Blueberry Banana ‘Green’ Smoothie

Hello hello!

So it’s been warming up a bit here in Cincinnati. I’ve officially switched to iced coffee. That’s always a sure sign spring is here. In celebration of this, I have my favorite smoothie recipe to share!

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I love making this for breakfast on warm mornings. It’s healthy and cool and just plain tasty! I say ‘green’ only because the blueberries make it a pretty purple color.

You Need:
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-1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
-1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
-1 Whole Banana Sliced
-1 Tbs Honey
-1 Tsp Cinnamon
-2 Cup Fresh Baby Spinach

Layer the ingredients in a blender in the order I’ve listed them in. This ensures it will get blended efficiently. Blend until all the ingredients are smooth and combined. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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Happy spring/ smoothie weather!

The Whale's Endeavors

-The Whale

Floral Romper Refashion

Hey there!

I finally have a new refashion post!

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So I acquired this romper from my mom’s closet awhile back. She didn’t want it anymore, and I really liked the print, so I snatched it up. At first I had no intentions of refashioning it. I felt it was alright as it was, but after I dug it out this past weekend, I noticed my feelings towards it had changed… thus a refashion was born!

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I don’t really know why I liked it (for anything other than the pattern) before. I didn’t like the sleeves with the little bows, or the long, flowy shorts that make it almost appear to be a dress. All of this needed to change!

To start off, I shortened the shorts and took in the sides a bit to make them more fitted. After that I removed the sleeves and hemmed them up. I was decently pleased with how all of this went down, but, as usual, I felt it needed an extra dose of personality… this is when the lace pocket was added!

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I paired this with a belt to break up the pattern a bit, and some cute little thrifted booties! I then wore this out to an interesting evening with some friends. My friend Calli and I were romper friends!
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Such fun!

Doing this refashion kind of got me back into a sewing type mood. I’ve been in a bit of a burn out from it lately, so hopefully this is what I needed to refuel the flame!

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-The Whale

May Flowers (and stuff)

Oh hey there, everyone!

Today I have some more photos. I kind of have felt the need to challenge myself a bit photography wise… so I’ve decided to start doing a monthly photo series basically starting last month with April Showers. So of course I had to follow that up with May Flowers!

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Well. May flowers and stuff… cause I only really have a few flower shots… I hope you understand.
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Make a wish.

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Pretty flowers.

I hope you guys enjoy these photo series!
You can check out all of my photos on Flickr!

-The Whale

Beet Pasta

Hello!

So. I cook a lot. I mean it. A LOT. Considering how much I cook, I decided I really ought to share more of my cooking experiences and recipes on here! Its really kind of a crime not to. Its really kind of a crime that I haven’t been sharing about it very much before now. .. Sorry about that. Honestly.

So to get on to things, I have a fantastic recipe to share today: beet noodles! I know. It sounds funny. Maybe even icky. Not to me. But maybe I’m not so average… Believe me when I say this though: beet noodles pretty much taste like normal noodles. You can’t taste the beet; they’re just healthier and prettier! (Cause they’re purple!)

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So anyways:

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First:
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Create a ‘flour volcano’ on a clean counter top. Aka pour the flour onto the counter and make a crater in the center. Place the remaining ingredients into the crater. (I made beet juice with my juicer, but I’m sure you can buy it.)

Second:
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Slowly mix in the flour into the rest of the ingredients until it is all incorporated. Gather it all together and form the dough into a ball. You may need to add a bit of water if its too dry. Use your own judgement.

Third:
Allow the dough to rest for about 20 minutes. I know the waiting is the worst if you’re impatient like me!

Fourth:
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Roll out the dough with a rolling pin. It needs to be really thin! Think of the thickness of store bought alfredo noodles. It helped me to divide the dough in half and roll out the smaller portions at a time.

Fifth:
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Cut the dough into noodle sized strips. I used a pizza cutter for this. Then hang the noodles to dry for a bit. It doesn’t really matter what you hang them from. I used a cabinet shelf from Walmart… (nifty yes?) Allow them to dry for at least 20 more minutes or up to a few hours.

Sixth:
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If you’re using the noodles right away then go ahead and cook them in boiling salted water for about 5 minutes. Just taste one to tell when they’re ready! If you’re not using them right away then I would suggest freezing them.

Last:
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Strain the noodles (aren’t they pretty??) and create whatever dish you intend to use them for! I mixed mine with baked chicken breast and asparagus and topped it all with basil cream sauce! (recipe to come!) So yummy!

I hope you guys liked this post because I intend to post a lot more cooking posts in the future!

-The Whale

Interior Design February

Hello Everyone!

So, I have been putting a lot of thought into this blog and what I would like the future to hold for it. Of course I’ve also been thinking about my own future. I’ve decided that since this blog is a kind of reflection of my life, I really ought to include more posts to do with Interior Design (it being my college major and hopeful career). For awhile, I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to incorporate this part of my life into The Whale’s Endeavors.

Well, I get the Interior Design Magazine in the mail every month, and I am always inspired when I read through it. My resulting idea was that I should share with you all my favorite new things in the magazine every month when I get it! Its a perfect way to share my love for interior design!

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Ok. So basically I sat down with the magazine and a home made latte! (Don’t worry I’m going to post how to make lattes at home with out anything fancy soon!) First I’d like to talk about some of what I thought were the best new finished projects the magazine featured.

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First to make my favorites list is this fantastic home by RCH Studios in Los Angeles, CA. I absolutely love the vertical beams outside the windows in the bedroom and the fireplace! It even can be rotated to warm different areas! Fancy.

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Second on the list is the home of architect Nancy Copley. It’s inspiration was drawn from the wooded setting it was built in in Accord, NY.

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My favorite features from this home include the staircase, a combination of warm maple wood and steel rods, the angled windows, and the complimenting, 1950s Swedish, purple chairs that tie it all together.

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My final choice from this month’s issue is Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, a hospitality complex located in New York. This fantastic work was completed by Rockwell Group.

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The first photo is showcasing a lovely view from the restaurant. Wouldn’t it be great to eat with a view like that?!?
The second photo is from one of the building’s guest rooms. I LOVE the concrete ceiling and beams as well as the acrylic tub! This is definitely a place I feel I would enjoy spending a vacation at.

Another part of this new monthly series I want to feature is my favorite new products from the magazine! Here’s this months!

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1. The art of Timothy Paul Myers
“Myers showcases contradicting components in arrangements of extraordinarily organized grids, most of which are encased within pristine plexiglass display cases.” I love the interesting combinations this guy comes up with!

2. Patty Madden Upholstry
I have been a fan of Patty Madden for a few years now. Mainly focusing on wall coverings, she has always had an edgy and unique feel in her designs. I also love the advertisements for her products!

3. Knoll Textiles Wallcovering, Vibe Collection
Knoll is a very popular textile and wall covering company. I love the color combinations and patterns in the Vibe wall covering collection!

Okay, I’m almost done, I promise! I just couldn’t end this post without including this fantastic art installation by Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher!

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Amazing right? The whole installation is inspired by Symphony in D Minor, which is inspired by thunderstorms. So, I suppose you could just say the whole thing is inspired by thunderstorms. The giant tubes hanging from the ceiling are acrylic and were designed using AutoCAD. The end of each tube has a design resembling storm drains, and the whole place has projected images of storms taken from an iPhone. Check it out!

Now I’m done. I hope hope you guys enjoyed this post! I certainly enjoyed creating it and discovering new inspirations and loves! I look forward for next month’s magazine to come in the mail!

-The Whale

Hat Box Foundation

Hello all!

So for some time I have had this urge to do something with my crocheting that will help out someone else. For the longest time I didn’t have a clue what that could be, but I started noodling around on the internet and came across a list of charity links that accept crocheted and knitted items. I looked through a lot of them and finally decided I wanted to help out with The Hat Box Foundation. This organization gives your handmade hats to cancer patients. After coming to this decision I immediately got to work. At this point I am proud to say I have finished a total of four hats to send, and my roommate also decided to participate and is working on a few.

I am particularily proud of this basket stitch hat I made. It should be super warm!

Well that is all for now! I should be posting an update about my senior project here soon so keep an eye out for that and if you crochet or knit you should really look into some of these organizations!

-The Whale

Granny Square Blanket…Finally!

Hey!

So I don’t know if any of you remember my granny square blanket I’ve been working on for quite some time, but I am pleased to say that it is finally completed! I was hoping to have it done awhile ago, but at the end of the process I decided to add a final detail that ended up taking longer than I had intended.

The detail I decided to add at the end was the penny circle border I did. I made it a bit bigger than it should have been so it bunches up, but I actually like the finale effect it had.

Well that is all for now!
Be sure to check out my Etsy Shop!

-The Whale

Purple Jacket

Hello!

So I have a new thrifting post for you today! My roommate and I were picking through things at Goodwill the other day and I came across this jacket. It’s Wilsons Leather and is a purple suede material. The inside is a floral print which I love, and the edges are lined with a sort of velvet material. I could go without that, but it’s not a deal breaker. Anyways, the jacket was supposed to be about $6, but was on sale for half off! When I took it to check out, the cashier even decided to count it as a blazer instead of a jacket, so I ended up getting it for a grand total of $2.50! Not bad right? :]

Sorry you can’t see it very well in the picture. I have no excuse… Well that’s about all I have to say. Make sure to check out my Etsy shop!

-The Whale

Basket Weave Scarf

Hi there!

So it’s been awhile since my last post I know, but it was finals week at school. I hope you understand! So anyways, I had been working on this scarf for awhile and finally finished it right before all the finals week shenanigans. Unfortunately I then had zero time to write about it until now. I’m just thankful school is done for this semester!

I used the basket weave stitch for this scarf which was rather yarn thirsty and resulted in a thick scarf perfect for the winter weather. I used a multi colored yarn that was a plumy purple, tan, black, and grey. It looked pretty as a yarn ball, but I’m not a huge fan of the results [color wise] for this scarf. I would like it better as different colors, but I know others might actually love this color pallet.

But without further delay:

This scarf will be for sale in my Etsy Shop so check it out!

-The Whale

I Think I’m Getting Better at Hats!

Well hey there!

So I’m thrilled to announce that [after many failed attempts] I have succeeded at crocheting another hat! I went about this one slightly differently choosing not to use the puff stitch for the entire body. Instead I alternated between layers of single crochet and the puff stitch. I think it made for a nice pattern.

As you can see I also added a yarn puff to the top to make this hat a bit more fun. :]

I hope I am getting the hang of hat making so I shall continue practicing and then maybe you shall see a few appear in my Etsy Shop! Well… that is all for now. :]

-The Whale