It's hard to believe that summer is gone and fall is upon us. I actually love the change of seasons and it prompts me to get organized for the what is around the corner.
About a year ago I decided that I would make the first of every month a day when I accomplish a few tasks that seem to go by the wayside. I have more pictures on my computer than I know what to do with, but they are precious to me and I have a few photo projects that depend upon me keeping them safe. The first of every month I make a point to back up my computer to an external hard drive. I have learned that if you do it regularly it doesn't take long at all. If you need your back up due to a stolen or lost computer, a power outage zapping your computer or your computer just dies...you have a recent back up. I bought an external hard drive for about a hundred dollars and I have not regretted it. When I bought a new computer I was ready to go and transferred all my data without a worry in the world.
Another task that I take care of is cleaning my Vitamix container by filling it half way with a 3:1 ratio of water and vinegar. I let it sit all day, run it on high for about 40 seconds and then wash it with a soft scrub sponge and put it away. If you do this regularly you will not have any filmy buildup that comes from greens being used in smoothies. I am a smoothie fan and have one every day to get me going and it sticks with me for hours. Here is one of my favorites!
Chocolate Almond Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop protein powder ( I love Plant Fusion Complete Plant Protein Vanilla Bean)
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup ice
- 2 dates
- handful of greens (optional)
Blend and enjoy!