Retail Therapy

Between my bout of the flu, pinched nerve, and burnt finger, I found myself looking for a way to cheer myself up. What better way to give your spirits a boost than a little retail therapy? And bless the internet – online shopping (and free delivery) means you don’t even have to leave the house to brighten your mood. A great bonus when you are coughing, sneezing, feverish, and generally feeling like garbage.

Seeing as I hadn’t done any Boxing Day shopping after Christmas, I figured I’d get the most retail therapy for my buck and make a fairly large purchase…

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Oh yes I did. I purchased the high powered blender of my dreams! Presenting…my new Blendtec Designer Series Blender!

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Yes, I am living on a student budget. And yes, this was still pricey even with the wicked sale price. But I had Christmas money, and why not put it towards something I really want, rather than buying stuff I don’t need?

I know what you are wondering – why did she go with the Blendtec over blogger blender darling Vitamix? Ultimately, I feel they are virtually comparable in their blending ability, but the Blendtec is way sexier (seriously – digital controls, sleeker design. Vitamix could use a makeover). Plus it’s smaller in height, and counter space is at a premium in my kitchen, so I need a machine that can be stored put together.

Speaking of the digital display – check it out!

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It comes with both pre-programmed blender settings as well as a sliding control so you can ramp it up or down as you see fit.  I also love how the whole panel goes black when the machine is turned off. Like I said, sexy.

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It comes with the one blender jar, and this great manual/recipe book. I have already picked out at least half a dozen I want to try – things like making my own vegan mayonnaise, vegetable bouillon powder, homemade V8 juice, and more. Even if they are recipes I could make in say, my food processor, I still hadn’t even thought of them being possible before now.

And yes, I have tested it out with an inaugural smoothie – Red Velvet Smoothie from Vega. I can’t seem to find the recipe on their website, but I have shared it via Facebook (have you liked my Facebook page yet? What are you waiting for?!)   

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Basically, it involved beets, raspberries, cocoa powder, water, and chocolate protein powder. Check it out mid-blend.

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I used the smoothie pre-programmed cycle, and it produced a great smoothie product.

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I love the deep red colour – very reminiscent of those red velvet cupcakes I made not too long ago. It didn’t quite taste like a cupcake, but it was good. Earthy, not too sweet, but enough chocolate flavour. I did add a few extra raspberries to mine, just because I really like raspberries.

So far, I’m pleased with my purchase. I need to start trying out some of the non-smoothie recipes just to see how versatile this machine is, and to decide if I really can get rid of any of my other kitchen appliances. I definitely think I’ll be getting some good use out of a few of my cookbooks as well now.

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So stay tuned – I’m sure I will have plenty more to say once I get fully immersed into blending with the Blendtec!

 

PS – have you ever watched any of the “Will It Blend?” videos? I highly recommend it – you will be entertained.

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Categories: Appliances, Juice, Smoothie, Vegan, Vegetarian

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6 Comments on “Retail Therapy”

  1. January 17, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Wahoo! Can’t wait to see what you “whip” up with your new toy!

  2. January 19, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Awesome! I was shocked when I saw the prices of Vitamixes – I love my Cuisinart smoothie maker though (and only $70)! Have a great weekend Marianne!

  3. January 20, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Ooooh Fancy! My parent’s bought me Cuisinart’s equivilant of the Magic Bullet over Christmas. It’s no Vitamix/Blendtec (which I must agree is quite sexy), but it is definitely useful for smoothies (only thing I’ve made in it so far).

  4. January 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    How exciting! I’m getting really close to needing a new blender. This one really has my attention. So many people seem to love it. It sounds like things have been rough lately. I hope you are feeling better!

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

      I am definitely feeling better – still have a minor cough, and my pinched nerve has yet to be resolved, but it’s manageable 🙂

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