The Pink Flamingo

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 4, 2011

Yesterday was a lot of work…and little play!

But it was productive in every sense of the word and left us feeling very accomplished by the time we crashed on the couch at 9pm.


My original plan was to go through the office and purge/donate unnecessary items. And boy, did I ever! We parted with probably 75-80% of our books and DVDs that have just been collecting dust. The library is going to be happy to see me today!


Bye, bye psychology, statistics, and computer science books. We won’t miss you at all!

I also came across my WEDDING binder! This was the binder that held all of my wedding ideas, clippings, wedding dress pics, and collages. Too funny!


Oddly enough, our wedding ended up looking NOTHING like the clippings I pulled out. Originally, I wanted to go with a soft pink theme, but in the end we went for classic red, ivory, and black.




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Once I get on a organizing and purging spree, I can’t stop. It’s like some kind of high! After the office I did our bathroom and the bedrooms upstairs. There were a lot of things left in the house when we moved in, so it was great to get rid of unused furniture and odd items that were weighing us down.

Mid-afternoon, I stole Eric away from the deck work to replenish our energy stores!


Eric has been gushing about this smoothie that he had at Fresh restaurant the other week (he works near one of their locations and pops in sometimes for take out), so I took matters into my own hands and made my own version to surprise him. :)

The seasonal smoothie at Fresh is called a ‘Pink Flamingo’ and it’s made up of Watermelon, Banana, and Strawberries!


My Pink Flamingo Smoothie:

  • 3 cups watermelon
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (or fresh)
  • 1 large frozen banana (not the one in the picture)



Oh man, this was good!! There was also leftover smoothie after filling the glasses and I quickly chugged it before Eric saw!

I don’t like to point fingers, but the messy smoothie leads to Eric. ;)


We worked late and opted to skip our planned picnic for a less busy night. I whipped up a maple cinnamon split pea and spelt berry salad. It was delish, but I’d like to make a few tweaks to this next time!


Served it with fresh garden kale, sautéed in extra virgin olive oil and Herbamare.


I can’t get over how quickly the kale replenishes itself. I’ve been picking a big bunch each day and it just grows back overnight. If any of you new gardeners are looking for a fool-proof veggie to grow, kale is it. Actually, I’ve heard that most garden greens grow very easily!


Enjoyed with more beer. :)




Sunset is our favourite time to be in the backyard because everything just glows as the sunlight beams through the forest.



For dessert, we shared a bowl of organic cherries. Nothing better.


It’s back to the grind for us Canucks today, but it’s a holiday for our friends South of us. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July if you are celebrating today!

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Anne @ Zen and Genki May 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Looks and sounds delicious! I’ve found in the past that when I use watermelon in a smoothie, even in my Vitamix, it get sort of “frothy”…I think perhaps the trick with this one will be the rest of the frozen ingredients…looking forward to giving it a go- thanks!
(ps- nice job on the purging….sooooo hard to part with books!)
Have a great weekend!


Eve July 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

If you haven’t already made your trip to the library, you might want to check out an AWESOME website called “Paperback Swap”.com……. It is an amazing free book exchange site where you can post ANY books you have (paper back, hard back, audio, etc…). People then contact you if they want one of your books and you mail it to them (book rate here in the US is very, very cheap) and then you get *points* for each book you send out. It’s 1 point per book, so you can then use your points to get free books from others. There are MILLIONS of books posted and this isn’t based on the *value* of the book. Which means you can send out a small paperback someone else wants of yours and pick out a great big wonderful hardback coffee table book to have sent to you. It’s a really wonderful way to pass on books you no longer want and pick up those you do! And when you’re finished reading, you can always repost it and pass it on! :)


Amanda Collins October 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

I got a watermelon at this weekend’s Market on the Move ( and had no idea what to do with it (I don’t like watermelon straight). This smoothie was the answer! I always have frozen bananas and strawberries, so I just added a bit of protein powder to make a fantastic breakfast!


Shanda May 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Just made this after sitting through hot baseball games. Perfect and simple! I also made your hummus today to take to the game. Best ever! My 2 year old was eating it with a spoon, it was cute


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