Quick and Healthy Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

healthy vanilla pumpkin smoothie recipe

I posted this healthy vanilla pumpkin smoothie recipe a few years ago, but it was hidden in a post about yogurt and, well, my bowels.

It’s an interesting thing; I get a lot of traffic to that post from Pinterest from people looking for the recipe. I also get a good amount of traffic from google for people searching for digestion issues after having a baby.

I’m sure the visitors from Pinterest are a little bit surprised to find not only a delicious recipe, but also my personal experiences with postpartum gas and digestive problems!

Now I thought I’d hopefully clean things up a bit and write a post specifically for the smoothie recipe!

Healthy Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe



  1. Combine pumpkin, milk, vanilla, yogurt, brown sugar, spices and ice in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend on high until mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses, sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice on top and serve.


How to Make Chocolate Syrup: A Copycat Hershey’s Syrup Recipe

how to make chocolate syrupDid you know that I know how to make chocolate syrup? Every once in a while I’m reminded that you might not know about articles I wrote years ago.

It’s silly, really–who wouldn’t want to know how to make chocolate syrup, especially the kind that’s an exact copycat for Hershey’s syrup?

While the post about how to make chocolate syrup gets a lot of views from people searching for the recipe, I want to make sure that all of you, my current readers, know that it’s out there and it’s a super-easy recipe!

Like it says in the image above, this Copycat Hershey’s syrup recipe only has five ingredients and it only takes 5 minutes. The icing on the cake (or the topping on the ice cream?) is that it’s so exactly like real Hershey’s syrup that you’ll wonder why you didn’t know how to make chocolate syrup at home before today!

how to make chocolate syrupFinally, check out that image above.  Did you know that the real Hershey’s chocolate syrup has these ingredients? High fructose corn syrup. Corn syrup. Water. Cocoa. Sugar. Potassium sorbate. Salt. Monglycerides. Diglycerides. Xanthan gum. Polysorbate 60. Vanillin. Artificial flavor.

When you check out the how to make chocolate syrup article you’ll see that my copycat Hershey’s syrup recipe has just five real ingredients: water, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. I love that I know exactly what each of those items are and I don’t mind feeding them to my family!

Learn how to make chocolate syrup with a Copycat Hershey’s syrup recipe and you’ll never buy chocolate syrup from the store again!

Best Banana Creme Brulee Recipe

banana creme bruleeThe Hundred-Foot Journey opens in theaters on August 8th, and I’m lucky to be on a special mailing list that shares delicious recipes from and inspired by the movie. This banana creme brulee recipe looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to make it!

I’m loving that these recipes are coming from renowned chefs from various outlets. This particular recipe for banana creme brulee was created by Chef Bal Arneson–the host of Spice Goddess!   [Read more…]

How to Make Bubble Solution for Huge Bubbles!

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By the time the outside temperature rises in Minnesota I feel like I’ve been planning outdoor activities for months. My favorite family activity that’s both fun and simple is bubble solution. I try to make it even more fun by using a variety of objects and different forms of bubble solution to make bubbles!

Did you know that you can learn how to make bubble solution especially for huge bubbles?

While you can use one of these seven different recipes for how to make bubbles, the homemade bubble solution recipe below is just the right combination of ingredients to make huge bubbles!

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Best Tandoori Chicken Wings Recipe

best tandoori chicken wings recipeI was lucky enough to see a wonderful sizzle reel for The Hundred-Foot Journey just before I screened Million Dollar Arm last month. This movie looks fantastic, and I’m excited to see more of it!

The Hundred-Foot Journey is a film about family, food and friendship, and the story revolves around a family opening up an Indian restaurant in a small French village.

DreamWorks Pictures wants me to share a the best recipe for Tandoori chicken wings with all of you! Download the best Tandoori chicken wings recipe and celebrate Memorial Day with this unique dish!

The Hundred-Foot Journey opens on August 8, 2014. 

In The Hundred-Foot Journey, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch.

Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai.

That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it.

Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

The Hundred-Foot Journey abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

Directed by Lasse Hallström, and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt and Carla Gardini. The screenplay is written by Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais.

Visit the official site for The Hundred-Foot Journey and follow the film on these social media channels to stay on top of all the movie news:

How to Make Bubbles for Kids: 7 of the Best Homemade Bubble Recipes!

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The warm weather has reminded me that I’ve been wanting to share how to make bubbles!

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There are plenty of homemade bubble recipes to try out once you know how to make bubbles. Some are really simple with ingredients I’m 99.9% sure you have in your home. Other instructions and recipes for how to make bubbles have ingredients that are a bit more obscure.

The most straightforward homemade bubble recipes consist of just liquid soap and water. But there are a few bubble recipes that have some additions you might not expect. Here’s a quick FAQ to answer some questions you might have about how to make the bubble recipes below:

How to Make Homemade Bubbles FAQ:

Where Can I buy glycerin?
Glycerin can be found in the cake decorating area of most craft stores. If you’re near a Michael’s, you can find it with the rest of the Wilton cake and candy-making supplies. If you want to order it online you can find several options on Amazon:

Why would there be sugar in a recipe for homemade bubbles?
I just learned how to make bubbles, but it seems that the answer is simply in the stickiness of pure sugar. Sugar simply makes the bubbles “stick” and last longer.

Why would a recipe for bubbles include corn syrup?
Corn syrup works the same way sugar does, so it helps make your bubbles last longer.

What’s the best dishwashing detergent to use for making homemade bubbles?
An extensive Google search revealed that almost everyone stood behind Dawn Original dish soap as the best dish soap for bubbles.

Are there any dish soaps that shouldn’t be used for making homemade bubbles?
Yes. Generic soaps that are usually found at dollar stores and the like are generally too watered down to produce quality bubbles.

Can I use these homemade bubble recipes to blow bubbles indoors? 
The Basic homemade bubbles recipe shouldn’t cause any problems indoors. It’s just diluted soap! Take care with the bubble solutions containing sugar and corn syrup, as they may leave a  sticky residue on surfaces. Finally, the Beautiful Bubbles and Jello Bubbles recipes contain a small amount of food coloring and dye, so it’s probably best to save those solutions for outdoor use.

How should I store my homemade bubbles?
Store all homemade bubble solutions in an airtight, labeled container. A clean glass spaghetti sauce or jelly jar works perfectly for storing bubbles.

How long can I store my homemade bubble solution? 
Many bubbles actually get better with age. If the mixture has sat for more than a few weeks, give the container a gentle swirl to combine the ingredients that may have separated. Don’t shake the container; you want to save those suds for your bubbles!

How to Make Bubbles


Basic Homemade Bubbles Recipe:
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon dishwashing liquid.

How to make bubbles: Combine the water and dishwashing liquid in a cup, bottle or dish. Stir gently and thoroughly to combine. Dip your bubble wand and get started!

Deluxe Bubbles Recipe
1 quart (4 cups) warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dishwashing liquid

How to make bubbles: Combine the sugar and the warm water. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Add the dishwashing liquid and stir again. Store in an airtight container.

Crazy Deluxe Bubbles Recipe
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons liquid dish or laundry detergent
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 teaspoon white sugar

How to make bubbles: Gently stir all ingredients together and store in a airtight container. These bubbles have staying power! Given the right conditions you might lose sight of your bubbles before they pop!

Jello Bubbles
1 part dishwashing liquid
1 part Jello brand (or generic) powder, any flavor/color
8 to 10 parts warm water

How to make bubbles: Gently combine all three ingredients. Avoid creating suds by mixing too vigorously. Suds will affect the “bubbliness” of your bubbles.

Tear-Free Bubbles
1/4 cup tear-free baby shampoo
3/4 cup water
3 Tablespoons light corn syrup

How to make bubbles: Mix all ingredients, then wait for the bubbles to settle before using.

Beautiful Bubbles {with food coloring}
1/3 cup dishwashing liquid
1 1/4 cups water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 drop food coloring

How to make bubbles:  Combine all ingredients together in a jar or other resealable container. Use outside to avoid staining any indoor fixtures, carpet or upholstery.

Non-Toxic, Natural Bubbles
1/4 cup natural, biodegradable dish detergent (Like Seventh Generation Free and Clear)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon glycerin

How to make bubbles: Mix up all ingredients in a resealable container. Let stand overnight for best results.

How to make bubbles

Did you already know how to make homemade bubbles? What’s your favorite homemade bubble recipe?

how to make bubble solutionWant to know how to make bubble solution for huge bubbles? It’s really easy!


how to make homemade bubblesImage credit: Maricel Cruz