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NO WATER!! A Smoothie Recipe Too!!


Well, yesterday was a ton of fun, and it looks like today is going to be the same.  We lost water in the whole little town I live in on Tuesday evening.  By Wednesday morning they couldn’t find where the break in a pipe was, so they sent out a mass call to everyone (all 300 people…maybe 200) to look in their backyard to see if they saw any water pooling.  Mind you, we all have a butt load of compact snow in our yards.  I immediately thought of that mammoth hole Tilly and Hank dug, and I ran out there to make sure they didn’t dig far enough down to damage water pipes.  Unfortunately we got a bunch of snow the night before, so I had to start digging with my hands to check things out.  Of course, this brought Hank, Tilly, and Lady to my aid.  I can only imagine what we all looked like digging through the fresh snow.  Thankfully there was no water pooling there, and their hole was pretty shallow.

melting snow

Since we had been without water for over 12 hours at this point, I had to get resourceful.  I cannot believe I’m about to say this, and I will deny it later, but I’m so thankful for all the snow we have on the ground (again, never EVER mention that I said this, because I WILL deny it).  I had the pleasure of hauling buckets of snow into the house to melt, just so we could flush our toilets.  By the way…You cannot microwave snow.  It just evaporates.

Oh, and in case you were wondering…It takes 11 buckets and 45 minutes of melting the snow to flush 1 toilet.  I’m having so much fun around here!  Today starts day 2 of melting snow for toilet water on the stove!  Time to party!


Bringing snow into the house added a bit of fun to our day.  Hank and Tilly thought I was bringing the snow in the house to play with, so they would try to sneak off with one of the buckets of snow, or just eat it.  Then, since my husband and I are such mature adults, we ended up having a snowball fight in the house.  Some people in the house may tell you that I started the fight, but I really don’t see it that way Winking smile.


Wednesday is also a key laundry day for me, so I was unable to do laundry.  I’m blaming our lack of running water this week if I don’t meet my goal of catching up on laundry this year.  I won’t even get into the back log of dirty dishes we have going on right now.  It is making me twitch.

Hopefully the water will come back on sometime…I’m praying for today, but it doesn’t look likely.  In the meantime, I’m so thankful for working at the Y.  We are now showering there.

There really is no way to transition from melting snow for toilet water into a smoothie recipe, so please forgive me.  Also, I’ll have the winner of the Giveaway posted in tomorrow’s post!!!

Lately it seems like the whole country is coming down with this awful flu.  Thankfully we have not caught it yet.  I’m hoping you have not caught it yet either.  In hopes of keeping you and your family healthy, here is an Immunity Boosting Protein Smoothie recipe.  Did you know that Mangos are a great way to help boost your immunity?  They are one of the very few fruits that have vitamins A, C, and E.

Immunity Boosting Protein Smoothie

Low Fat Strawberry Lassi


  • 1 c frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 c frozen cherries
  • 1/4 c frozen blueberries
  • 6 oz Greek vanilla, mango, cherry, or blueberry yogurt (I use mango or vanilla most of the time)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I use vanilla or banana)
  • Skim Milk to help blend
  • 1 T ground flax seeds


Add the frozen fruit to your blender or Magic Bullet.  Then, add milk till it almost covers the fruit.  Finally add the rest of the ingredients.  Blend and enjoy!!!