Yummy Smoothie

Today was an awesome day! I was helping out at the kids art camp and I had such a blast. I made sculptures and paper mache pinatas and mixed paint for the kiddos. I learnt how to use a saw and shared my fear of glue guns with the children. I was covered in paste at one point and had kids hanging off me at another. I became best friends with the little boys and girls and talked about godzilla, fire-breathing turtles and superheroes. I was surrounded by imagination and creativity unbounded and it made me so happy. I think this might be one of the happy places I can later picture when I am sad.

I then got a nice phone call from someone important and it made me even happier to be able to share my joy and excitement with somebody. 🙂 So, to cap off my happy day, I decided to make myself a happy smoothie. This is not at all healthy and is loaded full of fattening stuff. It was filled with yummy things and reminds me of childhood, candy and bliss. It also was one of the most tasty ways to drink my daily collagen powder, so that’s a plus. I wouldn’t drink it every day, but once in a while, just to cheer myself up, I would indulge in this yummy treat.

I named it “bliss” because that was the feeling it invoked. It was also the emotion I feel when I don’t over-analyze things and simply enjoy what life has to offer. It captures that “let-it-go” feeling. And here is my “bliss”:

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“Bliss”: Made from 2 tablespoons of nutella, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 large scoop of local maple cream, daily serving of Meiji collagen powder & plenty of happy thoughts.

Enjoy your “bliss”!

❤ Joy

Green With Envy

Morning smoothie time!

Today, I made a new beauty blend because I have been trying to come up with new ways to drink my Meiji collagen powder (which I used to drink a lot when I was living in Japan and it made my skin really good). I named this new blend “Green With Envy” for the simple fact that it was green. It is a tangy citrusy mix (so much Vitamin C!), so for those who do not enjoy sour food items, add as much honey as you possibly can to combat that.

Here it is:

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Green With Envy


1/3 of a cucumber

1/2 a lemon

1 lime (I added 1.5 limes and it was a little too much)

1 spoonful of Meiji collagen powder (using the provided measuring spoon)

1 cup milk

As much honey as you desire (it is pretty sour otherwise)

1/2 cup home brewed green tea (mine was refrigerated overnight)

Blend away~! 

As you might have figured out by now, I usually blend all my smoothies from whole fruits, peel and all. That retains a lot of the goodness from the fruit/vegetable. However, retaining the peel is great only if the fruit/vegetable is organic, or that you have washed the fruit/vegetable REALLY well. The nearest grocery store to me is the Food Co-Op, which almost exclusively sells organic products. As such, most of my fruits/vegetables are kinda organic by default, so I don’t give it much thought. If I do pick up anything from that one shelf of “conventional” food items (yes, there is actually one shelf, in the corner of the store, labeled “conventional”), though, I would make sure I wash the peel really well, or simply peel the fruit before blending.

Alright, let’s drink our smoothies and here’s to a pretty Friday!

❤ Joy

The Dollhouse Diaries

Welcome to The Dollhouse Diaries. It is my space to chronicle the adventures that occur in the little dollhouse I live in. It will be a mishmash of everything, from beauty tips, to small town excitements, to experiments with cooking and my various kitchen stories.

I have started this morning routine where I would make fruit or vegetable smoothies for breakfast and here’s this morning’s creation: Maple Peachy

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Maple Peachy~


3 ripe peaches sliced into smaller pieces

1/2 cup – 1 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon maple ice cream

1 teaspoon honey

Toss all the ingredients into your blender to create the delicious Maple Peachy! 🙂

❤ Joy