It's cottage season, fun times ahead which likely means a tumble off the wagon weekly for many. Listen it happens, but with just a little planning you can at least keep the greens flowing. I grabbed a few of these 2L mason jars from the local hardware store. They're perfect as it's 2 or 4 servings of smoothie which will take you through the weekend. And keeps you from messing with the crappy immersion blender at the cottage... that thing won't touch kale, I've tried. The Weekender makes 2L 2 huge handfuls of spinach 1/2 avocado 1 whole lemon, peeled 1 gala OR fuji apple 1 ripe pear 1 tbsp chia 4 cups water Blend smooth! Consider making two batches to share with friends, always be spreading the blended veg love.

Mom's Ceramic Tree The holidays are here and if you're an efficient type like myself (read procrastinator) you might be in need of some good gift ideas to give or get. Here is a list of awesome and super handy stocking stuffers for under $30, mostly all gifted to me by my mother who has a knack for kitchen gadgets and is clearly a generous, lovely woman*. Herb Keeper Fantastic little glass contraption, keeps your herbs good for weeks and weeks, especially if you remember to change the water - Herb Keeper  Produce Keeper Bags Yes As Seen On TV and these babies work. Miss Elaina Love got me hooked and I'm telling you greens will be fresh and crisp for 2 weeks at least - Green Bags Lemon Juicer You can find these pretty much anywhere, they're super handy and one of those things you just never get around to buying for yourself - Citrus Squeezer  Microplane Are you kidding me, this thing zests, grates, and minces everything. I'm obsessed - Microplane Glass Jars Super handy in all sizes for keeping smoothies, juices, nuts, seeds, dehydrated foods and leftovers. Can't go wrong with a pantry stock of these - Mason Jars Grinder  Perfect for chopping nuts, seeds and herbs in a pinch - Coffee Grinder You can find these items at most hardware or kitchen stores and if you're up for a bit of an adventure and great prices checkout Tap Phong Trading in Kensington Market. More to come tomorrow, happy shopping! *Anyone know if Santa is still making his list this late in the game?