Sunday, September 29, 2013

Anglepoise Original Lamp from the Museum of Modern Art Store

I finally found the most versatile lamp for my desk at the desert house.  I discovered the Anglepoise Original Lamp in a catalog that I received from the Museum of Modern Art.  I find their items are really unique and it's wonderful to have an artist re-creation in my home.

Anglepoise Original Lamp
Anglepoise Original Lamp by George Carwardine, 1934

The inventor, George Carwardine was a car designer and while he was designing a part for a car suspension, he created a mechanism that would work in other applications, such as a task lamp (Anglepoise lamp). This task lamp can be angled up, down, or forward and it will hold its position due to the springs in the frame.

Desk at desert house | Master bedroom
Desk at desert house | Master bedroom

The desk lamp that I had on the desk which you can see here, just didn't give off enough light and there's no other lighting near this wall.  The small lamps on the tables beside the bed are also too small to give off any light.  I am still on the look out for new bedroom lamps.  It seems that every time I find a cool lamp at Home Goods, Stein Mart or any other discount store, they only have one lamp (sigh).  Oh, well .. I'll keep looking. Isn't shopping, looking, discovering half the fun?


Monday, September 23, 2013

Ninja Mega Kitchen Blender for the desert house

The spouse and I have been enjoying time at the desert house this summer.  It has been an incredibly hot summer so it was pointless to do any remodeling.  We'll just wait until winter.  Stay tuned.

Since it has been so hot, we have been enjoying ice cold smoothies for breakfast.  My favorite smoothie is strawberry, banana blended with vanilla almond milk.  Super simple and delicious.  Earlier in the year, I purchased the 12 piece Bella Rocket Blender on sale at Macy's for $19.99.  However I've discovered that this darn blender couldn't blend pudding.  OK, that's the least it can do.  The blender doesn't have enough power to blend frozen fruit. I always find chunks of fruit in my smoothie and it drives me nuts.  Obviously, you get what you pay for.

So Macy's is having another sale and off I go to get a more powerful blender.  I'm not playing around this time - I want a powerful blender!  I looked at the Nutri Bullet personal blender.  It's 600 watts which is fairly powerful.  I've seen other bloggers use and recommend this blender, so I know it's a good little blender. Then I spot the Ninja Mega Kitchen Blender.  It's on sale at Macy's for $219.99 (reg $319.99).  This Ninja blender set is still $200 less than a Vitamix blender so I decide to go for it and purchase the Ninja.  So far it's an excellent purchase.

Behold my Ninja Mega Kitchen System - 1500 watts!  Now that's powerful!

Ninja Mega Kitchen System - 1500 watts

Here's the finished Strawberry, Banana, Almond Smoothie:

Perfectly blended Strawberry, Banana, Almond Milk smoothie

Recipe is super simple:

For two servings:
2 cups of vanilla almond milk.  You can use any type of milk here (dairy, soy).
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of frozen bananas or one frozen banana
1 cup of ice
Blend until smooth

Clean up is also a breeze.  Just rinse, add a bit of water, a squirt of dish soap and blend.  Rinse again with clean water and air dry.

Easy Ninja Clean up
Easy clean up

I haven't had the opportunity to used the mixing bowl or the single serving cups.  I'll experiment with those two items the next time I'm at the house.

If you have a Ninja Blender or any high power blender, what's your favorite smoothie recipe?