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Refreshing Kale And Mango Smoothie

Kale & Mango Smoothie

 

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that lately, I’ve been eating a lot of mango and kale. Both are so affordable, healthy and delicious. Most days, Aldi has mangoes for $ 0.69 a piece. I usually stock up on mangoes and freeze a bunch. I always like to have some fruit in the freezer. We are smoothie junkies over here – we make smoothies almost daily.

Mangoes help lower blood pressure and boost brain health. The list of health benefits of kale goes on and on. Kale fights cancer, relieves pain, improves heart health, etc. It”s a true super food.

Even if you don’t like kale, I am positive you’ll enjoy this kale and mango smoothie. This smoothie is refreshing and healthy, and offers relief from the summer heat. It’s been so hot in Nashville, which makes mowing and any outdoor work very hard. After mowing, I enjoy this smoothie so much. I cannot tell you how good it feels. It’s also a great way to get in some extra greens.

Kale & Mango Smoothie

To start the smoothie, you are going to need:

2 cups chopped kale

1 cup frozen mango

1/2 frozen banana

1 cup almond milk or any other milk

Directions:

Place ingredients in blender. (I use this blender.) Pour and enjoy.

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Perhaps you don’t like green juices and smoothies, but, I want to challenge you to try something new this week.

Keep cool and have a great week. xo Sabine

 

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A Small Entryway

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We have a small home with a front door that opens directly into our living space. Who knows, one day I might have a grand foyer & an office (yeah, right) … but until then, I am working with what I have.

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Since moving into this home, three years ago, I have tried several furniture placements.

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I placed the couch parallel to the TV, so when you walked into the room you saw the back of the couch. I thought it would be a great way to visually create a separate entry way. In the end I didn’t like it. It felt as if the bulky couch was “cutting off” the room. I can see this work better with a slimmer couch. Like this one.

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Via Terracottadesignbuild

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At some point, the couch was where the TV and book cases are now.  I mounted the TV on the opposite wall of the room. Nope, didn’t like it. The TV felt “lost” and I was afraid we’d bump into it every time we came through the front door.

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My favorite placement: I placed an entryway table and mirror where the TV used to be. It’s right next to our tiny closet, which holds some of our hats, gloves, boots, heavier jackets, reusable bags, etc. The entryway table/mirror area is a place for keys, sunglasses, chap sticks, as well as a last minute “before out the door” glance in the mirror. At some point, I want a larger, round mirror.

entryway table

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At first, I wasn’t crazy about having the sofa in front of a large window. However, I discovered that placing the sofa in front of the window gave us more open floor space and encouraged casual conversation. It’s also the pups’ favorite place. I strongly suggest moving around your furniture until it feels right.

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At some point, I want to get a smaller coffee table and a soft rug. A brown leather couch would be awesome too. Other than that, I don’t want this room crowded with patterns and bright colors. I like minimal, clean and cozy.

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This is our “foyer”. In my opinion, the entryway table and mirror create a room separation. I guess i can say  I have achieved my entryway  ambience.

I like the way this modern, shallow bookcase defines an entry, while adding style and function. I think it’s better than a wall.
Is your home lacking a foyer? How do you work with it?

 

 

Pan-Fried Kale and Butter Beans

Kale and butter beans

So, I almost didn’t post this recipe because it seemed too simple and easy to prepare. However, since this dish is super nourishing,  delicious and inexpensive,  and it only requires a few simple ingredients, I thought I needed to share.

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On Saturday, my fridge and pantry were pretty much empty. I did find a can of butter beans and a bag of kale. Perfect ingredients for a quick and warm lunch.

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This is my favorite kind of lunch. Everything gets thrown into a pan, and the dish is ready in minutes.

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Ingredients:

(serves two)

1 cup kale (I get mine in a bag, washed and chopped)

1 can butter beans (rinsed and drained). Mine were baby butter beans, but I love the large butter beans.

3 tbsp olive oil

1 clove of garlic

1 tbsp soy sauce

Salt and pepper

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Directions:

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the beans and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Flip the beans and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, kale, salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook until the kale begins to wilt. Mix in the soy sauce and cook for 1 minute longer, stirring until everything is evenly coated.

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So quick and easy.