I’m so thrilled to be back in my favorite writing space, and can’t believe the year has escaped me. All my valiant plans for jumping right back into the blogging arena once again were waylaid by real life! It’s been such an amazing year so far though, and my family has had many opportunities for travel. During spring break we were able to take and show our girls my birthplace and home for the first 7 years of my life….Washington D.C. and the Northern Virginia area. We stayed with my husband’s cousin Sheila in Maryland right on the metro line, and were able to metro into the city daily and show the girls all the sites. We also visited family including my 93 year old still independent grandmother on my dad’s side. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our Florida born and raised girls played and sledded in snow for the very first time.
We also just came back from a trip to New York City! It was the trip of a lifetime, and I was so excited to share my love of NYC with my husband and girls. Ever since getting a taste of how special it really is on my first trip there in 2012, I’ve been dreaming of traveling there with my family. This time instead of only having a weekend (which was really just a tease), we had an entire week! Wow….pinch me, I’m still in shock! And in between those 2 trips we also journeyed up to North Carolina for our annual 4th of July family reunion (which we missed last year). So many travel posts and pictures to share with you all.
In other news, we’ve had major house renovations due to our hot water heater flooding and ruining my hardwood floors (which has led to many other projects as you can imagine), celebrated my oldest daughter’s sweet 16 with a huge birthday bash in March, sent our two oldest daughters away on mission trips in June (our middle daughter’s first), welcomed my mom into my neighborhood (she bought a house a half mile away), and I ran my first 10k race. Countless kayak adventures, beach time, and oh yeah….my husband completed a 60 day “juice only” juicefast this spring. Kind of a big deal! So many thoughts and experiences to share here, but for now I’ll start with a simple recipe.
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite fresh-pressed vegetable juices….BEET JUICE! Who me? I never really thought I liked beets, let alone the juice of a beet. Even when we started our juicing journey back in 2013, as much as I wanted to try beet juice….I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I have friends who love beets, and to me I just couldn’t get past that earthy flavor. Turns out there’s a trick. Wash and peel your beet, and it worked! This juice is amazingly refreshing, and so good for you.
If you think you don’t like beets, I’m going to try to persuade you to give this juice a try. I was scared at first too…yes literally. Beets can be very intimidating. I had heard they stain your hands, but that really didn’t last long. I don’t know why I was so worried about the earthy taste, but the peeling and washing trick really worked. I have to give credit to my friend and cousin-in-law Sheila for helping inspire me to give juice beets a try. We experimented together and this recipe is what we came up with.
Do you like beets? Have you ever juiced them? Let me know what you think if you try this recipe.
Fresh pressed beet juice
Author: Denise @ Creative Kitchen
Recipe type: Beverage
This refreshing beet juice is tart and sweet and definitely healthy.
- 1 beet, peeled and scrubbed
- 1 granny smith apple
- 1 lemon, peeled
- Using your juicer (we own the Breville juice fountain multi-speed juicer):
- Place 1 beet, 1 granny smith apple and 1 peeled lemon into juicer and juice.
- Stir juice and pour. I like mine over ice.
- Can be refrigerated for approximately 24 hours. Can also be frozen.