Pumpkin Pie Smoothie & Giveaway News, Anyone?

Before you ask, NO! that is not a picture of MY pumpkin pie smoothie in the featured picture, instead it’s one that I got off of Bing, in which I wish I could say was really my own creation, Lol.

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Okay, so I’m no Rachel Ray in the kitchen – anyone close to me would tell you that. However, you might ask then why did you agree to do recipes all month long and I have an answer for that:

  1. Because it was “supposed to be simple”
  2. Because it was “supposed to be simple”

And simple it definitely was, although I had a couple of mishaps along the way but, before I get into those – Let me show you the simple ingredients you’ll need to make this gob of goodness.

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Yes, only 6 Ingredients – This is my type of recipe!

The Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe called for:

3 medium bananas

3/4 cup of pumpkin puree, pure

1 can of coconut milk

1 tbsp of Maple syrup

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp vanilla extract, pure

For this recipe, I used organic bananas and as you can see, they weren’t medium sized. I also just purchased the coconut milk (the one that’s housed on the shelf) instead of the can. I did this because the can was $1.77 and the milk was $2.08 (I got more in the carton) and because I like to get more for my money, I opted for the carton. The ingredients also called for pure maple syrup (organic), in which was a little on the pricey side to m, So I opted for the Great Value sugar free syrup instead and for a fraction of the cost – to me it all does the same thing, I guess…lol.

I put my milk in the blender in which since I didn’t have the can, I just measured out 2.5 cups and preceded with the other ingredients which looked something like this:

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Yummy! It smelled soooo good too!

Although the recipe didn’t call for it, but I also added a tablespoon of chia seeds, see them in the back…I don’t have a fancy shmancy blender with all the bells and whistles so for me, blending this mixture took a little more time than it probably would have had I had a better one, but hey – it did the job!

The consistency was very thick so if you have a blender like me, you might want to add a 1/2 cup of water to make sure it blends well and all the way through. Once I finished blending everything up and glassed it, this is what it looked like.

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The finished result. I topped it off with some whip cream and a Pirouline Pumpkin Spiced creme filled wafer and Viola!

This tasted so good while it was warm – okay, so let me tell you about my boo boo with this recipe. Because it was hot and while it tasted good; I felt that it needed to be refrigerated, what did I do that for…

I put some in the glass (pictured) and also put some in my smoothie bottle. I was so excited to see what this would taste like the following morning…oh my, when I went to drink it, it was so thick. It literally thickened up overnight and did not taste as yummy as it did the night before. So, what did I do? I put a half cup of coconut milk in it to loosen it up and that was a Big Mistake, Huge, Grossly did I say Big? MISTAKE! it thickened up even more, so on my way to work I was like you should have put a little water in it Roshonda, duh! (sometimes I have to give my own self a slap in the face)

Once I put the water in it, it made it a little looser but not much – the smoothie kept getting thicker and looked as if it was getting bigger and bigger by every drop you gave it, I suddenly felt as if I was feeding the plant in little shop of horrors.

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photo gif courtesy of Bing

I have to be honest, not only was it ever expanding but the taste seemed to go right out the window and I ended up throwing it out. “Shame!” because I hate wasting things..Oh well, maybe you’ll have a better go at it (Word to the wise, Drink it warm..lol). If you want a more organic, let’s say vegan approach to your smoothie, you can follow Demeter – Beaming Baker on Pinterest. The recipe above came from her site, although I it called for vegan ingredients in which I didn’t use obviously. Demeter is a great baker and has amazing recipes that are either Paleo, GF (Gluten-Free) or Vegan, check her out – your taste buds and stomach will thank you!

To kick off the pumpkin festivities I thought I would do a giveaway – I love to receive things and I know you might too. I’m giving away a $25.00 gift card, here’s what you have to do and how to enter:

Follow @justsuminspiration2u on Instagram

Post a picture of you with one of the 5 recipes featured this month with the caption: “Pumpkins Up! @justsuminspiration2u is doing a giveaway! Enter for a chance to win at justsuminspiration.com.”

That’s It! That’s all you have to do – Remember, you have to make one of the recipes, follow me on Instagram, post your picture of you and the recipe of choice and include the italicized statement with your post. Good Luck!!

The Winner will be announced November 3, 2017 at 1:00pm on the Justsuminspiration blog, Facebook and Instagram pages. Winners will be selected randomly from the list of entries submitted.

See ya in the next Post!!-1

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud, Love Hard & Inspire Often!

 

If you missed the blog displaying all the yum we’re cooking up this month, click on the link below to catch up!

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice, It’s Time for the Great Pumpkin!

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Lunch on a Budget for $20 or Less

You Feel Me??

I absolutely love to eat, but when it comes to having lunch, I don’t always have the money to go out and grab something at the local fast food chain. Sometimes, all I have is 10.00 for the whole week for lunch and you know (depending on where you go), you can spend that and then some in one sitting.

I am so guilty of that….Just look at my face. GUILTY!!!

I was making eating very expensive when it really didn’t have to be. If you’re anything like me then you’re on a budget and after taking care of the kids, the house, the bills, getting groceries and filling the tank with gas – I’d really only have just about $20.00 or less left over to have for lunch the rest of the week. What makes that whole scenario even worse is that I would go to work and spend half of it on lunch and it was just Monday. I had to get through the rest of the week on 10.00 or less….

Eating lunch used to be my most expensive meal of the day and to kick it up a notch, the food I purchased would make me sleepy and sluggish for the rest of the day. What was I doing to myself?, What was I doing to my pockets!

When I realized that I was spending way too much money on lunch, I decided that I had to come up with a plan where I could eat more for less as I was spending way more money on lunch than breakfast and dinner alone. Not only was eating out breaking my pocket each and every week, sometimes it left me hungry and money-less for the rest of the week without having any money to buy me anything to eat after Tuesday.

So, I came up with a plan that helped me save money and could help you too, Especially if you don’t want to eat the infamous PB&J everyday or Ramen Noodles, in which is nothing wrong if that’s what you choose but I love variety as I get bored with the same ole, same ole easily.

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Listed below are a couple of suggestions on  how you can not only save money but have a different variety to eat everyday of the week. At the end of the tips, I posted a short video of the things I look for when I go to the store. 

A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR MY LUNCH CREW!!

 

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I absolutely hate cooking and only do it because I have two kids and a kitchen (seriously)…but I noticed that when I would cook, I would never bring leftovers to work the next day. If I had money, I would just use that to pick me up something but why do that when you have leftovers. I know quite a few people may not like them as they have to have something freshly cooked everyday (I knew someone like that) but leftovers are a great way to save an extreme amount of money that could be used on something else, like dish soap to wash the dishes or other things. So, utilize and start to pack you up a lunch when dinner is over. Your pocket will thank you later..

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Okay, I love the dollar tree and it has really evolved since the 80’s and 90’s – do you know that now you can buy steak strips for a dollar at the dollar tree?, YES HONEY!!! STEAK!!! who would have thought. If you’re a big breakfast person that has to have something to stick to your bones then you can buy the pancake and sausage entree’s for a dollar. And they have a variety of other things that you can buy as well, from chicken and rib sandwiches to french fries. Why eat PB&J when you have the dollar tree. If you’ve been sleeping on the dollar store, then I would advise you to WAKE UP & SHOP! plus the food is actually delicious, trust me – it doesn’t taste like it’s only a dollar.

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You can find some great deals at your local Wal-Mart Store. As you’ll see in the video below, I shop for quantities that last me a whole week. I’m not a big breakfast person so yogurt, fruit and granola are fine with me. I usually find the better deals in the evenings when things have been marked down from the morning. I can get a sandwich, burrito, a salad, yogurt for the week, cheese sticks and nuts for snacks and let’s not forget those Michelina meals that are only $1.00 and if you catch them on the right day, they may even be marked down to $.88 cents. Buy you five of those and that’s your lunch for the week. As far as something to drink, I’m a big fan of the Sam’s Choice Sparkling waters, they come in so many different flavors (mine is Blackberry Lemonade and Orange Cream) plus they are cheap, $.60 for a 33.8 fl oz bottle. I checked my Wal-Mart last week and they were marked down to $.50 (guess it’s time to stock up).

Sometimes I even buy a case of water, in which is really cheap – You can get 32 bottles of the Wal-Mart Great Value brand for less than 5.00 and you can head on over to the dollar tree to buy you a box of 10 flavor packets for 1.00.

So as you can see, Lunch really doesn’t have to be expensive at all. It’s all about your mindset and how that mindset views saving. I wish I had took the time to really sit down and figure all this stuff out earlier, I could very well be on my way to Paris right now.

But we live and learn and as GI-JOE says; “And Knowing is Half the Battle”

How much money are you spending on lunch a week?

 

(Please forgive any errors, it’s my first live vlog video I’ve posted to the page so it’s as professional as my phone would allow) 

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud & Love Hard!

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P.S. I am not sponsored nor have I been paid by Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart – these are just my observances and opinions.