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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

“Meltdown” seems to be the word of the week over in these parts.

As a consequence, I’ve chosen to melt down one of my favorite desserts and turn it into a completely acceptable breakfast liquid substitute. This smoothie found inspiration in Erica‘s recipe of the same, but you’ll find that the ingredients are about as similar as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Oscar Wilde.

If you can’t tell, I’m doing a lot of thinking about Oscar Wilde at the moment. I’m doing archival research at the premier Wilde institute possibly the world round and am, in fact, currently demonstrating my unconditional commitment to the process by writing this post in the archival tombs. Again.

Wallflour Power: A great idea for combating the meltdown syndrome is by starting with small reminders about great things that have recently happened to you. Every night before I go to bed, I write a post-it with something that made me smile during the day. When I have a bad day, I take a few minutes to look at my wall-ful of colorful post-its, and it never fails to bring a spark of inspiration back into my life!

More importantly, though, I’m teaching, and the bulk of this current week’s meltdown comes in the form of not having done any of my own work this week…although this may have had more to do with the fact that I went to an epic family banquet all day on Saturday, and spent my entire Sunday at Disneyland rather than with dear Wilde.

I am, undoubtedly, one of the hardest workers within a two-centimeter radius of myself.

I justify my dalliance with the consolation that I really, really needed this break. After spending nearly 40 hours poring over two classes’ papers last week, and after skipping every single one of my extracurricular activities trying to phrase my comments on near-fail papers as constructively (and kindly) as possible, I came charging into this week nose-to-ground first.

This is my rationale for creating a meltdown drink that is not only delicious and only a tiny portion of the guilt, but to which you can lift your glasses and say…

Cheers! We ain’t dead yet.

And amen to that.

What’s your best remedy after a bad day?

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Ingredients:
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup cookie butter
  • 1/4 cup oats (any variety)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • A dash of ground nutmeg
  • A splash of vanilla extract
  • A few crushed graham crackers (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients (except graham crackers) in blender. Crush ice until mixture becomes liquidy, then blend until completely smooth. Serve with crushed graham crackers and cinnamon as garnish, and watch as your bad day melts away!

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Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie, A la Wallflower

It’s my philosophy that all good wallflowers need to have a good wallflower drink–you know, the kind you can clutch onto desperately at a party when you find that your ability to hold a conversation that is both intelligent and lively in the gesticulation quarter is limited. It’s my crutch, and I’m about to make it yours, too. Unfortunately, like any socially-awkward wallflower, I tend to shy away from the alcoholic beverages. Juices, preferably with a label like Capri-Sun or Hi-C emblazoned on them, are my drink of choice. Of course, even I know that hosting a party featuring only drinks with target consumer base ages two to 7.5 years old is a big no-no, so I had to come up with a solution that would please on all levels. My first thought was that it had to be serve-able in a glass. Glass means class, right? Hmm. My second observation was that it needed color. Something that would suggest, Hey! I’m flirty and fun! but minus, you know, the real flirtiness. Fun, though, I can do. My third thought was that it should be a mix. A blend of sorts. That way, I could say it’s a “mixed drink” as I hand it out without actually telling a lie. Sneaky, huh? Finally, it had to be something delicious. Something that would knock people off their stilettos (why are they wearing these to my dingy apartment, anyway?) and have them saying, in their best un-drunk voices, “I want more!” I thought. I looked around the kitchen, scuffed my toes on the linoleum, and thought some more. I reached for the strawberries in the fridge to aid my thinking. My hand was actually closing around a fresh strawberry leaf. And then it hit me. Bingo. And that’s how the strawberry oatmeal smoothie, a la wallflower, was born. I’d never really made a smoothie myself before, but I knew the concept, and so I went about throwing things together and praying that nothing would explode. It didn’t, and about 15 minutes later, I had something that would be as big a hit as a grown-up party as at a Chuckie Cheese bonanza for 5-year olds. Let me tell you, this drink was made for the wallflower lifestyle. I now make one for breakfast in the mornings because, believe it or not, it’s no longer acceptable to bring my entire parfait tray with me to classes and/or work and snarfle it down as somebody else is lecturing. Not a very wallflower-esque thing to do, if I say so myself. It’s also a fantastic alternative, as I mentioned before, to the alcoholic drink scene at parties. Whip one of these creamy, foamy smoothies up, and people will be raving about it–and besides the people who come up to ask you for a recipe, you’ll be left entirely alone, and with a delicious drink to boot. So! Intrigue? Mystery? Flavor? Fun? You bet! And I’d better check out now–I’m craving one of these wallflower smoothies, and I think the blender is calling my name. Strawberry Oatmeal (And Peanut Butter?!) Smoothie, A La Wallflower Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 6 cubes ice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 3-4 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 1.5 tablespoons chunky peanut butter (if you like it)

Directions:

  1. Place ice in blender, then add remaining ingredients. Cover blender and pulse “ice crush” about 5-7 times.
  2. Blend ingredients together under creamy, smooth, and slightly foamy, or about 15 seconds. For more of a foamy texture, blend a few seconds longer.
  3. Adjust honey and/or oatmeal as desired. Also, you can add a few sliced strawberries at the end and blend for only a few seconds to get that chunkier texture.
  4. Serve in a glass, and enjoy!

Update: I just tried making this smoothie with chunky peanut butter as a post-workout protein boost, and I just have to say–It. Was. Amazing! I would definitely recommend trying it–it adds such a delectable texture and hint of peanut butter, and reminds me of when I was five eating pre-packed lunches my mom made for me.

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