Pumpkin Pie Monster and [Over] Baked Apples

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 27, 2010

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 at 7:42 am

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 at 7:42 am

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 at 7:44 am

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 at 7:45 am

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 at 7:46 am

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 at 7:47 am

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 at 7:55 am

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 at 7:56 am

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 at 8:00 am

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 at 8:03 am

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 at 8:08 am

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 at 8:12 am

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

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2010 at 8:17 am

thank you Amy! :)

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Paige @ RAN September 27, 2010 at 8:13 am

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 at 8:13 am

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 at 8:19 am

I can’t get enough pumpkin!

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Jess September 27, 2010 at 8:21 am

i love the floors!

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Lindsey @ SoundEats September 27, 2010 at 8:28 am

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 at 8:37 am

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 at 8:37 am

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 at 8:39 am

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

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Marina September 27, 2010 at 8:40 am

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

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Lin September 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

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 at 8:48 am

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 at 8:48 am

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 at 8:53 am

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 at 8:56 am

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 at 8:58 am

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 at 9:02 am

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 at 9:06 am

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

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Camille September 27, 2010 at 9:09 am

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

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rachel September 27, 2010 at 9:23 am

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

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Lizzie September 27, 2010 at 9:26 am

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 at 9:33 am

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

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

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 at 9:39 am

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 at 9:43 am

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 at 9:47 am

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 at 9:52 am

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

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Shanna, like Banana September 27, 2010 at 9:58 am

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 at 9:59 am

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 at 10:00 am

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

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Suzy September 27, 2010 at 10:02 am

That pumpkin pie monster looks/sounds SO good!

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Peggy September 27, 2010 at 10:07 am

Ohhhhh gooodness, liquid pumpkin pie. I just drooled on my keyboard.

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Bonnie @ Salad Craze September 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

Mmmm! I also had a Pumpkin Monster on Saturday before seeing your monster! The only thing I did different was added half a frozen banana and a teaspoon of coconut butter. Oh and no molasses, but I’ll try that next time instead of the banana. OH! And I added a tablespoon of ground flax meal (which made it have that “crust like” taste!). Ok, so our recipes are completely different. hee hee hee…

1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp cinnamon
sprinkle of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of ground flax meal
1 teaspoon of coconut butter

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2010 at 10:24 am

YUM!!

Great idea about the ground flax too!

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

haha how sweet of Eric to try to surprise you!! Even though it’s still a mess- that’s very sweet of him :)

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Amber K September 27, 2010 at 10:43 am

I got a little anxious just looking at the unfinished floors! Luckily I don’t have to see them every day, LOL!

The pumpkin pie monster looks awesome!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 27, 2010 at 10:44 am

I love the photography of the monster (hehe) sitting amongst the fallen fall leaves. I can’t help but imagine you scooping some up nearby and arranging it beautifully :) This sounds so delicious! I will be making this.

I’ve made baked apples before, but they weren’t as delicious as these sound! One idea is you could chop of the some of the apple from coring and add it to the inside!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 27, 2010 at 10:44 am

Or maybe you could involve apple cider in some way??

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Heather September 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

Love your hardwood and wall colour combination. I actually have almost the identical wall colour with dark hardwood floors and I love it. Smoothie looks yummy!

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Laura September 27, 2010 at 11:01 am

I just had a coconut smoothie with…PURSLANE. Yup, the Union Square farmer’s market has purslane at the moment! Very yummy.

I make a Pumpkin Pie smoothie with carrot juice, raw sweet potato, vanilla, avocado, pumpkin pie spice and ice. I never like flavored protein powders, but when I want extra oomph i add plain hemp powder. Try it, it’s amazing! A little less creamy than yours perhaps, but you could sub a little bit of the almond milk for some of the carrot juice to make it a little more milky.

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Clare @ Fitting It All In September 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

I seriously can’t bring myself to make a smoothie that isn’t a green monster, but all these pumpkin pie smoothies lately look delicious! What’s the fullness factor? Smoothies usually don’t fill me up

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

I really like your new floors!!!! Would love to have something like that some day in our house… First we need to buy a house though ;P

Your baked apples look so delish!

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Mama Pea September 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

How’s Eric feeling about all the pumpkin? Because I think if I add pumpkin to one more thing, Pea Daddy is going to strangle me. :)

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Michelle @ IronDivas September 27, 2010 at 11:52 am

I’m not sure why I’m afraid to try pumpkin flavors… I think I will have to conquer my fear very soon, since it does look good and that’s all I see recently : ) I almost got a pumpkin latte this morning, and then chickened out! : )

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 27, 2010 at 11:54 am

I think you are my hero today – I have been craving a pumpkin pie smoothie, and this is exaclty what I was looking for! Thank you!

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Julia September 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Just wanted to drop a note to say that I’ve recently made two of your recipes (ultimate vegan oatmeal cookies and maple butternut squash apple casserole) and they are both off-the-hook wonderful! My 2-year old son *helped* me make the cookies (he presses the button on the food processor ;)) and it’s SO nice to make cookies for him that are delicious and filled with healthy ingredients!! Thanks so much for your creativity in the kitchen!

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Chelsea at Striking Balance September 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm

That Pumpkin Pie Monster looks amazing. I love adding pumpkin to my smoothies..makes them so smooth!!

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Ashley September 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Ahhh!!! I love the fall leaves!! So pretty! They don’t change too much around here. However there are a ton of Aspen trees that change to the most amazing golden yellow you have ever seen! Adding molasses is a great idea for that smoothie..mmm

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Omg I HATE renovations. I am sooo anal and neat and clean and tidy that it just annoys the hell outta me to see my house and my possessions in a state of chaos…but, gotta start somewhere in order to get to the final result, dont you :)

The pumpkin pie smoothie looks great as do the apples! yum!

I love the DARK wood you guys chose for your flooring too. It looks sooo modern and crisp and classy. Lovely! I redid my whole house in slate gray, ivory, and dark wood about 12-24 mos ago. It was a work in progress b/c not every room $$ can be done at once if ya know what I mean, $$ but yeah, I love dark wood these days!

:)

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Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Oh you are definitely my favorite person today with that pumpkin monster. Pumpkin and green monsters, two of my favorite things!

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Charmaine September 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Ok, I REALLY need to invest in a blender! Smoothie looks sooo good. I used to be on a BIG apple kick by doing exactly what you did (complete with some brown sugar), just makes the apples so good. I should definitely get back into doing that!

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ModelBehavior September 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Reno projects stress me out big time! Way to keep your cool!

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Amy September 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm

What happened to your new found love of coffee?? :)

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Dee September 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm

oh my GOSH! the pumpkin pie monster will be made in my household soon. FO’ SHO’. ;)

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[email protected]'s Going The Distance September 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I don’t know how I’d feel about drinking pumpkin pie…. haha. Yogurtland had pumpkin spiced pie yogurt the other day and I couldn’t stand it.

I’d be intrigued to try yours though! It sounds like fun :)

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[email protected] September 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm

MM baked apples,, They still look amazing overbaked!

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Bridget September 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Mmm I love apples! You have my vote :)

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Bridget September 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Mmm I love apples! You have my vote :)

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Katherine September 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Angela! Wow, that floor is gorgeous! What a sweet guy to try to surprise you!

Your smoothie and apples look delicious! It’s finally starting to cool off here so I feel like I can finally enjoy fall flavors. I can’t wait to make some baked apples!

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Christina September 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Hello! I am a fairly new reader and I really love your blog. You are so inspirational and I have truly enjoyed trying out some of your yummy recipes. I having been thinking about baking some healthy-ish pumpkin bread, and haven’t found any recipes that have wowed me. I really don’t want to put 2 cups of sugar into one loaf of bread. So, first of all, can we be friends b/c I think you are awesome? :-) And, secondly, do you have any amazing pumpkin bread recipes to share with me?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Anyone who loves pumpkin is a friend of mine! haha ;)
I will put pumpkin bread on my fall must make list…keep ur eyes peeled

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Oh the wonderful fall flavors! I love the idea of a pumpkin smoothie!

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Tiffany @Eat, Run, Writ, Love September 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Mmmmm… those baked apples look amazing! I will have to try that. Isn’t fall awesome? I am looking forward to all the different foods and flavors that fall brings. So many recipes, so little time!

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stacey-healthylife September 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Such an abundance of fall yummies.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

A smoothie is one of the few things I haven’t tried with pumpkin yet! I can’t wait to give this one a try. :D

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Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook September 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm

– I am so glad you’re back home! I was missing your recipe posts! The flooring looks really good! I actually like the blue walls against floors, it stands out beautifully. Stuffed baked apples!? It sounds strange, but it looks yummy!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Your flooring looks BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the colour!

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Allison @ Girl in her Kitchen September 28, 2010 at 7:06 am

oh, those apples look delicious! I have a ton of apples in the house and I am going to try that :)

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Julie October 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Thanks for the delicious smoothie inspiration. I made one today (substituting dates for the molasses) and it was fantastic!

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Celeste October 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

How long can you freeze bananas for and is the molasses for flavor or?

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camille January 18, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I like the pumpkin smoothie idea, but, since I always have other gourds in my fridge, I wonder if I could use those. Are your canned pumpkins sweetened and/or spiced? Can I use frozen butternut squash? Cuban squash? Acorn squash? Thanks and your blog is making a big difference in my push for healthy living!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 21, 2013 at 8:40 am

Nope my canned pumpkin isn`t sweetened. Not sure how other squash would turn out, but it could be tasty! I think butternut especially might be nice. Let me know how it goes!

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Alex April 25, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I’m so peeved they don’t sell canned pumpkin in Austrlia:(

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Debbie August 21, 2013 at 6:20 am

I tried it with the banana first, could taste a hint of banana flavor coming through. This morning I elected to go with the protein powder, also increased the spices by a tad, and added some maple syrup for a bit more sweetness (personal preference). Thanks! Yummy recipe for a gal who loves pumpkin pie but who’s hubby does not.

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Brittany September 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

Hello! Just wanted to let you know your recipe was plagiarized and posted here without any credit mentioned. She did omit the molasses, but otherwise, it is your identical recipe.

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