Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe {Vegan-Friendly}

It isn’t technically fall but it’s close enough for me to start indulging in all things pumpkin! I wanted a seasonal drink that wasn’t caffeinated because Harper would be drinking it too. After looking through my cabinets and fridge, I whipped up a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie. Depending on what you have at home, you could make this drink vegan-friendly. BAM!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie via Earl-Leigh Designs

1 1/2 cups milk (I used plain almond)
1 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice- you could use more to bring out the flavor
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 oz cream cheese- or dairy free yogurt
Vanilla extract
Honey or sweetener of choice
Graham crackers (optional)

Blend all ingredients.

Special Note:
This is a really creamy smoothie. Add more milk if you desire a thinner consistency.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie via Earl-Leigh Designs

I need to hit up Bath & Body Works for some new candles! I only have two left from last year and they have a Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow one that I NEED.

What are you sipping on? 

This post was fueled by Starbucks, Foo Fighters and soup!

Let Them Eat…How "Pinteresting"

I found some new recipes to try out this week while combing the glorious site, Pinterest. It’s gotten to the point where The Boy now rolls his eyes when I mention the word Pinterest. Come on now, it’s so much easier to pin recipes for later than it is to print them out, or save to a recipe collection on one specific site. I had accounts with Pillsbury.com, TasteofHome.com, FoodNetwork.com…you see where I’m going, that’s a lot to keep up with. Meal planning with Team Sudds (that’s what I call us during “insanity” to sound official) has gotten so much easier. I just go to my “yummy recipes” board and plan our meals weekly. There’s no scrabbling around anymore!

Reese’s Cookie Batter Oatmeal (340 calories if prepared with milk, 260 calories if prepared with water)

Strawberry Protein Pancake Roll-ups with Yogurt Filling (131 calories per roll-up)

Cardamom-Lime Sweet Rolls (131 calories per roll)

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole (250 calories)

The only one I’ve made from this group was this yummy stuffed cabbage casserole. *Drools* It was so good and low calorie. I wanted to just put my face in the bowl it was so good. (don’t worry, i didn’t) The Boy, who turned his nose up to the fact that this recipe calls for onions, loved it! For a family of two, you’ll have plenty of leftovers. Which we love because we like meals that give us more bang for our bucks. If you do try this recipe, you HAVE to get the Hungarian paprika. Regular paprika will not give this recipe the same flavor and the smell of Hungarian paprika…will take you on a trip (of the non-acid variety)!


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Happy Wednesday!


Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

Hey y’all! I was slack and didn’t post a “Sew Easy Sunday” tutorial. In my defense, “Insanity” kicked my booty and I was too achy to sew. I have some fun tutorials lined up for the upcoming weeks though. 🙂
I’m guest posting over at Adventures in Flip Flops today with a yummy gnocchi mac and cheese recipe. Go check it out and poke around a bit if you have time. Lauren is darling!

Happy Monday!


In The Kitchen with Earl

The Boy and some of his buddies planned a trip to go camping this weekend. With all of the talk of sleeping outdoors and equipment, my mind got stuck on hot chocolate. I don’t why I associate camping with hot chocolate. Is it because the drink is kinda like liquid s’mores? Before I digress too much, I did what any modern girl with a hankering for something would do…I searched Pinterest. I found the most mouthwatering adult hot chocolate ever!!!

I promise you, this hot chocolate tastes even better than it looks! The Boy and I were supposed to take pictures, but we kinda got into the drinks. There was a lot of wide eyed “mmm, mmm” going on.

I’m now obsessed with Jessica’s blog, How Sweet It Is, she has some yum-tastic recipes. She even has a recipe for beer marshmallows! That’s just crazy awesome.

Grown Up Hot Chocolate

We only made a few changes to her recipe. 
serves about 6
3 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups cream or half and half (we used half and half)
1/3 cup cocoa powder (we used Nestle Toll House)
4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped (the store was out of the bars so we used chocolate chips. same thing, right?)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4-6 ounces of marshmallow vodka (we used mocha flavored Bailey’s)
In a large bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add milk and cream. Bring to a simmer, stirring every few minutes. Add 3 tablespoons of the milk to the cocoa and sugar, mixing thoroughly to create a paste. Once the entire thing is wet, use a spatula to add it to the milk and turn the heat down to low. Whisk continuously until smooth (do not let it boil), then whisk in chopped chocolate and vanilla extract.
Remove from heat and whisk in alcohol. Top with marshmallows.
Just so you know, this stuff is RICH. Like, I was up couponing after midnight because we were drinking this until ten at night…rich. 
Happy Friday!!