Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops

 Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops :: Blooming on Bainbridge
Hello there!
I've missed you!
If I give 10 good reasons why I've been too busy to blog will you forgive me for not blogging in over a month?
I hope so.

Here goes:
I've been training hard at Strength Lab growing strong and gettin' my sparkle back.

Melony (my sister) and the kids came to visit from Alabama for Spring Break! We went skiing
at Crystal for several days, hung out on Bainbridge Island and "did Seattle" big time!

Salisbury Woodworking here on Bainbridge Island has been busy in the house installing the stair balusters we designed together. Salisbury is the real deal!

Aurora Florialis has been busy seeding the yard with new grass & doing a bit of landscaping to get us ready for spending the summer outdoors. I'll share pictures soon!

Let's see. What else?
Speaking of the yard. We've been busy in the yard. You know. Yard work. ;)

Oh! I've been busy sewing, getting ready to open Bags by Bloom! Soon! Promise!

Did I mention I've been training hard?

I've basically cut all gluten from my diet. Transitioning to a gluten-free lifestyle is time consuming. More on going gluten-free later.

Whenever it's sunny the furballs and I are out walking & hiking & enjoying the SUN!

Last but certainly not least; I've been enjoying our new home. Opening the Dutch doors when it's sunny. Prepping healthy food in the new kitchen. Soaking in bubbles and epsom salt in the soaker tub. Basking in the sun & listening to the eagles chirping in the adirondack chairs by the fire pit. Lounging on the 10 foot daybed/window seat in the kitchen. Just enjoying this gorgeous place we now call home.

That's what I've been doing.
What have you been up to?
I miss you.
I really do.
I miss this blog.
So let's talk about POPSICLES.
How much do you love POPSICLES!!!
Sweet, SOUR, salty lime popsicles.
And I do mean sour.
Better get ready to PUCKER-Up!
Cause these babies are SOUR!
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Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops
Makes 10 Popsicles
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup Stevia
4 strips of lime zest
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (8 - 10 limes)
Lime slices 
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
popsicle molds & sticks
Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops :: Blooming on Bainbridge Begin by doing your thing with the limes.  photo 0a05jpg_zpsc19b2836.jpg Combine the water, stevia, lime zest and lime juice in a medium saucepan.
If you like salt on limes like I do, add the salt.  photo 0a06jpg_zps6ca487b2.jpg  photo 0a010jpg_zps4bc44447.jpg Cook over medium heat stirring until mixture comes to a boil and stevia has dissolved. Remove from heat. Remove lime zest. Let cool to room temperature. Divide mixture among molds.  Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops :: Blooming on Bainbridge Drop a lime slice in each mold.
Pop in freezer and freeze 4 - 5 hours until solid.
You're going to love how SOUR these are! Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops :: Blooming on Bainbridge Don't miss a post subscribe via Rss Reader

Banana Green Apple Protein Smoothie

Banana Green Apple Protein Smoothie :: Blooming on Bainbridge
Just call me the smoothie queen.
I like being known as the girl who can make a mean -HEALTHY- smoothie.
Is it my imagination or can you see the tee-tiny bits of green apple in this smoothie?
Maybe I'm just seeing things cuz I'm so in love with the combination of banana and green apple!
I loved hearing from an Instagram friend today that was sipping the Berry Orange Protein Smoothie.
Do you LOVE Instagram or what?
I totally love waking up and seeing all the healthy choices Instagram friends are making for breakfast!
Banana Green Apple Protein Smoothie :: Blooming on Bainbridge
Several of you have emailed asking about the Blendtec blender vs. the Vitamix.
I don't have a clue about the Vitamix but I do know I absolutely love my Blendtec. Bridget has the Blendtec and I'm pretty sure she loves it too! Now that I think about it, most of the food bloggers that I know & love use the Blendtec.
This morning when I threw a green apple in the Blendtec it blended it to little bits beautifully.
So here's the recipe for this yummy smoothie.
I like it because you can taste the little bits of green apple and it's jammed packed with energy-boosting protein.
Banana Green Apple Protein Smoothie
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2 cups ice
1 cup almond milk
1/2 banana (frozen is best)
1/2 green apple
Juice of 1/2 an orange
1 tablespoon nut butter (Justin's Almond Butter)
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder 
2 organic Stevia packs (or sweetener of choice)  Banana Green Apple Protein Smoothie :: Blooming on Bainbridge
Shine bright and SPARKLE big my friends!
Spring is upon us!
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