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Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

I guess maybe we should call it a shake, but let’s not get into a lexicon debate about the chocolate pumpkin smoothie. I’ve been playing around with the fall pumpkin smoothie (original recipe here), and this is my new favorite version. Amounts are not precise, but the ingredients are right, so have at it and get back to me.

Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie


Blend up in your favorite blending device…

  • 1 13-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 15-ounce can pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut milk (or almond milk or milk milk or water)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 4–5 dates
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 3–4 tablespoons chocolate protein powder (This is the first time I’ve ever used protein powder. It’s a hail-Mary to get my breakfasts rebooted. My naturopath suggested PurePaleo Protein Chocolate by Designs for Health, so I’m going with that.)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

I put my smoothie in a big glass jar and pour servings out for a few days. After I have it in the fridge for a day, I like to add some more hazelnut milk to thin it out. I find this especially delicious if the kids are down and it’s time to veg out on the couch with my husband and I need a treat. It feels kind of like a chocolate malt, with a Mexican chocolate-style kick.


Our Favorite West-side Portland Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkins. MomsicleBlog

Fall is not complete unless we’ve visited at least three pumpkin patches. At least. I love everything about them (except those diabolical corn-maze-pit-of-horror-things: Those are not G-rated, and therefore I am not allowed inside. Also, with the directional capabilities in my family, I would have to be airlifted out so they could close the maze at the end of the season).

But tractor rides, apple cider, orange-yellow-white-bumpy-smooth-princess pumpkins, farm animals, crisp air, muddy boots… oh be still my childish heart!

Here are our favorite west-side PDX spots.

Lake View Farms in North Plains

32055 NW North Ave., North Plains, OR 97133

Lake View Farms. MomsicleBlog

What’s awesome: There’s a little train AND a little steamboat that take you to the pumpkin patch. Seriously, what is better than riding a miniature train to a field and grabbing a giant pumpkin off the vine? The little sternwheeler even goes by a pirate and a Loch-Ness-monster-thing. Campy? Maybe. Hilarious? Yes. Awesome? More yes. Prices are reasonable, too ($4 ticket for round trip train/sternwheeler, plus cost of pumpkins).

Bella Organic on Sauvie Island

16205 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland, OR 97231

Bella Organic. MomsicleBlog

What’s awesome: Crazy amount of pumpkin choices at good prices (plus they’re organic–yeah!!). There’s a covered picnic area with a miniature hay maze for little people and their freaked-out parents (freaked out by mazes, not parenting). This is where most of our misfit gourds came from last year: white pumpkins, deep orange with green, bumpy, big, small… yeah-ah!!! These squash serenaded me with their insidious squash songs and I couldn’t say no.

Plumper pumpkin Patch way out west in Portland

11453 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd., Portland, OR 97231

Plumper Pumpkin Patch. MomsicleBlog

What’s awesome: It’s like pumpkin-palooza around here. The farms store is filled with every gourd and gourd-like holiday gift-item, there’s a giant pumpkin launcher, there’s an indoor hay-bale picnic area, and there are adorable farm animals. Did I mention the giant tube slide? Oh, and the tractor ride, of course. Plus you can stop by Helvetia or Rock Creek Tavern on the way back. Prices here are a little spendier, I found, but still pretty reasonable.

Baggenstos Farms in Sherwood

15801 SW Roy Rogers Rd., Sherwood, OR 97140

Baggenstos Farms. MomsicleBlog

The tractor ride here is awesome, and the pumpkin patch is in this little fairytale glade. The bummer is that the pumpkins are not on the vine. Normally that would knock a place off my list, but the enchanted glade is very Charlie-Brown-Great-Pumpkin-ish, the farm store often has local pies, there’s a fantastic play and picnic area, and the drive takes you through some beautiful Willamette Valley scenery.


What new spot should we try this year???


Cabbage that Tastes Good

[Wednesday is the blog’s new day for food and recipes. Please send me your own submissions!]

When I think  cabbage, I think of Oliver Twist–not my favorite culinary muse. However, the cruciferous bowling ball took me in and wafted it’s great steamy smell and I somehow fell in love.

This recipe for sautéed cabbage is easy. Did I say easy? I mean it. And it makes a lot. Easy and bountiful. It’s from Barefoot, who got it from Martha, which makes me feel like we’re just a bunch of girlfriends swapping advice.

Me: I like leftovers.

Barefoot: Like my margaritas in plastic baggies? Just throw ‘em in the freezer, girl!

Martha: What about cabbage with your margaritas?

Me and Barefoot: Ohhhhh, Yezzzzzz!

And that’s how it happened.

Sautéed Cabbage from Barefoot inspired by Martha (Find the real recipe and content from Barefoot here.)

1. Chop your cabbage into approx. 1/2″ think pieces. (Core that bad boy first so you don’t have to deal with the hard nodule.)

2. Heat a large skillet to medium-high and add 3-4 tbs. butter.

3. Throw in the cabbage (you can only do about half a head at a time, and frankly, half a head is plenty. Use the rest for salad or something crisp and tangy.)

4. Season cabbage with salt and pepper, and sauté for about 10-15 minutes. Add extra butter as needed and stir the cabbage for equal browning. It’s done when it’s starting to turn translucent. Around these parts, we like it really browned.

Serving Suggestions:

If you want to get all fancy you can add some parmesan cheese and toasted walnuts, but I like it just as well plain. What really made our cabbage meal this time around was a glass of warm apple cider and a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich with dijon. Hello!

Happy cooking! Let me know what you think!

Wordless Wednesday: Squash Soup

[There are three recipes here; see if  you can find them: cheddar cheese crisps, curry squash soup, steamed carrots with ginger. Leave a note in the comments if you want a recipe!]

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