Pumpkin Pie Monster and [Over] Baked Apples

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Good morning :)

Thank you for your comments on my second entry for Project Food Blog!

I left you with a bit of a cliff-hanger as to what my surprise was when I got back from Paris…

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I came home to a bedroom without furniture, without flooring…

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Well, some flooring. ;)

and a closet without shelves and clothing!

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Where were my clothes!? Oh right…they were all jammed into my suitcase… ;)

I tried to remain calm. I was working with a 12 hour day of travel, no sleep, and a stomach that was growling for dinner.

‘Surprise!!!!!’

Eric exclaimed, beaming with pride like only a man would who was installing his very first hardwood flooring.

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And then he quickly added, ‘Sorry about the mess….I was planning on being finished by the time I picked you up from the airport….’

I looked around.

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I think the saying, ‘So close, yet so far away’ applies here. ;) LOL!

But renos take time and of course I understood. I was just happy to have that ancient carpet gone!

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On Saturday, Eric taught me a few things and I helped him lay down the hardwood. It was actually quite fun, almost like putting a puzzle together!

The tricks to laying down hardwood: 1) Don’t ever let the boards line up (within 6 inches), and 2) Try to mix and match the shades of the wood.

I left the nail gun to his guns, however.

We are almost done our bedroom and the upstairs hallway is about half done now. I really love how the blue paint looks so crisp against the hardwood. We are also going to put up a large white baseboard to polish it off.

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As for our closet, we are going to put in a closet organizer- probably one from Ikea. The one that was in there previously was made from particle board and it made our clothes stink.

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it!

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I don’t believe I have done a breakfast post since I have been back. Well, do I have a fun one for you today…

Meet the Pumpkin Pie Monster:

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Don’t worry she’s nice. ;)

I was craving Pumpkin Pie the other morning and I dreamed up this delicious concoction:

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That would be pumpkin, blackstrap molasses, almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, and ice.

It tastes like you are drinking a pumpkin pie. I kid you not!!!!

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Pumpkin Pie Monster

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 heaping tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg)
  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 frozen banana OR 1/2 serving Vanilla Protein powder
  • 2 large ice cubes

 

Directions: Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Serves 1.

Nutritional Info: (Without protein powder): 121 kcals, 3 grams fat, 6 grams fibre, 2 grams protein.

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It tastes SO good!

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I couldn’t think of a more perfect drink for Fall.

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Even if there are still flowers around where you live… ;)

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With my Pumpkin Pie Monster I had a craving for baked apples in a huge way. I decided to stuff my apples with Power House Glonola and some Earth Balance.

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Easy Glonola Stuffed Baked Apples

Ingredients:

  • 3 Macintosh apples, cored
  • 1 banana, sliced into wedges
  • 3/4 cup Power House Glonola
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of Earth Balance butter

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F and grab a small casserole dish. Core 3 apples and place into the dish. Now stuff them with the glonola until 1/2 cm from the top. Take 1/3 of the pat of butter and stuff it inside the top of the apple. Repeat for other two apples. Take your banana and slice it and place it into the dish. Sprinkle remaining glonola into the dish. Finish by sprinkling on cinnamon. Bake for 25-28 minutes at 350F. Serve hot or refrigerate and serve cold for a vegan overnight oats effect! Serves 2-3.

I accidently forgot about my apples in the oven and they turned into over-baked apples! Whoops.

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They were so delicious. I actually liked them best after chilling in the fridge. It tasted WONDERFUL with the Earth Balance melted throughout the apple. Don’t skip this part! It tasted like a buttery applesauce + a vegan overnight oats dream. The baked banana was also delicious.

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A huge congrats to my best friend Allison and husband Matt who had a beautiful baby girl on Saturday night! It is hard to believe that my best friend since grade 7 has a baby of her own now. Time sure goes by fast…

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Allison @ Food For Healing September 27, 2010

pumpkin pie monster is lookin deadly! i would absolutely melt if i was sitting drinking a pumpkin pie! haha

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 27, 2010

Fall has definitely arrived in your neck of the woods- living in NYC, it’s much more difficult to tell when the leaves are turning!! The bedroom looks great, I can’t wait to see the finished product. And the smoothie? To die for! Hope you have a great start to your week!

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 27, 2010

Luckily you weren’t involved in the floor installation. I did that with my husband and father in law and vowed NEVER to do it again!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 27, 2010

It may be a mess now, but that hardwood is going to look gorgeous. I love the color, especially against that blue.

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Freya September 27, 2010

The apples were overbaked? IMHO they look 10x nicer that way!! Seriously, that looks SO delicious :D as does the smoothie! So autumnal :)
Nice floorboarding – I love the strong colour.

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 27, 2010

I made this exact same smoothie a few days ago!! It tastes JUST like pumpkin pie filling– I’m so in love!!

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Lisa September 27, 2010

You have never not impressed me with any of your recipes! Every time I visit your blog I am amazed at what you have thought up! I cannot wait to try this! =) Thanks Angela for sharing!

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Alice September 27, 2010

Ohhhh yummmmmm Pumpkin Pie Monster!!!!

Home renos are such fun!!! How exciting is it to see a room go from the old to the new!!! And also, you are amazingly lucky to have such a big room for your wardrobe!!! Wow!!!

Loving the look of those apples – I want to try your apple and PB cupcakes for breakfast tomorrow! hehe!

Alice
xx

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melissa @ the delicate place September 27, 2010

my husband would totally do that, in fact he sort of did with our kitchen but then needed my help too haha. worth it but ZOMG it ALWAYS takes longer than you expect! however, i LOVE your choice of wood color. wood > carpet any day in my book!

i’ve made the pumpkin pie smoothie the last couple days but sans BS molasses, i use a ton of vanilla and cardamom :)

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 27, 2010

I love the dark hardwood floors — we have maple (?) floors now and I would love a dark wood. It just looks so beautiful.

As much as I hate when the house is a disaster, I like helping with projects around the house.

I love the idea of drinking pumpkin pie :)

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Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini September 27, 2010

It must be nice to have a husband who is so handy. Although I would probably freak out coming home to my room ripped apart, it will be so nice in the end!

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Amy September 27, 2010

Just cast my vote for your tarts. Good Luck, Angela.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2010

thank you Amy! :)

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Paige @ RAN September 27, 2010

The hardwood flooring looks magnificent!!!
I’ve been making loads of pumpkin pie smoothies lately. Sooo good :)d

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Tina September 27, 2010

I feel your pain with the house renos. My husband tries to surprise me the same way too many times to count. It’s always nice in the end though.

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Jessica @ How Sweet September 27, 2010

I can’t get enough pumpkin!

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Jess September 27, 2010

i love the floors!

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Lindsey @ SoundEats September 27, 2010

Ange, I LOVE y’alls new floors!! So beautiful. :)

Also – I didn’t have time to comment on that post, but I loved the vegan French tarts you made. Makes me want to get in the kitchen right now and go to Paris! Too bad one of those things is easier than the other. ;)

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Christine September 27, 2010

If only my kitchen were in Paris! Though, that might be a long trip from the bedroom in the morning!

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Michal September 27, 2010

Every time I imagine “drinking” pumpkin pie, a part of me whimpers “where’s the crust?” ha…
I LOVE the photo of the Monster surrounded by Fall leaves!

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 27, 2010

Love the “surprise” – my husband has totally done stuff like that :)

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Marina September 27, 2010

Pumpkin monster and baked apples, really a perfect breakfast for fall!

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Lin September 27, 2010

The new flooring looks great! Can’t wait to see it once it’s finished! I love your oven baked apples idea. I’ll have to try it out this weekend :-)

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 27, 2010

Lucky you to have such a huge closet and a hubby who does renos!

Mmmm…I’m loving your pumpkin pie monster! Just found pumpkin this weekend…

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 27, 2010

Hardwood is looking good!! I’ve been hitting the pumpkin hard as well this week – I actually made a very similar pumpkin pie (well, more like pudding actually) and posted it here http://eatspinrunrepeat.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/pumpkin-protein-pudding/

Good luck with this round of PFB!

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GirlonRaw September 27, 2010

Ooh yummers to everything. Angela, what is in the pumpkin pie spice if you don’t mind? Pumpkin pie really isn’t a common thing where I come from and I notice at this time every year, food bloggers from your part of the world go crazy for pumpkin especially as a sweet ingredient. I am really curious :) Thank you

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Candice @ ChiaSeedMe September 27, 2010

love this pumpkin monster idea! I’ve been craving pumpkin, and I think this might be the easiest and one of the tastiest ways to satisfy that craving. Good luck in round 2! loved your pictures:)

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Charlie September 27, 2010

This pumpkin pie monster looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to find pumpkin, I haven’t found any yet :(.

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Lauren M. September 27, 2010

Cooking Light’s newest issue did a feature on apples. They tested nine varieties to see which best held up to 1 hour of baking at 350 degrees. The top contenders were:
1) Honeycrisp (held its shape and color beautifully!)
2) Rome
3) Jonagold

Sadly, the granny smith, which a lot of us bake with, turned into a big pile of brown-yellow mush.

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Hillary September 27, 2010

Gah, the leaves are so gorgeous! They totally make the simple smoothie –> masterpiece. Just lovely =]

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Camille September 27, 2010

The hardwood looks beautiful! It makes your house look so elegant!

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rachel September 27, 2010

i made a baked apple last night too! it was soooo good.

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Lizzie September 27, 2010

Welcome to the world of babies – you’re in for a wild ride! :) I’ve been in the middle of a baby boom for the past year (though it does give you an excuse to shop for cute things!). You’re bedroom looks beautiful!

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jamie @ jamelafamela September 27, 2010

what a great combo!!!! butter (or fake butter) makes everything better!!!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 27, 2010

ok, really any tips you guys have on installing hardwood would be well received from here – we have carpet and i HATE it! i want it to go away asap…

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Ashley Craft September 27, 2010

I love pumpkin pie smoothies!!! :) And your stuffed baked apples are perfect for a fall breakfast!

Can’t wait to see what the final renovation project looks like! You should definitely post a before and after!

P.S. Love the fall leaves!

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Wei-Wei September 27, 2010

I could totally make this with sweet potato – milk, sweet potato, cinnamon, a little bit of peanut butter, some pancake syrup, Mmmmmmm. Wow.

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Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 27, 2010

Yes! Now I know what to do with the can of pumpkin I -finally- found at the market yesterday!

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JL Goes Vegan September 27, 2010

Loving the apple and pumpkin posts! Love fall! (nice floors!)

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Shanna, like Banana September 27, 2010

Fall has arrived! I wish I had PMS (Pumpkin Monster Smoothie ;-P )

Floors will look gorg!

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Joslyn @ missfitbliss September 27, 2010

I love the pics of your proud hubby working on the flooring. It’s so sweet that he tried to surprise you and have it done by the time you returned. Gotta love guys;)

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Katie @ Healthy Heddleston September 27, 2010

What a great surprise! Looks like it’s going well!!

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