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Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle 

Happy Friday friends!
Another week is coming to a close! We have ventured into a new month, and the beginning of several of my favorite holidays! This time of year seems to be filled non-stop with sweets, desserts, drinks and food galore!  Do not fret, this time of year can be enjoyed even with so many indulgences staring you in the face. This week we have designed some yummy treats to keep you on track this holiday season while still enjoying some treats!

I also have to say that I have been really enjoying working on some new recipes for you all! And it gets a little messy at times, but that is part of the fun!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our healthy treats themed week!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle

{This recipe can be made into a single serving or for a group.  The ingredients are for 1 serving, so just increase accordingly for additional servings!}

Ingredients

Layer 1
1 pumpkin spice Chobani yogurt

Layer 2
1/4 cup quick oats, ground up
1/4 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp pumpkin
1 medjool date, pit removed
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides (optional for extra protein)

Layer 3
2 tbsp Organic pumpkin purée
1/2 TBS Cocoa powder
1 Medjool date, pit removed

Layer 4
EnjoyLife chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients for layer 2 in a blender, till smooth. Let sit about 5 min for ground oats to soak and become soft.
  2. Mix ingredients for layer 3 in a blender, till smooth.
  3. Layer 1/2 the ingredients in a cup or bowl, layer 1, layer 2, layer 3, layer 4, then repeat.
  4. May be stored in the fridge or served immediately.

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Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by AnnmarieFarrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! :)



Thanks again for stopping by! Join us again next week for some spicy themed recipes!

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Spotlight Blog Hop Day- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bar

Happy Friday friends!
Welcome to the last weekend in October! Time sure is a-flying!

If you are here for the first from the awesome blog hop, welcome! I’m so glad you decided to stop by!  This is my third blog hop, and I have loved getting to read new blogs and get to know some new bloggers! You can read a little more about me in my previous hop posts here and here, or on my about me page!  Thank you again Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner for organizing such a great event!

I am heading to the pumpkin patch this morning now the the weather has cooled down a bit.  And by that I mean, the high has only been in the mid 80s vs 90-100+ degrees!
Speaking of pumpkin, I have an abundance of it right now! I apparently had several cans of it in my pantry from a few weeks ago that I forgot about and grabbed a few more on sale last week. With so much pumpkin it gave me a great opportunity to work on my pumpkin protein brownie bar recipe.  I’m not really sure if I would call them a brownie exactly, they are almost a mix between cake and a pie. So I settled on brownie 🙂
This week I had plenty of extra pumpkin to work with for our Foodie Friday theme!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our kitchen cleanse themed week!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 scoops unflavored collagen peptides
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1 can Organic pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Enjoy life dark chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil for greasing baking dish or parchment paper

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375*
  2. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin and vanilla till fully blended.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently mix until just blended.
  6. Add in most of the chocolate chips, gently fold into the batter.
  7. Scoop batter into greased pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.
  8. Bake for 20-25 min or until toothpick comes out clean from the center of the brownie bar
  9. Enjoy

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by AnnmarieFarrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! :)

Thanks again for stopping by! Join us again next week for some Healthifying A Favorite Sweet themed recipes!

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Little Week Recap and a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!

Hi there friends!
Happy Tuesday!
I am a little behind on blogging and I have been playing catch up for the last week since I FINALLY got my computer fixed!!  I have had so many issues with it the last 6 months, and I was finally able to make an appt and take it to the Apple store.  I took it in last Sunday afternoon, and I was there for a while.  The tech who helped me was very kind and knowledgeable! At fist we both thought my hard drive had crashed (AGAIN), but thankfully, that was NOT the issue!  My computer was in a vicious cycle of needing an update, but not having enough room to update because my hard drive was full. But, each time I attempted to pull things off onto my external hard drive, the computer would freak and not let me do it because I had not updated…See the cycle there?!? So after running some test, they were able to figure out what needed to be done.
1- remove my 20+ thousand pics and all other data.
2- Delete & wipe the computer clean.
3- Load the update
4- Re-ad the data I needed (aka, not ALL of my pictures…lol)
So when they called on Wed morning saying it was ready, I was thrilled.  However, when I got to the store and they brought out my computer, I tried to log in and it was still having the same issues 😦  Turns out they forgot to complete steps 2 & 3 in the 3 days they had my computer!  Thankfully, they were able to do them right then and there, but I did sit in the store for over an hour waiting for the “10-15 min” procedure to be finished.
At the end of the day I basically have a new computer with the new operating system and it running on happy space!

The rest of the week I played some catch up between mountains of laundry from sick kiddos (darn tummy virus) and lots of snuggles.

On Friday I got to head out to a city on the other side of Houston from me and hang with my Texas nephew and niece!  We had a fab weekend together despite it still being over 100*F with the heat index!  Saturday I watched little B play soccer and baby B and I were pretty much melting on the sidelines!

The highlight of the weekend was when the Hubs came out to join us and me introducing the kids to snapchat filters!  I think we laughed so hard we cried a few times! If you follow me on Instagram, you can see some of the video action!


As fall approaches this week, I have def been in the mood for more pumpkin based meals. I had some left over puree from my latest pumpkin creation, so I decided to make a pumpkin smoothie!  Boy oh boy, it was like Thanksgiving jumped off the calendar and into my smoothie!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 of small container of Siggis vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen
  • 1 tsp cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice

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Directions

  1. Blend banana with almond milk still smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend till smooth.
  3. Split into 2 glasses & sprinkle punk in pie spice on top.
  4. Enjoy with optional whipped cream ( I didn’t have an on hand, but I know it will add another burst of flavor to this delicious smoothie!)

I even hung up my new fall door decoration I received for my birthday from a sweet friend!
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Come on fall, we are waiting for you!

 
What are you most excited about for during this fall?
– What pumpkin recipes do you enjoy? Or are you more an apple person?

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!
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Be filled with joy and health!
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Fall fun, DIY pumpkin sugar scrub!

Hello all!  I know I don’t often post on a Saturday, but considering Houston is under flood warnings due to tropical storm Patricia.  

 Plus I am actually not working today (yay!!), so I have some free time.  To avoid cleaning my office I worked more on my sugar scrub that I started the other night.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz organic refined coconut oil
  • 4-5 cups pure cane sugar
  • 1 TBS vitamin E oil
  • 2 TBS pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TBS cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Whip coconut oil (I used my kitchen aid stand mixer)
  2. Add in sugar, 1 cup at a time, fully whip.  (If you don’t like the consistency you can add more sugar or more oil- For a more gritty scrub, add more sugar. If you like a softer scrub use less sugar or more oil).
  3. Add in spices and vanilla
  4. Make sure all the ingredients are fully mixed together.
  5. Store in a glass or BPA free plastic container.  I am a huge fan of Mason jars!

 
This is perfect for hands, face and really all over the body.  And don’t worry if you eat it because it is all natural!
It makes great gifts, especially with the holidays coming up!

Enjoy!

Let me know if you make it and what you think!  Be warned, you will smell delicious! 😉

Have a happy and healthy weekend!
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