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Pumpkin Power Smoothie


I {love} pumpkin, I {love} fall, and I {love} smoothies. I also {love} the dollar bins at Target where I totally scored yesterday. They had a FamilyFun cookbook for Fun Fall Foods – JACKPOT. On page #2 there is a recipe for a Pumpkin Smoothie that I decided to modify and try after my workout class this morning.

It is SUPER simple, SUPER rich, and SUPER quick! Oh and my husband even liked it…so it must be good 🙂

Pumpkin Power Smoothie

You Will Need:

1/2 Cup Canned Pumpkin
3/4 Cup Milk or Vanilla Yogurt {I used milk}
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
2 tsp Brown Sugar {or agave/honey would work too}
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder {Optional}
6 Ice Cubes {More if you want it thicker}
Whipped Topping {We didn’t have any 😦 }

Combine Ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the smoothies into small glasses. Like I said it is rich. My husband and I split it. Feel free to garnish with whipped topping or vanilla yogurt. DRINK UP!




Fall Pumpkin Butter Newtons


While I was recently looking for healthy snack options for Small Fox I came upon this recipe on Weelicious. I love the idea of a homemade fig newton. However, I am not a huge fan of figs. So, I decided to modify the recipe a little and make more of a “fruit newton.” I figured I could just substitute some fruit preserves or jam for the figs and viola…a non-fig newton that makes everyone happy!! Well, I came across an fun little gem while I was shopping for these delicious treats at Safeway. Everyone I am sure has heard of Apple Butter…but what about Pumpkin Butter?!?! Grandma Hoerners’ All Natural Pumpkin Butter to be exact. I was secretly jumping for joy at this discovery. I could hardly wait to get home and bake these. So here is how it went down:

What You Will Need:


3 TBS Grandma Hoerners’ Pumpkin Butter {+ or -}
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour {we recently went Gluten Free but you can substitute Whole Wheat}

How You Do It:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.


3. Add the flour and mix until a dough forms.


4. Roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper into two 12 x 4 inch rectangles.


5. Spread the fig mixture on one half of each rectangle – spreading up the 12-inch side and leaving a 1/4-1/2 inch border.


6. Fold the dough over on top of itself and gently press the dough together at the edges.

7. Cut each log into 10 cookies and transfer to a silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet. {Ignore how Ugly they are}


8. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden.


Let me just say these are SOOOOOOOOOOO good. I had absolutely NO expectations, but they are delicious. The only problem I had was with the gluten free flour. The dough is a little more fragile and hard to fold over. I ended up spraying cooking spray on the spatula and I would recommend spraying it on the parchment paper, as well, before flipping.

It was the perfect fall snack on a summer day!!

Favorite Things {Workout Edition}


With fall slowly creeping around the corner you know what that means…winter is to follow. The dark mornings, snow, cold, and no more exercising outside…well limited outdoor activity. Nothing can subsitute a good outside run {for me}, so when I am feeling extra energetic I will bundle up the babe and head out rain, snow, or shine. However, for those days when I want to stay in the nice cozy walls of our home I have a few Go-To websites that have wonderful workouts.

1.) Tone it Up – Katrina and Karina are probably so cute they will make you sick. In three years they have built a HUGE online fitness community and been dubbed the “New Faces of Fitness” by Jane Fonda. They offer accountability through their website and TONS of free workouts, plus a monthly calendar to keep you on track. They also have a nutrition plan and DVD’s for purchase, but I seriously love these girls. Great workouts and if I turn out looking like them…AWESOME!

2.) Fit Fab Cities – Caitlin Murphy is the face behind this awesome site. She has GREAT fun, quick workouts that anyone can fit into their lifestyle. I know how busy life can be and will often grab on of these workouts when I am pressed for time. These are all printable and totally fun!

3.) Nike Training App – #1 thing it is FREE! I was so sad when I went from iPhone to Droid that I couldn’t get this app. I absolutely love it when I need a challenging workout. There are workouts from beginner to advanced and from toning to building muscle. Nike also adds bonus workouts from athletes as well…which again are free. The app has a countdown and cues you on all exercises.

4.) Mom’s Into Fitness – I credit Lindsay Brin with me getting my body back post baby. As anyone with a newborn knows it is exhausting and the closer you stay to home the better. She has some free workouts on her blog, but most of her stuff is for purchase. I used her prenatal DVDs for when I was knocked up and then her bootcamp DVDs post baby. She also has a workout portal where you can pay a monthly fee and have new workouts each month, which are all downloadable to your electronic device of choice. All the workouts are different. From HITT to yoga to circuit training, Lindsay mixes it up so your body is always challenged! Bonus: All the paricipants in the videos are moms!!!

Hope these help to keep the holiday calories at bay and everyone in shape during the chilly months ahead!


Super Easy Fall Decor


I am getting the itch for fall and am SO over all the 90+ degree weather Colorado has been having for most of the summer. So, I decided to start the fall crafting in the house to hopefully change my bad attitude. My crafting time is limited {as with most moms}, so I wanted something quick, easy, and cheap. For our wedding we received some hurricane candle holders. I LOVE them, but always seem to draw a blank when it comes to putting stuff in the vase part. For the longest time they were home to black rocks we used at our wedding, then some small Christmas ornaments, and for the past 9 months have sat sadly vacant. While walking through Michael’s I stumbled upon some fall garland. Sparkly, shiny red, orange and gold maple leaves attached to wire. Seeing that inspired me to make these. It seriously is only 3 steps and they make me smile every time I see ’em!




I told you it was easy…Right!? And it only cost $3.99. Obviously it would cost a little more if you needed to purchase the vases, but you could really use anything. I was thinking they would even look cute in mason jars with LED tea lights in the bottom. Oh, the endless possibilities;)