Smoothies and Chips, Oh My, Oh My

My children are in the kitchen a lot. It’s pretty cool. They love good food, and they like making things themselves. When we moved, we inherited a VitaMix (there are perks to marrying a Williams-Sonoma employee) and 2 out of my 3 got really excited about what they could put in said super-blender. My oldest just loves his carbs, as illustrated by the recipe he shared. He could live on oatmeal, rice, and tortillas if I let him.

Mason’s Baked Tortilla Chips

“They’re the freaking bomb!”


Corn Tortillas

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

1 lime

Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a baking sheet with olive oil. Cut as many corn tortillas as you think you’ll want to eat into 6 “triaaaaangular” pieces. Switch the direction the triangles face every time so you can fit them all on one pan. Brush the tops of them with olive oil and sprinkle them with a little sea salt. Insert baking sheet into oven and shut door (duh). Routinely check on the tortilla chips until they are crispy and delicious. Let tortilla chips cool down and squeeze a little lime juice on every chip and serve with salsa – more preferably very spicy salsa that tastes really good with my chips.

Sydney’s Chocolate Smoothie

 (which turns into a milkshake if you want)

“This is just a recipe that we made up, and it’s really yummy, so you should make it (I’m such a genius with words).”


3 bananas

3 Tbsp sugar

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 1/4 cup coconut water (or plain water is okay)

1 cup vanilla ice cream (to take it from smoothie to awesome milkshake)

Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together in a blender, and then pour it into a cup and drink it and go, “Yay! This is delicious!”

Owen’s Bacon Smoothie*

“It’s very delicious and you should have it sometime! It mostly tastes like bacon if you don’t add the maple syrup. And I like bacon.”


1 1/2 cups milk

4 bacon strips, cooked crispyish

1 cup ice

Maple Syrup, to taste

A swizzle of whipped cream on top

You listen up, kids! Cook the bacon in a pan. Then, you put it all in a blender and mix it up. Then slurp it down.

*Mom thinks this would make a great milkshake if you added 1 cup of vanilla or maple-pecan ice cream…and you should probably pour in a Guinness or two for good measure.

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Jen Cartier misses Chico! However, she has taken to the great beyond (er...The Bay Area) to be some kind of chocolate maven while simultaneously figuring out how the hell to navigate her long-ass work commute, and still kick ass at raising three munchkins, loving one soon-to-be husband, and keeping one rascally Brittany Spaniel in the damned yard. She loves Nutella, red wine, and American Spirits. She takes her dog along on runs to wear him out (sometimes he shits in someone else's yard - bonus!) and also to balance her own general consumption of all the fine tasty things life offers, ciggys included. Follow her blog at