Today, I bring you Green Juice and Meatballs!

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter our giveaway (beauty box valued at $140)! One winner will be chosen tomorrow… good luck! 🙂 It was great to go home and spend some quality time with mera baba (Chindi? hehe). The state of Kentucky just gets lovelier and lovelier each additional time I go back. Distance makes the heart grow fonder? Blue skies, soft cotton clouds, bluegrass in the wind… sigh. And again, fall is the prettiest season. The juicer that I got for my parents as a present (for their anniversary? Maybe? It’s a year late lols) came and so we put it to use right away. I still remember my BluePrint juice cleanse (scroll to the bottom of the link provided to see a list of their juices). We decided to make a slightly different version of the green juice.

Thank goodness for the groupon deal… because we were able to snatch the Cuisinart Juice Extractor. It’s got five different speeds and was easy enough to use and clean. It is surprisingly quiet!

Ingredients

1   lime (peeled)
1   cucumber
4   (leaves of) kale
2   medium apples
1   carrot

The order that I put the veggies/fruit into the juicer is as above. Since there are 5 speeds, I started at the lowest speed (softest fruit/veggie) and worked my way up. You can eyeball the amount of each ingredient that you want to add, but I will say that the cucumber/lime/apples are key for this juice. They are what helps to balance out the bitterness in the kale. So so so delicious. And much cheaper than the BluePrint juice that I bought! However, we were a bit sad to waste the pulp… If at some point you’ve had to experience hunger or not having enough to eat (this is, fortunately, not something I’ve been through), you’d be more aware of what happens to the food… and so mera baba was uncomfortable with just throwing all that out… so we thought and thought…

What to do with all this PULP?

We made spicy ground pork with basil noodle soup earlier that morning so we decided to use the leftover ground pork to make MEATBALLS! Teehee. It worked perfectly. Extra fibery. We added some cornstarch, an egg, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and some additional spices. The result was wonderful! The sweetness from the lime and apples and even from the cucumbers give the meatballs such a distinct flavor. 🙂

This was most certainly a success for us in the food department 🙂

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Reminder: Beauty Box Giveaway Valued at $140! :)

Happy Monday! We’re sitting here with out coffee, green teas, black teas, tasty breakfast foods (pastries? sandwiches?)… ready to face the week! How are you gearing up? Did you watch the Emmy Awards last night? What did you think? Anyways, this is just a reminder that you still have about a week left to enter our beauty box (valued at more than $140) giveaway. The giveaway includes Neutrogena, Lumene, L’OREAL, ORLY, LivingProof, Dr Dennis Groos products and more! Click on the photo below for more information and to enter the giveaway (or navigate to the giveaway tab up top ^). Giveaway ends on September 30! Good luck!

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SomethingNavy Dress and Jewelmint Bracelet Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Amber over at Amber Writes for winning the dress and bracelet! We hope you will like the dress and Wow people with the matching duo. 🙂 A big thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway. And of course, are Beauty Box Giveaway (valued at more than $140) is going on for the month of September, so you still have lots of time to enter that! 🙂

Amber, expect an email from us by the end of the day today! 🙂

That’s all for now, but more stories to come. Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

As Always,
❤ Charkie, Arkie, Jarkie, and Markie @todaycommai

Todaycommai 2013 Blogiversary Giveaway Part 3 – Exciting Beauty Box!

We promised another giveaway (to celebrate you lovely readers and to celebrate our blogiversary), and here it is! 🙂 This is a beauty giveaway… full of awesome goodies! 🙂 Instructions on how to enter are below. We will select a winner on October 1, 2013. 

Todaycommai’s 2013 Blogiversary Giveaway (Part 3) – Beauty Box Giveaway!
One lucky reader will win a box full of 11 beauty products, ranging from skincare to makeup to nail products to hair products and more… valued at more than $140!

Jarkie bought the products or received them in her subscription boxes (This giveaway is not sponsored by any third party). For a list of products and why she chose to include them in the giveaway, see details below.

What’s in this beauty giveaway? 

To enter, follow the rafflecopter directions below. Remember, this giveaway is only open to residents of the US. If you cannot access it in this post, you can also use this link to enter. Good luck! 🙂

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Today, I am back from a trip to the Windy City!

Hello! I’d first like to mention that the July Giveaway is still going on (ends July 21). If you want to enter to win $70+ worth of beauty products, click here!

After a weekend getaway in Louisville (well, I didn’t really end up spending much time here) and Chicago, I’m glad to be back in good ole DC and working. I do love taking trips & traveling, though! 🙂

My old Kentucky home :) (Louisville skyline from the Ohio River)

My old Kentucky home 🙂 (Louisville skyline from the Ohio River)

Growing up in Louisville, Chicago was the closest “real” big city near us – a 5 hour drive. This means that I’ve probably visited Chicago 10+ times in my life. Ten is probably far far far underestimate from the actually number of times. I’m sorry… I don’t mean to offend any of you all… but I’ve never been a fan of NYC. I like it. I like visiting but other than that, I’m quite over it. However, every time I visit Chicago, despite knowing how cold (nippy noodles!) it can get, I see myself living in the city. Who knows? Maybe I’ll stay in the DMV area… or maybe I’ll actually go back to the great, the beautiful, the wonderful Kentucky 😛

Loved the Chicago River + Lake Michigan tour that we went on… I got to ride on the “water elevator”… um, what else? Chinatown was dear to me, as always. Millennium Park always makes for a great people watching spot… and walking along the lake shore is wonderful. Calming for the mind. A late dinner on July 4th meant that all hopes of catching the fireworks was gone down the drain. They closed off most streets and we saw a couple of fireworks peep over the bridge. 🙂 It was just good to be with my parents again and spend quality family time with them. Also, side note, SUCH GOOD FOOD.

Anyways, some highlights of my trip in the slideshow below. Hover your mouse over each picture to see the comments. Enjoy! 🙂

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