Hello, friends! How’s your week going? Today I have a new smoothie for you that I believe will knock your socks off! I also have two new books to share. Let’s get going!
When I think of fairy tales, I think of pumpkins and that’s why this recipe was slightly inspired by Happily, a book by Chauncey Rogers that I’m starting this week. You can learn about this book below.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk (any milk works)
- 1 cup of cooked pumpkin or sweet potato
- 2 frozen bananas
- Dash of vanilla
- 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
- 1 TB raw honey
Add all the ingredients to your blender.
Blend until smooth.
Garnish with chia seeds and extra pie spice if desired.
I ended up using a simple cooked sweet potato in place of the pumpkin which tastes pretty much the same. It’s quite amazing really and equally as healthy. If you’ve had sweet potato pie, you know how similar these two taste. Just boil your sweet potato with the skin on until soft and a fork will go through the flesh easily.
The outer skin just falls right off and it’s ready to blend after cooling a bit.
You can make a simple pumpkin pie spice to keep in your cupboard for future use. It’s so simple!
- 4 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
As you can see in my blender pic above, I made this very quickly with just water and a little almond butter. This makes an easy almond milk and no need to make it ahead. After making two smoothies this morning, I was too lazy to make more milk and this method works just as well. Make it simple!
If you like pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie, you’ll love this. I promise!
~This Week’s Books~
The Secrets She Keeps
In the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood, from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of the psychological thriller, comes a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?
Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.
When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…
With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.
I don’t even know what to say about this book other than it has me completely enthralled. It’s insane! I can’t even remember why I bought this one on Audible, but I’m glad I did. Agatha’s and Meghan’s story will certainly entertain you with all their drama. I’ve been shocked more than once with some of the twists and love the way it’s written. I’m on the edge just wondering how this one’s going to end. This is my new author book for March on the Ultimate Reading Challenge and I’ll have a review this weekend for you guys.
If it doesn’t, make it.Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests, if she can only manage to hoodwink the royal family and survive to tell the tale.
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (February 14, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1980284911
- ISBN-13: 978-1980284918