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A Healthy, All-Natural Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

 pumpkin-smoothie-recipe

If you have ever been on a diet, you know the struggles that come with abstaining from sweets. I love sweets and not eating them is just plain wrong – especially around this time of year. Pumpkin is simply not to be missed, and I have found a way to enjoy pumpkin all its natural glory at only 200 calories. The secret to getting your pumpkin fix in a beverage without consuming the caloric equivalent of a meal is the base of the smoothie. Most people use frozen yogurt, Greek yogurt or ice cream as the base of their smoothie, but this is very heavy and can add on calories quickly. These ingredients can also add a multitude of other hidden ingredients in the process. The trick is to use a frozen banana. It might seem weird, especially in a pumpkin smoothie recipe, but it truly is the best smoothie base. The tastes of pumpkin and banana blend together quite well. A banana adds a bit of its own sweetness and also whips up much better than yogurt. To top it all off, you can’t beat the fact that a banana is completely natural and cost about 20¢ each.

Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe:

  • 1 cup almond milk (60 calories — if you use unsweetened almond milk at 30 calories per 8 oz. serving)
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin (35 calories)
  • 1 chopped, frozen banana (100 calories)
  • 5 cubes ice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (6 calories)
  • dash of pumpkin spice
  • stevia (sweeten to your liking)

Simply place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency. This makes a large serving, so you will definitely be full or you can share with someone else. I am usually selfish, because I am a pumpkin fiend and it’s the best natural sweet treat I have found for 200 calories. If you have any variations on this recipe, let me know below. This pumpkin smoothie recipe is my favorite, so I would love to improve it.


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Claire - December 1, 2013 - 11:25 pm

@Lacie – did you freeze the banana?

lacie - December 1, 2013 - 8:16 am

I can’t taste the pumpkin. It just tastes like a banana smoothie :(

Karin - November 8, 2013 - 7:32 am

Yum! Will try.Helps to pass up pumpkin pie.

Last Minute Halloween Painted Pumpkin

Halloween Painted Pumpkin

Okay so it’s Halloween Eve. Are you finding yourself decorationless?  Yeah tomorrow is Halloween and kids will be out roaming from house to house excited to get their candy but also to see some scary decorations. Moviestar and I try to put up some stuff around our apartment {we live in a bungalow type place with a front and back door so its easy to put up outdoorsy  stuff}. But if you find that October was spooked away so quickly that you don’t have any pumpkins carved on your front porch like these below carved by myself, Moviestar, Bonnie and her boys, why not try painting some pumpkins?

Jack-o-Lantern Collage

Literally today I decided to try this and though I wanted to do more intricate details on it {like spray painting over lace to give it a pretty look or a few lines and chevrons}, I decided it would be much easier to just give my pumpkin a creepy high gloss black look.

Painted Pumpkin Collage

Having gone through it now, I would have just sprayed the stem first and then once dried, covered the stem and then sprayed the black {to be honest, I tried doing a gold chevron along the center but it just wasn’t going to work with the ill planned way I tried to do it. Ha!} But if you have a little time to put together a few decorated pumpkins, follow my lead or take a step further and try one of these!

Candy Corm Painted Pumpkins

Striped Painted Pumpkin

Monogram Painted Pumpkin

Painted Face Pumpkins

Chevron Painted Pumpkins

Skull Painted Pumpkin

Painted and Decoupaged Lace Pumpkins

Lastly, if you dont even want to bother with the painting or just want to paint one or two and decorate others a little more simply, try these out:

Fishnet Covered Pumpkins

Lace Covered Pumpkins 


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Check out Asa’s Mine Craft Birthday Cake!

mine craft cake

You may have seen a few weeks ago that we celebrated Avery’s birthday. It was Asa’s turn this week and he was fortunate enough to the first grandchild to ever get to spend this birthday with his grandparents. As you can imagine, the extra steps to make his feel special (aka spoil him) were taken. He asked certain gifts, he got them. He asked for crab legs, he got his own personal plate…..to eat in front of his brothers, he asked for a mine craft birthday cake, and he got it. The poor kid was running a temperature on birthday, though. He still loved having all the stops pulled out for him, especially with his mine craft birthday cake. Bonnie and our mother made it using jello, rice crispy treats and dark chocolate cake {our favorite chocolate cake recipe is from Smitten Kitchen. You’ll thanks us for it}. She then printed out and folded the Mine Craft characters, because buying plastic cake toppers was ridiculously expensive. Printed though, they look pixelated, which is how they are meant to appear, so it was actually probably the best idea.

Overall, it was a good birthday for the little kid as he turned seven, and now all of the kids have Halloween to look forward to in a few days. It will be their first time trick-or-treating in Colorado. They will be following the same route I have since I was eight years old. I have to admit that I am a little sad that I won’t be there, and a little jealous that they get to go trick-or-treating in my neighborhood while I am stuck in Los Angeles with a midterm on Halloween.


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Awesomely Bad Halloween Photos

There is something about the holidays that makes me think of bad photos. I think it is due to the fact that holidays entail tradition, and tradition means signifies something that has been done for years……and hopefully been captured on film during that time. Sadly, my family does not really have any Halloween photos of us dressed up as kids on Halloween. I don’t know why my parents did not think that would be worth capturing, although I might owe them a thank you for that after perusing some of these photos on Awkward Family Photos. Nonetheless, these photos are nothing short of gems. The awkward memories that you look back on and just say, “oh my gosh…WHYYY?” are the best ones for the whole family {and internet} to enjoy. If you have any bad Halloween photos {or should I say good Halloween photos?} like these, be sure to submit them to Awkward Family Photos! Happy Halloween, everyone!


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The Cocktail Lady - October 25, 2013 - 11:00 pm

These are great! Gave me a good laugh! Have a wonderful weekend!! Cheers =)
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Autumn Wedding Cake Inspiration

Autumn makes a lovely setting for weddings, as you have well seen before here and here. It is a challenge though, to create an original cake design that screams fall, but in a stylish way. Fear not, there are many ways to design the perfect autumn wedding cake by simply using the inherent characteristics of the season. After all, the bride and groom chose the season for its traits, no? So, drink in the dark hues and fallen leaves and don’t shy away from the rusticity that is inherent to autumn. To help you do just that, here are a few ways to incorporate the best of the autumn season into your fall wedding cake in stylish ways.

First and foremost, fall is about the change of colors. Hues of red, yellow, orange and brown coalesce to make a beautiful color spectrum from which you can choose your colors.

Flowers are the most traditional cake decoration. To add fall flair, choose fall hues for your flowers. Dark hues are most prevalent and when contrasted with a white wedding cake, they look lovelier than the flowers of any other season.

Autumn is also most known for its connections with leaves. There are many ways to incorporate foliage into your wedding cake, so it can fit many different wedding themes. If you want realistic leaves on your wedding cake, you should also do some research to find your favorite deciduous leaves. To truly get the effect of fall, incorporate leaves that are found around the area of your wedding location. That shows the careful consideration your put into choosing your wedding location and the decor involved in your wedding motif.

There are many other natural elements that fall under the purview of autumn. Pumpkins are the prime plant of autumn and it never gets old. Pumpkins are not just for Halloween. They are timeless and will always stand for the rusticity that is fall, so do not shy away from using them in your wedding design.

If you want a more original wedding cake design, try using lesser common natural features of fall. Chestnuts, acorns, bare twigs, apples and other things along this line are all characteristic of autumn. Birds are another great element as fall marks their departure south. With these elements, you make a very realistic life-like cake or make surrealistic art – which ever fits your wedding theme. These elements can just help guide you in the design.

If you would like to use the colorful features of fall but do not want to add much detail to your cake, just work the colors into the cake layers themselves. Autumn does not have dull colors, so the colorful layers themselves are enough to create a gorgeous wedding cake.

Autumn is also an especially great time for chocolate frosting, fondant and cake. Matching the bare tree branches, the barren dirt and the fallen leaves, brown is a perfect base color for an autumn wedding cake.

Autumn also has an innate homey feeling to it that no other season has. Its charm is full of the simplicity of nature and the country life. For that reason, basic is endearing. Unfrosted cakes fit perfectly into the fall season. The unfussiness is down to earth and homey. Simple decorations such burlap and fruit are perfect cake toppers to complete the rustic feel of an autumn wedding cake.

You can also go for a very cozy atmosphere by using pies instead of a wedding cake. Pumpkin pie and pecan never go out of style.

And above all, incorporate autumn into the wedding cake flavor. Fall has some of the best desserts of the year. Caramel popcorn, caramel apple, apple cider, pumpkin, zucchini, cranberry are just a few of the delicious sweets that are associated with autumn. Just be creative and choose your favorites. It is difficult to go wrong with such delicious options.

Have fun choosing your wedding cake and planning the rest of your wedding!

 

photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Pinterest


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Denise - October 27, 2013 - 8:36 am

I’m elementary school teacher and someone just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook, also a blog. He’s an elementary school teacher and chef/actor. I just “Liked” his Facebook page and came to your blog. Very nice !! I love when people share blogs with each other. Denise

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