chocolate banana coconut shake

This is kind of a lame “recipe”, and I’m sorry.  But I’m in the process of coming up with some new recipes!  Some different stuff that you haven’t seen on the blog before.  Well, you’ve seen donuts.  You will be seeing them again.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.  I’ve been doing some Chicago donut research lately.  There’s a lot of good donuts in Chicago.  Post coming soon…

Upcoming recipes; donut holes, s’mores pie, tapioca pudding, liege, bubble tea and more!  I’ve also been doing some blog updating, if you hadn’t noticed.  Now I’m on Pinterest, Yelp, and Instagram!

I’ve also updated old posts that had some issues, and I’m currently working on a recipe index.  I hope you like it.  

Snowy Chicago

I’ve had some unexpected extra time on my hands lately.  A blessing in disguise, really.  It’s given me time to work on the blog and photography, which I really, really like.  It’s given me time to read and study.  It’s given me time to see some of my Chicago buddies.  

And I’m going to miss them! I will miss all of the wonderful friends I’ve made in Chicago. And I will miss living by the lake and all of the great donut places and the Rick Bayless’ restaurants. I’ll miss Portillo’s and H&M. I will not miss public transportation. I will not miss the cold weather.

Eric and I are moving somewhere a little warmer… full of thin crust pizza, redbirds, and… arches.
We’re moving to St. Louis in April!  Whoo hoo!  (Eric’s being transferred.)  We’re both excited because we’ll get to see our families a lot more.  I think we both had a hard time coming back to Chicago after Christmas.  It was really a sad time.  I can’t stand to be away from my family for too long.  

So that’s my big news for today!  Do I have any St. Louis readers out there?  Hellohellohello.

I made this shake the other day.  I see where it would’ve been more appropriate to make this in the summer.  A nice summery, frozen treat to drink while you listen to Bob Marley.

But I have frozen banana and coconut cream to use up, which I blended with milk, chocolate and vanilla.  

So this is kind of healthy milk shake, right?  Right?  I think so.  I’m attempting to be a little more health-minded (except for the donuts).  

I apologize if you don’t like coconut.  I've been heavy-handed with the coconut recipes lately.  

Chocolate Banana Coconut Shake

1 1/2 frozen bananas
1/4 cup coconut cream
3/4 cup milk
10-15 grams semi-sweet chocolate  (or however much you want!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree.  Place in a glass and drink!

I love that I can see Wrigley Field out the window as I type this.  Eric and I plan on visiting Wrigley a lot this summer.  We went to our first Cubs game two weeks ago and had a lot of fun.  It was chilly and rainy, so I’m looking forward to some warmer games.  

Don’t let this Cubs scarf confuse you.  I am a Cardinals fan… because Eric is a true Cardinals fan, and I am his girlfriend.  And I’m from Missouri.  

They were giving away these scarves for free at the game!  I know what I’m wearing this winter.

See? True fan, this one. In full Cardinals getup, surrounded by Cubs fans. Let’s get this man some free Cardinals tickets, or something. Geez.

Nothing terribly exciting happened at the game.  There was a lot of baseball playing that happened.  The Cardinals won!  I mostly admired the historic stadium and stared at what people were eating.  I didn’t eat anything, not even a $5 hot dog.  That’s what everyone was eating – steamed hot dogs wrapped in foil.  I saw some people eating cups of ice cream… they were about five rows down, a quarter of a mile away.  But I saw them, all right – and I wanted their ice cream.

One exciting thing did happen, actually!  Jason Alexander threw out the first pitch of the game, and sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game!  

You’re welcome.  I’m such a good photographer, I know.  How is it possible that I was born with such a gift?
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Actual damages are meant to put the personal injury victim in the same place they would have been but for the accident. Obviously, with an injury that is impossible to do so within that space thing the law can provide is for monetary damages. The point being that actual damages are meant to compensate personal injury victims for the injury and damages.

Exemplary or punitive damages are different, they are meant to prevent the conduct from occurring in the future and to punish the defendant for their conscious choice to put someone at risk. Exemplary damages are in addition to punitive damages and not instead of actual damages.

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