Wednesday, August 5, 2015

From the Kitchens of Bunny and Brandy: Skinny Elvis Smoothie with Hamilton Beach Giveaway

Long ago, during Brandy's first ever sojourn to Las Vegas, she came across a very odd man.  She first spotted the man in the lobby of a fancy hotel, thinking to herself that he seemed to be obviously trying to disguise himself, as he wore a long trench coat, a fedora, and a large pair of sunglasses, though through the opening in his coat, Brandy could just make out something sparkly.  She moved closer to the man, who was seated in a chair and trying a little too hard to seem inconspicuous by reading a newspaper.  

"Are you trying not to be seen, or are you trying to see something else?" Brandy whispered to him.  

The man looked up at her, warily.  "A little of both," he replied in a deep velvet voice that took Brandy by surprise.  

"Then let me give you a little piece of advice, sunshine," she said, taking the seat beside him, "Try not to dress like an agent in a spy film.  What you need to do is dress as something that'll fit right in around here.  Like that."  She pointed to a man across the lobby in a flashy white jump suit and a pompadour wig.  "Every other bloke in this place is in one of those get ups.  No one would even look twice at you."  

"But that's the problem!" the man sighed, rustling his newspaper, "Those fellas are taking my job!  I'm camped out here trying to figure out just how many of them there are so I know what I'm up against."  He pulled aside his coat a little to reveal a similar white jump suit, then lifted his hat to show a head of luxurious black hair.  "You see, I went away for a little while.  I had a bit of a weight problem, so I went off to get back into shape, and when I came back, I found all these impersonators getting paid to pretend to be me!"  

Brandy scratched her chin.  "Oh dear, that is a problem... maybe if you were to apply for one of their jobs by saying you were impersonating yourself then?"  

Then man thought about this for a moment, then removed his sunglasses and flashed his ice blue eyes at Brandy.  "That might just work!" he grinned at her, only one side of his mouth sliding upwards, "Thank you.  Thank you very much."  

"Say, how did you end up getting back in shape?" Brandy asked as the man stood up to leave.  

"My secret smoothie recipe," he winked, "I've been working on it for years, even tried to make a sandwich out of it, but the smoothie is the surefire way to go.  Here you go, darling," and he handed Brandy a piece of stationary with a hand written recipe and a big gold E stamped across the top of it.

Recently, Brandy found herself craving the simple concoction that strange man had introduced her to long ago, a thick and rich smoothie that was packed with protein, but actually contained very little sugar and fat.  Luckily, she had just acquired the new Wave Action Blender from Hamilton Beach, which is especially good as crushing ice, an essential part of the recipe that makes the concoction extra rich tasting.  The blender features a unique blade that continually forces ingredients down with little to no prodding as well as a wide mouth pour spout and a lid that firmly locks into place, which keeps things from getting too messy.  The simplified buttons, that list actions such as "Milkshake," "Smoothie," "Salsa," and "Crushed Ice," take out a lot of the guess work involved, making it especially perfect for Brandy. who gets overwhelmed easily by too many options.

The Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender, which retails for around $35, was ideal for mixing up this long forgotten recipe, which Brandy has decided to share after all these years with all of her loyal readers.  Along with the infamous recipe, Brandy is giving away a Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender to one lucky reader!  The contest will run from Wednesday August 5th until 11:00 pm CST August 11th with a winner being announced the morning of August 12th.  The winner will have 24 hours after being notified to respond with their shipping information so that that prize can be sent.  Only residents of the continental United States may enter.  Any accounts used to enter the contest MUST be legitimate and not contain a majority of promotional materials (such accounts may be disqualified at the discretion of the writers of this blog).  Good luck, brunch fans!

The writers of this blog were provided with materials by Hamilton Beach in exchange for an honest review.

The Skinny Elvis Smoothie

1 individual container of 0% fat Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup of no sugar added smooth peanut butter
1 banana
2 cups ice cubes
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  Serving suggestions: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little heat, a shot of bourbon for a more adult flavor, or garnish with a strip of bacon for the ultimate Elvis experience.

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