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.


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.

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:

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.

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.

little shop of horrors
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!

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice: It’s Time for The Great Pumpkin!!


Oh Wow! October is officially here ya’ll (in my very southern Arkansas roots voice), I cannot believe it as it seems like it was just last month when the year started and only yesterday when the summer kicked off. Where has the time gone?

With the way these months are flying by, Christmas will be at our front steps on tomorrow, Yikes!! But, let’s slow it down a bit – because it’s October right now, so let’s get our pumpkins, spiced tea, coffee, rakes and cookbooks, Hold Up…

Just in case you’re giving me a serious side-eye right now


Yes, your cookbooks! – now that October is here, this is the special time of year to whip up some yummy recipes. In which is what this months posts will be all centered around.

As if you didn’t get the feeling of the changing of the season already, everywhere you go; whether to the grocery store or Starbucks, everything is about the great pumpkin. The stores are definitely making sure everyone gets their dose of “Pumpkin Fever” and to add some extra spice to the rolling pumpkin phenomenon…I decided to welcome in October with a celebration of Pumpkin recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Oh Yes, I cannot leave out dessert!!

October is filled with Pumpkin Surprises

Yes, October is going to officially get an extra dose of inspiration spice! The recipes I’ve picked out are very simple and all contain things that you may very well already have in your cabinet or fridge. I will also give my “first take” of all these delicious recipes as I will not only be dishing them and the sites I got them from out to you but I’ll also be trying them out for myself so I can give you my honest opinion of each.

Listed below are the recipes in which you can expect to see this month:


The Great Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

We’re going to give the green smoothie a kick to the sidelines for a moment as we go completely orange.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

There’s a Pumpkin in my Oatmeal!!

Okay, so maybe the smoothie (whether green or not) is just not your thing in the mornings and trust me, I totally understand that. So why not a good ole’ bowl of rolled oats with a little surprise. Pumpkin Oatmeal anyone??


It’s Fall, So Why Not Fall for Some PUMPKIN SOUP!

Who doesn’t enjoy a good, warm bowl of delicious soup; after all, that’s what Fall is all about. Hopefully you’ll fall in love with this recipe.

Pumpkin Soup

A Twist on a Southern Classic – Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Since being pre-diabetic, there aren’t a lot of pasta dishes that I can do without it affecting my sugar levels, but I’m hoping this southern classic will finally give me my life back.

Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

You Scream, We Scream – We all want Pumpkin Ice-Cream!!

Ice-cream is my favorite dessert of all time and while I can’t have too much of it, this recipe will not only be a healthy indulge but pleasing to the waist line as well.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

And just in case you’re saying – “I hate Pumpkin” or “It looks funny” or “Why would I want to eat that! and give it the BOOT!, Pump your brakes as pumpkin is the best thing you can eat. It’s not only a great facial mask but it also provides the following healthy benefits:

  1. Makes your bones Stronger
  2. Keeps our digestive system in tip top shape
  3. Helps to reduce PMS Symptoms
  4. Maintains Prostate Health
  5. Good for Diabetic Patients
  6. Controls HBP (High Blood Pressure) levels
  7. Provides Sound Sleep

And a host of other benefits in which you can check out at Good Health All – you’ll be amazed at what a little orange can do for your overall health and well-being.  So, while I sit in anticipation to try out these different recipes and look out for one of my favorite Charlie Brown classic of “It’s the Great Pumpkin – Charlie Brown” by Charles M. Schulz

So sit back, sip on your favorite “pumpkin” drink and watch the leaves fall. In the meantime, we’re getting geared up and ready to send a bunch of YUM your way.

Happy October!!

P.S. Did I mention that there will be a giveaway also this month?, Tune in to each post to find out how to enter!!

See ya in the next Post!!-1

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

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