Category Archives: Tennis

My Green Monster, Much ‘needed’ new items, and Brandon’s Tennis Match

My Green Monster

First of all, let me introduce you to the leader of the Green Monster Movement, the author of, Angela Liddon.  Her blog has inspired me in many ways to create healthy meals for myself and my boyfriend and live a healthy lifestyle.  She has also inspired me to make Green Monsters which are essentially, green smoothies full of fresh fruit, veggies and other add-ins which improve skin, hair, nails and enrich our bodies full of nutrients. UPDATE—I just got my Green Monster recipe posted on the!! Check it out HERE!

Deuce's Green Monster


*1 handful of ice

*1 handful of frozen fruit

(I used strawberries, mango, pineapple, bananas, and papaya)

*1 c. almond milk

*2 handfuls of spinach

*1/2 c. to 3/4 c. of vanilla or plain yogurt

*1 tbsp. of chia or flax seeds

*1 tbsp. of honey

(omit yogurt and honey, if needed)

Place all ingredients in the blender and VOILA!  An easy and healthful smoothie!

I loved seeing how green my smoothie came out, by adding lots of spinach.  Just recently I have been making sure I always have frozen fruit on hand, in order to make last minute banana soft serve or smoothies.

Some other tasty add-ins would be…coconut flakes, granola, almonds or almond butter, sugar-free vanilla syrump, carob or chocolate chips…and the list goes on.

I brought my smoothie to drink at work as a meal replacement.  Everyone asked me how to make it and said it looked like a Smoothie King creation.  Smoothie King drink your heart out!

Here are a few more websites that have great smoothie recipes!!!

Sometimes I “Veg”

Pictures Pups and Pies

Oh She Glows

Much ‘needed’ NEW items 

While I was out running errands today, I got real excited about some much wanted needed Target finds…although some I needed more than others.  Here is a before picture of the measuring cups and spoons I was currently using.  Let’s just say my dishwasher had melted them, and I had been using them still for a few years now with holes in them….seriously.

Ruined measuring cups

New Item #1

Measuring cups and spoons and small colander for draining canned goods.

New Items #2 and #3

Next I treated myself to a new convenient roll-up picnic blanket to bring to Pops in the Park, if we don’t get rained out again this week.

Roll-Up picnic blanket and MUCH NEEDED Mimosa/Sangria Carafe

and…if you give a mouse a cookie girl a picnic blanket, she more than likely needs a carafe for mimosas or sangria!!!

New Item #4

Bird Feeder and NOT NEW PURCHASE Hummingbird Feeder

So…let me explain this next purchase…a bird feeder to feed hungry birds BECAUSE THIRSTY HUMMINGBIRDS ARE NOT COMING TO MY HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER!  My friend, Mariah, was having such good luck getting cute hummingbirds to come to her feeder in her backyard that I bought a nearly identical bright red(because that’s supposedly what they like best) hummingbird feeder and I haven’t seen 1 hummingbird yet!  Does anyone know what’s wrong with my feeder?  or the location?  or my fresh nectar (made with 1 part sugar and 4 parts water)?  Well anyways, while my hummingbird feeder stays empty, check out my friend’s cool hummingbird pics…and one day maybe I’ll have a good hummingbird update.

 Brandon’s Tennis Match

So…if you have been reading my blog, my last post was about how Brandon and I were practicing playing tennis more so, so I could learn how to play the game.  Well to help cheer him on, Lacey and I attended one of his mixed doubles matches this past week.  Here are some pics from our adventure!

And..Brandon and his partner wore matching outfits…I’ve forgotten to ask if he sent out a memo on wearing blue shirts and black shorts or not.

The park that Brandon played his match at also had tons of beach volleyball games consecutively going on.

Lacey had a good time checking out other people and dogs.

 And then she saw Brandon tying his shoes and remembered how much she missed her Daddy.

Until she found a stick….

and was preoccupied for a bit.

What a happy puppy!!

If you were wondering about the outcome of Brandon’s tennis match…no they didn’t win this time, but he’s still a winner in my heart!…aww


Tennis, Quinoa Burger, and Visiting with Friends


Over the weekend, Brandon and I enjoy doing some sort of physical activity together every Saturday.  Either we go to the gym and I let him train me and give me a series of workouts and reps I need to complete or we go for a run or walk in the nearby park, Freedom Park.  Since Brandon is a member of the USTA  and now plays in a mixed doubles league in Charlotte, I’ve been trying to “brush up” on my tennis skills so we can actually play and practice together.  Here are some pics of us playing.  Notice his semi-pro positions and how it looks more like I’m just posing for the camera.  haha



Needless to say, Brandon is helping me learn the basics of tennis so I can better develop my skills to hopefully play with him and help him practice for his future matches.

Quinoa Burger

I love this food scale I bought for Brandon last Christmas.  It makes it convenient to evenly portion out burger patties.  You can set it to ‘grams’ or ‘ounces’.

So here are my quinoa burgers all equally portioned out and ready to cook later in the day.

Quinoa Burger and Balsamic Green Beans

The recipe for this Quinoa Burger came from my friend, Mariah’s blog, Pictures Pups and Pies.  She also mentioned how to easily make this quick balsamic green beans on another post.  Please check out these recipes!!  We topped this quinoa burger with Mache (lamb’s lettuce), tomato, avocado and whole grain dijon mustard.

We loved this quinoa burger and will definitely make it again!

Back to my other new favorite healthy treat—VEGAN OVERNIGHT OATS(VOO).  If you have not tried them yet, you must!! So many people mention how they were never breakfast eaters before, but after trying these you will become addicted!!

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk, I use vanilla almond milk

Blueberry soft serve pairs wonderfully with overnight oats.  Do you remember how to make your non-dairy soft serve?  Slice 1 banana and place in fridge overnight.  The next morning put the frozen banana in a food processor for 5 minutes.  You may add blueberries, if you would like.  This is what I did for this recipe.  Just make sure you food process the banana and blueberry mixture for 5 entire minutes!  It will not come out correctly if it is not in the food processor for 5 full minutes!  Layer the banana soft
serve and oat mixture in a glass or mix together in a bowl.  Another shoutout to Pictures Pups and Pies for giving me this wonderful recipe and idea for a blueberry breakfast!

Vegan Overnight Oats and Blueberry Soft Serve

Visiting with Friends

So to end our weekend we had plans to go to Pops in the Park, which is a local event where the Charlotte Symphony performs and you are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic basket full of wine and snacks to relax and enjoy their music.  Well…it rained…like it tends to often on Sundays in June from 6-9pm.

So I wanted to show you our papaya we cut up to make fruit kabobs along with mango, strawberries, and pineapple.  I’ve never bought a papaya so I wasn’t exactly sure how it was going to cut up, if it would be soft like an avocado or firm like cantelope.  It was definitely a very ripe papaya because it sliced like butter.  Seriously….Sooo sweet and yummy!!

Mmm...fresh papaya

Fruit Kabobs

Our fruit kabobs we planned to take to Pops in the Park to share with friends….until it rained.

We had our picnic basket full of wine, snacks and a little white dog ready to go!

But because of the rain, we figured we would just hit up Whiskey Warehouse instead….

Whiskey Warehouse bar

Brandon watched the final NBA match-up between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks….which resulted in the Mavericks winning the championship, in case you have lived in a box since Sunday…

While I visited with my good friend and college roommate, Julia, who just got back from working in Hawaii for 3 months.

Me and Julia

All in all, it was a good weekend playing tennis, enjoying good food and friends.