing that makes this pattern of decoration unique and popular is the adoption of bright fabrics, which could range from tiny floral designs to wide paisley designs.

To achieve that traditional kitchen look while decorating the French provincial kitchen, the walls of the kitchen are painted in warm and milky white. What if white is not your favorite color? No need to fret, you can alternatively go for violet blue, muddied sea green, washed out ocher yellow, or even light gray.

Remember, think of a bright kitchen with a light feeling.  Using a chandelier for lighting above the island is a great idea and will add another depth of design to the kitchen.