Oct 28, 2014

A Milkshake and Soup

It's a double dose of fun today! It is recipe club and finish this!



I'm sharing two awesome dairy free recipes today for Recipe Club with Andrea.

The first is pretty much the easiest thing ever. I mean ever.

Maple Pecan Milkshake

No judgement. When it's 90 degrees out you eat milkshakes in October.


  • Combine NadaMoo Maple Pecan "Ice Cream" and Almond Milk in a blender. I do a roughly one to one ratio (but I don't measure). Blend.
  • Pour into fancy cups. Realize you are out of pretty straws so put a way too long tervis straw in your fancy glass and call it a day.


This next recipe isn't quite as easy. But it's pretty gosh darn simple. And both boys and my husband approved!


Sweet Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

When it's 90 outside in October you also eat soup. And pretend it's gorgeous fall weather.


  • Combine 1 chopped butternut squash, 2 chopped sweet potatoes, 1 chopped onion and 2 cups chicken broth in your slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4ish hours.
  • Use an immersion blender and purée until smooth. Or, be like me. Search for your immersion blender. Don't find it. And in frustration just pour all the ingredients into the Ninja to blend and then pour it back into the crock pot. Whatever works!
  • Add one can of coconut milk, the rest of the box of chicken broth, a few shakes cumin (1/2 tsp maybe), and a handful of shredded coconut. Add a bit of sugar to taste. If your sweet potato was yummy and full of flavor you might not need any. You decide!
  • Cook until it's good and hot. I say this takes at least 30 minutes. Casey likes his soup lukewarm so he thought it was ready after 10.
  • Garnish with coconut and enjoy!

And now let's "finish this!"

And remember you can join in with the hosts -- Nicole, Lisa, Jen, and Becky -- and answer the simple prompts on your own blog or in the comments below.



As a kid, my favorite Halloween costume was in fourth grade when I went as a picnic. My dad built a frame out of wood and then we covered it with a checkered tablecloth and hot glued plates, napkins, fake food, and even little marching ants. Basically every year at Halloween I ask my mom for a picture of the costume. So far, nothing. I'm pretty sure this is because there are and no pictures not because she didn't look. I need to remember to look one of these days when I am at her house just to verify. I really loved creative homemade costumes as a kid. My sister made my costume one year when I was 3(ish) and I was an adorable little mouse. Again. No photo. (Seriously I need to look through the childhood photos at my mom's house!) I'm clearly the third child. No Halloween photos! Two years ago, I went as a skeleton for Halloween. It was cute. If I brought it back this year it would be the scariest costume ever -- five under three? Eeeeek!

Halloween 2012

As an adult, I celebrate Hallowen by not celebrating. That's not quite fair. I eat pumpkin spice Oreos and put pumpkins on the porch. I haven't done much any dressing up as an adult. Not my jam. We don't get trick or treaters in our neighborhood which is both devastatingly sad and awesome all at the same time. Our neighborhood shuts down a few streets and does a big block party instead. We have bounce houses, games, hot dogs on the grill, a costume contest, music, etc. It's great that you can walk down and enjoy a dose of Halloween but in our pre-kid years it made it too easy not to participate. This year, I'm into it though. I don't remember ever being this excited about Halloween! I can't wait for my little lion and tiger to enjoy all the fun. We went for the family costume this year --- Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh my! I pretty much die of the adorable. Hopefully on Friday they will let me get a picture all together. Unlikely. But I'll try.


My favorite candy is ?? I'm the weirdo who doesn't know! I like a piece or two of lots of things but candy isn't my weakness. This year I'm hoping for a few smarties, a skittle or two, and maybe a fun dip! I loved fun dip as a kid. When I saw it on a list of dairy free candy it brought back happy memories - and now I want some!



  1. The lion, tiger and bear are adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    mmmm Fun Dip, haven't had that in forever. :)

  2. Such a cute cute idea!!! Thanks so much for linking up today and sharing...Happy Halloween!

  3. Still an adorable family costume! And, I want a hot dog now.

  4. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! LOVE it all!

  5. Omgsh I love their costumes, lions, tigers, and bears oh my! I love it!!!