The other day one of my Twitter Buddies, Julie tweeted that she was craving my Protein hot Chocolate Smoothie (a recipe I had all but forgotten). It then dawned on me that much of the rest of the country and the world was still experiencing cold temperatures. So I decided to pull an oldie-but-goodie from my not-yet-published recipe file and share it. Perhaps you'll enjoy it if the holidays didn't put you off pumpkin for the next 11 months.
All you do is mix the following four ingredients together in a blender and heat in the microwave. Or if you happen to have a Vitamix, just add all the ingredients and 'cook it' in the blender (Set to "high" for 5 minutes). Eat it with a spoon from a bowl. In front of a roaring fire. Preferably with a pet on your lap:
|Only Four Ingredients. Love.|
- Pumpkin- 3/4 cup
- Stevia or other sweetener- to taste
- 1 Scoop Protein Powder- vanilla is nice.
- Milk of your choice- just enough to make the consistency creamy-perhaps 1/4-1/2 cup
Total calories are about 200 if you use unsweetened almond milk. A bit higher for regular milk.
Top with any thing you like:
- Cereal or cacao nibs for crunch
- Cooked wheat, rye or spelt berries for chew
- greek yogurt for creamy goodness
- nut butters for good fats and yum
- You can include spices as well: cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom (yum), nutmeg
|Protein Pumpkin Mousse with Greek yogurt and a dollop of almond butter.|
|Sprinkled with freshly grated nutmeg|
So, if you are wondering why I have been a bit out of touch, you can take a quiz. Is it because:
A) I'm self-absorbed
B) I'm helping to clean out the entire garage, the entire house, finishing the year-long garden project, restocking old emergency kits that might have contained very old Clif bars that I might have eaten during the cleanout; planning the last of the house renovations and hoping that we finish by Christmas. Of this year.
C) I'm trying on clothes I saved from the 90's in which most of the jeans are powder blue and come up to my boobs.
D) I've been busy catching up with friends and family all over the place.
E) I've been dabbling in Wordpress (Shocker!) with my other blog.
F) All of the above.
The Answer: F, of course.
A) I'm self absorbed: yep
|Apparently it was necessary to document the moment I began the cleanup.|
B) I'm doing a huge cleanup: YES:
|This is a teeny fraction of it.|
|Finally planting the foliage a year after we started the garden project...Do you spot the Spinal Tap Cactus in the back? It should be 6 feet but it's 6 inches. It's OK, we're obviously in no hurry.|
|Ellie decided to sit on the Six Year Old Clif bar from our aging emergency kit.|
|Then Ellie got up and bit the Clif Bar|
|Yes, I ate half of it, and it was darned good, if a tad chewy.|
|Atop the laundry pile from hell are these are Levi's from the late 90s that I got in the UK. I actually kept this pair (and a few in other colors) as they were the least offensive of the bunch. Plus they say high-waisted jeans are coming back?|
D) Yes, I've been visiting with many peeps:
Expert Jump-roper, Eden:
|This is not Carrie. This is Palm Springs. We had a couple of fun meetups in Palm Springs. I forgot to take photos.|
|This is not Ameena. It's her chocolate chip banana bread that I was in charge of delivering to Derek. I decided to do a "poison test" on the way home, just for safety's sake. I'm a good wife.|
|We were bundled up because this photo was taken in December in England.|
|My wonderful family drove many miles to visit me for my birthday last month.|
E) I have another blog: Yes. And the posts take all of about 30 seconds to write and to read. How much do I love that?
|Ellie is the best navigator for car trips. No offense, Derek.|
|Ellie loves hanging out in the car.|
So, now I'm off to make my hubby some more of that banana bread that I was supposed to bring home for him. And this time I won't present it to him with a large bite taken out of it After all, it is Valentine's day.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Q: Do you have Valentine's plans? Are you staying warm wherever you are? Have you done a remodel? Did you have pants that went up to your boobs? Is it true that they are coming back into style?