Orange Watermelon

wmHave you tried an orange watermelon? No it’s not a typo, I meant ‘orange’. Wandering around the farmer’s market the other day I noticed a sign for orange watermelon. I had to ask – “What’s an orange watermelon?”

The vendor gave me a sample and yum! The flesh is the same texture as a red watermelon and the flavor is not quite as sweet with a hint of melon taste. Mine was seedless. I noticed the rind was thicker than a regular watermelon but that’s fine, it composted just fine. Apparently this baby was developed in the 60s. First time I’ve had one and I’m a fan. It also made heavenly sorbet 🙂 I bet it would be good in watermelon gazpacho too. 

If you’ve never had one, try something new. By the way, I’m usually a laggard so if you all have been chomping away on these bad boys let me know how else you use them.

Have a great week!


Eggplant and social media?

photo-1Before I chat about social media, I’m having fresh corn, a tomato tart, and eggplant with breadcrumbs for dinner tonight after my foray to the farmer’s market. Oh, and fresh blackberries for dessert – yum! The eggplant, I slice, dip it in egg and shake it in a bag with some flour and italian breadcrumbs. Then fry it in a pan with a little olive oil. A great way to try eggplant if you’re not a fan.

sm2I’ve been thinking a lot about social media lately. Who uses it and why. It seems like today we’re all on in some way shape or form. As a writer who left corporate america, I find it a great way to connect with new folks when I need a break from work.

pBut at the same time, I tend to “go dark” for days or even a few weeks at a time. Where I have friends who check Facebook every time their phone dings. I have all sound notifications turned off on my phone and check in a few times a day. How often are you on social media, which one is your favorite and why? I know some of you like blogs since you’re here – grins.

I’ll go first. My favorite, hands down is twitter. I tweet about all kinds of stuff – the Walking Dead being a particular fave of mine.

smAt best, I’m a sporadic blogger. As you know, I have a website here for Wicked Green Smoothies and there’s another one for my writing.

Vine is fun to create short little 6 second videos like today when it’s raining.

Instagram is great for sharing silly pictures. You can follow me on Instagram if you’re so inclined.

I’m also on Pinterest where I post about healthy eating, products and styles I love, things inspiring the latest book and whatever else catches my fancy.

Last but not least, if you want to connect with me in another format than this blog, I’ve listed all my links. Oh yeah, I’m on Facebook as me, and under my author fan page.

Give me a shout out as to your fave and why. And if you like tomatoes, cheese & basil…tell me and I’ll post my tomato tart recipe.

Enjoy the weekend!

But I don’t have time

It's a Cranberry Day SmoothieI’ve had a number of people tell me lately “I just don’t have time to make a smoothie for breakfast. It’s enough to get ready in the morning.”

Fair enough. Here’s a trick to make your life easier in the morning. Have your blender out on the counter, clean and ready to go. Buy two 1lb bags of your favorite frozen fruit. Like blackberry and mango or pineapple and strawberry. Dole has frozen pineapple or you can take a can, strain the juice and freeze the pieces on a flat baking sheet. Once frozen, put in bags.

Take 6 ziploc bags in the quart size and split the fruit evenly between the bags. If you like banana, add 1/3 banana to each bag and throw the bags in the freezer. To make it “green” buy a bag of frozen spinach and divide it out between the 6 bags. Or buy fresh, blanch it and freeze, then do the same. Wah-lah – a Wicked Green Smoothie that will delight your mouth.

In the morning, grab a baggie, dump it into the blender and add 1/2 c. yogurt and 1 c. water or your favorite juice (apple, grape, orange, etc.). Blend well.smooth

Want to also take a smoothie for lunch? After pouring smoothie number one into your cup. Repeat and pour into an insulated thermos. Enjoy for lunch.

Happy blending!

I coulda had my veg

v8Not ready to try a Wicked Green Smoothie? No worries. Here’s an easy peasy way to start…Go to the store and buy a bottle of spicy hot V-8 juice. Pour 16 oz into a blender. Add a few sprigs of parsley or a couple slices of cucumber or a few leaves of spinach. Blend and pat yourself on the back for being good to your body.

And…later that afternoon, make a bloody mary 🙂

Happy Weekend!

Summer and FREE books!

untitled (9)Summertime. A time to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies. To laze by the pool. To enjoy fruity drinks and…to read. Today I take over and instead of posting a smoothie recipe, I’m sharing my book self -grins

But you don’t get away without anything Wicked Green – pop grapes into the freezer for an hour or two. They are so delicious frozen!

I’m celebrating Summer by offering Lost in Shadow, book one in the Shadow Walkers series FREE today through 7/20 on Amazon.

Don’t have a Kindle or an eReader? No worries. Get the free app from Amazon for your laptop, smartphone and/or tablet.

lostLost in Shadow is a modern-day ghost story with a twist. I hope you enjoy Colin and Emily’s story. Book 2 – Desired by Shadow will be out in October.

Happy Summer to All!


The peaches are here!

ImageI don’t know about you but I love fresh peaches. They are in season right now and the farmer’s market has tons of them. Here in Raleigh, North Carolina we are so fortunate to have the state farmer’s market and all its wonderful bounty.

Find your local farmer’s market and pick up a few peaches. Eat it as is. Cut it up in a bowl with some blackberries and blueberries, add to your favorite greek yogurt, or…yep, make a delicious smoothie.

Peach Perfection
1 peach cut into pieces, discard pit (you can use frozen if you don’t have fresh)
1/2 c. yogurt – flavor of your choice. Vanilla, peach, and plain greek are all wonderful
1/2 c. pineapple juice
2 fresh mint leaves (optional)
handful of ice (you don’t need this if you used frozen peaches)
For all you beginners, you can stop here or maybe add a couple of spinach or leafy green lettuce leaves
All you Wicked Green Smoothie drinkers – throw in a big handful of spinach or cut up a third of a cucumber.
Blend well and enjoy!Image 2