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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


More Fun: Breakfast with Boggle - 8 Mar 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

You’re probably wondering what the title of today’s Blog means.

Well, Frank and I like to play the hidden word game “Boggle” while having our breakfast of either a vegetable smoothie or a fruit smoothie, of which we each have a little over two tall glasses. For our vegan fruit smoothie recipes see: 

Or for my vegan vegetable smoothie recipe, see Note below.

“Boggle” has been around a long time, and one look at our set would confirm that fact! It’s good to know that these games are still being sold, in case we need a replacement one of these days!

In case you’re not familiar with this game, it consists of “sixteen letter cubes, a cube tray with dome, and a 3-minute timer. Not included, but needed by each player, are a pencil and a piece of paper.” We each search the assortment of letters for words of three letters or more, and write them down. Longer words earn more points. After each 3-minute segment, the letter cubes are covered by the dome and shaken for the next 3-minute game.

Frank and I play until one of us reaches 200 points, then we set the game aside, and continue the next morning, while having another smoothie breakfast, until the score of 400 is reached. Besides being lots of fun, I think that this type of word game (along with the yummy vegan smoothies!) helps to sharpen the mind.

Note: Vegetable Smoothie

For a vegetable smoothie, I simply throw some fresh and/or frozen veggie pieces (with an apple or two) into our high-speed blender (Vita-Mix): for example, apple, onion, garlic, parsley, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, broccoli, celery, beets, etc.-- whatever I happen to have on hand.

I add a little Stevia Extract sweetener, and ginger or a combination of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and coriander or a prepared curry powder, to taste, and approx. 1/3 can tomato paste (2 oz.) or fresh tomatoes when they are in season. I also add 4 tablespoons of brown flaxseeds.

Before turning the blender to high speed, I cover the blender, add a tall glass of ice water and a glassful of ice cubes through the tamper opening, and use the tamper to push the apple and veggie pieces down to the blades. When contents are smoothly blended, I add about a half glassful of ice water to “wash down” the tamper before removing it and turning off the blender.  

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